Get to Know Mike Schuchman
Mike spent over 45 years in the family recycling business, becoming president and CEO in 1980. Leading the company through growth with innovative ideas and hiring the right personnel to facilitate this growth. An emphasis on training and customer service was paramount in the retention of clients as well as gaining new clients through referrals from satisfied customers. Throughout the years, the company grew from a local dealer to a wholesale dealer that had customers from coast to coast. Customers included some of the world’s largest companies in this arena.
In 1998, Mike sold his company and retired, only to find himself missing the action that comes owning a company. While looking for something to do, he met the leaders of a national franchising company; it was at that time he bought the rights to the entire Chicago market. In 2001, he partnered with Tim Conn, who has been in business since the age of fourteen. Philosophically, Tim and Mike are cut from the same cloth. They strongly believe that training, innovation, customer service, and communication are the basis in which to grow a business.
After 10 years, the agreement with the national company expired and Mike and Tim saw it as an opportunity to do it their way. In January of 2011, they took the step to open Image One® and used the business principles that fueled their growth for all the years they were in separate businesses. Client retention in an industry fraught with turnover is a testament to the training and customer service to which their crews subscribe. Seeing the success their franchisees have achieved gives everyone in management a great sense of accomplishment and pride.
Mike enjoys spending time with his children and his 7 grandchildren. He and his wife Robyne spend their winters in Florida. When Mike isn’t in the office or with his grandkids, you can generally find him on the golf course.