Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Lai has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since June 2013, and previously served as our Vice President of Market Development. Mr. Lai joined Mister Car Wash in 2002. Mr. Lai has served as a director at the Southern Arizona Leadership Council since December 2019. Mr. Lai received a B.S. from the University of Arizona.
Mr. Danhakl has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2014. Mr. Danhakl has served as the Managing Partner of Leonard Green & Partners, a private equity investing firm, since 1995. Mr. Danhakl has also served on the board of directors of IQVIA Holdings Inc. since 2010. Mr. Danhakl received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Seiffer has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2014. Mr. Seiffer is a Senior Partner at Leonard Green & Partners, a private equity investing firm, which he joined as an Associate in October 1994. Mr. Seiffer has also served on the board of directors of Signet Jewelers, LTD since 2019 and previously served on the Boards of Directors of Whole Foods Market, Inc. from 2008 to 2017 and BJ’s Wholesale Club from 2011 to 2020. Mr. Seiffer obtained a B.S. in finance and systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
J. Kristofer Galashan
Mr. Galashan has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2014. Mr. Galashan is a Partner of Leonard Green & Partners where he joined as an associate in 2002. Mr. Galashan has also served on the board of directors of USHG Acquisition Corp. since February 2021 and The Container Store since August 2007, and previously served on the board of directors for BJ’s Wholesale Club from 2011 to 2019. Mr. Galashan earned a B.A. in Honors Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Suer has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2014. Mr. Suer is a Principal at Leonard Green & Partners, a private equity investing firm. Prior to joining Leonard Green & Partners in August 2013, Mr. Suer previously served as a private equity associate at Apollo Global Management LLC and a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Suer received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.S. in Mathematics/Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ms. Taylor has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2021. Ms. Taylor previously served as an executive officer of The Container Store Group, Inc., a publicly traded specialty retailer of storage and organization products, until her retirement in March 2021. She was the Chief Financial Officer from December 2007 through August 2020, the Secretary from October 2013 through March 2021, and the Chief Administrative Officer from July 2016 through March 2021. Prior to joining The Container Store Group, Inc., Ms. Taylor spent nine years as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Harold’s Stores, Inc., a regional specialty retailer of high-end apparel. Since August 2020, Ms. Taylor has served on the board of directors of the J.M. Smucker Company, where she also serves on the audit committee. She has been a certified public accountant since 1984 (inactive), starting with an accounting role at Deloitte.
Mr. Kirk has been Senior Of Counsel at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP since March 2013 and co-chairs the International Trade Practice Group. From 2009 until 2013, Mr. Kirk served as the U.S. Trade Representative under President Obama, where he focused on the development and enforcement of U.S. intellectual property law. Prior to serving as U.S. Trade Representative, from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Kirk was a partner of the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP and, from 1994 to 2005, was a partner in the Corporate Securities Practice of Gardere Wynne & Sewell LLP. Mr. Kirk currently serves on the board of Texas Instruments Incorporated and the board of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation. Mr. Kirk received a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Austin College and a J.D. from University of Texas School at Austin of Law.
Mr. Lively has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2021. Mr. Lively has also served as the President of Planet Fitness, Inc. from May 2017 to October 2022, and previously served as their Chief Financial Officer from July 2013 until January 2020. Mr. Lively previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for RadioShack Corporation from August 2011 to July 2013, and prior to RadioShack, Mr. Lively served as Chief Financial Officer at Ace Hardware Corp. Mr. Lively received a B.A. from the University of Arkansas.
Ms. Rogers has served as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Sales and Business Operations of Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC since January 2020 where she leads go-to-market strategy globally both physically and digitally, including PlayStation Store and subscription services with more than 45 million subscribers. From 2006 to 2020, she served in various managerial roles in sales, marketing and business development at Microsoft Corporation, most recently as Vice President, Device Partner, Sales. Ms. Rogers received a B.A. in Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, as well as a Master of Science degree in European Political Economy and Political Scienced for the London School of Economics.