Brothers Brian and Barry Katz are combining their professional expertise
to bring a new business to the New Orleans area. On October 26, the duo
will open the state’s first franchise of The Cleaning Authority.
Brian has spent his career as a chef in some of the best restaurants in
New Orleans, including many years working at several of Emeril Lagasse’s
area eateries. Barry has worked as a CPA in New York for decades. Together,
they will utilize Brian’s experience in the service industry with
Barry’s financial background to bring this
environmentally conscious cleaning service to New Orleans.
The two plan to gradually expand their service coverage throughout the
area, providing a top of the line residential cleaning service to a thriving
Tell us a little bit about your background.
We grew up on Long Island in New York.
Brian: I fled the cold winters of the east coast and moved to San Diego to study
cognitive science and comparative literature at UCSD. While I was in both
high school and college, I had jobs cooking at restaurants. So after I
graduated from college, I decided to move to New Orleans to pursue a career
as a chef. I had the opportunity to work for some great New Orleans chefs,
including Emeril. In 1997, I moved to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands,
where I had my own restaurant for seven years. I then went on to take
a position as the executive chef and director of restaurants for a brand
new resort with four full-service restaurants and many more quick service
options. I moved back to New Orleans at the beginning of 2009 and have
worked as the director of operations for a local restaurant group. When
I started, they had four restaurants in town, and by the time I left,
they had ten. While I loved that job working in operations, I found myself
in front of a computer a lot. I enjoy the service industry and working
with people, so seven months ago, I left that position to open The Cleaning
Authority with my brother.
Barry: I stayed in New York after high school and studied accounting at the City
University of New York. I have spent my career working as a CPA in the
Manhattan area, but I was at a point in my career that I was just tired
of being a CPA. I noticed that the people making money and enjoying life
owned their own businesses and a lot of my successful clients were in
business with their family. We decided that combining Brian’s experience
in the service industry with my finance background was a good mix of skills
to open a business, so we began looking into concepts that would complement
Why did you choose to become a franchisee with The Cleaning Authority?
How did you learn about the brand?
Brian: We began working with a franchise consultant who showed us 30 different
brands to consider. We narrowed our options down to ten concepts and then
to three. Our final three were a tree cutting service, a salon concept
and The Cleaning Authority. The Cleaning Authority‘s commitment
to the environment and employee wellbeing, in addition to the fact that
they don’t just provide a much-needed service, but they do it really
well, cemented our decision to join the franchise system.
Barry: To me, The Cleaning Authority just seemed like a reputable company. They
are established, but there is still room to grow, they have great systems
in place and they know what they’re doing. This brand seemed like
the best return on investment in terms of lifestyle and finances, and
the business is repeating in nature.
What were your perceptions of franchising before starting the process?
The sales manager at The Cleaning Authority said, “You own your own
business but you’re not in business on your own,” and that
made a lot of sense to us.
Tell us about your family, and any hobbies or activities you take part
in within your local community.
Brian: I have two boys, ages 10 and 13. I coach their youth baseball league and
Barry: I have one daughter who is 23 and is attending Columbia in New York for
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