Hesam Rezaee: A Clean Opportunity
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
PETALUMA — An avid entrepreneur, Hesam Rezaee was in between business ventures when he came upon a clean opportunity. “Previously, I ran a coffee shop and a print shop, which were located right next to each other,” he recounts. “Running two businesses simultaneously was hard, and after about two years, I was burned out. I sold one of them, closed the other and took a six-month break. During this time, I started looking for a new opportunity—something that had a good business model and family-friendly hours. When I came across a Molly Maid franchise in Sonoma County that was for sale, it seemed like it might be a good fit. I started researching the company, as well as the cleaning industry in general, and the more I looked into it, the more interested I became. In 2013, my brother, Ehsan, and I officially became the new owners of Molly Maid of Sonoma County.”
Today, Hesam says his favorite part of his job is devising cleaning regimens for new clients. “I enjoy meeting new clients and figuring out the best strategy to provide for their cleaning needs. At the initial consultation, I usually spend half an hour walking through the house, seeing what needs to be cleaned and learning about the client’s preferences. From there, I put together a schedule that makes sense for both their home and lifestyle.”
Originally from Iran, Hesam resides today in San Rafael with his wife, Nasim, and their daughter. Outside of work, he engages in a variety of personal pastimes. “I primarily play music in my spare time,” he details. “I’ve been playing piano for 20 years and I’m currently learning to play the sitar. I also enjoy reading, going to the movies, and going on walks with my wife and daughter.”
In his life and career, Hesam espouses the value of a balanced life. “For me, it’s important to have a balance between work and my personal life,” he explains. “Back when I was running two businesses, I often found myself working 15 hours a day, which left me little time for anything else, including my relationships. That’s why, when I was looking for a new business opportunity, hours were a big priority for me. Now that I have a family, having a balanced life enables me to give adequate attention to my wife and daughter. Furthermore, when I am at work, I’m able to be more focused and energized, so it’s a win-win.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Hesam says he’d see the world. “I would pack a suitcase, take my family and go traveling for a while. I was actually looking at Sydney, Australia the other day, which looks like an interesting place, so maybe I’d start there.”
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Q: What kind of music do you like?
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Q: If you could immediately master any musical instrument, what would you choose?
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