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Lance Winslow 's Accomplishments

Here is some media coverage on Lance's Business Endeavors:

Following exhaustive research and comprehensive comparisons of franchise case law, legislative updates and hundred’s of other franchisor documents, Lance wrote his own Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC), Franchisee Agreement with all exhibits. The ninety plus page legal document was approved by the California Department of Corporations in an unusually short timeframe. Lance Winslow became a franchisor at age thirty-two.

WashGuys now has over 20 franchise agreements for various WashGuy systems and modifications of those to make the total over 200 different documents each over 160 pages for use in various jurisdictions and countries all written by Mr. Winslow. Lance Winslow hates bureaucracy and excess governmental controls, which he knows stifle free enterprise, innovation and consumer choice.  It is estimated that this work done by Mr. Winslow has saved the company over half a million dollars in legal fees over the past 3 years alone.

Lance Winslow was previously elected to The Board of Directors of the American Association of Franchises and Dealers (AAFD). He also served on the Fair Franchising Standards Committee. This committee, advised the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and various Senate sub-committees on law changes necessary to protect franchisees.

Later Lance battled with the FTC, Federal Trade Commission over complaints and false declarations coming from competitors. After a year of legal maneuvering from both sides, he settled out of court with no fine and no penalty. Later in a letter to the FTC he pledged to keep a continual eye on their activities so they never falsely accuse another franchisor. He rifled off a 45 page letter as well as another 150 page letter citing their many unwarranted attacks on American Business.

Lance Winslow FTC Letter

Lance Winslow FTC Letter II

Mr. Winslow believes in the Friedman Economic Model, that government and business need to work together to provide a seamless free market system where Entrepreneurs can provide innovation, jobs and capital so consumers can have more choices, better pricing and can vote with their dollars. Mr. Winslow will never back down to those who challenge the spirit of free enterprise or any government agency which attempts to ruin all we are and all we have built..

Car Wash Guys was also a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA), but left due to a difference in beliefs regarding the Internet and modern day franchising, the IFA later changed their views and are now in line with Lance's original concerns 3 years ago. Lance also took advice from Susan Kezios, President of the (AFA) American Franchisee Association and Founder of Women In Franchising. Lance's dedication to the franchising industry has also attracted other franchise leaders, such as Lou Gurnick. Lou was Lance's mentor and sole franchise consultant, starting out. Lou helped found Midas Muffler, was a consultant to Ray Kroc and assisted Tom Monahan in taking Dominos Pizza to Europe.  Lou has over 50 years experience in franchising.

Lance Winslow has also co-authored the book "Franchising 101" published by Upstart Publications a subsidiary of Dearborn. This book is co-sponsored and distributed by the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). Copies are sold and distributed to individuals attending government run seminars and who are interested in starting a business or buying a franchise.

Lance Winslow also authored a book "How To Run A Successful Car Wash Fundraiser" which is geared towards helping non-profit groups raise money.  The Car Wash Fundraiser Book has been referenced on the EPA web site, as well as the states of Montana, Tennessee, Florida, Washington, the City of Los Angeles and many academic papers on the environment and other social issues. This book is available on The Car Wash Guys web site. Lance with the help of his expert web team has developed the premier franchising web site on the Internet; This site was later sold in 2008. They have also developed a site to celebrate our countries ethnic diversity, which is planned to be launched in 2010.

Lance led Car Wash Guys through the rigorous screening of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) to become an approved franchisor eligible for franchisee funding. A task that fewer than eight percent (Less than 250) of all franchisors had accomplished at the time in 1997. There are approximately 1700 active franchisors in America today.

Lance has established with the help of his elite franchisee team and master mind group; proto-type franchise projects including; a fixed site car wash, 8-bay detailing super center, truck detailing shop, fixed site truck wash, and pontoon boat washing units.

Lance Winslow and his team are currently conducting test markets of the following additions to the team: mobile oil change trucks, Oil Change Guys, mobile bed-liners and other coatings and chemical snow removal units. 

He was engineering and created the drawings, & prototype of an electric powered hydro-cushioned car wash truck, until fuel cells became feasible and sent that project back to the drawing board. Over the last four years Lance has traveled to all 50 US states, visited every state capitol building, and gone to every city in the continental U.S. with a population of 10,000 or more.  He did this to lobby for his company and the mobile washing Industry, discussing environmental concerns, non profit groups, energy issues, water shortages, crime, employment, and children's issues. He has traveled to 90 Indian Reservations, 250 museums, visited 500 Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Associations to discuss the possible role for The Car Wash Guys in those communities. 

Mr. Winslow believes it is necessary to understand the local dynamics of an area before he enters the market. See just a few of the places we have been; click here. Lance has also been to every state capital in the United States; click here. (Photos taken prior to 9/11)

Lance has also visited over 3000 coin-op car washes, 700 full service car washes, 3800 roll-over car washes, and had his Corporate Command Center washed at over 100 different truck washes.  He has visited 600 of the Nations largest corporation head quarters.  He has viewed the units of over 1000 plus mobile washing units and visited every other major manufacturer of washing equipment. and its predecessor company have forced an estimated 380 competing companies to exit the marketplace through direct competition in the market place.  Mr. Winslow takes nothing for granted and does not believe in luck, believing business is a three dimensional chess game whose rules change every minute and every move effects every other and that there are new undiscovered moves awaiting those who study the theory of the game, he loves it.


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