Title: Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President
Company: City Wide Jani, Inc.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Calenthia Torrence-Harper, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President at City Wide Jani, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in her industry.
Hailing from a family of entrepreneurship, Mrs. Torrence-Harper expresses that she was born to someday pioneer a business in her own right. In her early days as a child, she witnessed not only her father but also her grandfather piece together and run very successful businesses. Mrs. Torrence- Harper says that even as a child, she believed wholeheartedly, that she was destined to do the same. She discovered her passion for cleaning and decided to put all of her efforts into starting her company, City Wide Jani Inc., a full-service commercial cleaning company. This company now has over 37 employees and a very strong presence within the Chicagoland area. Always with the goal of helping others, Mrs. Torrence-Harper takes extreme pride in meeting and exceeding customer satisfaction.
Before Mrs. Torrence-Harper started her own business, she spent time serving her country with the United States Army. Once she left the military, she worked at a credit union as a branch representative/loan officer from 1991 to 1998 and from 1999 to 2000 she worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield as a customer service representative. Soon after, she was afforded the opportunity to work as her father’s assistant in Seattle, Washington, which is where she got an opportunity to closely examine what it was like to conduct business on a day-to-day basis. After relocating to Chicago, she worked as an executive assistant for a major property management company. During this time, the entrepreneur spirit began tugging at her harder and harder. Her passion for cleaning and pure drive allowed her to meet and exceed her duties at her job and start her own business. There came a time when Mrs. Torrence-Harper could no longer balance working in corporate America and building City Wide, so she decided to leave her job and put 100 percent of her efforts into making City Wide grow while continuing to build her brand.
Mrs. Torrence-Harper attributes all her success to each of those experiences. She expressed the knowledge that she gained from working for her father, decision making senior executives in her early times in Chicago, and valuable character traits instilled in her during her time at the military – all have made City Wide Jani Inc. what it is today. Noting that she is a perfectionist, it is vital to her that every space that City Wide cleans goes above and beyond what is requested by her customers. By instilling this kind of aptitude in her workplace’s culture, she plans to always rise above her competition.
Mrs. Torrence-Harper’s ambition is ceaseless. She plans on expanding to areas outside Chicago, as well as other states. In order to remain up to date with potential opportunities in her Industry, Mrs. Torrence-Harper maintains affiliation with the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, the International Trade Association, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, the International Sanitary Supply Association, the Building Service Contractors Association, and the Better Business Bureau, from which she has maintained an A+ rating. In addition, she serves as an Executive Board Member of The Harper House VA, a nonprofit organization designed to assist our veterans who are without housing and help them transition into better situations. In her spare time, she is helping those without homes, giving back to her community, motivational speaking, mentoring, traveling, and spending time with family. Her personal philosophy is “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!”
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