Meet Our Franchisees: David and Erika Villa
David and Erika Villa, both children of migrant farm workers, learned at a young age the value of hard work.
“I used to beg my mom to let me go to work on the farms,” David said. “She never wanted me to, but one day when I was about 16 years old she let me and I lasted about an hour and a half. I definitely learned what hard work is.”
Now, the couple has decided to move from Fresno, California to pursue the dream of owning their own franchise of The Cleaning Authority in Tyler, Texas. The move is somewhat of a homecoming for the 31-year-old Erika—she was born in Tyler but moved when she was an infant.
David, 32, has spent most of his adult life working for Brinks. There, he worked his way up from driver to supervisor before becoming the manager of the Fresno market. For 13 years, he learned how to handle many different responsibilities and wear different hats. He said it was always a dream of his to be a business owner, and the experience he earned working his way up the Brinks’ ladder helped prepare him for The Cleaning Authority.
A 2008 graduate of Fresno State University with a B.S. in Criminology, Erika worked with the Fresno County Office of Education where she assisted special needs students. Together, David and Erika intend to stay engaged in community outreach efforts by assisting with the Boys and Girls Club and the Special Olympics, and by offering support to local children who need help.
"I always knew in my heart that my husband wanted to follow his dream and own his own business. It was time, so I kept encouraging him. I'm my husband’s back bone. I will always encourage him and push him to the limit to keep going forward. I believe in him and I know he will do a wonderful job."