Pat Belardi: Maid to Succeed
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAN RAFAEL — When Pat Belardi was cleaning properties in between her college classes, she never expected that one day she’d make a successful career out of it. “My father cleaned commercial buildings for a living, and I worked with him to make extra money during high school and college,” she recounts. “After I graduated college, I worked as a product procurement and development specialist for Macy’s, which was a job that entailed long hours and a lot of traveling. In the early 2000s, I did some re-evaluating and decided to seek out a career that afforded a more flexible schedule. I started looking at small business opportunities, and when I came across Molly Maid, I really liked their business model and the support they gave new owners. It just so happened that my territory had become available for a franchise, so I decided to give it a shot.”
Today, as owner of Molly Maid of Marin, Berkeley and West Contra Costa Counties, Pat says she enjoys interacting with the company’s clientele. “Since I do in-home estimates, I get to meet all of our new clients, and it’s a pleasure to get to know them and lay the foundation for long-term business relationships.” Additionally, Pat says she likes being her own boss. “I enjoy the accountability factor—even though I’m accountable for any mistakes, I’m also accountable for our successes, which I find very rewarding.”
Originally from Hawaii, Pat today resides in San Francisco with her husband, William, where she enjoys taking advantage of all the Bay Area has to offer. “There’s so much to do here, it’s hard to keep up with it all,” she affirms. “From great restaurants and museums to sports and special events, it’s never boring. In particular, I love movies, so I enjoy going to various Bay Area film festivals.” Additionally, Pat enjoys spending time with her family. “We have two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica, and a grandson named Calder who recently had his first birthday. Everyone lives here in San Francisco, so we’re able to see a lot of each other.”
In regard to her professional career, Pat says she strives to abide by the Golden Rule. “Treat other people the way you’d like to be treated—that’s basically our mantra. We want to take care of our clients’ homes the same way we’d take care of our own, as well as treat our customers the same way we’d treat our own family and friends.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Pat says she would kick off her shoes and take a breather. “I haven’t really had any time off since I started working after college, so I’d probably just take a year off. After that, I would probably do some traveling.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Africa. I’ve been there a couple of times already and it’s my favorite place in the world. It’s really an unbelievable experience.
Q: Who makes you laugh?
A: My grandson.
Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Textiles and handmade baskets.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: I have two favorites in San Francisco: Chapeau! and Garibaldi’s.