Over a year ago, Shanti Green started her career with Caliber Car Wash as a tunnel attendant. She loved working with customers and had a passion for clean cars, but Shanti wanted more. She wanted to be a leader. Today, Shanti manages our flagship Ocala location, which helps thousands of cars daily and manages a team of more than a dozen employees.
Over the years, the car wash industry has been stereotyped as a male-centric career path. Still, according to the Women in Car Wash organization, about twenty percent of leaders today are women. As the industry continues to expand, opportunities are increasing for all those looking for a long-term career in the wash world. As a result, women are quickly coming to the forefront as major leaders in the industry, and Caliber is one of the companies helping lead the way. Of the twelve Caliber locations currently in operation, over 80% of Caliber sites have female leadership on staff. Ocala, the company’s flagship store, continues to lead this trend.
“I love coming to work because it feels like a family,” Shanti said. “It doesn’t matter where you came from; we come together to help customers and clean cars. That’s what makes this industry great.”
Shanti, who continues to break site goals in Ocala, is supported by teammate Abby who was promoted to assistant manager early this year.
“I understand the value of having a strong team around you, and we’re here to lift our team up and show that both women and men belong car wash industry,” said Abby. “Our team has worked together well, and that’s shown in the major success of our Ocala location.”
Ocala’s leadership has propelled the company locally and provided a path for expansion in the region, including the recently announced wash coming to Maricamp Road in Ocala next year. Caliber also has plans to expand in Citrus County and throughout the Central Florida region.
“Having strong teams who are willing to care for customers and the tunnel are vital to providing the highest quality wash,” said Caliber District Manager Mitchell Goodman, who also works in the region. He also points to the success and increase in customer compliments Caliber’s Ocala wash has seen to its current leadership.
“Shanti, Abby, and the team have brought a unique experience to Ocala,” Goodman said. “They’ve created career paths and opportunities for employees that we hope are reflected in the everyday interactions customers have when they visit the site.”