Well, here we are, in the midst of summer. I’m not sure who thought up the lyrics to Nat King Cole’s "Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer," because I find the months of June, July, August and September to be anything but indolent. On top of the busy work we’ve been doing here at PC&D (new website, new logo, new podcasts, blogs, the new Welcome to the Carwash Industry publication, etc.) I also had to undertake my absolute and most challenging task. And, despite my attempts to pass this task onto someone else, I knew I had to buckle up and brave the waters and just do it. That’s right, folks, I’m talking about choosing the 2012 Most Valuable Carwasher.
I know, I know, there are people out there who face real hardships head on and don’t complain. But, it really is difficult for me to have to read through the applications and only pick one person. I must admit, all of the submissions were beautifully written and all of the candidates were more than worthy of the title. But, the person who stood out the most was because of two things: His charity involvement and the passion for his work. That’s not to say the other candidates do not participate in fundraisers or charities or are passionless. In fact, I’m sure that they do participate as such involvement seems to be a common denominator amongst detailers and carwashers. So, to read who is this year’s Most Valuable Carwasher, please click here.
I also want to use this opportunity to praise all of the owners out there who continue to support causes through their businesses. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is an amazingly generous industry and I am so proud to be a part of it. Around Memorial Day, when a lot of you gave out free washes to veterans, I learned about Auto Spa Car Wash owner David Woods, who owns washes in York and Kittery, ME. Woods had learned that one of his employees was in need of a wheelchair van for his developmentally disabled son. Upon hearing this news, Woods immediately decided to give all of the profits from his Memorial Day weekend sales to his employee to help buy a van. At the time this was written, it is unclear how much money was raised, so let’s hope it was enough to help out. You see, it’s people like that that make me love doing what I do every day — that’s not including the dreadful task of having to choose the most valuable carwasher, of course. Until next month, stay cool.