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Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs

Al Dexter
My Location
3640 NW 118th Ave
Coral Springs FL 33065
United States
Year Company Formed
How SCORE Helped

Special to the Miami Herald

​ In 1991, two weeks after Al Dexter moved his wife and four kids to South Florida, he was laid off from his job. So Dexter, then 49, started working with a man cleaning air ducts — not for pay, but to learn the business. A couple of months later, Dexter saw an opportunity: The man was moving back to New York. Dexter took out a loan to buy equipment and a cargo van with 400,000 miles on it, and started an air-duct cleaning business out of his garage.

Today, Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs has 12 core employees, four service vehicles and a crew of part-time workers. Dexter, 73, has grown Air Quality into a family business, with son, Mike, and daughter, Kelly, as co-owners.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF:  IN THE FAMILY: Al Dexter, at center, founded Air Quality Control Environmental Inc. nearly 25 years ago. Now he and two of his children, Mike Dexter and Kelly Dexter, are also co-owners of the business. The addition of Mike and Kelly have re-energized the business: Sales climbed to $800,000 in 2013, and sales calls grew from one or two a day to six or more a day. But while Air Quality has seen sales growth, Al Dexter feels the company doesn’t have the operational infrastructure to accommodate it and enhance its growth potential. Air Quality asked the Miami Herald for a Small Business Makeover.

The Herald brought in Broward SCORE, a nonprofit with volunteer counselors from the business community that mentor small business owners. The SCORE tune-up team included David Harris, director of marketing, Greenway Golf Course Management, whose expertise is in operational management, fiscal controls and marketing; Michael Bauer, director of accounting, American Traveler, whose expertise is in strategic planning, budgeting and operations; and Chip Ellis, president of the International Association of U.S. Government Contractors, whose expertise is coaching small business owners how to succeed at selling products.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF:  IN THE FAMILY: Al Dexter, at center, founded Air Quality Control Environmental Inc. nearly 25 years ago. Now he and two of his children, Mike Dexter and Kelly Dexter, are also co-owners of the business.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/06/v-print/4040722/small-business-makeover-air-quality.html#storylink=cpy

See article online at http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/06/4040722/small-business-makeover-air-quality.html


Score's D. Harris                           Score's C. Ellis                                        Score's M. Bauer

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David Juilfs

Current City: St. Cloud, MN 56303, MN

Marketing & Brand Development
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July 2012 - Present (1 year 10 months) | Maple Grove, MN

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B.A. Business Management 
Southwest Minnesota State University
2014 - 2017 (expected) 

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Tex Lanier

Current City: Frederick, MD
Chapter: SCORE Frederick

40+ years in a wide variety of successful endeavors -- retailing, federal contracting, community development, non-profit fund raising, logistics, food service/restaurants, franchise operations and personal services (everything from beauty/barber shops, florist services, automobile service and repair operations, laundry/dry cleaning businesses, shoe and jewelry repair, etc.).



Masters of Business Admin (Marketing emphasis), Michigan State Univ. (1987);  

Bachelor's of Business Admin, Univ. to Texas/El Paso;

Numerous one-off courses in everything from organizational change management to EEO & gender equity, to technical classes (computers, mechanical/electrical/HVAC).

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