Lyle Graddon started National Maintenance Contractors in 1970. After dealing with the 200% to 400% annual employee turnover common to the building services industry, he began franchising his business. Over the next 36 years, he grew the company to more than 300 franchisees and 50 employees serving janitorial contracts throughout the Pacific Northwest – out of offices in Bellevue and Spokane, Washington; and Portland, Oregon. Some of the growth was due to acquiring competing janitorial companies.
After managing and building the business, he sold the company to a national firm that was looking to expand in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Graddon has repeatedly said “Selling my business was one of the best decisions I ever made.”
During the 1980’s Mr. Graddon acquired a commercial laundry and dry cleaning equipment distributorship. The company had a wholesale parts department, a fleet of service trucks and technicians and equipment sales serving large commercial laundries, dry cleaner stores and laundromats. Mr. Graddon also established a chain of coin-laundry/dry cleaners in Puget Sound.
Graddon particularly relates to sellers whose company is their biggest asset. Mr. Graddon works from Kirkland, Washington (near Seattle). He is the former president of the Pacific Northwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries, active in his church and a member of BSCAI. He is also an avid water skier and snow skier. He and his wife have three adult children one son, two daughters and five grandchildren.
Mr. Rickman’s career spans 25 years as an executive with both large fortune 1,000 companies Verizon Communications, Ericsson, T-Mobile and high growth “start-ups.” He has led sales teams in six wireless software products companies having managed the “go to market” stages of initial revenue production and then to “growth” stage. The largest acquisition event among these companies that Mr. Rickman participated in was a $780 million sale to a multi-national corporation. Business planning, financial planning, raising capital, and sales operations are areas of expertise for Mr. Rickman.
Mr. Rickman Graduated with honors from Portland State University with degrees in accounting and psychology. He passed the CPA exam while in College and practiced as a CPA for the first 4 years of his career with Deloitte and Touche. He lives in Seattle with his wife and three boys and enjoys many family activities including water skiing, snow skiing and running. Mr. Rickman is active in his church and serves as a football coach at his son’s school.
Brian E. Lewis
Mr. Lewis has 20 years experience providing legal cousel to great companies. His work focuses on corporate govenance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and intelletual property management. Mr. Lewis has provided legal counsel on a wide array of mergers and acquisitions from a hundred thousand dollars to half a billion and has represented both buyers and sellers. Mr. Lewis is a founding partner with Rosen Lewis, PLLC, and he has also taken inside roles at companies as a Director, Officer, or Advisor.
Philanthropic service is important to Brian, and he has helped raise over $500,000 for abused and neglected children through the Northwest Children’s Fund annual Golf Classic. He is a Director and works closely with Dr. Yoky Matsuoka, MacArthur Genius Award recipient, to run the YokyWorks Foundation, which creates uniquely engineered solutions for disabled people.
Brian is an occasional guest instructor at the University of Washington School of Business, UW Law School, the Seattle University School of Law, and teaches continuing legal education courses for the Washington State Bar Association. He recently served on the WSBA Finance & Securities Task Force to craft guidance on Crowdfunding and related corporate funding legislation.
On a more personal note, Brian plays fervently. He bike races and snow skis competitively; water skis, rows and plays golf for fun; and enjoys backpacking with his wife and three children.
He is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and served on Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University prior to working for several years with Boeing where he co-chaired the 777 fuselage design team.