Owners Trudy Gaitwood and Ira Jackson share their Office Pride franchise experience with ‘News-Post’ readers
Part of our mission at Office Pride franchise always has been to lift up others. We’d like to think that can be accomplished, in part, by sharing positive stories from our franchise owners. Recently, our Frederick, Md., Office Pride franchisees Trudy Gaitwood and Ira Jackson got a chance to do just that when they were the subject of a local newspaper article.
Here’s an excerpt from the Frederick (MD) News-Post story* from the Feb. 25, 2014, edition:
After the 9-to-5 workday comes to an end and co-workers say their goodbyes, Trudy Gaitwood and Ira Jackson turn the lights back on and go to work in office buildings, day care centers, car dealerships and medical centers across Frederick County.
Day after day, they empty trash bins, clean restrooms and dust family portraits that remind them of their own.
“I take pride in what I do,” Gaitwood said.
She calls her job with Office Pride, a commercial cleaning service, “a godsend.”
More than a year ago, she met Gary Chandler, a Walkersville businessman, who spoke to Gaitwood about Office Pride. The company gives people a chance to become franchisees.
After some convincing from her husband and discussions with Chandler, Gaitwood decided to give it a try. Now, she is a franchisee who goes to work every day with family, friends and faith in mind.
Jackson does the same. His mother is a janitor for Frederick County Public Schools – a job that taught him the value of hard work, he said.
“I was raised in a single-parent household, so my mom taught me how to cook and clean, plus all of the essentials that I needed to know as a young man,” Jackson said.
Gaitwood’s grandmother worked as a housekeeper for an Italian family in New Jersey.
“I came from very humble beginnings,” said Gaitwood, a native of Manchester, England. “Even though my grandmother was a maid, she was also family.”
For Jackson, Office Pride feels like family.
The company’s core values keep him inspired, he said. Honoring God, demonstrating honesty, going the extra mile and persevering with a servant’s attitude are among the values they cherish.
“In everything I do, I always want to show the love of Christ,” Jackson said. “It keeps me in a state of humility, and it makes me proud to be a part of what I am doing.”
Gaitwood agreed. Like Jackson, Gaitwood said she is humbled by a job that many people turn away from doing. Cleaning brings her joy, and she finds it encouraging when people let her know that she is doing a good job.
“That’s what makes the difference for me,” Gaitwood said.
Learn more about owning an Office Pride franchise
CEO Todd Hopkins founded Office Pride in 1992 in Indianapolis. He came up with the idea for a faith-based business with a mission to glorify God and serve man at the same time. At Office Pride, we strive to treat everyone with dignity and respect, from customers to employees. And the golden rule is still golden with us: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Our commitment to our Biblically based principles and our 20-plus years of business savvy have helped us build a profitable franchise company with more than 115 franchisees across the country. We are expanding our reach even farther across the U.S. and Canada. In the $78 billion commercial cleaning industry, there’s still plenty of room to grow.
Would you like to learn more about an Office Pride franchise opportunity? Take a look at our website’s research pages and then fill out the form at right to download our free franchise report, or give us a call at 727-491-5125. We’d love to start a conversation!
*Reprinted with permission of The Frederick News-Post and Randall Family, LLC as appearing in the online edition at www.fredericknewspost.com.