Shafiq Mohamed Named Franchisee of the Year by International Franchise Association

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Stratus Building Solutions Franchisee Among an Elite Group at the Annual IFA Convention

[Shafiq has] not only seen incredible growth over the last year, but he also takes time to mentor and guide other franchisees in the system. It is fantastic to see the IFA honor him in this way.

The International Franchise Association (IFA) today named Shafiq Mohamed, owner of Stratus Building Solutions in Burlington, Ontario as a 2023 Franchisee of the Year. Mohamed was honored at the 63rd IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, for being an outstanding franchise establishment owner-operator.

“Shafiq is exactly what we look for in a Master Franchisee,” said Doug Flaig, President of Stratus Building Solutions. “He’s not only seen incredible growth over the last year, but he also takes time to mentor and guide other franchisees in the system. It is fantastic to see the IFA honor him in this way.”

The Franchisee of the Year Award, sponsored by IFA’s partner Paychex, recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance, and promote the franchise business model. Nominated by their parent company, individuals are selected for their service to their communities, fostering a strong and vibrant workforce, opening the doors for career growth and entrepreneurship, and supporting their fellow franchisees.

“Franchisee of the Year recipients represent the best in franchising,” said Matthew Haller, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “This is the highest honor IFA awards to individual franchisees, and local business owners like Shafiq Mohamed exemplify the power of franchising and its positive contributions to communities around the world.”

Founded in 2006, Stratus Building Solutions is the industry leader in using Green Seal certified products, meaning they’re non-toxic, biodegradable, and safe not only for humans but the environment as well. They also utilize state-of-the-art technology such as microfiber cleaning cloths and mops. With over 2,900 units across the U.S. and Canada, Stratus specializes in everything from carpet and window cleaning to hard floor care and disinfecting and are masters of the janitorial arts.

Over the past three years, Stratus Building Solutions has seen a nearly 41% increase in growth across the U.S. and Canada. Its proven model of offering training and support to franchisees while staying committed to safe, efficient cleaning and janitorial practices has helped Stratus become one of the most sought-after companies. They service an ever-growing variety of clients, from schools, shopping centers, warehouses, and car dealerships, to religious centers, professional offices, daycares, retail stores, and much more.

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About Stratus Building Solutions

Stratus Building Solutions is an international franchise company in the commercial cleaning industry, founded in 2006 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Stratus was developed to provide environmentally friendly commercial cleaning services driven by dedicated, entrepreneurial, small-business owners and regional support offices. Stratus has over 2,900 unit franchisees in 70 major cities across the U.S. and Canada. Stratus is setting new standards in the building services and maintenance franchise industry by being the first to offer green janitorial products with their proprietary Green Seal Certified line of cleaning chemicals. To learn more about franchising opportunities, visit

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