Byron Schramm - Entrepreneur
Midtown Chimney Sweeps Franchising traces its history to Byron Schramm and a family story in Lancaster, CA. From a farming and construction-oriented family that has lived in the Antelope Valley, CA, for five generations, Byron Schramm holds a bachelors degree from The Master's College in Santa Clarita, CA in biology and mathematics. An entrepreneur at heart, he started three businesses before the age of 18 and filed for a provisional US Patent on one invention at the age of 21. He currently holds another provisional utility patent on a smart phone application for the hearth industry, a solo license in sailplane aircraft and two classifications of CA and CO contractor licenses. A world traveler since his youth, Byron has spent considerable time visiting Alaska, Syria, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and has visited Switzerland twice- on a budget with a backpack. But not to worry Byron has feet of clay and has failed in several ways too. Take the downturn in the US economy in 2007 for example. In April 2007, Byron shifted his attention from the real estate and construction market toward the hearth industry and incorporated the name Midtown 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 has learned that the hearth industry is ripe and ready to receive quality customer service. Knowing that the Midtown Sweeps Dealer Service Network is now a successful reality, coupled with the fact that local Dealers often suffer unpleasant turnover rates, means a blue-ocean strategy has been uncovered in a new market. Byron is a key member of the management team.