Here is some media coverage on Lance's Business
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.
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.
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
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
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.
WashGuy.com 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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