Born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina, I graduated from Walter Williams High School in 1972. After studying at Wingate College and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, I earned an accounting degree in 1976. After working for The Hoover Company in my hometown, selling products to large retailers such as Brendles, Roses and Belk Services, I joined Masury Columbia to market janitorial chemicals, equipment and training services to retailers in the Carolinas that included Sears, JC Penny, Kmart, and Woolworth.
In 1980, I relocated to Charlotte to join G & L Building Services as a district manager and was ultimately promoted to vice president of sales and marketing. Soon after, I purchased a portion of the company and established JaniTech in 1990. Based on customer demand, I established a high-rise window cleaning company, a carpet cleaning division, and a stone restoration company. Several years later, I formed Wm. G. Wood & Associates to purchase and resell stone restoration products and specialized products, such as walk off matting, trash receptacles, restroom dispensers, and large bulk items.
With more than 30 years of experience in janitorial and related businesses, I have been involved with Class A high-rise buildings, 24-hour bank operation centers, medical, industrial manufacturing and clean room facilities, and branch banks. During the last three decades, I've adapted to industry changes in governmental requirements, advancements in equipment and chemicals, and the workforce climate.
Professionally, I have been involved with the BSCAI (Building Service Contractors Association), BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association), IWCA (International Window Cleaners Association), IICRC (International Institute of Carpet Restoration and Cleaning), Chamber of Commerce, and Better Business Bureau.
As an avid golfer and fly fisherman, I have spent many days alongside clients on trout streams, rivers and golf courses. For over 13 years, my company sponsored and managed a golf tournament for approximately 150 customers and vendors.
After quadruple bypass surgery in 2004, I began planning for retirement and no longer worry about the daily aspects of running a business. Now I am ready to offer the knowledge that I have gained in areas I most enjoy providing others.