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Nick Vacco, Detail King Founder & CEO

There’s not a whole lot about the auto detailing business that Nick Vacco doesn’t know first hand, and he gained that knowledge and experience from scratch. He didn’t haphazardly stumble across the idea for Detail King. Nor did he waltz on in and inherit a family dynasty. And once he did become successful at it, Nick didn’t sit back and let other people run the business.

Nope. There’s a good reason why Nick Vacco became founder and president of Detail King — among the largest auto detailing supply, equipment and training companies in the nation — and that reason is this: Early on, he rolled up his sleeves, dipped either a brush, towel or sponge into a bucket of warm sudsy water, and then scrubbed and cleaned the nearest nonmoving vehicle in the vicinity.

It’s been nearly three decades since young Nick, a college kid with a fierce interest in generating extra cash, started washing and waxing cars around his campus, using cleaning gear and solvents that he crammed into the trunk of his car.

A few years later, he moved the equipment out of his car and into a four-bay shop that featured a showroom and a customer waiting area. He called his business King of the Road Auto Appearance Center and it became the most successful auto detailing and restyling business within the city limits of Pittsburgh, PA.

It wasn’t too long before Nick started up a half dozen side businesses within the tight confines of his  Continue reading…

Nick Vacco, Detail King’s founder and CEO, shared his thoughts about competition in the workplace in an article published yesterday — May 31, 2012 — by Entrepreneur Magazine, and what he had to say is certainly worth sharing with our customers and readers here at Detail King.

In an article titled When Employees Become the Competition, Vacco describes how you — the professional auto detailing business owner — can get past concerns about hiring and training an employee, only to have that worker turn around and run their own business in direct competition with yours.

Vacco’s advice to entrepreneurs includes information about the pros and cons of non-compete agreements, but most of his comments revolve around hiring employees who want to advance in your company, not necessarily engulf and devour it. He also says competition shouldn’t always be looked at as a bad thing, adding it keeps business leaders on their toes, pushing them to do better.

To read Thursday’s article online, see When Employees Become the Competition.