R.D. McMillen: The American Dream
A man with a disability but a fierce desire to overcome
the odds. A doctor dislocating his shoulder and arm
at birth. But, being different did not disable R.D.
McMillen but on the contrary, empowered him. The drive
to overcome his disability and the determination to
succeed was his recipe.
R.D. began in 1964. He finished his education at Millikin
University and hit the work force. With his business
degree and God-given talent, he set out to grow with
a large company in a sales role. Overcoming all obstacles
in life, far greater than business, like buttoning a
shirt, tying his shoes, shaking hands, putting a key
in the ignition, playing tennis, golf etc., he was ready
for any challenge the corporate world could bring. Though
he faced rejection, R.D. refused to accept failure.
After 10 years of fighting the fight, he decided the
only way to fulfill his American dream was to do it
on his own. With a wife and three children at the time
(five total when all was said and done), he resigned
from his current job. With $500 cash and a station wagon,
he began selling Electrolux vacuum cleaners door-to-door.
As his success grew, he wanted more, so he incorporated
carpet cleaning into the mix, hence "CarpetMasters."
He then started partnering with a manufacturer by the
name of Varley, where he started buying chemicals to
sell, hence "R.D. McMillen Enterprises."
As this portion of the business grew, he added floor
care and general cleaning to the mix, hence "Professional
Housekeepers." He tied in cleaning carpets, both
residentially and commercially, and began hiring staff
to assist in contract cleaning of businesses. Never
settling, he then added BugMasters, a pest control company
and soon to follow a lawn service mowing, landscaping,
and snow removal.
All the while growing R.D. McMillen Enterprises into
a Jan-San distribution corporation. He started with
one chemical manufacturing firm and grew to multiple
vendors. Today, R.D McMillen stocks over 5,000 items
and has become a leader in Jan-San distribution.
R.D. McMillen has done in one lifetime what most could
not accomplish in three. His mental strength, determination,
desire to succeed, unwavering work ethic, and faith
in God, made him successful in every aspect of his life.
As the second generation, we are so blessed for the
opportunity he has given us. The work ethic, integrity,
and most importantly the determination and will to succeed.
All dreams can become reality if you stay focused, work
hard, and never give up.
We are proud to successfully run two corporations, R.D.
McMillen Inc., and Professional Housekeepers Inc., covering
the entire State of Illinois and beyond. In support
of our clients' vendor diversity program, we are pleased
to be certified by the State of Illinois as a Small/Minority/Women
Owned Business Enterprise.