Your Home Office Team

Our team collectively has over 100 years of dry cleaning and franchise experience, which we share across our network daily. Our diverse backgrounds complement one another and run the gamete from operations, accounting and franchise development to marketing and technology. Our goal is to empower our team of franchisees to fulfill their dreams of entrepreneurship and run a successful business.

Kevin DuBois, CEO

Kevin DuBois, CEOKevin started his journey into entrepreneurship at the age of 18 with the opening of his first restaurant, growing that small business into 6 restaurants and banquet facilities in 3 years, all by the age of 21.

David Grippi, Chief Operating Officer

David Grippi, Chief Operating OfficerDavid Grippi is the Chief Operating Officer at Clean Brands. Mr. Grippi joined Next Step Franchising in August 2015 as its Director of Store Operations, bringing with him over 30 years of dry cleaning expertise as a 3rd generation dry cleaner.

Michael Eisner

Michael Eisner, VP, Franchise DevelopmentIn 2001, Michael became the first franchisee for Lapels Dry Cleaning and has been instrumental in the development of the Award Winning Brand ever since. In 2005, Michael sold his franchise and joined the Lapels Corporate office full time. Today, Michael’s focus is on Franchise Development and growing the Lapels Brand as the Vice President of Franchise Development.

John Powers VP, Franchise Development

John Powers, VP, Franchise DevelopmentJohn Powers has had a successful career in franchising for the past 18 years. He started his career with one of the largest publicly held restaurant companies in the United States becoming their first owner operator.

Keith Kocher Field Service Manager

Keith Kocher, Field Service ManagerKeith Kocher has been a dry-cleaning store operator in Austin, TX for over 30 years. Keith supports franchisees with on-site and phone support as well as training best practices from the front of the store (CSR training, Spot POS training) to the back of the store

Ted Sontag, Field Service Manager

Ted Sontag, Field Service ManagerTed Sontag is a third generation dry cleaner. After selling the family business in 2011, Ted became a multi-unit general manager and franchise trainer with Tide Dry Cleaners in Cincinnati, OH. In 2017

Alan Janosky Director of Information Technology

Alan Janosky, Director of Information TechnologyAlan Janosky has been working in Information Technology for franchises for eight years. From 2013 to 2017 he was the Infotech Analyst for the La Vida Massage Franchise home office in Brighton MI. From 2017 to 2018 Alan worked as an IT consultant

Andrea Varga Franchisee Liaison

Andrea Varga, Franchisee LiaisonAndrea Varga worked as a Program Management Administrator for Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network (CRDN) from 2013-2019. In October of 2019 she transitioned to the role of Right Start Coordinator for Martinizing International LLC. From April 2021 to present

Eileen Curto Director of Marketing

Eileen Curto, Director of MarketingEileen was brought on board in 2020 to help our franchisees with all marketing initiatives stemming from onboarding to our national marketing campaigns to individual day-day store location marketing efforts.

Laurie Von Minden Accounting Manager

Laurie Von Minden, Accounting ManagerWorking with the franchising world is not new to Laurie. Her first position in accounting was for Showbiz Pizza (Chuck E. Cheese) out of Dallas and she brings to Clean Franchise Brand this past knowledge.

Jack Brand, Corporate Paralegal Jack was brought on with Clean Brands as a corporate paralegal, where he will assist the legal team with document preparation and franchising compliance. Jack served as a litigation paralegal for two separate business law firms located in New York and Florida. He is a Northeastern University Graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Political Science and a focus in Business Law and Policy.