ServiceMaster Building Services

Press Release – National Awards


Portland, OR (September , 2010) — ServiceMaster Clean presented the Marion E. Wade Master Award to Barbara Neyland and Samuel Okafor, owners of ServiceMaster Building Services, at the International Convention recently held in Boston MA. As the ServiceMaster Franchise of 2009, they displayed the highest achievement in the Pursuit of Excellence and Professional Management in the ServiceMaster tradition, and were subsequently awarded the Master Degree. This is the first time in the history of the award that an Oregon franchisee has been the recipient.

The process of qualifying for the Marion E. Wade Award is challenging. First, the franchise must qualify for the Achiever Award by meeting a variety of criteria in order to be nominated, including a minimum revenue amount, a minimum growth percentage and a nomination by their Business Development Manager. From these recipients, the top franchises are selected for the Expert award. Out of that number, the top 5 franchises are given the Excellence Award. Finally, the top franchise is selected to receive the Marion E. Wade Master Award. The recipients who were honored at the convention represent the top performing franchise owners from over 4,500 businesses worldwide.

In 1988, Barbara worked as a Supervisor for the local ServiceMaster Distributorship owned by Bill Emberlin. Then in 1993, with his support, she became the first African-American woman to purchase a ServiceMaster franchise. That first business was licensed as ServiceMaster Building Maintenance of Swan Island. Over the years, Barbara has added three more franchises to her name: ServiceMaster Building Maintenance of Oregon City, ServiceMaster of Vancouver and ServiceMaster Building Services. All four franchises currently operate out of the Clackamas office under the name of ServiceMaster Building Services. As a qualified minority-owned business, she has assembled a team with many years of experience providing janitorial service. They currently serve over 200 customers throughout the Portland metro area and surrounding counties. The four corporate objectives of ServiceMaster Clean are the driving force behind her desire to provide the best possible service: To Honor God in All We Do; To Help People Develop; To Excel With Customers; and To Grow Profitably.

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