Frank Oddo: A Founder’s Story

One of the distinct benefits of joining the City Wide Franchise system is the opportunity to work alongside experienced men and women with decades of business ownership, leadership, and community experience. At the core of City Wide’s mission are its values, which influence everything from internal communication to policies and programs. Founder Frank Oddo, whose impact can still be felt throughout daily operations, set these in place.

Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Frank attended college at the University of Missouri and served as an officer in the Air Force. After marrying his wife, Beth, in 1961, the pair started City Wide Maintenance Company, a janitorial service company based in Kansas City, Missouri. Frank sold accounts and Beth ran the office – their first sale was a $40.00 strip and wax job. Their first full-week janitorial service account was Metropolitan Life, for $200 a week.

Over the course of the next 30-plus years, Frank’s excellent salesmanship and business acumen helped build City Wide Maintenance into one of the most professional janitorial provider in the Midwest with more than 500 in-house employees.

In 1999, under the leadership of Frank’s son and current CEO, Jeff Oddo, City Wide reconfigured the business model from a traditional janitorial business to a management company. The change allowed City Wide to expand its range of services while reducing overhead labor costs. These changes stimulated rapid growth, which ultimately led City Wide to franchise its model in 2001.

Today, Frank is still very active in driving the growth and success of City Wide Franchise. He serves as a guiding force for the City Wide family of growing franchisees and continues to serves as a mentor and a friend to his son, Jeff.

To learn more about the franchising opportunities available with City Wide, please visit www.citywidefranchise.com.

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Success Stories

Having had the opportunity to be part of the City Wide Home Office, selling City Wide for eight years, I would share this view:
My advice is simple on how you can be a success owning a City Wide Franchise. First, find a great partner with a work ethic you admire. Keep the message simple and be relentless at sales. Find the spot where you are uncomfortable and be there often. Chose to do the work in sales because it is difficult. This is where you will find both a passion for the business model and an addiction.

success story of Jennifer Slansky Jennifer SlanskyCo-Owner, City Wide of Portland, a woman-owned business

Much like the saying, “dreams come true, not free,” City Wide offered me the opportunity to chase a dream to build a business for my family though hard work and perseverance. The fruits of that hard work have not only created a profitable and growing family legacy business but, more importantly, the platform for us to improve the quality of life of our employees’ families as well as to give back in a meaningful way to our middle Tennessee community. The ceiling is high for those who want to chase their dream

success story of Tim Akers Tim AkersOwner – City Wide Maintenance of Nashville

Jeff and I saw firsthand through my work for City Wide Franchise Corporate how this business can provide real wealth opportunities for us; there is no greater endorsement than a former employee who decides to buy a franchise from the company! With City Wide, we get to make a difference in our community, not just for ourselves and our family, but for our clients and our team. The work is rewarding because we believe in what we are doing for our clients every day.

success story of Meredith Cimino Meredith Cimino Co-Owner, City Wide Maintenance of Omaha

What appealed to us about City Wide was the opportunity to work together and build a family business. No corporate bosses, no long distance travel, and the freedom to be there for our children when we want. Personal effort is directly rewarded with results and as you grow you get to share that success with an ever-growing team of direct staff, independent contractors, and happy clients.

success story of Alan Matheson Alan MathesonCo-Owner – City Wide of Central Pennsylvania

I fell in love with the Home Office team. I believed in the concept of the model. I loved the team’s professionalism, enthusiasm, integrity, ethics and, most importantly, family values. When we left [Discovery Day] I was scared we would not be selected. We were so excited when we got the call that we had been. It has been the best decision we have ever made for our family.

success story of Naila Matheson Naila MathesonCo-Owner – City Wide of Central Pennsylvania
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