Meet our Franchisee: Jim Dauphinee
Former Lansdale, Pennsylvania landscape architect and volunteer firefighter Jim Dauphinee is continuing to serve his local community, now through a new business opportunity with The Cleaning Authority.
Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and Syracuse University and then went on to pursue a career working in civil engineering firms. In 2000, he received his Pennsylvania Landscape Architecture registration and started his own company in landscape architecture and design. When the economy crashed in 2008, the building industry took a hard hit and Jim started working out of his home offering consulting services to private clients and civil engineering firms. “This allowed me to focus on my two children while my wife Andrea continued her career in human resources,” Jim says.
Jim has also been a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years in the area. “I got involved when I attended Syracuse University and ran with the University ambulance,” he said. “I continued my passion in helping others once I moved home by volunteering at the local fire company. I held several officer positions while being a volunteer firefighter. I am now semi-retired but still involved with local fire departments.”
Recently, Jim and his wife Andrea were looking for small business ownership opportunities and connected with The Cleaning Authority through a FranNet consultant. “I was impressed by The Cleaning Authority’s model, which was superior to other concepts in almost every way,” Jim said. “I also liked the simplicity of the service and scalability that’s possible if customer acquisition and retention are executed properly.”
Jim felt The Cleaning Authority’s business model is a good fit and is needed for the market. “The way The Cleaning Authority emphasizes the local service aspect of the business makes us more understandable and approachable to customers,” Jim said. “I feel there is a good employee base in this area as well that will help my business to succeed.”
Jim also wants to use his expertise to continue educating locals about home fire safety through the business. “As we launch operations, I’m working to put together a program that can spread homeowner awareness about fire safety,” Jim said.
Jim and Andrea look forward to providing residential cleaning services to people in the Lansdale area communities.