"Fantastic people to work with. They set reasonable expectations and clear goals that they were engaged with their clients."
Car Wash Advisory is an M&A advisory firm that focuses exclusively on car washes. At our core, we’re a car wash investment bank. We sell car washes for owners.
The car wash industry is brimming with more innovation than ever before. So much passion, collaboration, and teamwork is being brought to the operating side of the business on a daily basis. We stand for bringing all the same - but to the transactional side of the car wash industry.
Car Wash Advisory was founded by and is led by Harry H. Caruso. Harry graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University with dual degrees in Industrial Engineering and Finance.
Harry’s career started in Investment Banking at Citi. Harry then helped build what was a financial technology “startup” into a major corporation, do direct cross-capital structure investing at a $500MM hedge fund, and even bring a machine learning company through it’s most exciting stages of growth.
Kate brings to Car Wash Advisory more than 18 years of experience in operations’ optimization and transformation in small to midsized businesses and professional services firms.
She started her career at CBS Entertainment in Los Angeles paying the laundry bill but quickly rose through the ranks to development executive choosing which programs to bring to air. Kate then translated her project management skills to managing several progressively larger companies in the insurance, marketing, big-data and financial services verticals.
Kate holds degrees in both economics and drama from Stanford University.
Colin brings many years of capital markets and investment banking experience with him to Car Wash Advisory and CWA Capital Partners.
In 2014, Mr. May joined Capital Canada, where Colin successfully executed various types of transactions for clients, including M&A transactions, equity and debt financings, and valuations.
Prior to joining Capital Canada, Mr. May worked for the Government of Ontario in various accounting and financial management roles. He received his Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies degree from University of Western Ontario, with specialization in Finance, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.
Eric started a small car wash and oil change chain in 1999. He built, expanded, operated, and sold the business to multiple national chains. With every consultation for Car Wash Advisory, Eric brings 20+ years of independent operator experience.
Before starting his own business, he was the Vice President of LCI, an RV component company, and a business systems consultant for a national accounting firm. He holds a BBA in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.
His decades of experience building, expanding, and selling businesses in different environments will be an asset as you choose the best path forward for your company.
John-Michael applies his capital markets and entrepreneurial experience to execute diversified transactions, including M&A, equity, and debt financings. He has transaction experience across a range of industries, including consumer packaged goods, specialty manufacturing, cannabis, and software.
Prior to joining CWA, John-Michael worked at Capital Canada as an Investment Banking Associate, leading their M&A team through various niche transactions. He also spent a total of 5 years between Scotiabank in their Derivative Product Group and was a Consultant at Forum Equity Partners in their Private Equity Team.
He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) with honours from Ryerson University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with a specialization in Finance, from the Schulich School of Business.
As a true New Englander with a degree in Finance from Sacred Heart University, Brittany has spent the past years focused on improving the financial impact of business decisions for companies. In addition to aiding small businesses on their journey to endmost potential, she is driven by the interactions with others and has a heart to be ready and available for any desired financial conversations with our clients in order to work towards the best possible options.
When not crunching numbers or speaking with our clientele, Brittany is a mom of one who enjoys spending time cooking and playing music.
Zach is a successful entrepreneur who had to climb the ladder in his family’s convenience store business from stock boy to store manager. In 2000, his family diversified by purchasing a self-serve wash and Zach parlayed their modest investment into a chain of successful In Bay Automatics.
While running his IBA’s, Zach convinced repair professionals to teach him rather than fix his equipment. Learning that part of the trade allowed him to join forces with Autec to help other IBA owner-operators in southern Louisiana keep their equipment running smoothly.
Zach credits his success to the fact that he makes his phone number available to everyone – especially his customers, ensuring open lines of communication and the ability to quickly respond to feedback and constantly improve.
Drew is a team leader and creative marketing professional with experience delivering digital and traditional marketing services for premier brands including Mercedes-Benz, Comcast, and Delta Sigma.
His function is to simplify, visualize, and communicate a brand’s message and ideals by using technology to bridge business strategy and implementation. At Car Wash Advisory, our goal is to add transparency to the car wash buying and selling process.
In recent years, the car wash industry has seen explosive growth, which has led way to a whole new set of market entrants. Every day, less experienced car wash owners are getting suckered into improperly appraising the value of their car washes. Car Wash Advisory takes out all the guesswork by performing in-depth market analysis while facilitating the transaction from start to finish.
Robin graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Global Leadership, and is currently pursuing her MBA with a concentration in Finance from Eastern Washington University.
Prior to joining Car Wash Advisory, Robin worked in customer-facing roles that reinforced her problem solving and adaptability skills before transitioning into banking and finance, where she gained consulting experience. She is driven by fostering genuine, productive relationships with clients while keeping their interests at the core and heart of her work.
In true Pacific Northwest fashion, Robin enjoys outdoor recreation in her off-time. Hiking, kayaking, and paddle boarding are some of her favorites.
Damien graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of San Diego and has a Data Analytics Certificate from Google.
Through his various job roles and entrepreneurial spirit--- he brings to the table a vast arsenal of skills from accounting and finance to marketing, operations, sales, and data analysis. He learned these skills due to his drive towards helping others by any means possible.
Before joining the Car Wash Advisory Team, Damien focused on non-profit and community work where he acted as a lead analyst tracking, gathering, and analyzing performance data from various food pantries in San Diego County during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the youngest of seven siblings and the first to get a four-year degree, Damien aims to provide value and great work ethic to any project he is a part of while providing excellent customer service to our clients.
Akbar is a multi-talented individual, who has a background in IT as well as Development.
He started Teaching A+ certification at YFC in 1999 in New Haven Ct. He devoted his work in learning and teaching and joined Aspira (non profit organization) in Bridgeport, CT in 2001.
Moving forward, He started learning JAVA and VB and worked on various projects till he found his passion in web development and built many websites in HTML/CSS/Java script/PHP.
Currently Akbar works on WordPress development along with ReactJS/NodeJS Apps.
Akbar recently joined Car wash advisory and couldn't be happier to be part of a wonderful team.
" It is more than a team, more like a family -:) "
Toni is originally from Tampa, Florida, but grew up in North Carolina. Her education is in Communications and Language Arts, with a certification in Radio & Television Broadcasting.
She has extensive experience in Marketing and Advertising, focusing on brand building and the success of our clients.
When not working, she loves spending time with her family, music, classic movies and classic cars.