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Veterans Share Military Influence as ServiceMaster Clean Owners

Before becoming a ServiceMaster Clean franchise owner nearly 30 years ago, Randy Purcell served in the United States Air Force. His highest rank was Sergeant.

His favorite thing about serving in the Air Force was travelling all over the United States - “from one end to the other.”

Serving in the military taught Purcell discipline, communication and organization skills that he uses to this day as a franchise owner for ServiceMaster Commercial Services of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

I learned to “never quit, never give up,” said Purcell. And to “always strive to do your best.”

Purcell is one of many we honor on Veterans’ Day, annually observed on November 11. This holiday honors Amercian veterans for their patriotism and sacrifice for the common good.

The annual observance began after World War I. Fighting ceased in 1918 after an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

The war officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed June 28, 1919, in France. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Veterans’ Day that same year.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, there are approximately 18.5 million veterans in the states.

George Michailidis served in the U.S. Army for seven years with reserve obligations. His favorite things about being in the military were serving his country and the comradery.

As owner of ServiceMaster A1 Cleaning Services in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, since 2020, Michailidis enjoys being able to lead his company, control his time, and remain part of a larger network.

“As a franchise owner I carry with me the discipline I acquired in the military, as well as the understanding and compassion towards other people,” said Michailidis. “Having lived and seen what most people have not, I have acquired a vast perspective of life.”

Purcell encourages U.S. citizens to not only celebrate Veteran’s Day, but also to know the history and experiences of fellow veterans.

Michailidis describes veterans as the “doers” of society. “Our military is one of the many things that sets us apart from the rest of the world,” he said.

ServiceMaster Clean celebrates the work and sacrifices of our U.S. veterans and is proud to support and honor our veteran franchise owners.

If you’re a veteran and interested in becoming a franchise owner for ServiceMaster Clean, learn more about our franchise opportunities.

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