“My passion was coaching high school and college football. I love football and I loved coaching. I did it for 16 years. Unless you’re at one of the glitz and glamour schools like Maryland or Ohio State, you don’t get paid the big bucks so I had to move on."
"I always felt like there was something else out there for me. I wanted the freedom and creativity to be my own person, but I couldn’t put my finger on what that job was going to be.
After I left sports and education, I drove cabs for six months. It was a lot like having my own business. I made money on a flexible schedule. One day while working I thought, ‘Instead of driving cabs, why not start a transportation business?’ So I went out and bought a 15 passenger van and started ‘Infinite Chauffeurs.’ We did a lot of airport transfers and partnered with Maryland Live Casinos, Johns Hopkins, Jemicy School, St. Paul’s School, and a few others. I made money and it felt good, but running a business takes a certain maturity level and I wasn’t mature enough. I liked the thought of having my own business, but I didn’t understand the technicalities so it only lasted about one year."
"After that business went under, I got back into education and coaching again. It was fulfilling being a head coach and winning a couple of championships, but it was time-consuming and I was back to the issue of a lower income. I was the dean of students and became preoccupied trying to come up with business ideas that didn't cost more than a thousand dollars to start. I spent a lot of time on Google and eventually and came across the idea of a window-cleaning business. I learned everything about the business on YouTube. It seemed like a perfect fit, and it only cost me $230.00 to start the business. I began advertising on craigslist and Instagram and posted a Groupon. I even went door to door. I felt a renewed passion and was ready to do it right this time."
"I started getting customers here and there, and then business really picked up. The work became more official when I got an offer to clean the inside and outside windows of Baltimore’s City Hall. I didn’t have any employees at the time so I cleaned all of the windows myself. It took me about two weeks to complete the job. It was tough. One day there was a monsoon downpour and I stayed outside cleaning. People ran into City Hall telling me to get inside, but I was so determined to win more city contracts by doing a superb job. I wasn’t letting anything stop me. That’s been my mentality since I got back into business the second time. I’m willing to do anything to take care of my family."
"Spending time inside City Hall created many opportunities for me. I connected with councilmen and many others who put my name in the hat for big opportunities. We’ve done eight, big commercial buildings and we’re getting ready to clean the windows at the Baltimore Convention Center. Things are really moving now."
"I come from a family of entrepreneurs so my drive is natural. My mother worked for Fuller Brush Co. when I was a kid. I remember my brother and I selling products door to door with her on weekends. She was very hardworking and fearless. Breast cancer got her twice and she beat it both times. A stroke left her paralyzed on her left side and she still went to work every single day. None of that stuff stopped her or let her down. When she couldn’t walk on her own she still managed to travel, eventually seeing all 50 states. She just kept going, worked hard, and kept the faith throughout her whole life. I get my strength from her.”