Behind the Scenes with Jerry Hoyt
Nov 1, 2015 at 2:04 PM
Today we thought we’d do something a little different with our blog. We’re going behind the scenes with one of the people at Zep Vehicle Care who get our fantastic products out to our customers.
Back in 1970, when Jerry was just eight days out of college, he succeeded in convincing a small company, Grace Lee, that he was the right candidate for the job. And seeing as they wanted someone who would stay long term, they hit the jackpot! For the next 45 years Jerry Hoyt would be an integral part of this industry, and more importantly of Zep Vehicle Care.
Jerry said that he “had no idea how much fun was ahead” when he started as a Chief Chemist with Grace Lee. Throughout his career Jerry has held many roles within the car wash industry including purchasing agent, salesman, engineer, regulatory and most recently as a formulator. With 18 patents, including Rain-X® Online Protectant, Jerry has left his mark on the industry, and on many cars too.
When asked what has kept him in this industry for over four decades, Jerry answered with “It is just fun to have an entertaining job everyday”. He enjoys the positive effect that he has on the evolution of the industry. Over the years, he has helped to create products and equipment to improve and automate processes. The exciting part about car washing for Jerry is that it is always changing with new innovations and new learnings every day.
Curious is the word that describes Jerry and how he has carried himself throughout his career. He wants to understand how things work and why things happen – and then be able to reproduce what he has learned. He takes an interest in our customers on a personal level – to understand their expectations and apply that knowledge to what we offer.
After being involved for so long, Jerry’s advice for someone just starting in the car wash industry is simple: be curious and observe, but most importantly – don’t be afraid to get wet and soapy!