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general manager. Within three more years,
Melendez managed three different fullservice locations.
"I was financially stable and I had found
a career I loved," Melendez said.

ON BECOMING A LEADER

One of the early lessons Melendez
learned in the car washing business is
that management is not easy. "I learned
that in order for us all to be successful, we
had to trust one another," Melendez said.
"I had to share knowledge and delegate
responsibilities to everyone involved in
daily operations so they would feel a sense
of ownership."
At age 30, Melendez found himself
looking in the mirror and asking himself
how he could be a better leader to his
employees. He wanted to be a leader
they would respect and want to work
with.
"I had to learn how to be a better listener and trust our employees," Melendez
said. "When I did that, I naturally created

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a more positive working environment
because their input mattered. My focus
was to create ways for the employees to
work smarter, not harder."
Melendez's biggest challenge at Vintage
Car Wash was getting everyone to feel
the same passion for the business that
he felt. He also spent considerable time
countering the negative perception people
had about car washes from a career standpoint. Over time, he developed a knack
for getting people to see their potential as
employees - and as people.

CLIMBING THE LADDER
OF SUCCESS

As he applied those early lessons,
Melendez saw volumes and revenue
increase.
Having experienced such early success, Melendez naturally had the desire
to reach even higher in his career. He had
a hunch he was capable of doing far more.
But unless he left his company, there was
nowhere else to grow.

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SPRING 2018

That all changed one December day in
2007, the day Mister Car Wash acquired
Vintage Car Wash in El Paso.
Looking back on that single day,
Melendez said, "It changed my life forever. A door suddenly opened to endless
opportunities for me and my career."
By 2010, Mister Car Wash had promoted Melendez to El Paso District
Manager. His ability to self reflect and
learn to make changes within his personal
management style was key to his success.
"Ben's openness to learning new things
and willingness to take on new challenges
is what makes him a stand-out leader at
Mister Car Wash," said Joe Matheny, vice
president of operations. "Ben is connected
to the business and is truly interested
in developing his team, just as he was
developed."
In 2012, CEO John Lai invited
Melendez to relocate to Tucson to oversee
four locations, a number that doubled to
eight by 2014. A year later, he had oversight of the entire Tucson region as well
as Albuquerque, and Melendez was as
excited about car washing as he'd been the
first day he started vacuuming part time.
"Through hard work and dedication, I
have been able to excel with Mister Car
Wash," he said. "The company has provided me with the support and guidance
that has helped me get to where I am
today. Now I have the opportunity to do
what I love on a larger scale. I help others achieve their goals and provide them
with the same opportunities I have been
given. My story is a testament to what
you can accomplish, when you set your
mind to it."
Mister Car Wash is quite open about
its vision. It's not just about delivering a
clean, dry, shiny car fast; it's about inspiring people to shine.
What inspires Melendez to shine? "Our
amazing employees," he said. "Every day
I have the opportunity to have a positive impact on their lives while fueling
my passion for helping others. The most
gratifying part of my job is being able to
personally develop and watch our employees' success as they grow."
Today, Melendez lives in Atlanta
where he serves as the Southeast Division
Manager for Mister Car Wash, supporting the company's 45 sites in Alabama,
Florida and Georgia.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Spring 2018

Letter from the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Overheard Online
ICA’s 2017 Annual Report
ICA Partnership Update
Join the Club
Creating a destination
Feeling Fine
Marketing goes mobile
Where the rubber meets the road
Online outreach
Click here: Facebook 101
Anti-social media
Regional Update
Big brand, small budget
Why now is the best time to plan to attend your industry trade show
Five reasons to offer unlimited washes
Listen, learn & earn
Recruiting top talent
An economic outlook for the car wash industry
The right way to deal with difficult customers and situations
Four tips for leading in uncertain times
Test your emerging technology I.Q.
Communicating trust in the digital age
Jimmy Starnes, Wash Me Now
Ben Melendez, Vintage Car Wash
Marla Mayer, Weiss Guys’ Car Wash
Take a Tour: WOW Car Wash
Automotive technology
The “How” of Carwashing
Blast from the Past
Download It!
Marketing Minute
Top Tweets
Ask Champ
Advertiser Index
5 Things
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Automotive technology
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - The “How” of Carwashing
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Blast from the Past
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Download It!
Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Marketing Minute
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Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Top Tweets
Car Wash - Spring 2018 - Ask Champ
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