Mark Deshpande is the sole owner and manager of Soapy Rides. In addition, he will be helped (on an unofficial basis) by his father, Barry Deshpande. Barry has over 30 years experience as an entrepreneur, both in the car business and in property development and management.
Mark will also have the assistance of John Shine, the family accountant, in creating a long-term strategic vision for the company. John is a family friend and has worked with the Deshpande family for 23 years. He has worked with hundreds of small- and medium-sized businesses during his career.
Since car washing is a seasonal business, with business increasing in the warm summer months, and being busier on the weekends than during the week, Soapy Rides will rely on both temporary and part-time help. The company will hire one full-time car wash/detail specialist and one full-time car wash specialist when it opens for business. Although it will rely on temporary and part-time help, quality will not be compromised, since all washers and detailers will receive thorough training. The company will also hire an administrative assistant who will assist Mark with paperwork and act as a receptionist.