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Tim Branfalt here. I’m stoked to be the new managing editor at Professional Carwashing & Detailing and would like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself.
I recently graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, with a master’s degree in communications. I attended Herkimer County Community College and The University at Albany for my undergrad study; I majored in journalism at those institutions.
During my academic career I wrote and edited the college papers: the Albany Student Press at UAlbany and The Chronicle at Saint Rose. I also had the opportunity to work closely with several journalists and authors during that time – notably: Thomas Bass, Debra Dickerson, Don Forst and Cailin Brown. Each of them helped round out my skillset which will certainly help me as I make this transition from academia to helping the awesome Deb Gorgos, and the team, edit PC&D.
I am also fresh off a stint as staff writer for The Legislative Gazette where I covered New York state politics and wrote extensively about public policy. I can offer my expertise about many of the public policy issues that might affect your businesses, so please - if you have any questions at all about bill-speak or the odds a bill might pass through your state’s legislature and the impact it could have in the industry – feel free to reach out to me.
I also have far-reaching knowledge of how to best use social media to increase your visibility online. Social media was a major focus of my graduate studies. Again, feel free to reach out to me if your social media presence is falling short of your expectations. I’m sure many owners and operators face many of the same social media issues.
A little about my carwash knowledge…
During my winter breaks at HCCC I worked at a carwash in Hartford, Connecticut. It was a full service tunnel wash. It was consistently busy during the cold northeast winters but all of the constant movement kept me warm. I was treated well each winter and always returned to Herkimer with a replenished bank account. I actually miss those days sometimes, especially the crew I worked with – they were some of the most hardworking group of guys I have ever had the privilege to meet.
That said - I’m excited to learn more about the industry that kept me fed for a couple of months during my early college years and truly cannot wait to meet many of you that I have already read so much about.