The Importance of Keeping College Campuses Clean

College campuses see hundreds or thousands of people every day. From instructors and students to visitors and guest speakers, your institution sees many new and similar faces. A regular campus cleaning schedule is imperative for creating a welcoming and safe environment for everyone visiting your campus.

Whether you want to impress one-time guests or keep your students comfortable, a clean institution says a lot about you. The state of your institution reflects the care you give your space and resources, and a clean campus shows that you care about student success, staff productivity and general safety.

The benefits of campus cleaning include keeping your school members safe, productive and proud to be a part of your community. Many potential students and other guests also evaluate the cleanliness of an institution before enrolling or visiting. Keeping your college campus clean has the following advantages:

Boosting Productivity

Understanding the importance of campus cleaning can help keep your faculty and students productive. People like spending time in clean locations, and research shows a link between clean environments and productivity for students. Areas free of clutter promote activities and general enjoyment. School staff and students will be more productive when sitting with their work without getting distracted by clutter.

Students also tend to model what they see, and you can encourage your students to be more productive by having institution leaders lead by example. Messy and disorganized classrooms and offices show students that cleanliness and care are not necessary for their own work or homes. They may procrastinate completing assignments, skip classes or only give half of their typical effort toward their work when they feel unorganized or messy.

Promoting Safety

Unkempt campuses can cause injuries to school participants. Students don’t want to watch for spills and puddles as they rush to class or head home after a long day, but minor accidents can quickly cause injuries if they slip and fall. Boxes in hallways, sticky surfaces and debris in doorways can create a safety hazard resulting in injuries.

You must also give attention to areas where construction is taking place. Although a new building or classroom addition may benefit your students in the long run, you don’t want to make the construction an inconvenience for your current students. Construction sites regularly see debris, mud and sawdust, and screws or other loose objects can hide in the rubble.

Students who need to pass these sites can come in contact with particles that impede their health or injure them and distract them from learning. Finding a construction cleaning service can help reduce the chance of injuries.

You should keep your exterior clean as well. Overgrown grass, large piles of dead leaves and other debris can cause those walking nearby to trip and possibly injure themselves. In the winter, large snow mounds and ice can create a slippery slope for school members to fall. Cracks in the sidewalk can tangle with shoe strings and result in twisted ankles. Landscaping and cleaning services that keep your campus looking pristine inside and out can attract attention and help keep your students and faculty safe.

clean campus means more productivity

Nurturing Health

Campuses house many people daily. Some will be more healthy than others. Regardless, germs are on every surface and can quickly spread from one student or staff member to the next. A clean environment promotes healthy students and staff. Regularly cleaning your campus can help reduce bacteria spread from person to person, keeping your students and staff safe and healthy.

A student who frequently gets sick may miss classes or neglect their schoolwork, potentially putting them behind their peers and compromising their ability to pass classes. Sick instructors may take a leave from work or frequently request to use their sick days, leaving students without instructors to lead their classes and impeding their academic success.

Even if your students and staff continue showing up for class and meetings, they may experience other health issues that affect their experience. For instance, a clean campus can help ease asthma and allergy symptoms. Mold, pollen and dust can gather in unkept places, making breathing difficult for those with allergies or asthma. They might frequently cough or blow their noses or get painful headaches. A clean college campus improves the air quality and makes everyday functions possible and enjoyable.

Assisting College Infrastructure

Light fixtures, electronic equipment, waterways and other resources are essential to running your institution smoothly. Without proper care, these systems can experience damage and wear that makes them challenging to use or causes them to break, impeding your operations. Removing dust, cleaning leaks and wiping sticky surfaces will keep these resources running correctly.

When you regularly clean your campus, you can identify potential problem areas before they worsen. Some maintenance problems can be costly and challenging to fix if you neglect them for too long. Additionally, furniture and carpets will last much longer if you take care of them and ensure they receive the proper cleaning. You can save significant costs by keeping your current setup clean rather than replacing it with a newer model later.

Encouraging Enrollment

Many students today expect to feel as comfortable, secure and safe in college as they do at home. A pleasant and attractive campus is essential to students and plays a part in their enrollment decision. Students want to walk through sparkling hallways, sit in organized classrooms, meet in tidy offices and experience clean restrooms.

A clean campus nonverbally communicates to students that the administration cares about them and their experience. When students see their school making improvements, they recognize that they are trying to guide them to success and provide them with the resources they need.

Additionally, when your institution tries to attract new students, a good reputation will go a long way. If students see pristine pictures on your website but attend a tour to find spills on the floors and debris cluttering classrooms, they may feel like your institution led them to believe falsehoods and may not trust your school is the best fit for them.

Clean Campuses From The Facilities Group

At The Facilities Group (TFG), we know that a clean space reflects how much you value your students, but finding the time to give your institution the attention it needs can be challenging, especially in high-traffic areas. Thankfully, you don’t have to. TFG offers a professional and experienced team to maintain and sanitize your institution in any state. We’ve been helping organizations across the country for over 35 years, and we know how to handle various jobs from simple to in-depth.

Get in touch with us today to find out more about what we can do for your institution. We offer various services to meet your needs and keep your students and staff safe and productive.

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Chief operating officer

Ryan Sklar has been a facilities industry mainstay for over 20 years. Gaining his knowledge and experience from the ground up, he has led successful teams in a myriad of corporate settings. Whether the need has been national sales and operations, corporate blueprinting and strategizing, mergers and acquisitions or executive leadership, Sklar has displayed a consistent and proven approach to success throughout the industry.

Prior to joining The Facilities Group, Ryan held the role of Executive Vice President of Service Delivery and Innovation at City Wide Franchise Co. Under his guidance and leadership City Wide had the strongest 5 years in their company’s 60 year history, both from a top line sales and bottom line profitability standpoint. His experience in Retail, Automotive, Logistics, Healthcare, Fitness and Grocery verticals will serve The Facilities Group well.

Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Adelphi University’s, Willumstad School of Business in New York.

Ryan Sklar

EVP OF TRANSFORMATION & CHIEF OF STAFF

Dwight has spent his entire career in the facility service and maintenance industry, holding various positions, including Integration, Human Resources, Accounting, Purchasing, and Information Technology. He prides himself on working alongside our partners and management teams on a daily basis.

Since 2015, Dwight has led the integration of over 25 transactions in the facility service space, including both platform and bolt-on opportunities.
Dwight’s responsibilities at The Facilities Group include business integration, operational due diligence, system synergies, project management, strategy execution, and day-to-day operational support and oversight.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Management from The University of Tampa’s John H. Sykes College of Business and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). On the weekend, you may catch him on the golf course or at a local sporting event.

DWIGHT TESORO

PRESIDENT

An experienced business leader with a successful track record of maximizing value to customers and internal stakeholders through driving innovation and growth within highly dynamic, technology-enabled mobile workforces.

Adam has held multiple positions over his 20+ year career with a focus on creating an engaged workforce, while supporting them with real-world solutions that are focused on an optimized process, technology, and conversion of data to information, with a blend of human and technical systems.

Some of Adam’s prior leadership positions include SVP US Operations at ABM and President of Unifi (formerly Delta Global Services), where Adam oversaw over 22,000 employees in nearly 200 airports performing multiple services including full ground handling, aircraft cleaning, security, cargo, facilities management and janitorial.

Adam received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and his MBA from the University of Georgia.

ADAM TAYLOR

Paul Gargagliano

Paul Gargagliano has over 20 years of experience in finance, public and private accounting, and has held several high-level financial positions within the janitorial and professional services industry. Paul’s experience also includes service in the United States Coast Guard for over 20 years where he retired as a Master Chief Boatswainsmate.

In addition, Paul also served in the Airborne Infantry of the United States Army. Paul has led teams at various levels and believes in the importance of culture and people for the success of all organizations.

Paul graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the States of California and Florida as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Paul was the previous CFO of Diversified Maintenance and Hill-Ward Henderson.

PAUL GARGAGLIANO​

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

An experienced leader and executive, Dave has spent over thirty years in the facility management & service industry. This includes ten years as a facility manager as well as twenty years as a building service contractor executive.

Across his career, Dave has spearheaded operations & sales in several market segments such as janitorial, high rise window cleaning, painting, waterproofing, and caulking. During his time with The Facilities Group, Dave has successfully completed fifteen acquisitions, leading operational integration & processes, sales strategies, philosophy and most importantly culture.

Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of South Florida, and earned his Real Property Administrator (RPA), and Facility Manager Administrator (FMA) from BOMA in 1998, 1999, and his Green Cleaning Certification from the Green Clean Institute in 2005.

DAVE ANGEL

CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER

As the CHRO & Senior Vice President of People –Strategy and Solutions, Vivian Smith leads People functions that support both our business objectives and growth to ensure the success of the organization. She has proven abilities in developing and leading human capital management programs and People operations that allow for effectively advancing human capital to its highest potential while generating a culture of engagement and inclusion.

Vivian spent the last 16 years in a Senior HR Leadership role with ABM before joining The Facilities Group. She provided overall strategic HR leadership at corporate and subsidiary companies. Directed, implemented, and ensured compliance while fostering a workplace environment consistent with company values. Oversaw the development and administration of compliance and reporting functions, mergers and acquisition transitioning, organizational structure changes, performance management, training and development, employee relations, diversity, and inclusion. She directly oversaw the Houston, TX ABM HR Share Services office and ran point on all items related to People during the GCA acquisition where she successfully onboarded over 37,000 employees. Over the course of her time at ABM, Vivian spearheaded HR functions for 5+ acquisitions across the country, all with employee counts north of 2,500.

VIVIAN SMITH

CHIEF SALES OFFICER

Jeff Hawkins has spent the past 20 years as a Sales and Marketing leader in the janitorial and facilities maintenance industry. He has led successful teams from local support offices to multi-million dollar national sales organizations. Jeff is an experienced leader in Franchising and working with Corporate Owned offices throughout the United States with Jani-King for 10+ years.

Prior to joining The Facilities Group, Jeff led the National Sales Team at City Wide Franchise Co. His leadership and drive secured national partnerships with some of the largest companies in the transportation industry increasing organic growth from $8 million to $74 million in less than 3 years. His experience in Hospitality, Automotive, Logistics, Medical and Education vertical markets provides our companies with the education, training and support for future growth.

JEFF HAWKINS

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Keaton is an Information Technology (IT) professional with 15 years of progressive experience. Prior to joining The Facilities Group, Keaton was a Sr. IT Consultant with Leidos, a fortune 500 company, for eight years where he successfully led multiple large-scale development, implementation, upgrade, optimization, and sustainability projects for his clients with budgets exceeding $100M+ and project teams of 100+ members. Earlier in his career Keaton worked at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and previously interned at industry leading companies Ernst & Young, State Farm and Publix.

Originally from Indiana, Keaton earned his bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from the Indiana State University Scott College of Business and his master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, which is ranked in the top 25 among US business schools.

Keaton holds various certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation.

KEATON KRUMREICH

Scott Henley

Scott Henley is the Chief Operating Officer for The Facilities Group National Division. Scott joined a TFG subsidiary, Excel Building Services, in 2012 as VP of Operations. Scott developed and built the ISP division at Excel, which now services over 2000 locations nationally.

Scott brings more than 25 years of experience in Facilities Management. Scott studied Business Management at Augusta College, where he played baseball, and Georgia State University. Scott has been involved with both PRISM and ISSA for over 20 years. Scott resides in Fayetteville, Georgia, with his wife Amy and their two children.

SCOTT HENLEY

Jack McCown

Coming soon. 

Jack McCown

Group Chief Operations Officer

Alfu Miah serves as Group Chief Operations Officer at The Facilities Group. He is responsible for enabling business scalability while driving increased value through account management,  customer retention, topline growth, and enhanced profitability.  

At University of North London, he studied engineering and started his career in the automotive industry, designing and manufacturing cars. Since then, he has applied his continuous improvement mindset to drive substantial revenue growth across a variety of global industries-leveraging ample experience in facilities management, commercial operations, solutions design, and business transformation. He brings to TFG decades of proven success in the design, implementation and execution of compelling business growth, strategy, and solutions for some of the most respected companies around the world.

Alfu Miah

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Fergus, CFO

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

O’Connell brings extensive facility service leadership experience to the role, having served on the Board of Directors at The Facilities Group since October 2022. Prior to joining TFG, he was the CFO of Kellermeyer Bergensons Services (KBS).
O’Connell also held multiple executive leadership positions including CFO and CEO of the North American division at ISS, one of the largest facilities management companies in the world. He also led the sale and integration of Pristine Environments following its sales to KBS, a national janitorial company.
O’Connell, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the University of Limerick, has been recognized by industry colleagues for sound financial leadership throughout his career. He specializes in implementing successful growth strategies, operational excellence, and effective change management.

Fergus O'Connell

Mark Borge

Mark Borge has been a driving force in the facility services industry as the Principal and Co-founder of Best Facility Services since August 2004. Under his leadership, the company has grown to become a recognized name in the field, providing top-notch services that consistently exceed client expectations. Mark’s extensive background, which spans from sales at Swifty Printing/Redstone Visual Impressions to Vice President of Minuteman Press Arlington, has equipped him with a profound understanding of business operations and customer service excellence. His venture into real estate investment in 2008 further showcases his adeptness in identifying and capitalizing on market opportunities, strengthening his portfolio and contributing to his comprehensive skill set in both business management and investment strategies.

Mark Borge’s active and prior involvement in esteemed organizations like Lifestyles Unlimited, The Entrepreneurs Organization, and the United States Green Building Council showcases his dedication to professional growth and community engagement. His diverse interests are backed by a solid education, holding a Bachelor’s in Business Administration – Finance from UTA. Mark has held leadership roles in various boards, emphasizing his commitment to organizational success.

Mark Borge

Scott Paul

Scott Paul is the past president of The Facilities Group Hawaii, LLC (formerly known as Kleenco Group), a commercial building maintenance and janitorial company founded in Hawaii in 1971.  Scott acquired Kleenco Group in 2012, and over the subsequent nine years more than doubled revenue and quadrupled earnings. In 2021, Scott sold Kleenco Group to The Facilities Group.  Scott led the integration of Kleenco Group with its sister company, Armstrong Building Maintenance (acquired by The Facilities Group in 2020), when the two companies merged to form The Facilities Group Hawaii with 600 employees.  Scott led the combined company through 2023 and continues as a partner and advisor to The Facilities Group. 

Prior to acquiring Kleenco Group, Scott was president & CEO of Hoku Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed solar company based in Hawaii and majority-owned by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.  Scott first joined Hoku in 2003 as its VP business development & general counsel.  In 2008, Scott was promoted to chief operating officer, and in April 2010 became chief executive officer and joined Hoku’s board of directors.  Scott resigned as Hoku’s CEO in June 2012 but continued to serve on its board of directors as chairman of the restructuring committee until July 2013. 

Before joining Hoku, Scott was a corporate attorney and business development professional in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1998 until July 2003.  Scott worked as director of business development and associate general counsel at Read-Rite Corporation, a publicly traded multi-national company acquired by Western Digital Corporation in 2003. Previously, Scott worked as an attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, and Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (now Reed Smith), law firms, where he represented high tech emerging growth and large-cap public companies, and their investors and underwriters, on financing and acquisition transactions. 

Scott earned his JD cum laude from Santa Clara Law School in 1998 and his BA in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995.  He has served on the board of trustees of Temple Emanuel in Honolulu since 2016 and has been a volunteer faculty member at the Punahou School Academy since 2015 where he co-teaches a business course. 

Scott Paul

Scott Gibson

Coming soon. 

Scott Gibson

David Hammond

Since 2014, David Hammond has led as CEO of CSI International, Inc., Horizon Publishing, and Opulence International Realty, showcasing his versatile leadership across diverse industries. With a rich background that includes roles as COO, Executive VP, Sales Manager, and Director of IT, David possesses a deep understanding of various business sectors. His journey to CEO was preceded by six years as an elected officer, enriching his leadership portfolio. David’s diverse experience extends beyond the corporate world; he was a proud member of the 1987 America’s Cup team, Stars and Stripes, and dedicated six years to the US Navy Submarine service. Currently, David contributes his expertise to several boards, including the Boca Ballet Theater, South Florida Manufacturers Association, and Florida Gold Coast Swimming, reflecting his commitment to community and industry excellence.

David Hammond

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

A proven leader and business owner, Bryson understands first-hand the hard work and determination required to build and run a successful enterprise. He started his first company at nineteen years old, cleaning medical offices and banks during the evening while attending college in the daytime. Since 2010, he has completed 47 transactions in the facility service & maintenance industry across the country.

In 2014 the Tampa Bay Business Journal awarded Bryson as one of Tampa Bay’s Up and Comers 30 Under 30. In 2018, he sold his companies and founded The Facilities Group. Fast-forward to today, he helps companies improve efficiency and achieve growth by acquiring, merging, selling, or restructuring.

His strong suits include operations, due-diligence, back-office oversight, and creating powerful business strategies custom tailored to each entity situation.

Bryson Raver