Meet Our Franchisees: David and Erika Villa
Erika and David Villa both learned the value of hard work at a young age. As the children of migrant farm workers, the couple learned about what hard labor looked like from their parents.
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 a large part of his career working for Brinks, where he worked his way up from driver to supervisor to the Fresno market manager. He learned how to wear different hats and handle many different responsibilities over his 13-year career. 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.
Erika graduated from Fresno State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Criminology. She then worked with the Fresno County Office of Education where she assisted special needs students. Together, David and Erika intend to stay involved in community outreach efforts by assisting with the Special Olympics and the Boys and Girls Club, 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 backbone. 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."