April 30, 2010 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, Tenn. – ServiceMaster Clean announced today that Lyn Stanfield has been awarded one of the company's distinguished Shane Battier Franchise Scholarships. Selected from hundreds of applicants, Stanfield completed a 1,500-word essay detailing how she would utilize ServiceMaster corporate objectives in his business. She is the 12th recipient of the minority franchise award since the program's inception in 2007.
"The company's corporate objectives drew me in immediately -- to honor God in all we do, to excel with customers, to help people develop and to grow profitably," said Stanfield. "They serve as a blueprint for all ServiceMaster employees to follow. These commitments require us to do the right thing by all of our stakeholders."
The purpose of the Shane Battier Franchise Scholarship is to expand the ServiceMaster Clean franchise ownership base among women and minorities throughout the United States. Championed by professional basketball player and former Duke star, Shane Battier, the program was designed to help individuals overcome some of the obstacles of starting and running their own business by being a part of a franchise organization. The Shane Battier Franchise Scholarship allows individuals interested in starting their own business an opportunity to be awarded their own commercial cleaning franchise license – a $31,900 value.
"We recognize that, beyond being good for our business, reaching out to expand ownership opportunities for minorities and for women is a very meaningful way for us to live our faith-based corporate mission. That is why we have committed to diversity in our franchise network," said Michael Isakson, president and chief operating officer, ServiceMaster Clean.
ServiceMaster Clean has committed $1.3 million over four years in direct grants and private financing to its Shane Battier Franchise Scholarship initiative, as part of its continuing pledge to diversity, business development and community outreach across the United States.
The Tallahassee native is a former member of the executive board for the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and is currently involved in various Chamber programs including Leadership Tallahassee and My Region Tomorrow. Stanfield's prior work experience includes two state jobs with the Florida Department of Corrections and the Department of Education, as well as a position as strategic relations director with Apple Computer.
She earned a bachelor of science in communications from Florida State University in 1994, as well as a master's degree in public policy from FSU in 1996.
Stanfield added that she can't wait to serve Tallahassee businesses and mentioned that she wishes to give back to the city that has given her so much over the years.
"Tallahassee is my home and I will do everything in my power to give back as much as it's given me. That includes providing jobs for our citizens during these tough times. The Agency for Workforce Innovation has noted that growth within the commercial cleaning sector at 1.9 percent per year is outpacing state job growth on average at 1.6 percent per year. This brings new jobs – green jobs – to our area."
With more than 4,500 franchise locations around the world, ServiceMaster Clean serves customers through a global network of franchises that provide janitorial services, commercial carpet cleaning, hard surface floor care, residential carpet cleaning and upholstery, and disaster restoration services. The company has more than 60 years of history as a market leader.
ServiceMaster Clean is part of the ServiceMaster family of brands, one of the world's largest and most versatile service networks. The company's brands include TruGreen®, TruGreen LandCare®, Terminix®, American Home Shield®, ServiceMaster Clean®, Merry Maids®, Furniture Medic®, and AmeriSpec®. ServiceMaster Clean is committed to its franchise owners. Our ability to offer qualified prospects up to 80 percent financing to start their cleaning business is only one of the benefits of our program.