CAM South: Doing It Right

Prior to purchasing Alabama-based CAM South in 2014, Andy Coolidge had spent 20 years in the operations management of properties, including parking lots. Coolidge has remade CAM South into a fast-growing, full service provider of exterior property services, going from the ‘one-and-a-half sweepers’ included in the purchase agreement to an organization that deploys 30 people every day. That makes this is a rare opportunity for our contractor readers to hear what steps Coolidge took in order to have CAM South become so successful.

How to Grow a Smooth-Running, Profitable Multimillion-Dollar Company

This link includes an approximately 1.5-hour video of a presentation by Bill Silverman, a dynamic speaker who definitely knows his stuff. With a background in the Marriott organization, his presentation is modeled after the manner in which Bill Marriott grew his business into the worldwide organization it is today. As Silverman points out, in order to achieve business growth that is sustainable, as well as modular such that it holds together as you grow, you need to have a basic platform in place at each level of your operation’s size.

Wolf Paving Sweeps to 75 Years of Excellence

Our World Sweeping Association Contractor Profile for May features an interview with Sean Wolf, a third generation family member of Wolf Paving, which was founded by his grandfather in 1941.
Sean started out emptying garbage cans and performing other low-level tasks for the company before he could drive. Ultimately, he worked his way up through the ranks by running every piece of equipment in the company, including its sweepers.

Pro Sweep: Putting the Plus in Service Excellence

Joe Baumgardner grew up working in his father’s masonry supply business, which was located in Missoula, Montana. Although he was still involved in that company as an adult, Joe says he simply wanted to take on a project that would allow for more business growth. Now, 16 years later, the company is a dominant force in the Missoula, MT, marketplace with between 15 and 20 employees and providing a wide range of services.

The ABCs of Packaging Your Sweeping Business for Sale

Soundcore Capital Partners is a New York-based private equity firm that is in the business of buying and selling companies. Further, the organization and its investor group have identified the power sweeping industry as one of interest to them. Currently, Soundcore is actively pursuing the acquisition of power sweeping contractors throughout the United States. As a result, WSA asked one of the company’s principals, Erik Emmett, who is an attorney as well as Soundcore’s Head of Deal Origination, to provide World Sweeping Association Members with an overview of their process, along with any tips he has for how contractors may improve the viability of their companies prior to putting them on the market.

SweepCo Owner Offers 35+ Years Experience

Our Featured Contractor for March 2016 is someone that many of our readers/listeners will have had contact with over the last 3+ decades he has been involved in the power sweeping industry. Although recently he has become an owner/operator of the power sweeping company he called SweepCo, Mike Dyke’s experience far transcends that of a typical contractor.

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