This week, we cover Autobell Car Wash scholarships, awards, grand openings and a partnership.

Autobell® Car Wash Inc. awards 2019 academic scholarships

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the 2019–20 academic year, Autobell Car Wash presented 136 of its team members in the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland with scholarships towards the college or university of their choice, with the year’s gifts totaling $169,250, according to a press release. 

Since its inception, the AutobellCar Wash Scholarship Program has awarded qualifying applicants more than $1.6 million in scholarship funding, the release continued.

The scholarship program is open to current Autobellteam members who have been employed with the company for a continuous 12 months, the release noted.

The selection process considers each student’s academic diligence and accomplishments, productive extracurricular activities, civic engagement and letters from references familiar with the applicant through school and community involvement, the release added.

The application also requires an essay that discusses an educational or creative aspect of their employment experience, the release stated.

“The Autobell Scholarship Program gives us an opportunity to encourage pursuit of higher education for our employees while rewarding them for their hard work and dedication,” stated Autobell Human Resources Manager Katie Sens. “We’re excited to help team members continue their professional development while also fulfilling personal dreams of studying and working in a field about which they’re passionate.”

This year’s recipients by region are:

Metro Atlanta, Georgia

  • Caeley Anderson, Acworth, Georgia–Kennesaw State University
  • Michael Roberts, Acworth, Georgia – Georgia Highlands College
  • Jordan Southerland, Acworth, Georgia – Kennesaw State University
  • Cameron Youngblood, Duluth, Georgia – Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Adrian Iannamico, Johns Creek, Georgia –UNC Chapel Hill
  • Melanie Maule, Kennesaw, Georgia –University of Georgia
  • Justin Black, Lawrenceville, Georgia –Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Benjamin Dillingham, Lawrenceville, Georgia –Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Jeremiah Lehmberg, Lawrenceville, Georgia–University of Georgia
  • Kevin Norris, Lawrenceville, Georgia – Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Zachary Taylor, Lawrenceville, Georgia – University of North Georgia Dahlonega
  • Thomas Brookman, Lilburn, Georgia –Kennesaw State University
  • Allyson Budreau, Marietta, Georgia –Kennesaw State University
  • Brisa Zavala, Marietta, Georgia – Georgia State University

Baltimore, Maryland/Washington, D.C. Metro

  • Joseph Gambino Batchelder, Annapolis, Maryland –University of Maryland University College
  • Heather Waugh, Bel Air, Maryland – Elizabethtown College
  • Alexei Sanidad, Bowie, Maryland – Anne Arundel Community College

Cabarrus County, North Carolina

  • Dennie Donath, Concord, North Carolina – Florida State University
  • Quinton Menchan, Concord, North Carolina – Rowan Cabarrus Community College
  • Jacob Bulanda, Harrisburg, North Carolina –Kent State University
  • Cameron McGee, Harrisburg, North Carolina –Appalachian State University
  • William McGee, Harrisburg, North Carolina – Lenoir Rhyne University 
  • Will Simoneaux, Kannapolis, North Carolina – Central Piedmont Community College
  • Marc Padilla, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina – UNC Charlotte

Eastern North Carolina

  • Zackary Wells, Battleboro, North Carolina – Nash Community College
  • Mohamdod Alzer, Nashville, North Carolina– UNC Chapel Hill
  • Landon Quigley, Rocky Mount, North Carolina – Nash Community College
  • Bryan Peele, Sims, North Carolina – Wilson Community College
  • Jackson Smith, Sims, North Carolina – Liberty University

Gaston County, North Carolina

  • Chandler Childs, Belmont, North Carolina –UNC Charlotte
  • Luke Shuler, Gastonia, North Carolina – North Carolina State University

Iredell County, North Carolina

  • Kira Orellana, Mooresville, North Carolina – Mitchell Community College
  • Cody Kraft, Statesville, North Carolina –Appalachian State University
  • Chandler Marlow, Turnersburg, North Carolina – Collaborative College of Technology & Leadership

Lincoln County, North Carolina

  • Chandler McCaslin, Denver, North Carolina –University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • Melissa Rincon, Denver, North Carolina – UNC Charlotte
  • Cody Aymar, Lincolnton, North Carolina–UNC Charlotte
  • Lance Bailey, Lincolnton, North Carolina–Gardner Webb University
  • Caleb Brown, Lincolnton, North Carolina –Central Piedmont Community College
  • Matthew Moore, Lincolnton, North Carolina – Gaston College
  • Lily Teseniar, Lincolnton, North Carolina – UNC Wilmington

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

  • Casey Bielefeld, Charlotte, North Carolina –North Carolina State University
  • Grantley Bone, Charlotte, North Carolina –North Greenville University
  • Ja’Vonte Bowden, Charlotte, North Carolina –North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Eric Brown, Charlotte, North Carolina –Western Carolina University
  • Natalie Carswell, Charlotte, North Carolina –Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Brenden Coleman, Charlotte, North Carolina –North Carolina State University
  • Abigail Gallup, Charlotte, North Carolina –University of South Carolina
  • Mason Fanning, Charlotte, North Carolina –University Of South Carolina Columbia
  • Terry Howell, Charlotte, North Carolina –UNC Charlotte
  • Austin Long, Charlotte, North Carolina –Western Carolina University
  • Connor Morell, Charlotte, North Carolina – Auburn University
  • Madison Ramirez, Charlotte, North Carolina – Appalachian State University
  • Hunter Sample, Charlotte, North Carolina – Clemson University
  • Harrison Singer, Charlotte, North Carolina – Auburn University
  • Larson Spears, Charlotte, North Carolina – UNC Charlotte
  • Stephen Stanish, Charlotte, North Carolina – UNC Charlotte
  • Jason Sudikoff, Charlotte, North Carolina – UNC Wilmington
  • Bowman McCoy, Davidson, North Carolina –University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Nicholas Pillo, Huntersville, North Carolina – University of South Carolina
  • Jared Diegelman, Matthews, North Carolina –Central Piedmont Community College
  • William Eckert, Matthews, North Carolina –The University of Mississippi
  • Landin Mills, Matthews, North Carolina – Central Piedmont Community College
  • William Rast, Matthews, North Carolina – Appalachian State University
  • Brandon Ward, Matthews, North Carolina – UNC Chapel Hill

Stanly County, North Carolina

  • Alexandria Gilmore, Norwood, North Carolina –Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Kirsten Gilmore, Norwood, North Carolina – UNC Charlotte

Triad North Carolina

  • Micah Long, Burlington, North Carolina –UNC Chapel Hill
  • Lars David Almvide Lundberg, Greensboro, North Carolina–University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Garrett Collins, Greensboro, North Carolina –East Carolina University
  • Bryce Craig, Greensboro, North Carolina –Guilford College
  • Christopher Reed, Greensboro, North Carolina– Guilford Technical Community College
  • Joshua Sumner, Greensboro, North Carolina – UNC Greensboro
  • Efrain Villafane-Flores, Greensboro, North Carolina – Guilford Technical Community College
  • Bradley Wasserman, Greensboro, North Carolina – Appalachian State University
  • Daniel Qualls, Liberty, North Carolina – East Carolina University

Additionally, Autobell employee Michael Trentini of Greensboro, North Carolina, was awarded the 2019 Larry Harrell Scholarship from the International Carwash Association, the release stated; he attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Triangle North Carolina

  • Nikolai Barnack, Cary, North Carolina –Wake Technical Community College
  • Ryan Tempke, Cary, North Carolina – UNC Charlotte
  • Michael Rhodes, Garner, North Carolina – UNC Charlotte
  • Maxwell Verplank, Garner, North Carolina – Wake Technical Community College
  • Jason P. Wood, Knightdale, North Carolina – Wake Technical Community College
  • Cade Haas, Raleigh, North Carolina –UNC Charlotte
  • Alex Fisher, Raleigh, North Carolina –East Carolina University
  • David Fitzpatrick, Raleigh, North Carolina – North Carolina State University
  • Steven Homsher, Raleigh, North Carolina –Wake Technical Community College
  • Lauren Johann, Raleigh, North Carolina –Appalachian State University
  • Kyle Jones, Raleigh, North Carolina –Wake Technical Community College
  • Brandon Pretter, Raleigh, North Carolina – Clemson University
  • Tazewell Steed, Raleigh, North Carolina – Wake Technical Community College
  • Wesley Thorpe, Raleigh, North Carolina – Wake Technical Community College
  • Taylor Steelman, Rolesville, North Carolina – Wake Technical Community College
  • Brock Olson, Wake Forest, North Carolina – North Carolina State University
  • Andrew Leonard, Zebulon, North Carolina –Wake Technical Community College

Union County, North Carolina

  • Daniel McGinn, Indian Trail, North Carolina – Appalachian State University
  • Paige Thompson, Indian Trail, North Carolina – Mars Hill University
  • Lauren Viebrock, Indian Trail, North Carolina – Aveda Institute of Charlotte
  • Abrey Austin, Marshville, North Carolina–Central Piedmont Community College
  • Thomas Austin, Marshville, North Carolina–University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Avery Grise–Rosas, Monroe, North Carolina –Central Piedmont Community College
  • Mark Haithcox, Monroe, North Carolina –UNC Charlotte
  • McKenzie Meyer, Monroe, North Carolina – East Carolina University
  • Darden Meyer, Monroe, North Carolina – East Carolina University
  • Hannah Ohlson, Monroe, North Carolina – UNC Charlotte
  • Kimberly Smith, Monroe, North Carolina – UNC Charlotte
  • Justin Bloos, Waxhaw, North Carolina –UNC Charlotte
  • Lauren Capoziello, Waxhaw, North Carolina –North Carolina State University
  • Hunter Ross, Waxhaw, North Carolina – Central Piedmont Community College

Western North Carolina

  • Jonathan Black, Asheville, North Carolina –University of North Carolina Asheville
  • Adam Lytle, Hendersonville, North Carolina –UNC Charlotte
  • Drew Williams, Hendersonville, North Carolina – Western Carolina University
  • Steven Kinsey, Marion, North Carolina –North Carolina State University
  • Dylan Deane, Waynesville, North Carolina – Western Carolina University

South Carolina

  • Preston Berger, Fort Mill, South Carolina –College of Charleston
  • Riley Cauthen, Fort Mill, South Carolina –College of Charleston
  • Calvin Currie, Fort Mill, South Carolina –Lander University
  • Tommy Purucker, Fort Mill, South Carolina – University of South Carolina
  • Dalen Byerley, Lancaster, South Carolina –College of Charleston
  • Daniel Mackey, Tega Cay, South Carolina –College of Charleston

Hampton Roads, Virginia

  • Kurt Chrisman-Jones, Chesapeake, Virginia –George Mason University
  • Kurt Gilmore, Chesapeake, Virginia –Tidewater Community College
  • Dominic Gray, Chesapeake, Virginia –University of Tennessee
  • Christopher Mills, Chesapeake, Virginia – Tidewater Community College
  • Evan O’Sullivan, Chesapeake, Virginia – Old Dominion University
  • Jared Parris, Chesapeake, Virginia – Tidewater Community College Virginia Tech
  • Titus Sapp, Hampton, Virginia – Old Dominion University
  • Parker Adams,Newport News, Virginia – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Sean Allen, Newport News, Virginia – Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Camden Carpenter, Newport News, Virginia –Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Nathan Dame, Newport News, Virginia –Old Dominion University
  • Devon Moore, Newport News, Virginia – Old Dominion University
  • Gary Cross, Portsmouth, Virginia –Old Dominion University
  • Nia Chung, Suffolk, Virginia –Old Dominion University
  • Mitchell Miller, Suffolk, Virginia – Radford University
  • Courtney Carr, Virginia Beach, Virginia –Tidewater Community College
  • Andrew Spataro, Virginia Beach, Virginia – Old Dominion University

Grease Monkey® Franchisee of the Year: Robert and Amy Rodriguez

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.Grease Monkey® International LLC ­­franchisees Robert and Amy Rodriguez were honored last night by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award, according to a press release. 

The award winner is elected based on a number of qualifications, all of which have been exceeded by the Rodriguez’s, the release continued. 

The Rodriguez’s are in their third year with the brand and have hit the ground running their three-bay center plus carwash in Laredo, Texas, the release noted.

They just finished their fourth annual summer nights car show and once again auctioned off a car and donated the money to charity, the release added. 

The Rodriguez’s take time to mentor new Grease Monkey owners, the release stated.

Amy is currently serving as a regional chairperson on Grease Monkey’s® International Franchise Advisory Council board, the release continued.

Kevin Kormondy, president and chief operating officer of Grease Monkey said, “We are honored to have Amy and Robert represent Grease Monkey as our IFA Franchisees of the Year. They truly embody the spirit and culture of our brand, and their hard work and diligence are a credit to the entire organization.”

Carwash couple opens second location

HAYLEY, Pa. — Dave and Barbara Edwards, owners/operators of The CAR WASH on Hamlin Hwy & DOG WASH Too…, have opened a second site 13 miles up the road in the Lake Region in Hawley, Pennsylvania: The CAR WASH on RT6, according to a press release.

The half-acre lot features one tunnel and two self-serve bays site and was tired at only 12 years old, the release continued.

This provided the Edwards the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and bring their carwash model up the road to a town that had been requesting them to come for the past two years, the release noted.

With just four years under their belts with the Hamlin site, along with listening to their guests and observing the vehicle and vessel wash needs in the community and region, they put a plan together to renovate the site, the release added.

Embracing the fact that the site operates under a special use permit, as it is 100% reclaim and has a green metal and glass building, they took a keen interest in being as environmentally friendly as possible in all aspects of renovating the site, the release stated. 

The prior equipment was removed by a carwash salvage company for re-purposing; all metal items, along with pallets were picked up by a local “scrapper,” leaving them with only a 10-yard debris container to use during the entire renovation; and finally, they removed all the prior HID lighting and installed all new LED lighting, the release continued.

Faced with 12-year-old glass partitions that had taken the abuse of all the chemistry effects and it not in the budget for replacement, they covered them with vinyl graphic ads supporting local businesses, the release added.

They opened the carwash on Aug. 1st, and have since been washing cars, trucks, boats, jet skis, motorcycles and the local volunteer fire department ambulances and state trooper vehicles, the release noted.

The CAR WASH on RT6 was also awarded the Green Business of the Year Award by the Chamber of the Northern Poconos, the release concluded. 

3M personal automotive products featured as exclusive brand of the Ferrari Club of America

ST. PAUL, Minn. ––3M has announced a new partnership wherein the company’s personal automotive products, including window tint, paint protection film and car wrap films, will be featured as the exclusive brand of the Ferrari Club of America, according to a press release.

 “The people of 3M are pioneers in the window tint, paint protection film and wrap film industry,” said National Corporate Partnership Chairman Neil Gardner, “which makes their world-class products a natural fit for the passion and notoriously high standards we have for our cars.”

“We’re very excited to join forces with The Ferrari Club of America,” said Bill Hibbard, 3M national window film business manager. “We know that our customers value high-performing products, and that’s why our powerful and inspirational brands align so well.”

3M will be featured prominently at the Annual Experience in Arizona from Nov. 6-10, where hundreds of Ferrari Club of America members visit with their vehicles for the event, the release stated. 

3M™ Window Films, 3M™ Paint Protection Films and 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 will all be demonstrated and promoted during the event, the release noted.

 The 3M network of installers across the country will be engaging with the Ferrari Club of America Chapters to help support their vehicle automotive customization needs and local events, the release stated.

“We’re looking forward to building a strong relationship with the Club,” said Hibbard. ­

Castle Car Wash to open new location

QUINCY, Wash. — According to ifiberone.com, after opening in Ephrata in August 2017, Washington, Castle Car Wash is now expanding to Quincy and plans to open by Oct. 1st.

Owner John Dreher said, “Business in Ephrata has been great. The community has really supported me. It’s just been wonderful. I chose Quincy because it neighbors Ephrata; there’s lot of summertime folks that work from the westside.” 

Dreher and his brother founded the Washington-state-based carwash and currently have locations in Selah, Zillah, Grandview and Prosser, the article concluded.