Given current economic times, Ellison finds perfect match with premier franchisor; will set up operations in Northwest Harris County.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (July 28, 2009)ServiceMaster Clean announced today that Corbet K. Ellison has been awarded one of the company's distinguished Shane Battier Franchise Scholarship. Selected from hundreds of applicants, Ellison completed a 1,500-word essay detailing how he would utilize ServiceMaster corporate objectives in his business.
"Franchises are the best way to start a business because you have faster start-up, people are typically already familiar with your brand and the support you receive, particularly with ServiceMaster Clean, is immeasurable," said Ellison. "But what I find most attractive about this company, in particular, are its corporate objectives: to honor God in all we do, to excel with customers, to help people develop and to grow profitably. It is truly a family atmosphere here at ServiceMaster Clean."
The purpose of the Shane Battier Franchise Scholarship is to expand the ServiceMaster Clean commercial cleaning 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.
Prior to earning the business services franchise, Ellison served overseas as a pediatric dentist in the U.S. Air Force. During extended service in Aviano, Italy, he was the sole pediatric specialist for southern Europe for the USAF. Ellison also practiced in Tokyo, where he provided continuing education to all dental staff and supervised both technicians and therapists.
Ellison earned a bachelor of science in biology from Howard University in 1997. He then went on to graduate from the school's College of Dentistry in 2001 with a doctorate in dental surgery, later specializing in pediatrics (2003). Ellison's professional affiliations include the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association and the District of Columbia Dental Society. He is a commissioned officer of the U.S. Air Force.
"This is truly an extraordinary shift for me, but I am up for the challenge," added Ellison. "And what's most exciting is that this is going to be a family effort. My sister, Melissa, will serve as our director of operations, while my father will be in charge of sales and marketing. My mother is even in on the act, leading the customer service charge."
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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 worlds 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.
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