Jim Abrams, one of the Gulf Coast's most dynamic CEOs, will move into an advisory role at Clockwork Home Services in 2011.
Abrams, the Review's Sarasota-Bradenton Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008, founded Clockwork in 1998. The Sarasota-based company, which runs a trio of nationwide franchise operations in the home repair services market, grew to $215 million in annual revenues in its first decade.
Centrica, the largest energy supplier in Great Britain, bought Clockwork for $183 million in a deal announced earlier this year.
Abrams will remain with Centrica as a special adviser.
“Jim revolutionized the North American home services industry at each step of his career,” Eddy Collier, president of Direct Energy Services, Centrica's North American subsidiary, says in a statement. “Part of his significant legacy are our highly professional and knowledgeable employees, franchisees and affinity members dedicated to bringing homeowners' exceptional customer service and value.”
Meanwhile, Scott Boose, an executive with Centrica subsidiary British Gas, was named president of Clockwork. Boose oversaw 8,000 domestic gas technicians who served more than 4 million customers across the U.K. at British Gas.
Boose takes over at Clockwork during a growth spurt in at least one area: All three franchise brands, One House Air Conditioning & Heating, Mister Sparky and Benjamin Franklin, have moved up in Entrepreneur Magazine's annual Franchise 500 issue. One Hour Air was also ranked as the number one HVAC franchise for the second consecutive year.