This episode delves into the journey and philosophies of Qual Chem, a company known for its environmentally responsible car wash chemistry. Guests Claudia Moldovan-Crea and Jessica Price Easter discuss the company's origins, its commitment to green chemistry, and the evolving landscape of the car wash industry.
**Host:** Matt DeWolf
**Guests:** Claudia Moldovan Crea, CEO and Jessica Price Easter, Director of Marketing.
**Key Points Discussed:**
**Origins of Qual Chem:**
- Founded by Joseph Moldovan, Qual Chem originated to provide better chemistry for their car wash operations. It grew organically as more operators became interested in their products.
**Environmental Focus in Product Development:**
- Qual Chem emphasizes the creation of biodegradable, environmentally friendly products. They avoid harmful chemicals like hydrofluoric acid and derivatives, considering their dangers.
**Market Positioning and Growth:**
- Despite the trends towards consolidation, Qual Chem maintains a focus on individual operators, aiming to provide tailored solutions and personal service.
- The company is likely to continue enhancing its green chemistry focus, keeping an eye on regulations and evolving customer needs.
**Personal Growth and Industry Evolution:**
- Both guests shared insights on personal growth within the industry and emphasized the importance of fostering good relationships within teams and with customers.
**The Impact of New Operators:**
- The influx of new operators with fresh perspectives is seen as a positive trend, bringing innovation and new ideas to the industry.
**Advice for Personal and Professional Growth:**
- Claudia emphasized the importance of supporting and helping each other, while Jessica encouraged questioning the 'why' behind actions to foster improvement.
The episode highlights the necessity of environmental responsibility in the car wash industry, not only for sustainability but also as a competitive advantage. Qual Chem's story illustrates the balance between business growth, innovation, and environmental stewardship.