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Meet Kevin Dawson Jr. of Shyne

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Dawson Jr.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started in 2004 while working for TSA at LAX. I got into a motorcycle accident that left me unable to work, hence not having income. While at home recovering, I decided to create my first car wash business Get Down Auto Detail.

I started working at the DMV washing the employee’s autos because my mom worked there and starting to expand by word of mouth. My mom serviced Empire CLS’s Fleet Manager and made mention that I started a car wash business and if they needed anyone, he did, and we were able to land the account with Empire CLS after a “tryout.” Thru word of mouth we were able to land another small transportation company who serviced Lionel Richie and his family.

From there we continued to expand with small car services, ultimately servicing car service companies that were specific to a few big artists such as Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.

The word of mouth referrals continued, then we started servicing the Lakers and Clippers as my friends and family had employment with the team.

We continued to expand ended up working for more big music artists such as Chris Brown and Justin Bieber and we also continued to expand our building locations, first being in Downtown Los Angeles working our way to Downtown Long Beach.

My cousin, an ex-Laker and Clipper, approached me about an opportunity to create a car wash app (similar to uber), and we, along with another business partner, created the first car wash app, Wype. We sat down with many big-name companies, such as the Honest Company and Uber. We were acquired soon after and I decided to continue in the business with my clients.

Today, Shyne is the cross between Get Down Auto Detail and Wype, I liked what I built with both companies and the experiences I had with both. Shyne is all my 15 years of mobile detailing, both Get Down Auto Detail and Wype and all my car wash/detailing business knowledge wrapped into one. Get Down Auto Detail and Wype operated on two different ends of the spectrum, Shyne is the middle for me, the cross-breed of both.

Shyne will not only be a car wash and auto detailing service but this year we will expand to boats and planes.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, the biggest obstacle which may be the same for many small businesses is finding and keeping the right employees.

The next biggest obstacle is learning how to run a business, not having a mentor, nor an example set in front of me, I made many mistakes, such as not knowing when to bend or when to stay firm, to not understanding whats a good opportunity and which opportunities are not good.

Please tell us about Shyne.
Shyne is a mobile auto wash and detail company that specializes in the convenience of our clients. Our focus is to remove the car wash process from our clients’ lives. We offer subscription-based service only to our clients unless we have a commercial account for service at your building or location.

We are also a waterless car wash company since 2007. This year we will be expanding our services to boat and plane washes and detailing.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would not be an owner/operator, I would build from the outside, not from the inside.

Although, I learned greatly about the processes and technical skills to be a really great detailer and many other lessons about myself. I found it and still find it particularly difficult to grow the business as I am the operator in the business. If I was to build the business from the outside, I would be able to grow/scale at a greater and faster rate, still keeping high-quality and our company values intact.

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