When we study the history of a franchise company, we see how the company grows in the marketplace and how entrepreneurial thinkers enjoy the opportunities to provide goods and services that meet the desires of the market. In this review of the boys ’and girls’ washing history we see that the company is diversifying and finding other niches to service, some of which are actually better than the original plan. This is very common and typical of entrepreneurs from zero companies, but more and more often state regulators and rules cannot understand how real companies are. This study shows the similarity of many humble beginnings. If you look at Walt Disney, who started in the barn behind the studio, or Apple’s work in the garage, or even Bill Gates and his car counting machine, you can see how everything grows and builds, and entrepreneurs find and operate niches. Now back to our story of the guys washing the plane, part III:
After all the research Mr. Winslow decided it was time to go for it; It’s time to run a franchise campaign on your own without any venture capital. He planned to build the business the way we always did with gross proceeds. He continued to build the business by washing cars and planes, and renamed it the car wash guy. He created guys from car washes to 35 units serving 43 cities using independent contractors. In 1996, he decided to become a de facto franchise company, forming Car Wash Guys International, Inc. He could now better control consistency, color gamut, and service quality by guiding Ray Croc’s comments in his book, Grinding.
Going from aviation to automotive services, he tends to run our business strictly. In aviation it is increasingly critical than in the automotive field, but he believed that over-dealing with small details would actually be a good thing and an advantage over competitors when working with cars. During the capture of “.Com”, he changed the name to WashGuy.com and added websites for different brand names. Of course, the “Washing the Planes” guys have always been Mr. Winslow’s favorite, because that’s where he started working 27 years ago. After the successes and difficulties of exploring all the other different market segments for Team Wash Guys, it was great to offer Air Wash Wash Guys as a completely separate franchise module to those aviation people who would like to own their own business.
The guys wash cars, trucks, boats, concrete and more, and as you probably know, washing planes requires different training, soap, equipment, and wastewater recovery for environmental reasons. The FAA will borrow money to improve aircraft if airports do not comply with strict environmental laws. It is for this reason that Mr. Winslow is so active in helping the team meet environmental requirements and sharing his expertise with government agencies involved in developing BMPs for the aviation industry.
In 1997, Lance Winslow met and hired Arthur Dickey, the creator of Tidy Plane, to work in product development. Try a better product called Dry Wash, using gas as the active ingredient. The tamed car tried to put Tidy Plane on the market, but without Arthur’s devotion it failed. Arthur helped the company design the labels and with the help of his pharmacist developed the best products safe for the aviation industry that actually work from Lance’s garage. Arthur was one of the original Tidy Car franchises, his dad once owned a small airline in Los Angeles that flew planes, and later was one of the most popular mailbox franchises, etc. The tidy car forced Arthur to stop his Tidy Plan Concept, using a franchise clause that felt it didn’t work with their brand. A decade later Tidy Car sold this brand to Ziebart. Arthur’s brother ran the “Tidy Car” franchise and did a lot of aircraft washing for aircraft customers in Florida. Arthur was hired by the founder of the super-charger Paxton, and the Paxton Racing team, after he developed his super-wax brand for sale at Wal-Mart and the Pep Boys, after Arthur left the brand, never reached full potential. Arthur with all this knowledge allowed us to easily meet all the requirements of MSDS. Arthur after developing the company’s product line moved on to exploring other possibilities and continued his fascination with the Dry Wash Concept and together with a friend convinced Fed X to exclusively use it in many markets and he set up a network of operators with some partners using his new blend.
In 2000, Mr. Winslow gave notice to all the guys at the car wash, saying they were forbidden to wash planes because of potential negative PR in newspapers if they got dirty, and insurance requirements and equipment were not appropriate in case of damage, and UFOC for The guys at the car wash didn’t deal with these issues, and those independent contractor contracts were 10 years old. That was the main dilemma. So the team gathered to create a set of training videos, upgrade equipment so the team could retain aviation customers and enforce laws. Several franchisees with the car wash guys performed and washed the planes. It was found that the aviation market was not satisfactory, so we switched to a full-scale franchise system. It has been observed that the FBA, Flying Schools and especially the market for small jets have really taken off. This allowed the guys at the car wash to sign airplane washing agreements or in some cases when they bought specialized equipment and made oral contracts.
Then when we started going, the FTC hurt many of our franchisees by attacking car washes and then other terrorists aged 9-11 almost dealt a deadly blow to General General aviation, but the people from aviation are tough as they come and today the market sector bounces. Lance has often wondered who is worse than government regulators of terrorist regulators or Osama bin Laden’s own company?
Mr. Winslow is always fascinated by flight and aviation. His father was a decorated naval pilot who flew in Squadron 8 Puerto Rico during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 250 combat missions A-4, later CO Naval Squadron (A-7 Corsair II), later a Navy captain, later and the airline pilot (737, 727, DC-10, 747, 777, 757), after retirement, is currently flying in a Gulfstream corporate aircraft. Mr. Winslow’s dad wants him to be able to fly an F-18 in the sandbox now. Mr. Winslow’s grandfather was the head of the FAA at Fresno International Airport and flew in a B-24 aircraft, and his step grandfather flew in a flying fortress B-17), and his other grandfather built the first gyroscope with a laser ring, which is now used as a guidance system. aviation, marine and space industries. It’s in my blood. Lance Winslow’s brother is a pilot of the S-130 command of the US Marines stationed outside Miromar.
Today, the Aircraft Wash Guys team washes in Aviation Millionaires, Executive Jet, etc., as well as companies such as Raytheon, Cessna and others. They have washed jets at Little Rock Arkansas, Scottsdale, Aesterpark AK, Colorado Springs, Bozeman, MK, Columbus, California, Van Nuys, California and many other airports across the country. Targets today include 35 guys washing planes in 2007 and 50 by 2009 and 100 by 2011. Ambitious, big times, and can they do it? What they think is possible, time will tell. They have competition in the industry, as in any business, not so much, but they plan to do whatever it takes and remain the leading advantage.
If you study any service franchise in the United States or in the aviation sector of any great company, you will see that they all came from the most humble beginnings, mistakes made; had to fight government regulators and competitors and pressured to succeed. Of all the great names in aviation that hang on the wall in museums across the country, such as the Museo Wichita Aviation, the Wright Patterson Aviation Museum or even the Smithsonian, you see the misfortunes that make this industry and this country wonderful. Recently, Bert Rutan made such a comment in Congress during his testimony about the birth of the private space industry. America is great, but we have to go out and take risks if we want to stay on top.