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Byron Schramm – President and Co-Founder

Midtown Chimney Sweeps Franchising traces its history back to Byron Schramm’s upbringing in Lancaster, CA. His family, which has lived in Antelope Valley, CA 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 two classifications of California and Colorado contractor licenses. A world traveler since his youth, Schramm has spent time in Alaska, Syria, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. Not to mention, he has visited Switzerland twice… with just a backpack and a low budget.

Byron has 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 hearth industry and incorporated the name Midtown Chimney Sweeps from a second-generation hearth business before him. The new business concept sprang to life with the integration of technology, systems, uniforms, and other best practices. Due to his love of travel, people, and business, Byron recognizes that the hearth industry must deliver quality customer service. Now that the Midtown Sweeps Dealer Service Network is a successful reality, coupled with the fact that local dealers often suffer unpleasant turnover rates, Midtown’s president may assert that a “blue-ocean strategy” has been uncovered in a new market.

Richard Jimmink – Co-Founder

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.