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When Ron Holt (BSA ’97) left his job with Micromeritics Instrument Corporation in 2003 to invest his savings in a fledgling maid service in Pensacola, Fla., his friends and family members thought he was crazy.
Ten years later, those friends and family members think he’s anything but crazy. The UGA alumnus is now the founder and president of Two Maids & a Mop, the largest, privately owned residential cleaning company in the country.
When when Two Maids & a Mop opened its doors in Pensacola in April 2003, it didn’t take but a few weeks before it became obvious that Holt needed to reinvent the residential house cleaning business model.
He did this by first striving to change the way consumers viewed housekeepers. Holt acknowledged that consumers expect a certain degree of unprofessionalism with a cleaning company and that a housekeeper wasn’t expected to “think big.” Holt rejected that notion and implemented a structure that not only directly died compensation to customer feedback, but he fostered a culture of upward mobility. Not many businesses offer individuals the opportunity to go from scrubbing toilets to opening a new business – Two Maids & a Mop does just that.
Holt also revolutionized the manner in which Two Maids & a Mop promoted itself. Instead of relying on paid advertising, the business capitalizes on social media, search engine optimization and word of mouth marketing. Today, Holt’s company operates in 12 cities in five states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee) and employs more than 150 team members.
Holt and his business have been recognized with a number of awards and honors in recent years. In 2013, Holt was a semifinalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. That same year, his business debuted on the UGA Alumni Association Bulldog 100 at No. 57. In 2013, Inc. included Two Maids & a Mop among the 5000 Fastest Growing Businesses in America (No. 1156) and the ninth fastest growing company in Alabama. The company rose to No. 13 on the Bulldog 100, and will be profiled in an upcoming issue of Georgia Magazine.
With all this success, Holt hasn’t lost track of what matters. In 2012, Cleaning for a Reason named Two Maids & a Mop the 2012 National Maid Service of the Year for providing more than 2000 free house cleanings (the most of any company in the country) to women undergoing cancer treatment. In addition, Holt volunteers as a UGA Alumni Association Birmingham Chapter leader and participated in the UGA Alumni Association’s 2013 thinc Entrepreneurial Week panel on campus.
I can’t say enough good things about Ron Holt and am so glad to see him recognized in the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. He is certainly deserving of this great honor.
How do two brothers from tiny Hopeful, Georgia, manage to take Atlanta’s entrepreneurial spirit to a new level? Well, ask the Shirah brothers, Benjie (BSFR ’07, MFR ’10) and Jamey (BBA ’10). Since leaving Athens, the business-savvy brothers have embarked on a number of successful endeavors, including The Ivy Buckhead and Atlanta-based companies Kill Cliff – The Recovery Drink™ and Vida-Flo: The Hydration Station. Now, the brothers are heading in a new direction - your feet.
This fall, Benjie and Jamey launched their latest project, JL The Brand, a flair-filled sock company. Together with friends, the brothers are working to add a little jazz to the mundane black and blue men’s suit with top-notch socks.
Designed with unique patterns and colors, JL The Brand offers affordable high quality socks that add a subtle yet sophisticated pop to any outfit. JL The Brand socks are the perfect gift for any guy this holiday season!
With the Shirah brothers’ keen eye for business development, these young alumni are sure make a lasting mark on Atlanta's entrepreneurial scene.
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Tobin R. "Toby" Carr (BBA '01, BSAE '01) was named associate vice president for government relations and director of state governmental relations at UGA. Vice President for Government Relations J. Griffin Doyle announced the appointment of Carr, who currently is planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Carr was appointed to his current DOT post in 2012, a position in which he has led a team of some 30 planning professionals in guiding strategic planning and project budget documents that direct state and federal resources to fund transportation projects. He graduated from the UGA Honors Program in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in business administration and agricultural engineering. Before assuming his DOT post, Carr served as Deal's transportation policy adviser and the governor's liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives. He previously was director of Deal's gubernatorial transition committee.
An active student leader while at UGA, Carr served as president of the Interfraternity Council and was named to Sphinx, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi and the Arch Society. He currently serves on the UGA College of Engineering Alumni Advisory Board and was recognized in 2014 as a UGA 40 Under 40 and as the 2012 Blue Key Outstanding Young Alumnus Award winner.
"I'm humbled and thrilled to serve my alma mater in this role," Carr said. "I'm very grateful to Gov. Deal for his support of this new endeavor and to President Morehead and Vice President Doyle for giving me the opportunity to advance the mission of UGA."
Carr will serve as primary liaison between the university and state government officials, representing the university in all matters involving legislators, agencies, departments, and the other higher education institutions of Georgia. The transition will occur in early January.
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Did a teacher at UGA enrich your life or create a spark that inspired you to pursue your dreams? Was there a professor or teaching assistant that pushed you to do your best and helped you discover your passion for a certain subject?
Now is the time to let that teacher - and the university community - know how grateful you are for their effect on your life. UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning invites current UGA students and alumni to particpate in the Thank-a-Teacher program.
What is Thank-a-Teacher? It is a program that allows students and alumni to express gratitude for teachers who have impacted their lives in a profound and meaningful way. If a teacher (professor, instructor, teaching assistant) made a positive contribution to your experience at UGA, please consider sending them a brief note. You may choose to remain anonymous or have your name attached to the note.
You will be asked to fill out a simple form and acknowledge your appreciation for your teacher's work, dedication and extra effort. Share a simple thank you or an anecdote to let that teacher know what you enjoyed about their class and why it was important to you.