Former Naval Aviator Rick Barton encountered health issues that prevented
him from continuing his career as a pilot, so he is trading in his wings
for cleaning supplies, opening
The Cleaning Authority franchise in Ridgeland, South Carolina. After seven years of active duty and five in the reserves, he is taking
the meticulous and orderly military lifestyle he was once accustomed to
and applying it to his new venture, spearheading growth of the cleaning
franchise in South Carolina.
Barton was an active duty naval aviator for seven years before spending
five years in the reserves. After completing his duty, he was a pilot
with Delta for 18 years until 2005 when he decided to take a medical retirement.
The unexpected halt in his career came from a series of ocular migraines,
and an MRI showed a tiny pea-sized growth on his brain stem. Luckily,
he was living in Boston at that time and began seeing the best doctor
in the city, who helped get him a clean bill of health. Although he is
now recovered, the injury prevents Barton from working in aviation anymore.
While evaluating different career paths to pursue, Barton chose The Cleaning
Authority because of its standardized processes, corporate support and
established best practices, which reflected what he was looking for in
a business to operate..
Because of his military and flying background, he liked that everything
is standardized with a franchise system. Barton had looked at other franchise
opportunities and thought that he was going to go into home healthcare,
but he eventually found The Cleaning Authority online, and discovered
an existing franchise location that was up for sale.
The Cleaning Authority’s corporate team and the other franchisees
gave him a lot of advice and helped give him background information and
insight regarding the ins and outs of running a The Cleaning Authority
location. All the franchisees had 100% positive feedback about the corporate
support, which was also reassuring.
He was looking for an “open the box and follow the directions”
kind of company, which he really felt The Cleaning Authority’s corporate
team offered. It seemed like a good opportunity for him to use his military
experience and he also took into consideration that his wife, Johanna,
is a people person, and she has worked in sales and retail, which is helpful
for growing the business.
Finding the right location was Barton's biggest issue. It took longer
than expected, but he also felt like it was an important piece of the
puzzle to make sure they had the right space.