Car Wash CEO “Supports with Passion” Student-Led Nonprofit

4/6/2022

Shannon Hunihan (right) poses for a photo at a Mint Eco with a sign advertising that the business won Best Car Wash in Palm Beach County in the Palm Beach Post's competition.An innovative approach to car washes has provided jobs for PBA students and directly benefited a student-led nonprofit’s mission to alleviate homelessness in Palm Beach County.

Geoffrey Jervis, PBA management instructor and CEO of Mint Eco, dreamed of making the “Chick-Fil-A of car washes.” Since launching his car wash business in 2019, he has hired five PBA alumni, created a student internship program and hired homeless people looking for meaningful work.

One PBA hire is Shannon Hunihan, a 2018 alumna and Farish Scholar, who joined the team as chief marking officer at the start of the year. Farish Scholars receive four years of tuition and room and board.

Mint Eco partners with The Give Back Community, a nonprofit founded by international student and tennis player Umberto Rosi, to aid homeless men and women in the community. “The goal is to connect our willing-to-work candidates with businesses like Mint Eco,” which offer a safe environment, personal lockers, a shower, a steady paycheck and other necessary resources, said Rosi, a senior business management major. 

Rosi connected with Jervis when Rosi went to get his car washed at Mint Eco and saw the hiring sign in the driveway. Immediately turning his car around, Rosi picked up three of his candidates and brought them in for interviews. One was hired on the spot and began working right away. 

Volunteers from The Give Back Community pass out meals to homeless people on Clematis Street every Friday night.” Students and faculty from the Gregory School of Pharmacy have gotten involved by providing counseling, medication, blood pressure and glucose screenings and consistent check-ins. Dr. Catherine Harrington, associate professor of pharmacy practice, is on the Board of Advisors, along with Dr. John Hayes, director of the Titus Center for Franchising.

About their partnership, Jervis said, “The Give Back Community provides us with an opportunity to support the people in our communities who need our help the most. We provide financial support for the Give Back’s operations, as well as employ community members who are homeless and in dire need of an opportunity to find work and start rebuilding their lives.”

Geoffrey Jervis, a PBA management professor, owns Mint Eco car wash. He wants to offer the best customer service to be "the Chick-Fil-A of car washes."Hunihan added, “a job at Mint Eco helps Give Back’s candidates get into a new rhythm while learning important workforce skills. We’ve placed five people so far and are always looking for more.”

The partnership is special for everyone involved. “Every business needs a strong why behind their operations and services,” said Hunihan.

At Mint Eco, Jervis and Hunihan have discovered their why to be not only “a fresh approach to washing cars,” but also “to make people happy” through job opportunities, partnerships, community outreach, and joy flowing from a clean car.

“We are delighted with the work The Give Back Community does in our backyard and will continue to support their endeavors with passion,” said Jervis.

Photo 1: Shannon Hunihan (right) poses for a photo with another employee at a Mint Eco with a sign advertising that the business won the Palm Beach Post's Best Car Wash in Palm Beach County .

Photo 2: Geoffrey Jervis, a PBA management professor, owns Mint Eco car wash. He wants to offer the best customer service to be "the Chick-Fil-A of car washes."