WOMEN IN THE WINDOW WORLD
Industry | Window Cleaning
If you’ve never spoken with Sheila Smeltzer, owner of A+ Pro Services, Inc., you’ve done yourself a disservice. We had the pleasure of connecting with her concerning collaborating on a blog post about women leaders in the window cleaning industry. Immediately, we were blown away by her presence, her enthusiasm, and her commitment to us and this post. At abc, we think it’s essential to shed light on positive things happening around us and our communities and realized that discussing women in a male-dominated industry had relevance for everyone in it. We could not have picked a better person with whom to collaborate.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND : Sheila owns and operates the successful window cleaning company A+ Pro Services, Inc, and is a leader in the window-cleaning world. She served as board director for the Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) from 2010-2012. She’s an IWCA Residential Council Member and a committed IWCA Glass Education committee member since 2007. Her company currently holds membership with Pressure Washing Resource Association (PWRA) and has been a member of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce since 2007. To say Sheila loves the window cleaning industry is an understatement; she is the window cleaning industry.
But despite her long list of achievements, both for herself and her business, it is her character that cannot be overlooked. She represents not only a strong, focused woman but also any person – male or female – committed and determined to succeed. She, like so many others, had humble beginnings. She grew up along the Mississippi River at her parent’s bed and breakfast. When she graduated high school, she moved west to attend Colorado State University, and from there, she lived in the backcountry mountains. She and her husband began their window cleaning business in 1999 after moving to North Carolina. When they eventually separated, she decided to take the business on herself. “When I took on the company, everything in my life was a struggle. Those were hard times. Learning and doing the work itself was hard. Rebuilding a reputation was harder! I wasn’t the mother who picked up her kids in the Yukon wearing sundresses and flip flops. I was the mom who pulled up in the Tacoma loaded with ladders, a passenger employee, while sweaty and late from a hard day’s work.” But she prevailed.
Continue reading the blog interview at Women in the Window World.