Green & Clean

Green & Clean is full service Property Preservation Company that specializes in servicing HOA’s, Commercial Buildings, and Single Family Homes. Services include contract cleaning, project cleaning, landscape construction, installation, maintenance, and pool service and repair.

Written by: Diane Sears




Other Services (except Public Administration)


Lee County


109% increase from
2017 – 2021


114% increase from
2017 – 2020

Skip Greenaway


Talk about the ah-ha moment that led to your entrepreneurial journey or the evolution that led to the idea of your company. Or what brought you to the company?

Sam Burnett, one of the current Owners and founder of Green & Clean, came to me in 2010. I was an entrepreneur and founder of numbers of family businesses. After experiencing a bad partner in 2009, Sam reached out to see if I had an interest in getting involved with Green & Clean. He wanted to see if I would help him take the business to the next level. We talked it over and we made a deal. We’re here today because of that conversation and I think we made a good decision.

Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

When I first got into buying and selling businesses, I didn’t even know the word entrepreneur meant. More importantly, since 2010 we have brought on three additional owners to Green & Clean, all with entrepreneurial backgrounds. We all share the same goal of diversifying, expanding, and adding complementary services to the existing janitorial business.


Explain the culture of your organization. What’s it like working at your company?

The five of us strongly believe that our first commitment is to our employees. After that, our employees can effectively execute on their responsibilities of taking care of our customers. We have grown our business on the topline, but we have also grown the benefits to our employees as well. In an industry that often promotes company profits at the expense of their workforce, we make sure our employees have company sponsored health insurance, life insurance and 401k matching. We embrace the idea of our employees making a living wage and have a wage increase plan in place to exceed that of Florida’s new wage laws with an accelerated schedule.

As our growth has demanded the creation of new management and support positions, Green & Clean has filled these positions from our own. We believe in employee development and opportunities for advancement for those who want it.

Explain your company’s competitive edge over other companies in your market. What makes you different?

First is our ISO 9001 certification. ISO 9001 Certification is a world-wide Quality Standard that requires total involvement of every person in your business including top management.

We have built processes that enable us to be more responsive to customer needs. Our response times have been reduced well below that of our competitors.

Once a year, for approximately one week, we are audited against these processes by a World-wide Certification company that watches, documents, talks to top management, staff and customers. They are making sure that what we say we’re doing on paper and what we’re actually doing matches up – are we “walking the talk.”

Describe some major challenges you’ve found in growing your business.

Short term, I think most can agree, the labor market is really difficult right now. But we’re not afraid to sacrifice a smaller bottom line to ensure we are taking care of the people we do have. We’re committed to offering all of our employee’s competitive benefits. The talent shortage is a challenge, but we continue to be committed to communicating better with our employees and provide the best training possible.

The long-term challenge continues to be how we adequately take care of our employees both through a living wage and benefits, therefore allowing our employees to take care of our customers by being able to add value.  The bottom line is we must do all of this. In addition to adding value for our customers, we must still remain competitive.

Some people say an entrepreneur takes most of the risk and most of the reward. All five owners of Green & Clean are comfortable with the risk, but believe we must share the reward with the entire team!

Tell us about your business and the value it brings to your customers.

Green & Clean is full-service property preservation company that specializes in servicing HOA’s, commercial buildings, and single-family homes. Our services include contract cleaning, project cleaning, landscape construction, installation, maintenance, and pool service and repair.

Over the last 10 years we’ve continued to expand our offerings to be a one-stop service provider to our customers for all of their needs. Already in about 300 HOA’s, we expanded to include pools and landscape as our customers started asking us for it. Our management system has proven strong enough to allow us to expand our service lines without compromising quality.

What keeps you up at night as a business owner?

A few things keep me up at night. The ability to balance growth with profitability. Taking care of our employees. Servicing our customers so that we are still competitive with the marketplace, but also maintaining a partnership with our customers to determine a reasonable cost based on the value and expectations.

Looking ahead, what are your goals for the next few years? Where do you see your business?

Our biggest goal is to continue to grow our existing lines of business. Eventually, when the time is right, we’ll be adding additional lines of complimentary services. Right now, we are building a new headquarters that will allow us to service additional areas of Southwest Florida and manage our current and future business.

What is your proudest moment as CEO?

My proudest moment is being where we are today and being selected as a GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree. It validates our efforts to grow, but at the same time it validates the involvement of the whole team and our philosophy at Green & Clean.

Our employees see this recognition as validation that each employee can have a career at Green & Clean. This award is an achievement that they earned.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank?

On behalf of the owners, I would like to thank all our employees and their families, the families of my fellow owners and their commitment to helping take Green & Clean to the next level.

What is your advice for aspiring entrepreneurs or other business owners? Was there something you wish you had known?

Find a business that you can have a passion for.  We spend too many hours of the day at work to not have something that we can enjoy and be happy with. Accept the fact that if you are truly on the leading edge. You will make mistakes, you will fail, but you need to pick yourself up and continue to move on. With the pandemic, all businesses have experienced things that they have never experienced before. Soon, there will be a new norm, but we need to be open to what that means and not wait for others to do something. You never stop learning.

"You will make mistakes, you will fail, but you need to pick yourself up and continue to move on... you never stop learning."

Celebrate with the Green & Clean team!

Tickets are on sale now for the 11th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Awards Celebration! Don't wait, they will sell out!