Our executive team brings a wealth of specialized knowledge and experience to help the company and its franchises thrive and grow.
Rafiq Karimi, Jr. Chief Executive Officer
Rafiq is our CEO. He co-founded CD One Price Cleaners with his brother Rafiq Karimi, Senior. Mr. Karimi began his entrepreneurial career in the dry cleaning industry nearly 30 years ago. In 2001, he opened the first Cleaners Depot (the origination of the “CD” in our current name) business in the Chicago market. An article in the Chicago Sun-Times noted that he has “revolutionized the dry cleaning business in the Chicago area” with the introduction of the one-price dry cleaning concept. In 2006, recognizing the customer’s need for personal service and the challenges of expanding a company-owned operation, he decided to introduce the CD One Price Cleaners franchise program. With headquarters in Westchester, IL, Mr. Karimi leads an executive team that manages each functional area of the organization including finance, store operations, franchise development, real estate and construction and marketing.
STEVEN J. SKONECKE VICE PRESIDENT OF STORE OPERATIONS
Steve has been our Vice President of Store Operations since 2008. Steve has an extensive background in operations and team management and has held a variety of unit, district and regional leadership positions with a number of organizations including Bakers Square, Steak & Ale and Montana Steak House. From 1994-1997, Steve had full national and international responsibility as President of the then-240-unit chain of Bennigan’s Restaurants. Steve is responsible for guiding a team of Field Consultants and Regional Managers who are charged with overseeing all franchise and company-owned stores in the CD One Price Cleaners system. As the former owner of his own independent business, Steve understands the many challenges of small business ownership.
TODD SHANKLAND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Todd has been our Chief Financial Officer since May 2005. Todd’s primary role is to lead and manage the finance, accounting and store support functions for the company. Prior to joining the company, Todd worked for The ServiceMaster Company, an international franchise organization, from July 2000 until May 2005, most recently serving as Vice President and Group CFO of the Strategic Services Group. Todd began his career in public accounting, and then held various progressive accounting roles in the retail and restaurant industries. Todd has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.
TOM RYAN VICE PRESIDENT OF FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT
Tom has been our Vice President of Franchise Development since 2006. He has been involved in the field of franchising as a consultant and store development executive around Chicago for more than 25 years. Prior to joining CD One Price Cleaners, Tom held similar positions with the 430-unit Gingiss Formalwear as its VP of Franchising and with Big Apple Bagels as its Director of Franchise Development. Prior to that, Tom was a senior consultant for a leading franchise consulting firm that provides strategic planning, marketing, and operational guidance to new franchise companies. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University in Midland, MI, and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.
JONATHON RECKLES DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Jonathon brings a unique set of marketing strategy and customer acquisition experience to CD One Price Cleaners. He has held multiple marketing leadership roles for the 1700-unit chain of Sears and Kmart retail stores, most recently serving as Director of Brand and Marketing Strategy. Prior to that, Jonathon founded an e-commerce retailer and successfully negotiated the company’s acquisition in 2010. He has also worked in various corporate functions for The Walt Disney Company. Jonathon is a customer focused, data-centric leader adept in defining brand vision and developing integrated marketing programs across digital and offline channels. A Texas native and an Eagle Scout, Jonathon earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Trinity University in San Antonio.
DANIEL FITZGERALD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIST
Daniel joined our team as Training Manager in 2015 with 15 years of experience in training, instructional design, process improvement, and new project support. He has broad experience as a consultant and custom training developer, serving clients in fields ranging from manufacturing and automotive repair to risk management and local government. He spent the first 8 years of his training career with Walgreens where he worked closely with their Store Operations group—eventually leading a team of internal consultants responsible for researching and implementing improvements to HR, retail, and inventory management processes in over 5,000 stores. Daniel holds a B.A. in English from Eastern Illinois University and an M.A. in History from University of Missouri – Kansas City.