Staff

H. Dean Goforth

President/CEO/Founder

SCSI was founded in 1983 in order to meet facility maintenance and management needs of multiple clients. The company continues to grow under his leadership and follows the same vision today as he had in the beginning: “Be the best at what we do and retain long-term relationships with our customers by delivering on our promise to them.” His experience in this area, process, efficiency, design, and implementation for both retail and industrial clients led him to be awarded the US Small Business Young Entrepreneur award in 1992. 

He has also served and affiliated with the State of Alabama Economic Development Board, US Small Business Council, State of Alabama Forever Wild Program, and SBA Economic Development Board. He works with various philanthropic organizations and youth mentoring programs and is proactive in helping those in need.

Dean has authored many industry articles and labels one of his strengths is building long term relationships with customers, employees, advisers, and financial partners. 

Dean’s philosophy for success is first, his faith in God, second, his relationship with his family, and after that comes his successful business endeavors. 

Our Staff Makes the Difference

Carlos R. Sanchez

EVP Strategy/Execution

Carlos collaborates closely with the executive team from the inception of strategy to its successful execution. He has more than thirty years of solid working experience in world-class organizations in the US and globally — leading change, execution, and operational improvement, with a diverse background in retail, hotel operations management, marketing, sales, business development, strategy, and execution. Carlos is passionate high performer and brings a unique blend of leadership, analytics, innovation, and strategic skills, possessing extraordinary operational expertise of best practices in store cleaning execution.  Prior to joining SCSI, Carlos held various senior leadership positions working with Walmart, SC Johnson Wax, Sealed Air, Marriott, Westin, Nikko hotels, The Connaught hotel in London, and the Hassler Villa Medici hotel in Italy. Carlos received his MBA from the University of Houston in Texas and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from TEC de Monterrey in Mexico. He attended Cornell University Graduate School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, NY., and received the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the University of Houston. 

David Yance

EVP Business Development

Chris Collins

EVP of Operations

Southern Cleaning Service, Inc., EVP of Operations, Chris Collins has spent his entire professional life in the field of facility maintenance. Entering the workforce in 1992 he worked as a nightly floor tech cleaning and stripping VCT. Chris has since then worked his way up the ladder. With this, Chris brings with him the experience and knowledge that few others have. 

He joined SCSI in 2004 where has had a proven record of excellence in customer service with significant improvement of operational metrics and increased employee commitment. Chris is responsible for overseeing all segments of facilities and building services by providing strategic direction, leadership and resources necessary to deliver extraordinary customer satisfaction. His true talent lies within strategic planning and executing the start up of new business. In all his work, Chris is tirelessly focused on delivering optimum service levels to customer. 

James Jennings

RVP South Carolina

JJ is an experienced management professional that has served 20 years in the big box retail grocer industry. He has extensive knowledge and hands-on involvement in the retail platform. JJ is responsible for creating and executing corporate financial, operational, and sales growth objectives. He is involved in building and maintaining customer relationships, as well as developing individualized programs based on customers’ needs throughout the geographic footprint of the region. He has expertise in developing and building new regional locations into viable, sustainable, and profitable ventures. JJ is knowledgable in all types of floor care maintenance including, but not limited to, certifications in the installation, maintenance, restoration, and repair of polished concrete. 

Mike Wheeler

Chief Financial Officer

Rob Leonardi

EVP of Operations

Robert is an experienced management professional with over 30 years as a business owner, restaurant and big box retail management. He served in the United States Air Force. Robert started with SCSI in 2009, as a District Manager handling local Winn Dixie, Kroger, and Walmart accounts. He took a very hands on approach to his floor care education, participating and directing dozens of floor care events including strip and waxes, scrub and waxes, concrete polishing, concrete rejuvenation’s and wood floor refinishes. He was promoted to regional Manager to expand his responsibilities to Louisiana, Alabama, and the Gulf Coast region. Then, he was promoted to EVP of Operations, where he is responsible for building and maintaining customer and vendor relationships with accounts spread across the Southeast and Midwest.

Ron Ryals

Human Resources Manager

Ron started with SCSI in 2011. In 1989, he started planning continuing medical education meetings and was able to use those experiences in planning and customer service in his current role in HR. He helps to develop and implement HR strategies and initiatives that align with the overall business strategy and growth. He also assists with management and employee relations by addressing demands, grievances, or other issues. Additionally, he helps manage the recruitment, selection and hiring process for SCSI. Ron believes that honesty and transparency are vital to his role in HR. 

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