Hiring and promoting keys to success
One key to Autobell's success is the company's set of stringent hiring guidelines. Autobell, a chain with 63 washes in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia, is a drug-free workplace that pre-screens all employees and randomly tests their wash managers. The company also has an in-house, full-time professional recruiter who constantly searches for the best and brightest employees. After decades in the carwash business, Autobell knows what they are look for when hiring new employees.
"We take pride in our people. We think we have the best and brightest young men and women out there, and we work hard to get them," Monty Rast, director of store operations, said. "We spend a lot of time and effort training and preparing them to give our customers the best carwash experience available."
The company also promotes employees from within, and there is a regimented process for promotion. Rast said district managers recognize employees that have the ability, talent and desire to choose Autobell as a career path. Here, the company has invested in training and developing so that these employees can be successful as soon as possible.
"We have developed people from within for close to 20 years now," Rast explained. "Everybody, all of our managers and decision makers in this company are home grown, so to speak. And we've identified those traits and skills that we're looking for in our leaders of tomorrow."