David Begin, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
David is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of broad business experience, including successful careers in the information technology industry, sales, sales training, public sector, and business ownership. He is the co-founder of Levante Business Group, the managing partner of Wild Blue Car Wash (a highly successful exterior express car wash in Colorado), co-founder of Mojave Systems (offering software solutions), and co-owner of iTopIt (a self-serve frozen desserts restaurant in Colorado Springs).
David currently serves as the President of the International Carwash Association, supporting and representing the growth of the carwash industry worldwide.
David and his wife reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
David began his professional career with the City of Lubbock purchasing department. His career then focused on sales and marketing with significant success and rapid advancement at companies such as MSA-DBS, SAP, Reardon Commerce and SAS. David has held various sales operations and management positions, and has helped grow companies such as Talaris, Apropos Technology, WhisperWire, and Connect.com. Throughout his career he developed extensive experience managing and selling multi-national, multi-million dollar opportunities. His many sales achievements include being named Top Pre-Sales Representative at SAP in 1991 and 1995, and 100% Sales Achiever at SAS in 2007.
David has also applied his extensive sales and marketing experience to deliver sales training throughout the world. He has coached sales opportunities and conducted sales enablement workshops for large multinational clients including Oracle, SAP, ISS, Lawson, Epicor, Amdocs, Marconi, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, and Microsoft.
Business Ownership Highlights:
David’s business ownership experience includes conceiving, developing and managing Wild Blue Car Wash (formerly White Water Rapid Wash) over the past 11 years. Wild Blue operates exterior express car wash locations in Colorado. These highly successful car washes generated nearly $3.4 million in revenues in 2014, and are ranked in the top 10 carwashes in the state of Colorado in terms of volume. He has served as the President of the Rocky Mountain Car Wash Association, and is currently serving on the President of the International Carwash Association. David has also been an invited speaker and panel moderator at the International Carwash Association annual car wash convention.
David is also the majority owner of iTopIt, a self-serve frozen yogurt restaurant in Colorado Springs. iTopIt was the first self-serve frozen yogurt restaurant in Colorado Springs. iTopIt was created entirely by David and Henry Lopez, including development of the brand and operating systems. In the first calendar year of operation, iTopIt generated a profit margin of 25.6%.
In 2015, David co-founded Levante Business Group. Levante is dedicated to helping people start, run, and grow small businesses. Levante Business Group produces The How of Business Podcast, and The How of Carwashing Podcast. David is the co-host of these shows which provide practical advice, tips and techniques for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
In 2017, David co-founded Mojave Systems, a software company initially focused on providing cloud-based solutions for the car wash industry. Their initial product, The Car Wash Operating System, is scheduled for general release in 2018.
David received his Bachelors of Science in Public Administration from Wayland University, and is working on an MBA (in progress) from Texas Tech University. He currently resides in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area with his wife Brenda. They have two sons.
Related Online Content:
- LinkedIn Profile
- Real Estate Investing For Cash Flow Podcast - David Begin Interview
- Car Wash Magazine Profile - David Begin, ICA Board of Directors Profile
- Car Wash Magazine Article - David Begin Interview
- The How of Business Podcast - David Begin, Co-Host (audio)
- Levante Business Group Story (video animation)