Seton Hill wrestler finds ‘overnight success’ in the details of the mobile car business

John Myers has come a long way as an entrepreneur since charging entry to a haunted house he made in a backyard shed as a kid.

Now, the sophomore wrestler owns and operates a mobile car bespoke store, Super Mobile Detail.

“I wanted to do something I love, something fun,” said Myers, 20, of Greensburg. “How can I provide a service that makes people happy (and) puts a smile on their face?”

Myers said he worked on his mother’s car and his own car before deciding to make the operation profitable. As an entrepreneurial student at Seton Hill, he said the goal is “to become a business operator or have your own business before graduating”.

Lisona Marshall, director of the Woukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Seton Hill, said one of the center’s “distinctive features” is encouraging students to have an entrepreneurial mindset and spirit.

“It’s exciting to hear when someone turns that dream into a reality,” Marshall said. “He saw a need and fulfilled it. It is wonderful.”

Marshall said the center provides “one-stop support” to Seton Hill students, giving them access to related services and resources.

“He’s living what we knew, and that’s the most exciting thing,” Marshall said.

Myers’ mother, Melissa Stima, said although she was “a bit surprised” by the idea of ​​the business at first, he was “always excited” to start his own business.

Stema said that Myers came up with similar business ideas and projects for the haunted house since he was between 10 and 12 years old.

“He’s always looking for a new job,” Stema said. “It was always about making his own money.”

Stema said Myers also expressed an unwillingness to work for someone else, so starting his own business was a good fit.

However, Stima said she thinks it could be “a little risky” to spend a lot of money on the project up front to get started.

Myers said he worked in a warehouse to make money to start the business, and it cost between $500 and $1,000 to launch.

His first company purchases included a vacuum cleaner, buckets, and rags, and as it expanded to become “more formal,” he purchased a pressure washer, air compressor, and water tank of his own.

“It took us a year to really understand how to get this up and running,” Myers said, as he had to get the designs and logos together, too.

When the business officially launched a few months ago, Myers said, “It took off right away.”

“I like to call it an overnight success,” Myers said, “I’m so lucky—my phone exploded with reservations, word started to spread—it was just a streak from there.”

It collected customers from “posting every day” on social media platforms and on a live app, Nextdoor, but it didn’t show any paid ads.

Gloria Hosford of Greensburg said she found Myers’ work through Nextdoor, and decided to contact him after reading “great recommendations” about the quality of his work.

“We were very impressed with his work ethic and his attention to detail,” Hosford said.

She said she was drawn to the mobile side because she would prefer not to leave her car for services.

“It’s very convenient,” Hosford said. “We would recommend it to anyone.”

This feature was a factor for other customers as well.

“I don’t really have a commercial location,” Myers said. “I’m driving to them.” I put their car details in their house.

He said Vehicle Details is one of the companies that hasn’t offered a mobile option, even amid the many other services that have become mobile and virtual recently.

“I think there’s still room for a big name to emerge,” Myers said. “Every client I’ve had, they are amazed that this is something even, and they love it.”

And Myers had no shortage of clients.

His mother said he’s “busy from the time he gets up until late at night,” jumping from school and separating his business and wrestling.

“I can hardly see him,” said Stema.

However, she said his clients seem to appreciate the portable side of the business because it “saves them time”.

“I think it’s a unique idea, and I hope you go for it,” Stema said. “He’s really booked.”

Myers emphasized that he “pretty much” books every day, and likes to keep reservations in two cars a day, at most, three times, because he doesn’t want to rush into any jobs.

“I don’t want the quality of the cars to be affected,” Myers said. “Their money is valuable to me, and I want them to be happy.”

Although it depends on the condition of the car, he said the super package starts at $200, a complete detail that will “make your car look basically new.”

It also offers a basic package for “no dirt” cars.

Myers said the whole process is “more of a family experience.”

“I’m not here just to take your money and leave,” Myers said. “I’m here to really get to know you and…to connect with people, meet new people.”

And he met many new people, as all of his clients were strangers besides one friend.

Looking ahead, Myers said he hopes to have a pickup truck to power his business in the next few years, and then eventually, he wants to have a 24-hour car wash location, where people can receive services like ceramic coating, polishing and paint and body correction or tinting;

Myers said the business could expand in a few years to have an employee help him, but for now he said the details give him a “good workout.”

“It can be tough,[but]once you struggle, everything else in life becomes easy,” Myers said. “Detail is nothing compared to what I did in wrestling.”

Megan Swift is a writer for the Tribune Review. You can contact Megan by email at mswift@triblive.com or via Twitter .