From Soccer Dads to Business Partners: Window Genie of Thornton is Open

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Chris Rhodes and Mark Jones team up to open a window cleaning franchise in Thornton on August 1st

For many years Mark and I did this kind of work to earn money for other people, now it's our turn.

Window Genie announces the grand opening of its newest location in Thornton on August 1st. Local friends and business partners Chris Rhodes and Mark Jones are the owners. Window Genie is a national home service franchise specializing in residential window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. Window Genie of Thornton will serve the northern Denver communities including Brighton, Northglenn, Westminster and Commerce City.

Chris and Mark met when their daughters played on the same soccer team 13 years ago. They built a friendship that would eventually become a partnership when they each experienced corporate downsizing in the same year. Mark worked in Operations for Orkin Pest Control, and Chris had been in advertising agencies for almost 30 years. With a desire to leave corporate America behind them, Chris and Mark set out to vet business ownership opportunities together. “We have complementary strengths,” said Mark. “I have a strong background in service, and Chris has a strong background in marketing.”

Chris and Mark spoke to a business consultant who suggested franchising as their best chance for success. Chris said, “We hadn’t really considered a franchise until we dove in and learned what to expect out of business ownership. We agreed that purchasing a business with a proven system, existing national branding and a support team was our best bet. We were presented with a few franchise opportunities that matched our goals and strengths, and Window Genie jumped out at us.”

Chris and Mark chose Window Genie because, “we weren’t interested in being strapped down to a brick and mortar type business,” Mark said. “We understand the mobile service concept and feel we can ramp up quickly and reach our goals quicker because with Window Genie we have low overhead, low inventory and multiple services and revenue streams. We’re confident we joined a team of individuals with our best interests at heart. The corporate support team as well as our fellow franchise partners are an invaluable resource and we can’t wait to open for business and get out there in the community.”

“The first 90 days are going to be scary because there is so much to learn,” Chris said. “For many years Mark and I did this kind of work to earn money for other people, now it’s our turn. Being our own bosses was our goal, and we’re ready to take on the challenge.”

Window Genie of Thornton opens for business on August 1st. All field technicians are fully trained, insured, bonded and have passed a background check. Estimates are free on all services. For more information, please contact owners Mark Jones and Chris Rhodes at 720-573-8950 or via email at mjones(at) and crhodes(at)


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