Maid to Succeed
Starting a business can be scary, especially when an owner uses his personal savings to fund that business. But fear did not stop Ron Holt (BSA - Biological Science, ’97) from pursuing his dream.
“There was definitely some initial fear, nervousness and stress, but no hesitancy,” he said. “I had a plan, and that plan couldn’t begin until I started the business.”
Holt opened Two Maids & A Mop, a residential cleaning service, in 2003 in Pensacola, Florida. The company began offering franchise opportunities across the country after building 12 corporate office locations. The company offers a competitive advantage by using a pay-for-performance model in which homeowners rate the cleaners, and ratings determine compensation.
The business now has more than 36 office locations across the nation and was on track to make $17 million in revenues for 2016.
Holt worked as an environmental laboratory director and compares the lab to the service industry in terms of customer care.
He credits his customer service skills to his work in his father’s convenience store in Colquitt, Georgia. “It was a business, but it was also like a family because my dad really cared about knowing the customers,” Holt said. “I feel the same way with our franchise owners. I want them to know we care.”
The company received national recognition, and Holt was named to the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2013 and the association’s 2014, 2015 and 2017 Bulldog 100 lists. Holt founded the college’s Holt Family Student Support Fund. It is an annual $1,000 scholarship to help cover the financial costs of attending UGA for students from rural communities.
“My time at UGA was really transformational for me and I wanted to provide someone else with an opportunity to have that same kind of experience,” Holt said.
CAES Alumni Named to Bulldog 100
Four UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences alumni were named to the UGA Alumni Association’s 2017 Bulldog 100 list of growing alumni companies.
Ron Holt’s (BSA – Biological Science, ’97) Two Maids & A Mop, out of Birmingham, Alabama, came in at No. 6 on the Bulldog 100 list.
Rebecca Babcock’s (BSA – Animal Science,’94) Red Barn Veterinary Hospital, in Dahlonega, Georgia, is No. 49.
William Means’ (BSA – Horticulture, ’03) Salon dm3, in Athens, Georgia, is No. 53.
Jackie Hartley’s (MS – Agricultural Economics, ’78) Home Instead Senior Care, out of Valdosta, Georgia, is No. 73
By April Bailey