Husband and wife business duo Gene and Elaine Santovenia both have a wealth
of experience and will be adding their knowledge by bringing The Cleaning
Authority to Coastal North Carolina.
Growing up in Hoboken, New Jersey, Gene made his way to Florida to obtain
his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Florida International University.
For the next 30 years, Gene made a name for himself in the franchising
industry by managing global growth for the well-known brands, Blockbuster
and Burger King. Through his experiences with Burger King, Gene traveled
the world and contributed to the brand’s growth in Latin America,
the Caribbean and Central America.
Elaine graduated from Florida International University with her bachelor’s
degree in English Literature. Directly following her degree, Elaine established
a career in education for close to 20 years. Elaine taught language arts
and social studies to at-risk middle school students in Miami. Having
a second home in Boone, North Carolina, Elaine and Gene relocated to the
area and Elaine continued teaching.
Although he appreciated his career, Gene wanted to put all the associated
traveling on hold and proposed the option of opening their own business
to Elaine. Agreeing with her husband, Gene and Elaine began searching
for a business that offered a service the majority of the population needed
as well as something that would contribute to their quality of life.
While researching other franchises, Gene and Elaine came across The Cleaning
the business model, they foresaw a future with the brand and chose to introduce the brand
to North Carolina.
"The Cleaning Authority is a market leader," said Gene. "Not
to mention, we were very impressed with the business model and their consumer
oriented approach. This was a career that would not be obsolete from the
internet. We liked the fact The Cleaning Authority adds quality of life
to the customer, employees and franchisees; we saw it as a win, win, win."
In addition to their robust careers, Gene is active with the Masons and
Elaine is a member of the Junior League. The couple will be sponsoring
any events they can affiliated with the two groups, and also plan to work
with children's organizations in the area.
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