Lee Weeks says when he bought the Office Pride of Huntsville franchise, he was seeking to control his own destiny. “I wanted to do something on my own where I would get out of it what I put into it.”
He purchased the franchise in January 2015 and has put his heart into Office Pride ever since. He humbly acknowledges he has been honored by the company’s highest awards, including being named Office Pride’s Franchisee of the Year for 2018 and receiving the 2019 Integrity Award, the brand’s highest honor.
Weeks is director of operations for Office Pride of North Alabama Inc., which includes Office Pride of Huntsville, Ala., and Office Pride of Murfreesboro, Tenn. He works alongside his wife, Melissa, who is the administrative manager. The couple live in Huntsville with their three daughters. They attend Rivertree Baptist Church and are members of the Huntsville and Murfreesboro chambers of commerce and the local chapters of the International Facility Management Association and the Building Owners and Managers Association.
Office Pride provides janitorial services for all professional and commercial spaces. The franchise also offers excellent floor care services for commercial facilities.
“Our goal is to be recognized as the best, most respected brand in our market,” he says. “Not the biggest, necessarily, but the best, with a reputation for quality work and being true to our core values.”
An Alabama native, Weeks attended Valdosta State University and worked as a multiunit district manager for Lowe’s and then Tractor Supply Co. for more than a dozen years before his position was downsized. He knew that in the next phase of his career, he wanted more control over his future. “After I learned about Office Pride and how it aligned with my personal beliefs and values, I was really excited to join the company,” he says. “And we have been very fortunate.”
In 2017, Weeks won three of the company’s top awards: the Customer Service Award, given to the franchisee with the highest satisfaction ratings from their customers; the Standards of Excellence Award, presented to the top 10 percent of high-performing franchisees; and the Two Million Dollar Club award, for owners who billed at least $2 million in a calendar year.
In 2018, Weeks beat his own achievement by winning a second Standards of Excellence Award, joining the Three Million Dollar Club and being named Franchisee of the Year.
In 2019, Weeks received the Integrity Award, which is awarded annually to an individual who exemplifies Office Pride’s core values and reflects all that the brand stands for – including honesty, integrity, a servant’s attitude and honoring God. He also became the first Office Pride franchisee to join the Four Million Dollar Club, an honor reserved for owners who reach the milestone of billing $4 million in a calendar year. 2019 marks the third year in a row Weeks has received the Standards of Excellence Award.
On winning Franchisee of the Year, he says: “It validates our efforts. It’s nice to be recognized by your company and your peers. But really, it’s also a challenge to continue to move the needle and get better.”