Honoring Mr. Crawford

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jerry Crawford, CEO & President of Jani-King International, Inc. Mr. Crawford was fundamental to the company’s success over the past 33 years and will be profoundly missed by the entire Jani-King family. Mr. Crawford began his career with Jani-King as Regional Director in Norman, Oklahoma in 1988. He quickly proved himself as a leader and was promoted to Jani-King’s world headquarters in Addison, TX. As an executive with Jani-King International, Mr. Crawford expanded Jani-King’s domestic and international footprint by selling master franchise rights for multiple U.S territories and Australia, Great Britain, Brazil, France and more. In 1995 Mr. Crawford was promoted to President of Jani-King International, a position he proudly held until the time of his passing. In this leadership role, Mr. Crawford guided the company through decades of growth and laid the groundwork to new business opportunities. He was instrumental in organizing and establishing Jani-King’s hospitality, healthcare, national accounts, education, and sporting venue divisions that now support more than 7,000 franchisees worldwide. Mr. Crawford was also the owner of multiple Jani-King master franchise territories. As a respected member of the International Franchise Association’s Board of Directors, and most recently as 2nd Vice Chair of the IFA, he passionately advocated for the protection and promotion of the entire franchise industry. In November of 2020, the IFA presented Mr. Crawford with the IFA Hall of Fame Award and the William Rosenberg Foundation Leadership Award, the two most prestigious honors presented by the IFA. Mr. Crawford’s impact on the franchise industry and on the entire Jani-King family is enormous and his efforts will benefit a world of entrepreneurs long into the future. He is survived by his wife, six daughters, 11 grandchildren, parents, sister, and brother. – Jani-King King of Clean