PuroClean Grit Wins Sanford Veteran Small Business Owner Award
Congrats Chris Sanford!
From left, members of the PuroClean staff: Olivia Lariviere, Richard Minogue, Raquel Pereyra, Alda Hernandez, and Chris Sanford, owner.
Christopher Sanford, local PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services owner and Navy reservist, deployed to Uganda in 2011 for 18 months, returning to a 61 percent sales dip he strove to reverse, earning the U.S. Small Business Association’s 2019 New England Veteran Small Business Owner award.
As Sanford helped train Ugandan soldiers during Operation Noble Eagle as liaison for the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in Djibouti to the US Embassy in Kampala and to the Ugandan Peoples’ Defense Force (UPDF), he realized he couldn’t effectively moonlight his company.
“I naively thought I could complete my Navy job during the day and work on PuroClean at night, but that idea quickly faded away. My team back home did the best they could but without me present to drive sales, our volume fell off significantly,” Sanford said.
PuroClean’s Rhode Island office has grown over a decade into one of the premier full-service disaster restoration companies in Southeast New England. As the Paramedics of Property Damage, our staff is ready to respond when our clients need help the most. Whether if be damage from fire, smoke, water, sewage, mold, or other contaminant, we are here to help!
Motivated, Reliable, Cooperative, and Excellence are not just company core values on the wall or in a handbook, these are the values our staff lives by every day. We know these values lay the foundation to providing outstanding service for our residential and commercial clients: our goal is to exceed your expectations!
Congrats again, Chris! Mark Hayward, district director of the Small Business Administration (left) and Christopher Sanford, owner of PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services, talk about the business as Wendell G. Davis, SBA regional administrator, […]