February 20, 2012, St. Louis, MO STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS IS “BEST OF THE BEST” IN FRANCHISING
Every year, Entrepreneur magazine thoroughly evaluates all aspects of franchise success and puts together a list to lead prospects through the difficult choice of choosing a franchise. In 2012, they ranked Stratus Building Solutions to be the #1 Commercial Cleaning Franchise, which propel them into the prestige category “Best of the Best.”
Landing at the head of the class and staying ahead of the competition is what Stratus strives for on behalf of their franchise owners. They utilize the top technologies and ensure thorough training and certification for all Stratus franchise owners. Focusing on the success of the people in the organization has helped prove their motto that success comes from the bottom up.
The ‘Best of the Best’ is only applicable as long as we continue to success of our franchise owners,” states Stratus CEO and Co-founder Dennis Jarrett. “We know we have the top cleaning technologies and training programs. We know we have the best available business services and margin for growth. But it is how these are applied by each integral person in our Stratus system that measures our definition of success.”
Stratus Building Solutions was named the #1 Fastest Growing Franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list in 2011, which set the bar high for 2012. But they did it again. In addition to maintaining the #1 Fastest Growing ranking for two years in a row, they also have moved up to the #1 position in the Commercial Cleaning Category, and #12 Overall in the list that was revealed on December 14, 2011.
Stratus Building Solutions has been a leader in the commercial cleaning franchise industry since it started franchising in 2006, having been awarded a variety of accolades on the Franchise 500 list and inclusion in the Inc. 500.
"This is a huge honor for our system and demonstrates how hard work and brand integrity coexist to produce results such as this. Providing a world class franchise system that could bring success to anyone who applied the principles was the ultimate goal, and we are excited to be able to share that with the world,” Stratus Co-Founder and CEO Dennis Jarrett said. “The past year produced record growth for us and we will continue to set the bar high for ourselves and our franchises. Quality work produces quality results, as we see here.”
Pete Frese, Stratus Co-Founder and President, adds, “This is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time to recognize what has made us successful and continue to enhance that, which we believe all goes back to en effective system. By providing the proper training, tools and support, we are able to aid in the success of our Franchise Owners, which in turn makes us successful.
Entrepreneur determines its Franchise 500 awards and rankings based on a number of factors that include financial stability, financial strength, growth rate and size of the franchise system. To see the whole list, please visit the Entrepreneur website.
Stratus Building Solutions franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, promotional support; and other turn-key advantages. The firm’s headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in St. Louis, Missouri.
For more information, please see the website www.stratusclean.com or call Stratus Building Solutions at 314.731.2000 or toll-free at 877.731.2020. Media contact: Dennis Jarrett.
November 9, 2011, St. Louis, MO
SEE HOW FAR DENNIS JARRETT WILL GO TO GET CUSTOMERS TO DO BUSINESS
Dennis Jarrett spoke to Smart Business magazine about what makes his drive for customers full-throttle. He cites diplomatic tenacity, always working to find the approach that works for each specific situation. By gathering supporters and feedback – and actually listening to feedback, even if your original idea was wrong – you will learn the appropriate combination of ego and confidence that will build your brand. Building a brand is not the easiest take, but pragmatic dedication makes the light at the end of the tunnel all worth it.
August 23, 2011, St. Louis, MO INC. MAGAZINE UNVEILS 30TH ANNUAL LIST OFAMERICA'S FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - THE INC. 500
Stratus Building Solutions Ranks #494 on the 2011 Inc. 500 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 688.9%
Stratus Building Solutions jumps over 400 spots to rank #494 in the 2011 edition of Inc. Magazine’s Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies.
Inc. magazine today ranked Stratus Building Solutions#494 on its 30th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Stratus increased 688.9% in three years. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy--America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Zipcar, Clif Bar, Vizio, Oracle, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500.
July 08, 2011 STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS COMING TO LAFAYETTE, LA
June 28, 2011, St. Louis, Missouri…The nation’s greenest facility services franchise, Stratus Building Solutions, is opening a new Master Franchise location in Lafayette, LA. Entrepreneur’s #1 Fastest Growing Franchise has continued its growth and success with the newest addition to the Stratus Team, Shaun Steckler. The new office will be open at 315 S College Road, Suite 220 in Lafayette, LA, and available at (337) 376-0674.
Mr. Steckler is ready to offer green commercial cleaning services to the professional buildings in the Lafayette area. He is an experienced entrepreneur with 15 years of business experience in the advertising, medical sales and real estate investing industries. Taking cumulative knowledge from these industries lends to Mr. Steckler’s capabilities in dealing with the dual business to business and franchising world of Stratus.
June 21, 2011, Chicago, Illinois CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: THE NEWEST ADDITION TO FASTEST GROWING FRANCHISE STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS
Chicago, Illinois just got a little cleaner – and greener! Now, professional facilities in the Chicago land area have the opportunity to experience the Stratus Difference type of clean with new office operating at 555 Waters Edge, Suite 100, in Lombard, IL. New Master Franchise Owner, Devang Kothari, will represent the Stratus brand and is already in business.
Stratus of Chicago will offer a range of professional facility maintenance services all with environmental stewardship at the forefront. “I really enjoy Stratus’ commitment to sustainability – and combining that with the success I have witnessed, I knew it was the perfect industry for me,” says Kothari. “I have seen first-hand the lengths they go to in order to establish their green reputation, and I’m happy to be a part of that movement.”
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS OF CLEVELAND ESTABLISHED IN SUMMER 2011
Cleveland, Ohio is the next city in line to experience the greener kind of clean from Stratus Building Solutions. The nation’s fastest-growing international brand in the facility maintenance franchise industry has entered the Cleveland market by awarding the new Master Franchise to business partners Tom Grassi and Tim Tilton. This marks the second Stratus location in Ohio after Cincinnati.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “Tom and Tim are strong leaders and fine additions to the Stratus Master Team. Tim’s industry experience combined with Tom’s extensive professional history combine to form an unstoppable combination and we are excited to watch them succeed.”
Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, added, “Both gentleman are native to the area and excited to offer the Stratus opportunity to the community. The opening of Stratus of Cleveland is right in line with our projected growth for 2011, marking the fourth newly serviced territory this year.”
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS COMMITTED TO CHANGING LIVES
Stratus Building Solutions is making history! Last Friday, Stratus Building Solutions of Philadelphia made waves by offering an SBS-24 Franchise Plan free of charge. The SBS-24 is a sizable franchise package valued at over $12,000 and has the potential to earn the winner up to $30,000 a year.
Master Franchise Owners Tom Weiss and John & Bonnie Coleman are offering this to the community in an effort to make a difference on the unemployed and the under-employed. Tom states, “We’ve been so fortunate, we’ve grown so fast and we’ve been very successful that we want to give back…and there are a lot of under-employed and unemployed people right now, as we all know, and we want to help someone out.” The free giveaway is intended to motivate and inspire participants to know that business ownership can be for them.
January 21, 2011, St. Louis, Missouri BROTHERS MARK & JAYSON BASHFORTH ESTABLISH NEW BUILDING SERVICES BUSINESS IN METRO SAN DIEGO
Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s fastest-growing international brand in the building services and maintenance franchise industry, has entered the San Diego market by awarding another new Master Franchise to brothers Mark and Jayson Bashforth called Stratus Building Solutions of San Diego, LLC. This marks their second Master Franchise location in the United States and they also lead an international endeavor in Panama.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “Mark and Jayson Bashforth’s new Master Franchise exemplifies the growth potential in the Facility Maintenance industry. They have expanded to over 2 states and internationally in less than two years. That increase is a testament to their abilities and professional ways of doing business.”
Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, added, “Mark and Jayson have proven to be successful business executives who have helped us with the shared vision of job creation through establishing new unit franchises, serving building owners and managers in San Diego.”
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS CHOSEN AS 10 MOST PROMISING FRANCHISES OF 2011 BY INC.COM
Stratus Building Solutions, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the “10 Most Promising Franchises of 2011” selected by Inc. Magazine in a process that establishes the best franchise opportunities for 2011.
Stratus Building Solutions CEO, Dennis Jarrett, and President, Pete Frese, said in a statement: “We are very proud of all that 2011 has brought us already with our #1 Fastest Growing Franchise ranking from Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and our four new offices in Phoenix, San Diego, Louisville and Baltimore. This recognition brings even more attention to our outstanding growth of which we are very proud. A combination of hardworking individuals and a successful business model allow these goals to be achieved.”
February 15, 2011 FORMER AIR FORCE MASTER SGT. LOVING LIFE AS FRANCHISOR IN COLORADO
Air Force veteran and Stratus Building Solutions Master Franchisor James Van Dyke of Colorado Springs, Colo., wasn’t always as effectively managerial as he is today. He credits training received in his 20-year Air Force career and, also, a “very demanding commander” with sharpening his skills so he could perform superbly as a military management efficiency expert – skills that helped prepare him for successful management of the commercial cleaning franchise operation he owns and operates today.
Van Dyke was born in Sheldon, Iowa, in 1947, after his father served as a U.S. Army Air Corps flight engineer in Casablanca, Morocco, during World War II. The younger Van Dyke grew up in Iowa, Colorado, and California until drafted by the U.S. Army in 1966 as the Vietnam War was escalating. But Van Dyke wanted to join the Air Force, so he applied and scored high on qualification tests. Six days before he was due to report for Army duty, Van Dyke was accepted by the Air Force and he soon reported to F.E. Warren Air Force Base (AFB) in Cheyenne, Wyo. There, he met his wife, Lynda. The couple has been married now for more than 40 years.
January 24, 2011, St. Louis, Missouri STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS EXPANDS TO LOUISVILLE WITH NEW BUILDING SERVICES MASTER FRANCHISE IN KENTUCKY
Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s fastest growing international brand in the building services and maintenance franchise industry, has entered the Louisville market by awarding another new Master Franchise to entrepreneur and veteran franchisor Kevin Spellacy. This marks his second Master Franchise location in the United States. Stratus Building Solutions of Louisville will operate from headquarters at 4237 Produce Road., Louisville, KY 40218 and be available at (502) 966-2025.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “Kevin’s new Master Franchise is an exciting trend we’re currently enjoying of Masters opening up new territories once they see the value in the Stratus business model. Kevin established the Indianapolis office to the dynamic company it is today and we wish him the same success with the Louisville operation.”
January 19, 2011, St. Louis, Missouri
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS RANKED #1 FASTEST GROWING FRANCHISE IN COUNTRY
Stratus Building Solutions, the nation's premiere building services and maintenance franchise company, has been officially named the "Number 1 Fastest Growing Franchise" by Entrepreneur magazine in the annual Franchise 500, with three "Top Ten" spots total.
Stratus also received Number 5 Low Cost Franchise, Number 6 Top Home Based Business, Number 18 Top Global Franchise and Number 20 in the Franchise 500, in addition to the Number 1 Fastest Growing Franchise. Stratus continues reign of Top Ten awards.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "The combined efforts of our recession-resistant business model, our commitment to be the best in our industry and our continuing efforts to provide the most innovative systems, services and products for our franchise family give Stratus the support to become the Fastest Growing Franchise."
January 03, 2011, St. Louis, Missouri
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS CONTINUES NATIONAL EXPANSION BY ENTERING PHOENIX MARKET
National Building Services Franchisor, Stratus Building Solutions, awards ‘Master Franchise’ to Phoenix Entrepreneur Channen Smith
Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based international Master and Unit Franchisor in the Building Service and Maintenance industry, has entered the Phoenix, Arizona market by awarding a new Master Franchise to Channen Smith, who will own and manage the operation at 5013 E WASHINGTON STREET, SUITE 130, PHOENIX, AZ 85034. The new business is called Stratus Building Solutions of Phoenix.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “Stratus Building Solutions of Phoenix is the first Master Franchise location in Arizona and will provide wonderful opportunities for the city. Channen Smith is an accomplished business professional with more than twenty years of successful global experience in sales, marketing, product development, professional services, operations and general management. He is the President of four territories currently and a great addition to family of Master Franchisors.”
Stratus Building Solutions, headquartered in St. Louis County, is one of the “50 Top Franchises for Minorities” selected by the National Minority Franchising Initiative in a process that evaluated hundreds of U.S. franchisors.
Stratus Building Solutions CEO Dennis Jarrett and President Pete Frese said in a statement: “We built our company on core values that enable unit franchisees in all races, colors and creeds to be successful by owning and operating their own business, regardless of their background.”
Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s fastest-growing building services and maintenance franchise company, is one of the “50 Top Franchises for Minorities” selected by the respected National Minority Franchising Initiative (NMFI) in a process that evaluated hundreds of U.S. franchisors.
Stratus Building Solutions was identified in a USA Today feature article about the growth of minority franchising and the value of NMFI as a reliable barometer of minority franchise opportunity.
Stratus Building Solutions CEO Dennis Jarrett and President Pete Frese said in a statement: “We built our company on core values that enable unit franchisees in all races, colors and creeds to be successful by owning and operating their own business, regardless of their background.
Written exclusively for Cleaning & Maintenance Management Magazine
MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES
Military Veterans’ Experience & Commitments Helps Cleaning Service Firms Thrive
You can take the man out of the military, but you can’t take the military out of the man.”
That’s Ken Casseri’s conclusion. He is President of Stratus Building Solutions of Buffalo, NY, a busy commercial cleaning franchisor whose operations keep growing in part because of the skills, experience and unwavering commitments to customer service offered by military veterans working in his organization.
Although he is not a veteran, Casseri says, “I respect and share the values of Honor, Discipline, Responsibility and Commitment inherent in the U.S. military credo, particularly because it translates to managing commercial cleaning business operations and serving our customers effectively.
August 24, 2010, New York
INC. MAGAZINE UNVEILS ITS FOURTH ANNUAL EXCLUSIVE LIST OF AMERICA’S FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES--THE INC. 5000
Stratus Ranks No. 916 on the 2010 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 329%
Inc. magazine today ranked Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s fastest-growing international brand in the building services and maintenance franchise industry, has received the prestigious Inc. 500|5000 award, reserving the sole spot representing the Building Services industry.
Stratus Ranks No. 916 on the 2010 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 329% on the fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy--America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children’s red wagon, are among the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.
August 17, 2010 - St. Louis, Missouri
Nicklaus: Stratus enables American Dream for immigrant
Stratus Building Solutions
Nebojsa "Shon" Vukomanovic didn't just start on the ground floor when he launched his own business. He started out cleaning the floor.
As a franchise owner for Stratus Building Solutions of Overland, he still does floors sometimes. And he has plenty of company: He's one of roughly 4,500 unit franchisees for Stratus, which gets mentioned regularly as one of the nation's fastest-growing franchise companies.
That number is growing by about 100 a month, Stratus Chief Executive Dennis Jarrett says. The business is recession-resistant, he says, and may even benefit from building owners' need to control costs. Outsourcing of janitorial and maintenance services has been on the rise for decades, and the recession has accelerated that trend.
August 4, 2010 - St. Louis, Missouri
Nebojsa “Shon” Vukomanovics
Stratus Building Solutions
Before the Bosnian War began in the 1990s, Nebojsa “Shon” Vukomanovic left his country and came to the United States in search of a new beginning. Although he did not speak English and he had no financial backing or support network, Vukomanovic was determined to achieve the American dream.
“I met a man who became an adviser to me,” says Vukomanovic. “He gave me advice on where to go and what to do. Then he found an ad for Stratus Building Solutions.”
Vukomanovic and his informal adviser went to Stratus to meet with Pete Frese, a co-founder of the commercial cleaning business and a veteran of the industry. Frese saw immediate potential in Vukomanovic. “Shon has great qualities and capabilities,” says Frese. “We like to put people in the position to be successful, and Shon knocked it out of the park.”
August 4, 2010 - Denton, Texas
Stratus Building Solutions Opens New Master Franchise to Serve North Texas
Stratus Building Solutions of North Texas, based in Denton, is Company’s Second Master Franchise in the Lone Star State
Stratus Building Solutions has awarded a new Master Franchise in Denton, Texas, that will serve building owners and managers in North Texas and expand its business base with unit franchises that provide superior quality maintenance services based on Stratus Building Solutions’ successful international business model and eco-friendly systems.
Jacquelyn and Thomas Mosley are principals at Stratus Building Solutions of North Texas, which is headquartered 1108 Dallas Drive, Suite 300, in Denton, about 25 miles north of Dallas. The office phone is 940.539.0090. Stratus Building Solutions of North Texas is the parent company’s second Master Franchise in Texas. Stratus Building Solutions of Houston opened in August, 2009.
In a statement, the Mosleys said, “We are proud to join Stratus Building Solutions’ fast-growing international network of Master Franchises and look forward to establishing unit franchises to serve building owners and property managers while making new friends in business across North Texas. Stratus Building Solutions is recognized for excellence and we are pleased to introduce the company and its services in our exclusive regional territory.”
June 21, 2010, Miami, Florida
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS OPENS NEW MASTER FRANCHISE TO SERVE GREATER MIAMI
New Building Maintenance Franchise Owned by Julio R. Alvarez is International Franchisor’s 3rd in Florida
Julio R. Alvarez of Miami, a multi-lingual business executive with more than 20 years of senior management success in the U.S. and Latin America, has joined the growing international network of Stratus Building Solutions Master Franchisors as the new owner and president of Stratus Building Solutions of South Florida.
Stratus Building Solutions of South Florida will serve building owners and managers throughout Miami-Dade County and expand its business base with unit franchises that provide superior quality maintenance services based on Stratus Building Solutions’ successful business model, eco-friendly systems, and unparalleled commitments to customer satisfaction. The new Master Franchise offices are at 7925 NW 12th Street, Suite 321, Miami, 33126. Mr. Alvarez can be reached at mobile telephone 305 397 4980.
Mr. Alvarez will hire eight employees immediately and provide building owners and property managers with cost-efficient options for building maintenance, including the firm’s exclusive “Stratus Sani-Proof” program that kills bacteria including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, and other germs found in offices, schools, health clubs, daycare centers, gyms, dormitories and medical centers.
June 14, 2010, Tampa Bay, Florida STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS OPENS NEW MASTER FRANCHISE TO SERVE TAMPA BAY AREA
New Building Maintenance and Cleaning Franchise Owned by Eric Brotz is Parent Company’s 2nd in Florida
Eric Brotz is the newest Master Franchisor in the growing network of building service and maintenance franchises awarded by Stratus Building Solutions, a successful international company setting new standards in the building services and maintenance franchise industry.
Stratus Building Solutions of Tampa Bay will serve building owners and managers in greater Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. As President of the new Master Franchise, Mr. Brotz plans to hire three employees immediately and expand operations with unit franchises providing a full range of efficient, high-quality maintenance services for building owners and property managers throughout the area. Stratus Building Solutions of Tampa Bay offices are located at 3001 Executive Drive, Suite 140, Clearwater, Florida, 33762. Telephone 727.493.4250.
May 21, 2010, St. Louis Business Journal FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES
April 20, 2010, St. Louis, Missouri, USA MORE ACCOLADES FOR STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS
St. Louis-Based Franchise Company Ranked Among Fastest-Growing in U.S. by Franchise Times Magazine
APRIL 20, St. Louis, MO…Franchise Times Magazine and FRANdata, which are leading sources of non-biased, analytical information about the franchise industry, have identified St. Louis-based Stratus Building Solutions among the top 50 fastest-growing franchises in the nation, based on the company’s unit growth of 115 percent between 2004 and 2008.
With more than 50 established Master Franchise locations, plus more than 2,150 Unit Franchises in 23 states and five nations, Stratus Building Solutions is the fastest-growing international brand in the building services and maintenance industry, and generated record performance in 2009
January 29, 2010, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS RANKED #1 NEW FRANCHISE BY ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE
St. Louis-Based Franchisor Also Named # 3 Fastest-Growing and # 13 Overall in Entrepreneur’s Annual Ranking
January 29, 2010, St. Louis, Missouri, USA…Stratus Building Solutions, the St. Louis-based franchisor of building services and maintenance franchises, has been named the Number 1 New Franchise, the Number 3 Fastest-Growing Franchise and the Number 13 Overall Franchise in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2010 Franchise 500® ranking.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “These top rankings by Entrepreneur reflect the success of our growing international network of franchise owner-operators and employees, and complement our aggressive growth plans and customer service commitments for the year ahead. These top rankings are especially meaningful because 2009 was a banner year for Stratus Building Solutions and our prospects for system-wide growth and market expansion in 2010 are very bright,” Jarrett said.
DECEMBER 4, 2009, Small Business Commerce Association Stratus Building Solutions, Inc. Receives 2009 Best of Business Award
Small Business Commerce Association's Award Honors the Achievement
SAN FRANSICO, November 7, 2009, Stratus Building Solutions, Inc. has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the Building Services Company category by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)
The Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is pleased to announce that Stratus Building Solutions, Inc. has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the Building Services Company category.
The SBCA 2009 Award Program recognizes the top 5% of small businesses throughout the country. Using consumer feedback, the SBCA identifies companies that we believe have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy. The selection committee chooses the award winners from nominees based off information taken from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, a review of consumer rankings, and other consumer reports. Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify
what makes small businesses great.
DECEMBER 2, 2009, Money.aol.com Stratus Building Solutions Expands Franchising to Republic of Panama
New Master Franchise in Panama City is Model for Growth in Central & South America
Stratus Building Solutions, the St. Louis-based franchisor of branded building service and maintenance operations in the U.S., Canada and Europe, is expanding to Central America by awarding a new Master Franchise in the Republic of Panama.
CEO Dennis Jarrett said, “This new Master Franchise headquartered in Panama City is a business model for our company’s expansion in Central and South America as we continue to grow franchise operations globally, and enhance Stratus Building Solutions’ worldwide brand.”
NOVEMBER 29, 2009, St. Louis, Missouri TV News Report Confirms Stratus GreenClean Eco-Friendly Service Efficiency
KMOV-TV Reporter Notes that Stratus GreenClean Products and Services Are “Cleaner AND Healthier.”
CBS News affiliate KMOV-TV in St. Louis recently spotlighted Stratus Building Solutions in a special report on “green cleaning” that found the company’s line of eco-friendly Stratus GreenClean products “cleaner AND healthier” than traditional janitorial cleaning products.
President Pete Frese, with Bill Blair, Vice President-Master Development, and Robert Stapleton, St. Louis Regional Director, were interviewed for the report which focused on the Stratus GreenClean program for franchisors and customers of the St. Louis-based international company. Stratus GreenClean services use EPA-approved environmentally-safe products to help sustain healthier, more productive work places for the franchise firm’s growing number of janitorial clients.
NOVEMBER 24, 2009, Forbes.com
Stratus Building Solutions Opens Master Franchise in Lithuania
Stratus Building Solutions announces the opening of a new Master Franchise in Lithuania that will serve as a business model for Stratus Building Solutions' franchise entry into other European nations as the company expands operations globally.
Stratus Building Solutions CEO Dennis Jarrett said, "Stratus Building Solutions is the fastest-growing brand in the building services and maintenance franchise industry. This new Master Franchise in Kaunas, Lithuania precedes our plans to expand to Estonia and Latvia in the near future, and complements our plans to enter Central and South America in 2010."
SEPTEMBER 18, 2009, Washington, D.C
Stratus Building Solutions Receives 2009 St. Louis Award
September 18, 2009 - Washington, D.C….Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s fastest-growing international brand in the building services and maintenance franchise industry, has received the prestigious “2009 St. Louis Award” in the franchising category from the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA awards program recognizes outstanding local businesses nationwide which have achieved exceptional marketing success in their business category, and which enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
AUGUST 9, 2009, Charlotte Observer
FORMER MORTGAGE BANKER TAKES LEAP AND CLEANS UP
He left his six-figure job and found success with cleaning franchise amid recession
Todd Knight sensed that the end was coming. As the economy crumbled, his work as a mortgage banker dried up, and he began to look into an option he'd always wanted to explore: owning a business.In April 2008, after 15 years in the industry, Knight quit his job at Goldman Sachs in Charlotte, giving up a six-figure salary. In October, he launched the Charlotte franchise of Stratus Building Solutions, a national commercial cleaning company.
AUGUST 6, 2009, Charlotte Observer
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS JASON POTTS REPRESENTS SMALL BUSINESS IN PRESIDENTIAL VISIT
Stratus Building Solutions Master Franchisor Jason Potts represented the interests of small business owners during the recent visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Raleigh, North Carolina where Potts operates a fast-growing building services and maintenance franchise.Potts with President Obama appeared live on global TV and in newspaper photos worldwide. Potts operates a successful Stratus Building Solutions Master Franchise that has established 68 Stratus Building Solutions unit franchises and created scores of new jobs since he opened the Raleigh-based business in July 2008.
MAY 4, 2009, St. Louis, Missouri, USA STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS GOES INTERNATIONAL WITH EXPANSION TO CANADA St. Louis-Based Building Services and Maintenance Company Expands Brand to World's Second-Largest NationStratus Building Solutions, the St. Louis-based franchisor of branded building service and maintenance operations nationwide, is accelerating its growth by establishing Stratus Building Solutions of Canada to serve all ten provinces in the world's second-largest nation.
CEO Dennis Jarrett and President Pete Frese of Stratus Building Solutions said, "Stratus Building Solutions of Canada marks our company's first international expansion and complements our vision to become the worldwide dominant brand in the licensed building services and maintenance industry."
Based in Toronto, Ontario, Stratus Building Solutions of Canada will operate under an agreement the parent company established with Jeffrey B. Aibel and Kenneth Casseri, who will manage the new Canadian division.
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS RANKED #3 TOP NEW FRANCHISE BY ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE
St. Louis-Based Franchisor Wins Four "Top Ten" Franchise Spots in Entrepreneur's 30 th Annual Franchise Ranking
Champagne corks are popping at Stratus Building Solutions because the St. Louis-based franchisor of building services and maintenance franchises has won four "top ten" spots in Entrepreneur magazine's 30 th Annual Franchise 500® ranking published in the January 2009 edition.
Entrepreneur identified Stratus Building Solutions as the Number 3 "Top New Franchise," the Number 4 "Fastest-Growing Franchise," the Number 6 "Top Home-Based Franchise" and the Number 7 "Low-Cost Franchise" in the magazine's 30 th Annual Franchise 500® ranking of 500 franchise companies.
Dennis Jarrett and Pete Frese wanted the name of their franchise
commercial cleaning company to portray where they want it to be—at the top. So they
named the business Stratus Building Solutions.
“It’s a play on stratosphere,” Jarrett, the company’s CEO, explains. “There are other
people that do things similar to us, but we wanted to be in the stratosphere, being at the
top level from a quality standpoint. Stratus Building Solutions was just that. We wanted to
be No. 1 in facility services for any type of customer in the commercial business.”
Jarrett, Frese scour country for new commercial cleaning franchise locations
Commercial cleaning franchisor Stratus Building Solutions’ motto is simple: “If it’s a business and it gets dirty, we can clean it.”The motto has catapulted Stratus from $750,000 in revenue in 2005 to projected revenue of $25 million this year with global expansion on the horizon. CEO Dennis Jarrett said the company met its 2008 revenue goal of $10 million by the end of the first quarter.
Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based franchisor of commercial cleaning service franchises nationwide, has entered the Indiana market by awarding a new franchise to Kevin Spellacy, who will own and manage the operation in Indianapolis.The new business is called Stratus Building Solutions of Indianapolis Inc.Before opening Stratus Building Solutions of Indianapolis, Spellacy was an executive with Sprint Nextel in Indianapolis.
Sani-Proof System from Stratus Building Solutions Helps Bosnian Entrepreneur Grow New Business
Nebojsa Vukomanovic is expanding his cleaning company franchise to betters serve commercial customers in St. Louis
Vukomanovic, a native of Bosnia who relocated to St. Louis to pursue his goal of business success, has expanded his commercial cleaning company with the purchase of an additional new franchise from Stratus Building Solutions called the Stratus Sani-Proof Hygienic Cleaning System.The Stratus Sani-Proof Hygienic Cleaning System is the first offering of Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC, a division of Stratus Building Solutions launched this year to expand and complement the company’s successful service franchise programs across the U.S.Known as “Shon” to friends and customers, Vukomanovic is a busy entrepreneur who chose to expand his business portfolio by acquiring and implementing the Stratus Sani-Proof system to address customer concerns about infectious diseases caused by bacteria. These include e-coli, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and other dangerous bacteria sometimes found in restaurants, offices, public restrooms, schools, health clubs, daycare centers, dormitories, locker rooms and hospitals.
Stratus Building Solutions Expands Franchising to Three North Carolina Cities
National cleaning service franchisor awards new master franchises in Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem
Stratus Building Solutions, a franchisor of commercial cleaning and maintenance service franchises nationwide, is aggressively expanding by awarding Master Franchises in Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.Stratus Building Solutions’ new Master Franchise operations in North Carolina complement the company’s expansions into major cities in 13 other states since the firm was founded in 2004.Pete Frese, President of Stratus Building Solutions, said, “We anticipate substantial business growth opportunities for our new franchisees in Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, which are fast-growing cities in one of the nation’s fastest-growing states.”
APRIL 17, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS INTRODUCING NEW AFFILIATED SERVICES DIVISION TO SATISFY FULL COMPLEMENT OF COMMERCIAL-INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE NEEDS
National Franchisor Adds Landscaping, Recycling, Energy Audits, Pest Control & More to Cleaning Service Programs
APRIL 17, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri... Stratus Building Solutions, the St. Louis-based franchisor of retail-commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchises nationwide, is launching a new division called Stratus Affiliated Services, LLC to provide landscaping, energy audits, recycling, pest control, hard-surface cleaning, and other services to expand and complement the company's successful service franchise programs.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said, "Stratus Affiliated Services exponentially expands our commercial cleaning and maintenance programs available to all of our franchisors and clients across the United States, and satisfies the industry's needs for 'one-stop-shop' availability of complete maintenance services.
MARCH 27, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS EXPANDS TO CALIFORNIA
St. Louis-Based Cleaning Service Franchisor Awards New Master Franchise in Los Angeles County
MARCH 27, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri... Stratus Building Solutions is continuing its national expansion by awarding a Master Franchise to Stratus Building Solutions of Los Angeles County, a new commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchisor with headquarters in Encino, California, the company announced. California businessman Afshin Cangarlu is president of Stratus Building Solutions of Los Angeles County.
Stratus Building Solutions of Los Angeles County, with offices at 16530 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 204 in Encino, complements new Stratus Building Solutions' Master Franchise expansions in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and New York since September 2007. The new Master Franchise office in Encino can be reached by calling 310.963.4511.
MARCH 3, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri
ST. LOUIS-BASED STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS GROWS NEW YORK MARKET
National Cleaning Service Franchisor Awards New Master Franchise to Serve Hudson Valley and the Bronx
Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based franchisor of retail-commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchises nationwide, has expanded in New York by awarding a new Master Franchise to Stratus Building Solutions of Hudson Valley, which will serve two counties about 50 miles north of New York City, and also New York City's Borough of the Bronx. Stratus Building Solutions of Hudson Valley complements Stratus Building Solutions' Master Franchise expansions in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and New York since September 2007.
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW STRATUS SANI-PROOF CLEANING PROGRAM
Sanitary Cleaning Program Is Result of Public Concerns About Staph Infections Which Resist Antibiotics
Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based franchisor of retail-commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchises nationwide, is introducing a new program called "Stratus Sani-Proof" that kills dangerous bacteria, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and other bacteria often found in schools, health clubs, daycare centers, gyms, dormitories, locker rooms, medical offices and hospitals. The Stratus Sani-Proof cleaning program is being introduced at all Stratus Building Solutions cleaning franchises in 13 states as a result of growing public concerns about MRSA and other infections sometimes carried by people who have been recently hospitalized, undergone a medical procedure, or been in contact with persons carrying such bacteria.
STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW GREENCLEAN JANITORIAL SERVICE
Environmentally-Friendly Service is Newest Innovation by National Cleaning Service Franchisor
JANUARY __, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri, USA... Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based franchisor of retail-commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchises nationwide, has launched a new, system-wide "GreenClean" janitorial program which uses safe, environmentally-friendly products and services to help sustain healthier, more productive work places for clients.
Stratus Building Solutions expands in St. Louis and Beyond
St. Louis-based Stratus Building Solutions, a franchisor of retail-commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchises nationwide is preparing to expand operations to the West Coast after recently investing $35,000 into the Master Franchise Executive Training Center Facilities at its St. Louis headquarters. The new center will be used to train executives preparing to open Stratus franchise operations throughout the country. The office and training center are located at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive. Meg Mannion and Rebekah Bahn of Grubb & Elli s & Gundaker Commercial, the brokerage division of Gundaker Commercial Group, Inc. (GCG), represent the company in a leasing capacity at both a corporate and franchisee level. "Stratus has already awarded 240 sub-franchise units in the St. Louis Metro area to entrepreneurs," said Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions. "The investment we are making in our training and corporate facilities insures we are going to be here for our franchisees for a very long time." Stratus currently has 8 local franchisees pending, with plans for monthly expansion to new markets in addition to their current markets in 12 states. "The growth potential for our business is booming throughout the United States," said Pete Frese, COO of Stratus Building Solutions. "Our plans for continued growth include markets in New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and California." Stratus Building Solutions provides quality cleaning services for commercial buildings, retail properties, medical facilities, schools and much more. With more than 20 years of experience, they offer professionally trained, uniformed franchise teams. For more information on Stratus Building Solutions, please visit the website at www.stratusclean.com .
GCG is a full-service commercial real estate company, providing Brokerage, Asset Management, Construction and Development services. The St. Louis-based company is one of the largest commercial real estate and development firms in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. For more information about GCG, please visit the website at www.gundakercommercial.com .
News Released: July 10, 2007
STRATUS OPENS $35,000 FRANCHISE EXECUTIVE TRAINING CENTER
St. Louis Business Journal - 1:12 PM CDT Tuesday, July 10, 2007Stratus Building Solutions said Tuesday that it opened a new franchise executive training center at its St. Louis headquarters.
Dennis Jarrett, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, said the firm invested about $35,000 into the Master Franchise Executive Training Center facilities.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA June 26, 2007 DBUSINESSNEWS.COMAtlanta-based Paladin Services of Georgia, LLC has been awarded an exclusive Master Franchise by Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based franchisor of retail-commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchises nationwide, and will offer sub-franchise units for sale throughout Georgia.
News Released: June 25, 2007
ST. LOUIS-BASED STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS ENTERS GEORGIA MARKET
SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI June 25, 2007 St. Louis Business Journal(PRLEAP.COM) St. Louis, Missouri…Stratus Building Solutions, a St. Louis-based franchisor of retail-commercial-industrial building cleaning service franchises nationwide, has entered the Georgia market by awarding a new Master Franchise to Atlanta-based Paladin Services of Georgia, LLC.
News Released: June 25, 2007STRATUS BUILDING SOLUTIONS OF PITTSBURGH
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA June 25, 2007 The Business NewsJay and Kimberly Zytnick are the Regional Developers for Stratus Building
Solutions of Pittsburgh. The corporate office is located in Forest Hills
and offers full service commercial cleaning services for businesses and
offers qualified individuals the opportunity to own and build their own
commercial cleaning business.
Stratus Building Solutions is headquartered in St. Louis, MO and is
currently in ten metropolitan markets with 15 more to be opened within the
year. Stratus develops and supports their franchisee's in all aspects of
operating their business. Stratus is the only company of this type to be
able to offer its business owners a full medical and business insurance
package as well as exceptional training and techniques to insure the highest
level of consistent service.
The accounts that Stratus can service range from individual small office
spaces to large commercial complexes and everything in between. Their
service area spreads across the entire six counties of metropolitan
Pittsburgh. They are able to coordinate services with the other cities to
be able to offer service to National companies. For information, please
call the local office, 412.342.0460 or visit the website at