GET TO KNOW: Keith Stewman

Director of Sales / Marketing, Big Man Washes, Inc.

Keith Stewman - Director of Sales/Marketing, Big Man Washes, Inc.

Keith grew up in Northeast Texas in the small town of Leonard on a working cotton farm. Keithís father has passed, however his mother Thresa still resides there. Two sisters, Leigh Ann and Lisa still live in Texas with their families. Keith and his wife Terri have been married since July of 1987 and have a son Ryan and a daughter Catie.

Each summer time was spent either working on the family farm or part time at the local grocery store. During his time with B & B food store, he discovered his love of teaching and training new employees and visiting with the customers. Being on the farm made him realize his mechanical aptitude.

While attending Leonard High School, Keith was active in many areas, playing Football, Baseball, Basketball, Class Representative, Student Council Treasurer, FFA Treasurer and Beta Club. His junior year he was voted Most Friendly of his class. During his senior year he was voted Mr. LHS of his class and at the all school election he was voted Mr. LHS for the entire student body.

Upon graduation, Keith went to work for L & L Electric the largest residential electrical contractor in Dallas. He tested and received his residential specialist electrical license. Keith was the youngest person to run a crew and later was promoted to manage the service department.

The building boom crashing in the mid 80ís took its toll so Keith spent the next 4 years trying his hand at a couple of different careers. First came heavy equipment operator at his friends Rock Crushing Operation in Terrell, Texas. He learned to operate a Dozer, Rubber Tire and Track Loaders, Scrapers, Pit Trucks and the Crusher Plant. The next opportunity was a Chemical Salesman for Red River Chemical Company. His clients were industrial, commercial, housing authorities and car washes.

In 1989 by using his chemical sales connections in the car wash industry he was given an opportunity with a Dallas area car wash chain. For the next 19 years he gained operational experience from the industries recognized "Operations Efficiency Expert".

Keith worked his way up from online employee to multi-facility General Manager within 18 months. During his time here he was responsible for 100 plus employees. He helped establish targeted advertising, sales contests, client service training and management goals. He also helped devise new production systems and procedures as needed to stay in front of the rise in labor costs. He wrote or co-wrote sales, training, production, maintenance and point of sales manuals. He was responsible for all aspects of day-to-day operations for 5 full service locations.

Keith left in 2009 and with his operations knowledge took on the daunting task of changing the operations culture of a 9 car wash, 4-lube center local chain. The process included, devising, writing, implementing all day-to-day operations systems and procedures, which included monitoring systems for sales and production efficiency. He was able to decrease labor dollars spent by 19 percent and increase labor per hour efficiencies by 25 percent. He retrained 200 plus employees to these new methods. While making these changes volume increased by 7 percent at full service locations and by 15 percent at the exterior locations. Keith directly supervised Area Managers, Location Managers, Assistant Managers, Supervisors, Service Advisors, Cashiers and Maintenance Techs.

In January 2012, Keith made a career change and went to work for his friend of 10 plus years, Wes Dawson at his company Big Man Washes, Inc. With his 23 years of Car Wash knowledge Keith is advising seasoned operators as well as new investors in regards to acquiring existing car wash locations or remodeling their existing sites. Keith helps find and provide advice on new sites for potential new build projects.

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