Xavier Esquivel respects the past and welcomes the future
It started out of necessity. This is how Xavier Esquivel begins the story of the business that has been the soul and inspiration of his family.
During his childhood, his mother took Esquivel and his younger sister Pamela to work. Her new business, her Galveston 7 Day Cleaning, was a one-woman operation at the time with few customers.
“We didn't have money for someone to take care of us. So she woke us up and said, 'You're not in school, so let's go clean,'” Esquivel said. I remembered. “It was just my mom, sister and I vacuuming, mopping and doing everything to serve our customers.”
Esquivel is currently a senior at the University of Houston, majoring in business and entrepreneurship and enrolled in the Cybia and Melvin Wolf Center for Entrepreneurship. He still works at 7 Day His Cleaning in Galveston, where he cleans with his team on weekends and handles the administrative duties he took on as a teenager around the clock.
I've been busy for weeks.
“I come to Wolf on Monday morning. I have classes, meetings, and projects all day until Thursday. On Friday, I drive to Galveston. And then Monday morning, I do it all over again,” he said. said.
He realizes it sounds heavy and gross – at this point Esquivel flashes his famous smile – “but I enjoy it because I like making money.”
He is currently a student at the Wolf Center, honing his presentation skills, honing his financial smarts, developing his business organization capabilities, and leading his dream team. This is a skill learning that will be welcomed by the company he will eventually lead as CEO.
Galveston 7 Day Cleaning was born out of a mother's desperation to trade unskilled, low-paying jobs for hotel room cleaners and fast food restaurants to create a company she could grow into. “Cleaning was a way to feed my family. It was so obvious,” he recalls. “My mother always had an entrepreneurial spirit.”
There were small steps, medium victories, and one giant leap forward. A successful pitch was made for a cleaning contract at the Moody Gardens Hotel. She returns as a business owner to the same hotel where Blanca Arevalo worked hard as a new immigrant.
“I remember her face lighting up when we arrived,” Esquivel said. “People from all those years ago were still there. That's when things got tough. Her work paid off and her kids were by her side. Her big face that day. I am grateful to remember your smile.”
– Written by Sarah Strong