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The Carpet Chemist Team
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Brandon Cerrito founded The Carpet Chemist — then called CarpetRx — in 2010 with a $1,200 loan from his father and a dream of turning his ten years of experience in carpet cleaning into a thriving business of his own. It didn’t take long for that dream to become a reality.
Cerrito developed a method to do what other carpet cleaning companies can’t, removing so-called “permanent” stains with an innovative chemical solution and further differentiating his business by offering additional repair services, including stretching and dyeing.
Cerrito’s sales skyrocketed from just a few thousand dollars per month in the early days of the business to more than $10,000 per month as word spread. The Carpet Chemist has continued to grow over the years, even in 2020, a year that saw businesses in virtually every sector struggle and shrink. As the pandemic forced people to stay home throughout the year, the demand for carpet cleaning shot up, and The Carpet Chemist recorded a dramatic 48% sales increase for the year.
In 2021, Cerrito launched The Carpet Chemists’s franchise opportunity to help other entrepreneurs realize the same dream of business ownership and continued growth he has achieved.
Many franchisors can’t say they’ve walked a mile in the shoes of a franchisee. Jason Markowicz can.
Over the past 20 years, he has been a multi-unit franchisee, area developer, and a franchisor. Having experience at all the levels of franchising gives him a unique understanding of how to help others find their right opportunity. Long before becoming the CEO of Fit For You Franchising, a franchisee advisory consultancy that is also the multi-brand franchisor behind Fitness Premier 24/7 Clubs and fitWAVE, the hustling entrepreneur had already experienced the ups and downs of all aspects of the franchise world.
Markowicz’s journey in franchising started when he was just 22 years old, when he got a job washing gym equipment at a regional fitness chain. At 32, after successfully navigating the storms of the early 2000s and 2008 economies, Markowicz had built up enough wealth to become a franchisee with Massage Envy and a partner with the fitness brand.
As a part owner of Fitness Premier 24/7 Clubs, Markowicz drew from his experiences as a franchisee — both the good and bad — to franchise the brand. Then, at 39, he successfully exited Massage Envy and transitioned his focus to growing Fitness Premier 24/7 Clubs. At 40, Markowicz bought into another franchise, Prose Nails, a membership-based nail salon.
Then, at 41, the pandemic hit. Markowicz’s experience in nearly every corner of the industry, good and bad, was key to giving the burgeoning franchise leader a blueprint for survival when COVID shutdowns left him with multiple temporarily closed large fitness locations. Markowicz pivoted.
Being a franchisor gives him a very good understanding on how franchisees need to be supported from top to bottom. He’ll be there every step of the way to ensure you find the right franchise fit for you!
Eric Anderson is our President and he has served in this role since our formation on April 1, 2020. Since 2001, Eric has been the President of Unlimited Tan, LLC, the operator of Unlimited Tan salons in Chicago, IL. Since 2017, Eric has served as President and operator of Cryoluxe located in Chicago, IL. Since 2015, Eric has served as and continues to serve as President of Anderson Logistics, Ltd. in Chicago, IL.