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ANAGO CLEANING SYSTEMS
www.anagocleaning.com / Headquarters: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Adam Povlitz,
president: "We're in 37 major metro areas across the United States and Canada."

Cleaning Up

Anago's two-tier structure puts its franchisees
in the franchising business. BY ALAN DORICH
If a commercial space needs
cleaning services, Anago Cleaning
Systems is the one to call, President
Adam Povlitz says. Not only is the
company skilled at tidying up offices,
hospitals and schools, "We could also
do banks, concert venues, apartment
complexes, hotels, churches, places of
worship and synagogues," he says.
Povlitz's father, David Povlitz,
founded the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.based company in 1989. Previously,
"He had worked with his brothers in
commercial cleaning in Michigan,"
the younger Povlitz says, noting that
his father cleaned venues such as the
Pontiac Silverdome.
After David Povlitz's mother
moved to south Florida, he visited
her for the holidays. "He fell in love
with Florida," Adam Povlitz says,
noting that his father tried working
for Jani-King International Inc., now
a competitor.
"He decided, 'You know what,
I could do this better,'" Povlitz
says. Anago took its name from the
Greek-Latin term, "anagoge," which
means "to guide or uplift."
Anago began offering janitorial
franchising opportunities in 1991. Today, "We're in 37 major metro areas
across the United States and Canada,"
Adam Povlitz says, noting that Anago
is one of the leaders in its industry.
"We're definitely not the largest,"
he admits. "There are folks that had
a 15-year head start on us. We're definitely top-five in the industry, but
we're the younger, scrappier one."

Anago operates with employees who
support its master franchising owners.

The Family Business
Adam Povlitz came to work for his
father's company in 2009 after working for IBM as a financial analyst for
North American sales and distribution. "I never wanted to work with
my dad," he admits, but later changed
his mind.
"I was just looking at [where] my
place was in IBM," he recalls, noting that the company employed
over 200,000 people at the time. "[I
thought], 'I could work here forever
and have a great job, but what impact
could I make?'"
That soul searching led him to Ana-

go, which owes its success to hard
work, he says. "We had [many] people
just putting in a ton of effort, working
crazy hours and getting it to where it
is today," he says. "A lot of people believed in Dave Povlitz."

inTo

The

FuTure

Anago keeps up to date with new technology, Adam Povlitz says. "We've
taken momentum from the founder
and are riding that into the technological future," he says.
This includes the introduction of
its own app, which handles all aspects
of customer service, including bidFALL 2016

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