David McKinnon on answering when opportunity knocks
David McKinnon, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Service Brands International was recently featured in the January 2012 edition of Smart Business Detroit magazine. McKinnon share advice about always answering the opportunity for change and potential success when it comes knocking.
"With decades of experience regarding new opportunities, I look back at lessons learned and know that with any risk there's always a price to pay. In my case, it has meant following my gut instinct and leaving something secure and predictable for something I knew had potential to be even better."
David explains how in 1984, he took the risk of relocating his family from Toronto to Ann Arbor, MI to bring Molly Maid to the U.S. "The choice to stay in Canada and continue to grow my former company would have been easy. That choice, however, would have left me wondering what could have been, and having regrets was not the way I wanted to live. From the time he moved until the present, McKinnon has been presented with opportunity after opportunity, but not always at ideal times. He made the choices to add 1-800-DryClean, Mr. Handyman, and ProTect Painters to the Service Brands International team, and is extremely thankful that he did.
McKinnon said, "As I reflect on more than 30 years as an entrepreneur, I believe the secret is that good opportunities find you, not the other way around. You can't wake up one morning and say you're going to go out and find an opportunity - it just doesn't happen that way. That's because good opportunities never come at what you think is the right time."
Local Painting Company Snags National Award
Chris Erichsen, owner of ProTect Painters of Clermont-Winter Garden in Florida, was recently recognized with the Accelerated Growth Award at the 2011 ProTect Painters Franchise Convention in Orlando, FL. The franchise convention took place on January 17 through 20, and brought ProTect Painters owners from all over the U.S. to learn and share ideas for the upcoming year. The West Orlando News featured Erichsen in an article on February 1, to highlight the accomplishment.
Erichsen received the Accelerated Growth Award, which recognizes continual improvement in average monthly numbers year after year. He and his business have worked toward a 67 percent increase in average job size and helped increase their monthly average revenue.
"Receiving the Accelerated Growth Award is a great honor," said Erichsen. "All throughout the year, our staff works tirelessly to establish ourselves as the Winter Garden's most reliable and professional painting experts. It's gratifying to be recognized for all of that hard work."
If you live in the Clermont-Winter Garden area and are interested in scheduling a free estimate with Chris, he can be contacted by phone at 407-362-6535. Or click here for a free estimate from yourlocal ProTect Painters professional.