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Meet Richard Flores of Proto-Vest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Flores.

Family owned and operated since 1970, Proto-Vest, Inc. specializes in the development and manufacturing of car wash drying solutions and industrial fluid removal systems. Proto-Vest holds over forty patents on its drying systems. These drying systems, offering superior, fully-automated vehicle drying while reducing energy consumption and lowering noise levels make Proto-Vest Inc., the industry leader in car wash, truck, aviation, public transportation and specialty device manufacturing markets. More information about Proto-Vest is available at

Proto-Vest Inc., with over forty years of experience in the car wash industry specializing in the engineering and development of car wash dryers and industrial fluid removal systems has announced the appointment of Richard Flores as company President. Richard will be responsible for Proto-Vest strategy and execution, ensuring that business operations are efficient and that the proper resources, distribution and services to customers are at the highest levels.

Richard will succeed Christopher McElroy (CEO), who has worked for the company since 1990. Mr. McElroy will be assuming additional duties as Chair of the Board of Directors, along with existing board members Kimberly McElroy and Karyn Hopp.

Richard’s experience in executing strategic vision will strengthen Proto-Vest’s position as the industry leader. With a proven track record for successfully leading large scale initiatives and driving innovation, Richard’s leadership skills are well suited to lead Proto-Vest development efforts as they continue their goal to maintain & exceed the industry standard by Driving Innovation, Solutions and Service to your business!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Challenges this year 2017; consisted of mergers and acquisitions, whereas; the Car Wash Industry currently at a 5 billion a year was going through a system of mergers. Larger corporations were acquiring car wash owners and operators at a higher rate than expected.

Resulting in slower than normal sales forecasts.

2018 will be challenging in that we will expect to fill new and refurbished orders to accommodate the newly acquired car washes under new management…

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