An entrepreneur for more than 30 years, Pamela Washington is the
Founder, President, and CEO of A-1 Janitorial Services and BuildMyCleaningBusiness.
Born and raised in Southern California, Pam Washington earned her BA from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. After graduation, Pam moved to Austin, TX where she worked in banking operations and sales & marketing until returning to Pasadena in 1984. She continued in the financial services industry, working in Beverly Hills as an Account Executive for Dean Witter Reynolds (now Morgan Stanley).
In 1989, Washington founded her first business (a catering & event planning business) in Los Angeles, CA. After moving to Las Vegas in 1993, Washington created A-1 Janitorial Services and managed every aspect of the business as a solopreneuer. She grew the company and took on additional staff and today, A-1 employs 58 people, occupies a large office and warehouse complex in south western Las Vegas, has 2 company vehicles, and possesses an enviable array of the latest professional cleaning equipment, tools, and technology.
Over the last 30 years Ms. Washington has founded, and/or purchased more than a half dozen companies and continues to grow her knowledge base in the areas of Marketing, Sales, HR, Operations, Finance, and Organizational Structure.
A-1 Janitorial has serviced some of the largest, recognizable, and most respected names in both the public and private sector, including some of Las Vegas’s biggest names: Bellagio, MGM Grand, Ceasars’s Entertainment, Clark County Library District, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas Housing Authority, State of Nevada, and Nellis Air Force Base.
Its client list represents companies in retail, banking, technology, and hospitality sectors, as well as many Fortune 100 firms.
Despite being located in one of the hardest hit metro areas in the country during the 'Great Recession of 2008' and in a still struggling economy, A-1 Janitorial continues to thrive, and recently expanded into residential cleaning with Fast Friendly Spotless (maid service).
The success of A-1 Janitorial Services inspired Pam Washington to create a new enterprise in 2011 - Build My Cleaning Business - which provides private & group coaching + DIY home study systems. and online tools, for the owners of new and existing cleaning service businesses (click here to check out some of our best selling courses and products).
A huge believer in education, giving back, paying it forward, and the “connectivity” of all mankind, Washington is an avid pursuer of personal exploration, growth & happiness, and following one’s dreams. She enjoys nature, hiking, camping and the environment. Her free time is spent reading, traveling, fishing, skiing, scuba diving, gardening, cooking, and dining out.
Pamela Washington and A-1 Janitorial Services are the recipients of numerous awards, including “Enterprising Woman” by Enterprising Woman Magazine, the "OYA" award by the Southern Nevada Human Resources Association, was named a "Woman of Distinction" and nominaed for “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the National Organization of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as well as "Small Business Person of the Year" by the SBA. Her company was also listed among Las Vegas' "Best Places To Work" by the Society of HUman Resource Managers and was named “Supplier of the Year” by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).
Additional Awards and Press
Named “Minority Business Enterprise of the Year” by the Nevada Minority Business Council (NMBC).
Nominated “Supplier of the Year” by National Association of Purchasing Managers (NAPM)
Nominated as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Latin Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas
Nominated as one of Inc. Magazines “Inc. 5000” for the fastest growing companies in America
Finalist in Service Contractors Association ” Hall of Fame- Mentor Awards”
Here's my goal for every cleaning business owner I work with. I want you to bring home a 6 figure (or multiple 6 figure) paycheck, while working LESS than 40 hours per week on your cleaning service business. But beyond that, I want you to spend your time on the things most important to you and that allow you to have the BIGGEST lasting impact - on your families, local, and global communities. How much good could YOU do in the world?
“Pam Washington is one of the brightest minds in the field of Janitorial Services and will take your marketing skills from a zero to a hero in her 8 week Marketing Training. I have been able to re-energize my marketing approach and my business is better for it. Thanks again Pam for giving my business the needed boost to the top. See you there soon."
"Are you struggling in an area of your business? Not sure where to turn or who to trust? I highly recommend you visiting with Pamela Washington with Build My Cleaning
Through Pam’s remarkable guidance,
While I may still be small, I have transformed my cleaning business from a solo cleaner to hiring employees, to tripling residential accounts, and submitting my first humungous professional commercial proposal worth 70K. Pam has taught me exactly how to implement steps of growth through systems and processes. Thank you so much, Pamela Washington."
“I would like to share about my BIG success today! I got a contract with the 11,000
“Pamela's unique approach to our business should inspire every person who owns a cleaning company to see themselves as professionals who deserve success, who deserve to own and run a business that provides time and money freedom, and who, by "thinking big", can provide service to clients who recognize value and pay accordingly and at the same time know the joy of providing opportunities for employment in their community.
Pamela's gift is sharing her proven and successful ideas, strategies, and tactics, and to inspire and encourage cleaning business owners to extraordinary performance. In fact, it sounds odd, but I wish all our competitors knew about Pam, the competition would be fierce, but we'd be playing on a much higher ground."