Stratus Building Solutions CEO Joins with IFA to Promote Diversity in Franchising

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Afshin Cangarlu, Stratus Building Solutions CEO, Plans to use Platform to Promote Diversity in 2021

“I am someone who has truly benefited from the American dream and that’s why I am so passionate about diversity,” said Cangarlu. “We need to do what we can to make these kinds of opportunities available to everyone, not just a select few.”

Afshin Cangarlu, CEO of Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s leading green commercial cleaning franchise, is actively working with the International Franchise Association to promote diversity in franchising and is hoping to make meaningful progress in 2021.

Cangarlu is a member of the IFA’s Diversity Institute Board of Directors which is made up of influential players in the franchise community. The Diversity Institute’s mission, on behalf of the IFA, is to make franchising the most diverse sector of the US Economy by 2030.

“I really love the franchising community and I think we can be leaders in advancing diversity over the next decade,” said Cangarlu.

In 1980, at age 13 as an immigrant, Cangarlu came to the United States with his family. He eventually went on to build an executive career in the technology and software development at DreamWorks and Quovadx, which afforded him the ability to start his own business.

He joined Stratus Building Solutions as a Master Franchisee in 2008, and eventually rose to become the company’s CEO in 2015.

“I am someone who has truly benefited from the American dream and that’s why I am so passionate about diversity,” said Cangarlu. “We need to do what we can to make these kinds of opportunities available to everyone, not just a select few.”

“At the IFA Foundation our volunteer leaders are the heart of our initiatives,” said Earsa Jackson, Diversity Institute Chairwoman. “From his first day in service to the Diversity Institute Board, Afshin has been a meaningful contributor to our work supporting diversity and inclusion in franchising and raising awareness of the positive impacts of the franchise business model. We cannot thank Afshin enough for his continued service to minority communities within franchising.”

The IFA Foundation’s Diversity Institute works to provide outreach and education about the benefits of franchising to those in minority communities. There is already a good foundation in franchising as 30 percent of all franchised businesses are owned by minorities compared with 18 percent of non-franchised businesses.

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 2,000 unit-franchisees in 57 major cities across the United States 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 https://www.stratusclean.com/.

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