Partner of the Year Award for Sonny’s Enterprises, Inc.
Paul Fazio, CEO of Sonny’s Enterprises, Inc. proudly accepted the Broward County public schools Project-Based Learning Partnership Award during the Community Involvement awards ceremony held on April 10, 2013. As an educational partner since 2004 to the FIRST Robotics team and the Machining Apprenticeship Program at the Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School, Sonny’s employees served as mentors while providing professional, hands-on training to students.
“The depth of knowledge and talent these young professionals have is amazing. We are truly honored to work with such outstanding individuals” said Paul Fazio. “Sonny’s is proud of the accomplishments the students in these two outstanding programs have achieved and fully supports preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s challenging workforce.”
The FIRST Robotics team builds robots for competitive events that have resulted in numerous regional and state awards being received. The original 9 team members from 2004 now hold undergraduate degrees with five being in the field of Engineering. As the largest apprenticeship program in the state of Florida, the Machining Apprenticeship program trains 30 local individuals each year.
On June 26th, 2013, at a ceremony and reception at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, MA, ScrubaDub will receive a special honor that celebrates the influence of family businesses within the regions they serve and in which they live. The common thread the winning families share is the pride they possess in their work, as well as a willingness to change with the times.
Three Generations of Paisners
Excerpted from Worcester Business Journal On-Line
Since (CEO) Bob and (President) Danny Paisner’s father Marshall Paisner founded the company in 1965, the family-owned chain has grown to 17 locations in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. It is now the 12th-largest car wash chain in the nation, according to trade publication Professional Car Wash & Detailing’s 2012 ranking of the 50 largest car washes in the U.S.
Added value is just one of the secrets to keeping the family business strong through three generations (Mat, Danny’s son has joined the company as business development manager), according to the Paisners. They rely on the wisdom of their father when faced with business decisions, like whether to acquire new locations or hold tight.
The Paisners have taken a measured approach to growing their business through the decades, Bob Paisner said, establishing locations from the ground up and making acquisitions throughout New England. Danny Paisner said this approach served the company well through the economic downturn in particular, as ScrubaDub has minimized debt through its conservative growth strategy. And that decision is rooted in the Paisners’ loyalty to their father’s vision for the company.
Also central to the ScrubaDub business model are family values and community service. That means always making sure managers — most of whom have been promoted from within over the years — have flexibility in their workdays so they can attend important family events, like children’s baseball games.
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ScrubaDub’s community service extends to the car washing industry community. Marshall, Bob and Danny have all served as NECA’s President. Bob and Danny, and now Mat, continue to be very active and valued members of NECA, leading initiatives, and serving on task forces and committees. For all they do in their community and the industry community, we congratulate and thank them.