“Focus on a few key objectives…I only have three things to do. I have to choose the right people, allocate the right number of dollars, and transmit ideas from one division to another with the speed of light. So I’m really in the business of being the gatekeeper and the transmitter of ideas.”
– Jack Welch
Midtown Chimney Sweeps Franchising traces its history back to Byron Schramm’s upbringing in Lancaster, CA. His family, which has lived in Antelope Valley, California for five generations, boasts an affinity for construction and farming. Byron has earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Mathematics from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. An entrepreneur at heart, he started three businesses before age 18 and filed for a provisional US Patent on an invention at age 21. He holds a provisional utility patent on a smart phone app for the hearth industry, a solo license in sailplane aircraft, and several mechanical licenses in different Colorado cities. Thanks to an open-minded family who valued world travel, Schramm has spent time in Alaska, Syria, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. Not to mention, Switzerland twice… with just a backpack and a low budget. If you try and ask him about the accidental ski trip into Italy on the back side of the Matterhorn, well, he will likely blush with embarrassment when you do…
Byron has also proven adept at dealing with failures. For example, he refused to be overwhelmed during the 2007 downturn in the US economy. In April of that year, Byron shifted his attention from the real estate and construction market to the family’s second-generation marginalized chimney care business. The new enterprise sprang to life with the integration of technology, systems, uniforms, and other lean practices required of an chimney care provider operating in a desert. Much of that initial innovation is due to the illustrious employee David- an effort that he insisted Byron never forget. Due to his love of travel, people, and business, Byron recognizes that the hearth industry must deliver quality customer service. And frequently does not. Now that the Midtown Chimney Sweeps Franchise is delivering results from Seattle to Philadelphia, Midtown asserts that a “blue-ocean strategy” has been uncovered in a new business market.
Richard Jimmink has a Master of Business Administration degree (with emphases in finance and accounting) from the University of Southern California. His other education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in International Finance, also from USC. Rick has significant experience with advising clients and developing processes to support value creation. His clients have included leading high-tech manufacturers and global agricultural companies. He has also spent much time partnering with universities to develop and evaluate advanced methods of value creation. Prior to his career in business analytics consulting, Rick served as the Director of Financial Reporting and Systems at Avery Dennison Corporate; in that role, he developed and deployed the company’s global financial reporting system and managed financial reporting metrics. Most recently, he has worked as Byron Schramm’s business partner in the Midtown Chimney Sweeps enterprise. Rick’s contributions at this company have included preventing wasteful leaks and ensuring Midtown’s profitability.
Mr. Senia has been the Operations Manager of Midtown Chimney Sweeps Franchising, LLC since March 2016. From September 2015 to January 2016 he was a Customer Service Representative with Xerox in Kent, Washington. From August 2014 through January 2015, he was employed with Service Corporation International in Renton, Washington, first as Pre-Planning Advisor and later as Family Service Counselor. From September 2008 through June 2014, he was employed by Baptist Christian School in Hemet California, first as Dean of Students and then as Vice Principal. Vincent is quick study when it comes to game theory and rule following. An avid Bronco fan, we all mourned with him during the challenging performances of the Denver Broncos during the 2017 season.
Melinda is a Minnesota native, recently relocated to the Denver area. She has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family. She is also an enthusiastic, yet terrible golfer. She has two very spoiled senior Boston Terriers, Bailey and DeNiro. You never know what Melinda will be seen doing next. One minute she might be doing franchisee invoicing or correcting a social media post, and the next talking to a high profile realtor about the importance of annual inspection and the necessity for a Level II fireplace inspection!
Teresa has over 15 years of accounting and business experience. She graduated from Colorado State University, and spent time as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche, gaining her CPA certification in Colorado before moving into the private industry. She spent a number of years leading the financial analysis and forecasting function for a Fortune 500 company. Over the past several years, she has led accounting and finance roles at several small companies ranging in size from start-up to 200 employees. Her focus is on developing financial literacy, discipline, and support in each company she is part of. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, and volunteers at her son’s elementary school. We are grateful for all the amazing money perspectives she brings to the company. She treats her work like an artist treats her paintings. And every P&L and Balance Sheet is a Monet.
Michel (Mike) Aube
Currently the Canadian Sales Manager for Ortal a high-end Fireplace manufacturer from Israel. Prior to Ortal, Mike was the National Sales Manager at Hearthstone and VP of International Business for Vermont Castings. Mike has a Master’s Business and a Marketing degree from A.B. Freeman School of Business. Born in Montreal, Canada Mike now makes Vermont his home since 1999 living with his beautiful wife Helene of 32 years. Mike is an avid bicyclist frequently competing in state events, and also loves skiing as much as possible.
Kyle is a creative artist and entrepreneur in the design industry, with more than 9 years of experience as a marketing specialist and web developer, and over 12 years of graphic design experience. Owner and founder of Tag Team Design, Kyle performs all things digital for Midtown Chimney Sweeps. In his free-time, he enjoys a good series on Netflix sometimes binge watching an entire season in one sitting! To add some more excitement to his life, he is an avid snowboarder, golfer, and tennis player that sometimes gets too competitive. Most days, you can find him working at his computer for too many hours at a time!
My name is Christine! I am newly married as of December 2017 and have an 8 year old son, and I would love to have more children! I have a black cat and he is like my little baby! I enjoy cooking and creating my own recipes, and hanging out with my family as much as possible. I work in the call center and I am here if anybody needs me!
Marissa is our newest addition in 2017, and a photographer. She currently works in the Midtown Chimney Sweeps call center as a representative answering phones and booking jobs and moving appointments. Recently arrived in Denver from the mighty North country of Idaho, Marissa brings a quick laugh and a sharp eye to the scheduling center, looking for ways to serve franchisees and pack one more job onto a full day for the technicians she schedules for!