August 15, 2011 // Franchising.com // MEMPHIS, Tenn. — ServiceMaster Clean announced today that Anthony Stephens has been awarded one of the company's distinguished Shane Battier Franchise Scholarships. Selected from hundreds of applicants, Stephens completed a 1,500-word essay detailing how he would utilize the ServiceMaster corporate objectives in his business. 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.
"One of the most important lessons I learned in the Air Force is that there is no substitute or shortcut for proper training and preparation," said Stephens. "My last position with the USAF was as a recruiting supervisor for North New Jersey. Needless to say, I believe my ability to bring diverse people together to work toward a common goal is really going to pay off in my new venture with ServiceMaster Clean."
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.
"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.
Currently residing in Irvington, N.J., Stephens looks forward to operating his franchise in that area and building his new customer base with his commercial janitorial services. In addition to his serving 20 years in the Air Force, Stephens also has held a number of sales and marketing positions with companies including YAHOO, Inc. and Staples.
"ServiceMaster Clean impressed me with its business model, and I realized the company's core principles were in tune with mine," added Stephens. "As my mother was an ordained minister, she instilled the importance of leading a faith-based life in my brother and me. I firmly believe that the company's long record of success lies in the fact that it is committed to doing what's right with every decision it makes."
With nearly 3,200 franchise locations around the world, ServiceMaster Clean serves customers through a global network of franchises that provide cleaning and restoration resulting from damage caused by water or fire, janitorial services, commercial carpet cleaning, hard surface floor care and residential carpet and upholstery cleaning. Visit our website at www.servicemasterclean.com or www.ownafranchise.com.
With a network of more than 5,000 company-owned and franchise locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world's largest residential and commercial service networks. The company's high profile brands are TruGreen, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 24,000 corporate employees and a franchise network that independently employs over 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands serve more than 8.2 million customers every year and hold market-leading positions in residential and commercial lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home service contracts, furniture repair, home inspections, residential and commercial cleaning and disaster restoration. Go to www.servicemaster.com or http://twitter.com/ServiceMaster for more information about ServiceMaster.