Attitude is Everything!
A1 Orange President Jack Couture personal motto was “Attitude is Everything.” He encouraged A1 employees to take pride in a job well done, and to always provide excellent customer service. He believed in sharing his success with others and practiced corporate social responsibility long before that phrase existed. A1 Orange rewards its team members with an industry-leading benefits package; actively supports the window cleaning and property management industries; and supports charities, schools and community drives where we do business. Jack’s “Attitude is Everything” continues to fuel our commitment to excellence in every endeavor!
Built on a Tradition of Excellence & Trust
In 1951, when Jack Couture was a sophomore at Orlando High School, he inherited his father's window cleaning route, a bucket and a few squeegees. Cleaning windows and performing janitorial work before and after school, he earned a reputation for hard work, dependability, and good service. He purchased his first window cleaning truck in 1962. He believed that the customer was right, and always strived for 100% customer satisfaction.
Poised for Growth When Disney Came to Town
In the early 1970’s, Jack and Reba Couture opened A1 Orange’s first office at 2411 E. Jefferson Street in Orlando. In addition to managing the office, Reba worked with teams doing construction cleanup at hotel properties. A1 Orange was the leading window cleaning company in Orlando when Disney World came to town, and ready to grow! A1 performed most of the initial construction cleanup at Disney World’s Contemporary and Polynesian Hotels – from curtain walls, skylights and windows, to hotel room and bath construction cleanup.
Expanded Operations to Meet Customers’ Needs
Jack’s daughter, Vickie Couture, added much needed accounting and human resources’ expertise when she joined A1 Orange in 1983. By 1986, A1 was bursting at the seams of the Jefferson Street office. With Florida’s growth exploding, A1 team members were traveling throughout Florida to clean properties at the request of property managers, who were moving from Orlando to other Florida cities, such as Jacksonville and Tampa. In March 1988, A1 moved to its current office/warehouse facility at 1345 Long Street in Orlando.
“How we get the job done is always evolving, incorporating new techniques, products, and equipment– to increase efficiency and get surfaces cleaner. What remains the same, is our commitment to safety and providing the service possible. “Attitude is still Everything,” and A1 Orange’s goal is that every customer is 100% satisfied with our work. We guarantee it!”
- A1 Orange President, Vickie Head
Industry, Business & Philanthropic Leaders
In 1989, A1 Orange was a founding member of the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA), devoted to raising industry professionalism and safety. Vickie became A1 Orange President in 1991, and in 1995, served as the 6th IWCA President. A1 Orange actively supports the property management industries in Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa. A1 gives back to its communities through contributions of time and money, encouraging A1’s business partners and friends to come together in meeting local community needs.
A1 Practices Corporate Social Responsibility.
BENEFITS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
A1 Orange was one of the first window cleaning/exterior building services companies to offer all full-time employees benefits, such as paid holidays, sick leave, health insurance, and employer-matched 401K contributions. All workers are employees, not subcontractors. Perhaps this is why A1 Orange has such great employee tenure, averaging 11+ years!
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP
As a founding member of IWCA, A1 Orange hosted the first IWCA Convention in Orlando in 1990. A1 Orange staff have participated in government and industry safety committees since 1991, which led to OSHA 1910 — a great leap in safety for hi-rise workers! A1 representatives are very active in property management business groups in Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa, such as BOMA, IRMA, CREW, and IFMA.
A1 Orange is very committed to giving back in our local business communities, and often brings together A1 Orange business partners and friends to participate in various community fundraisers such as The Salvation Army Angel Tree and Commissioner Regina Hill’s Orlando District 5 Back-to-School Clothing Drive. In addition to providing staff time to support these broader outreach programs, A1 Orange also makes both in-kind and monetary donations to local schools, fundraising walks and more.