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In 2013, three cleaning business owners from vastly different markets and using different business models and cleaning procedures discovered that, no matter what your cleaning business looks like on the outside, the same strategic thinking and planning, leadership capabilities, systems and philosophies will drive your ultimate success.

Together, Derek Christian, Tom Stewart, and Liz Trotter created the 6-month Foundations of Success program around the strategies, systems, philosophies that they all have in common and which led them to consistently rank among the top 3 cleaning services in the large market of Cincinnati, OH, the mid market of Charleston, SC, and the small market of Olympia, WA.

Derek Christian photoDerek Christian is the founder and owner of My Maid Service, Cincinnati's largest independent professional cleaning company. Prior to that, he spent twelve years at Proctor & Gamble working on household cleaning products. Derek is also co-founder, co-publisher, and business development specialist for the digital news site

Tom Stewart photoTom Stewart and his wife, Janice, are co-owners of Castle Keepers, the 1st residential cleaning company to achieve CIMS certification and to use a chemical free cleaning methodology and procedure as a standard service in the field. Tom is a nationally-recognized leader & innovator in the house cleaning industry. He is co-founder and co-publisher of

Liz Trotter photoLiz Trotter is founder of American Maid Cleaning as well as an entrepreneur and leadership trainer based in Olympia, WA. She is also a former ARCSI board member, creator of the HiPEP Employee Engagement Program and a charter member of Cleaning for a Reason.



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