Glendale, AZ-based Proto-Vest Inc. ( has announced the appointment of Richard Flores as company president. Flores will be responsible for company strategy and execution; ensuring that business operations are efficient; and that the proper resources, distribution, and services to customers are at the highest levels.

In this position, Flores will succeed Christopher McElroy who has worked for the company since 1990 and who will remain chief executive officer. McElroy will be assuming additional duties as chairman of the board of directors. Other board members include Kimberly McElroy and Karyn Hopp.

With a proven track record for successfully leading large scale initiatives and driving innovation, Flores’ leadership skills are well suited to lead development efforts at Proto-Vest, a company with over 40 years of experience in the car wash industry specializing in the engineering and development of car wash dryers and industrial fluid removal systems.