“In my 50 years, this is the most exciting time to be in this business.”
These were the words of our own Tom Essenburg as he was
inducted into the car wash hall of fame at The Car Wash Show 2019 only days ago,
in recognition of his long service and influential career in the car wash
Tom has been with our company from the very beginning, founding Tommy Car Wash Systems to pursue changes and improvements to car wash technology and laying the foundations that would become Tommy’s Express Car Wash, a family of high-performance designer car washes that produce a premium result faster and more consistently than any other system on the market.
Held in Nashville, TN this year’s convention featured car
wash operators, manufacturers, and industry leaders from across the world—including
a strong contingent of Tommy Car wash Systems and Tommy’s Express team members.
A number of new developments were featured, including updates to the Totally
Tommy design, equipment refinements, and all new products including a new performance
vacuum design and the 24k Tommy RO System.
The event also included a joint presentation between Ryan
Essenburg, President of Tommy Car Wash Systems, and Ed Rensi, former CEO of
McDonalds, on the Fundamentals of Express Car Wash Success, franchising, and
the emerging changes sweeping our industry.
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To accommodate dramatically increasing production—largely a result
of the success and growth of the Tommy’s Express Car Wash Franchise—Tommy Car
Wash Systems recently expanded their existing facilities to include a large
warehousing facility a short distance away the company’s existing assembly and
According to Ethan Lemmen, Director of Operations for Tommy
Car Wash Systems, the new warehouse will serve as a fulfillment hub and will
house a large stock of finished car wash product and equipment, ready for
dispatch to new car wash development locations as needed.
The expansion is a core piece of the 2020 Model Year program, a company-wide project to standardize products and streamline the car wash production process from first quote to final fulfillment. This effort promises to yield a variety of internal and external benefits and help Tommy Car Wash Systems to continue to serve the car wash industry with excellence and consistency.
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As with all retail establishments, location is one of, if not the single most critical factors to consider from the earliest stages of a car washes planning and development. And when deciding on a car wash location, a thorough demographics study is just one of the tools available to help operators make the best possible decision.
Ryan Essenburg, President of Tommy Car Wash Systems and the Tommy’s Express franchise, will take you on a walk-through our our newest corporate location. Tommy’s Express Jenison is a full-size Totally Tommy Express-style car wash with franchise exclusive equipment as well as several brand-new innovations and equipment examples you’ll be seeing more of soon!
The car wash industry has entered in a period of rapid transition, with new technologies and practices making inroads and bringing change to both customer expectations and industry norms. As we look forward to the coming year and beyond we’ve come to expect the following five car wash industry trends to play an increasingly central role.
Tommy Car Wash Systems is pleased to announce that Alex Lemmen has joined the company in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer.
Lemmen brings an international perspective and growth-centric mindset to the Tommy Car Wash Systems team, having served for approximately five years with distinction as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). BCG is a highly respected global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy.
Ryan Essenburg, President of Tommy Car Wash Systems, stated: “Alex brings a perspective and skill set that is essential to our sustained growth and profitability. His experience with BCG puts him in a select group of individuals with the experience needed to scale a business to a national and international level.”
While his former responsibilities focused on global consumer goods and retail sectors, primarily concentrated in Latin America and the United States, Lemmen will now be responsible for helping the company navigate the aggressive growth triggered by the successful launch of the Tommy’s Express Car Wash franchise.
Lemmen is a native of West Michigan and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M Ross School of Business.
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The Michigan-based VisionQuest Inc. family of companies celebrated another year of growth and camaraderie at the Summer 2018 corporate rally in Holland, MI. Team members from sister companies including car wash developer Tommy Car Wash Systems, the Tommy’s Express Car Wash franchise corporate office, beloved West Michigan car wash brand Quality Car Wash, Tommy’s Express Car Wash corporate locations, corporately-owned Tim Horton’s franchises, and professional marketing group Navigate all gathered to share the year’s accomplishments and reinvest in a shared identity of service, value, and mission.
Tommy Car Wash Systems’ corporate parent VisionQuest Inc. has been named to the list of ‘West Michigan’s ‘101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For’ by the National Association for Business Resources. VisionQuest Inc. is also the corporate parent of local car wash chain Quality Car Wash, national car wash franchise Tommy’s Express Car Wash, and West Michigan-based marketing group Navigate.