Men In Kilts was started in 2002 by Nicholas Brand, a Vancouver based Scotsman who fashioned a hand sewn kilt and put a visual to the otherwise faceless window cleaner. By 2009, Men In Kilts had grown to over one million in annual revenue.
The decision was made to begin franchising the company so that homeowners and businesses across North America could experience the power of the kilt, as we bring smiles to the world … one kilt at a time! Systems were streamlined and processes were created for scalability, the franchise business and window cleaning industry was set for growth. The centralized call centre was established and the first franchise owners came on board.
The first franchise operation to open was in Victoria, BC but the largest game changer came when Men In Kilts built a partnership with an existing window cleaning company in Calgary, AB, along with owners Chris and Robyn Carrier. Their existing Calgary window cleaning company began in 1992 and had become one of the largest in Canada, with over $3 million in annual revenues. When their Calgary location joined forces with Men In Kilts, the franchise experienced rapid growth and the Carriers brought their wealth of knowledge and experience in the window cleaning industry to contribute to the overall strength of the operations.
Growth continued, with 9 more locations in Canada and the United States soon to follow. The Men In Kilts brand had an immediate and striking impact on the Alberta market, increasing revenues in that territory from $3 million annually to almost $6 million in less than four years. We like to call this phenomenon “the power of the kilt”. In January 2015, after 23 years in the window cleaning industry, Chris Carrier became Men In Kilts’newest CEO. Carrier bleeds tartan and is excited for the opportunity to project a vision for growth of the unique and unforgettable Men In Kilts brand, as it sets out to become a household name across North America.
Carrier’s focus is on support, and inspiring growth within the existing franchise locations while providing a strong foundation for new partners to flourish. The results of his passion and expertise has been immediate, with the company doubling in size in less than one year. He has also been able to work with the existing Franchisees to connect on a personal level and help to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Men In Kilts has appeared in many publications, both print and televised, including Entrepreneur Magazine, MSNBC, CBC, Fox Business, the Canadian Business Journal, Good Day Philadelphia, Global National, Breakfast Television, and the Boston Business Journal.
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