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2023 Future Leaders in Convenience + Car Wash: TOM TALLON

Dreams Eco Xpress Car Wash: Director of operations
Tom Tallon

In five years, Tom Tallon has gone from part-time student and car wash attendant to supervisor, manager and now director of operations. He oversees  three car wash sites in the Calgary area, helping develop, design and set up the building and equipment layout for the two newest locations.

“Tom has demonstrated outstanding leadership. Not only is Tom well-versed in our operations, he’s well-spoken, admired and dedicated to his employees and to the growth of the business,” notes director and owner Farouk Haji.

In addition to being a Future Leader, Talon won the International Car Wash Association’s Emerging Leadership Scholarship Award this year.

“These awards indicate I’m heading in the right direction, and motivate me to continue learning and growing within this industry,” says Talon, who is dedicated to smooth machine operations.

“Fixing, maintaining and installing the equipment so it delivers a great wash and brings a smile to customers’ faces as they go through makes me proud to be part of this industry.”

Tallon participates in many community events and raises money for local food banks. He helped plan an auto sound competition in support of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. To him, community building is about more than sponsoring events or donating to causes.

“Community is a feeling your customers get when they visit your business. You must make them feel that supporting you supports the area in which your business operates,” he explains.

He believes sustaining staff morale is very important and has helped ensure his staff’s good health by setting up a deal with Good Life Fitness.

“Tom is a lifesaver. He ensures we’re operating at our best, and is continuously learning and experimenting with new ways to improve,” says Haji.

Click here for a full list of the Future Leaders in Convenience + Car Wash winners

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