David G. McKinnon
CEO, Service Brands International
David McKinnon, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Service Brands International. McKinnon began his franchising career in 1982 when he and a partner purchased a ServiceMaster franchise in Toronto, Canada. Together they built the largest commercial carpet cleaning franchise in North America. In 1984, McKinnon acquired the rights to Molly Maid, then a start-up residential cleaning franchise in Canada. McKinnon relocated and established the corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today Molly Maid has grown to more than 800 franchises in the U.S., Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and Portugal. McKinnon's ability to "brand" a service is has been highly recognized in the franchise world. Molly Maid's pink and navy logo is now synonymous with professional, household cleaning, worldwide.
In the late 1990s, McKinnon recognized other segments of the home service business were highly fragmented, and home owners were both time starved and unwilling or unable to maintain their homes without outside help. After exploring additional home services, Service Brands International (SBI) was created in 2001 as an umbrella organization with business partners Lynn Drayton and Bob Ufer. Today SBI consists of Molly Maid, a residential; cleaning business; 1-800-DryClean, a pick-up and delivery dryclean business; Mr. Handyman International, America's No. 1 professional handyman service business and ProTect Painters, an expert residential and commercial painting business. Alumni SBI brands include Ductz International and CRDN (Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network), which were divested.
In 2007, McKinnon and his partners acquired a major stake in PuroClean, a Florida-based franchisor of restoration services with over 300 franchisees, serving both the insurance industry and home owners. McKinnon and SBI continue to expand their successful portfolio of franchise concepts by continuing to examine additional service-related companies.
Along the way, McKinnon has been personally recognized for many outstanding achievements, which include: The Blue Chip Enterprise Award in 1995, Crain's Detroit Business "Top 40 Under 40" entrepreneurs in the state of Michigan in 1995, Co-Founder of The Ms. Molly Foundation, and The International Franchise Association's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001.