With over a decade of experience in managing an employee workforce of over two hundred, Lonnie Folsom offers a unique blend of leadership, vision, and knowledge in the car wash industry. He has served as Director of Operations of The Wash Factory for the past three years. During that time, he increased car wash memberships from zero members to over twenty-three thousand today. He has advocated for employee promotions and system which encourage feedback and constant improvement. Through his leadership, The Wash Factory has added five new stores. In each of these locations, Lonnie was responsible for the construction and all steps before and including the hiring and training of the car wash staff.
Lonnie started as General Manager for Jett Express Car Wash. In this role, he rapidly learned how to build and operate the state-of-art car wash equipment. Leaving Jett Express, Lonnie took on the position of Director of Operations for Q Speed Car Wash in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, he grew that company from one wash to five locations. Again, building and staffing new hires to operate five very successful stores. Lonnie’s significant contributions were boosting employee morale and company profits.
Lonnie has had notable leadership roles in many organizations including Board of Directors for City of Benbrook Chamber of Commerce, City of White Settlement Chamber of Commerce and City of Fort Worth West Side Business Association.
Lonnie holds a degree in Psychology/Community Counseling from St. Cloud State College and Criminal Justice from Alexandria Community College.
Lonnie’s passion is also extended beyond the workplace. Lonnie and his wife have taken in over 40 foster children ranging in age from newborns to 10 years of age.