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John Lai

John Lai
President & CEO

As President and Chief Executive Officer, John Lai has companywide responsibility for operations, marketing, finance, accounting, and human resources. During his tenure with Mister Car Wash, John has also served as President & COO and Vice President of Market Development. John graduated from the University of Arizona in 1987.

Prior to his career with Mister Car Wash, John was vice president of FinanCenter Inc., president of Blue Coral Systems Inc., and held a variety of management positions with Nestle SA and Carnation.

John has served on the board of the International Car Wash and Western Car Wash Associations. John leads the organizational vision as Mister Car Wash continues its expansion into a nationally recognized brand and industry leader.

Darren Skarecky

Darren Skarecky
CFO

Darren Skarecky joined the Mister Car Wash team as Chief Financial Officer in 2014.  He has responsibility for all finance functions, information technology, procurement, legal, accounting and risk management. Darren graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Accounting.  He is a licensed CPA in Arizona.

Prior to joining Mister Car Wash, Darren was Vice President of Finance, North America for Insight Enterprises, a Fortune 500 technology provider. He served in various finance roles and leadership capacities for Insight and its subsidiaries beginning in 1997.

Darren brings strong financial leadership along with extensive operational expertise in managing large, complex organizations, experience he will use to help drive Mister Car Wash into the future.

Larry Minich

Larry Minich
Vice President and Special Advisor

Larry served as the company's CFO from 1999 through 2013, at which time he stepped down as part of the Company's Management Succession Plan. As VP and Special Advisor he continues to work with the company's acquisition team to evaluate new acquisitions, negotiate purchase contracts, and coordinate financial and legal due diligence related to acquisitions. He also serves on the Company's investment committee and as an advisor to senior management on strategic, operational and administrative matters.

Prior to Mister Car Wash Larry worked as a financial consultant from 1997 to 1999, was a Senior Vice-President and Treasurer of Blue Coral Inc., in Cleveland Ohio from 1981 to 1996, and worked for Arthur Andersen from 1970 to 1981. He is a CPA and a graduate of the University of Akron.

Dave Hail

Dave Hail
Vice President, Facilities Management

A 35-year veteran of the car wash industry, Dave has served as a member of the Mister Car Wash team for the past 12 years. Throughout his tenure in the car wash industry, Dave has worked in a number of roles with various companies, gaining valuable experience and extensive knowledge of the industry along the way. He spent the first 13 years of his career learning the ropes of operations management with Octopus Car Wash before assuming his role as a manager of dispensing and applications at Ecolab/Blue Coral, where he created an in-house manufacturing facility for custom chemical application systems.

As a member of the Mister Car Wash team, Dave oversees all aspects of facilities management and construction, in addition to managing the research and development of new products. He also worked to co-develop the Original Hot Shine, a Mister Car Wash signature product designed to give all vehicles a long lasting shine, which can be found at Mister Car Wash locations throughout the country.

Abbe Goncharsky

Abbe M. Goncharsky
Vice President, Human Resources and Associate Counsel

As Mister Car Wash's Vice President for Human Resources and Associate Counsel, Abbe is responsible for the company's human resources and payroll department and all aspects of the company's compliance with federal and state employment law. Abbe also shares responsibility for legal matters with the company's General Counsel.

Prior to joining Mister Car Wash, Abbe was a partner in the Labor and Employment practice group of the law firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber. For eleven years, Abbe counseled for- and non-profit employers of all sizes on compliance with applicable federal and state laws and represented businesses in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in governmental investigations. Abbe has also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Jefferson L. Lankford of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, and a Law Intern to the Honorable M. Jan Florez and William E. Druke of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two.

Bruce Schumacher

Bruce Schumacher
Director of Strategic Initiatives

As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Bruce Schumacher oversees financial planning and analysis, acquisition due diligence, and leads the procurement process at Mister Car Wash. Bruce began his career over 30 years ago at Deloitte & Touche and most recently owned an accounting consulting business.

A graduate from the University of Arizona, and CPA, Bruce is well recognized for his ability to identify revenue optimization opportunities and cost reduction programs leading to overall earnings growth. Since joining the company in 2000 Bruce has combined a strong financial expertise with a unique understanding of operations to create a balanced approach to process improvements.

Felipe Valenzuela

Felipe Valenzuela
Director of Operations

Felipe Valenzuela began his career with Mister Car Wash as a financial analyst in 2010 and quickly worked his way through the ranks to become director of operations in 2013. Felipe has a BSBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona.

Throughout his time with Mister Car Wash, he has worked to significantly improve Mister Car Wash’s budgeting and financial reporting process. Felipe has also played an active role in developing pricing strategies and analysis.

Felipe brings a passion for maximized efficiencies and systems of operations to the Mister Car Wash team. He is always looking for ways to continuously improve existing systems and procedures, allowing Mister Car Wash to remain the leader in the car wash industry and to continue inventing the future.

Casey Lindsay

Casey Lindsay
Director of Acquisitions

As an integral member of the Mister Car Wash team, Casey Lindsay oversees all aspects of Mister’s acquisition strategy throughout the country. Casey’s knowledge and experience with successful acquisitions spans both nationally and internationally.

Before joining the Mister Car Wash team, Casey oversaw more than 350 acquisitions nationwide of the largest US hearing aid retail company in the United States, Connect Hearing. Prior to his success with Connect Hearing, Casey managed the acquisition process across the United Kingdom for the private equity group, General Finance Group.

In his role as director of acquisitions, Casey is constantly searching for new opportunities to grow Mister Car Wash and enjoys working for a company that challenges and encourages the professional growth of its team members.

Sarah Mendez

Sarah Mendez
Director of Integration

A graduate of Auburn University, Sarah has played an integral role in Mister Car Wash's success and growth since joining the team nearly 12 years ago. Prior to joining Mister Car Wash, Sarah worked in various marketing roles, and led the marketing team for more than six years.

Sarah has most recently taken on the position of Director of Integration. Full of energy and passionate about the mission, Sarah works to elevate the Mister Car Wash brand experience in newly acquired markets through integration process planning and implementation. From due diligence through business plan development and execution, Sarah maintains keen focus on creating a seamless transition for newly acquired locations into the Mister Car Wash portfolio.

Chris Northey

Chris Northey
Director of Marketing

Chris oversees the marketing department for Mister Car Wash. In his current role, Chris focuses on leading the organizational marketing programs towards brand and member growth strategies.

Prior to joining Mister Car Wash, Chris worked as a director in operations for Royal Caribbean International. Chris graduated from the University of Guelph in 2003 and holds an MBA from the University of Arizona.

Mayra Chimienti

Mayra Chimienti
Director of Training and Development

Mayra oversees Training Development for Mister Car Wash.

Mayra began her career in 2003 as a Regional Trainer for the El Paso market and was promoted in 2010 into her current role to help streamline procedures, create our Management Training Program and launch Mister Car Wash University. Mayra also plays a key role in the post-acquisition integration process and is particularly good at helping assimilate new team members into the organization. Mayra has a BA from the University of Texas at El Paso.