A Leap of Faith
In 1988, Dave Pasek was living in Morgan Hill, California, with his wife, Kathy, and their one-year-old daughter. He had been working in the service industry most of his life when he had a revelation that a facilities maintenance provider could and should meet the holistic needs of its customers, not simply perform a necessary service. Dave and Kathy took the leap together and dove headlong into becoming that facilities maintenance provider.
The two of them risked everything on this new idea, taking personal loans in addition to their existing mortgage to acquire office space in downtown San Jose, refusing to accept the possibility of failure. Dave canvassed nearby business parks and office buildings, while Kathy handled Human Resources and crafted business proposals. The small company (named Service Performance Corporation) grew and persevered through good economic cycles and bad, even weathering the bankruptcy of one of its major customers.
As the company grew, Dave realized that the organization needed to diversify. In 2008, he changed the company’s name to Flagship Facility Services and steered it through several key mergers that accomplished both geographical and service expansion. With a personalized approach and the ability to provide solutions to small- and large-scale organizations, Flagship grew steadily and established itself nationwide as a premier provider of janitorial, engineering, culinary, maintenance, and facility management services.
In 2021, Flagship acquired DENS Facility Services – a leading provider of laboratory and facility maintenance services based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Building on the expertise gained through this new partnership, Flagship launched a Lab Services division specifically designed to meet the needs of early-stage Biotech companies from coast to coast. In the years to follow, Dave further grew Flagship’s footprint in the lab services sector through additional acquisitions within the Life Sciences space.
Today, Flagship is headquartered in Southlake, Texas. In its 35 years, the company has grown from a two-person startup to a facility services leader that employs more than 6,000 people and serves more than 1,800 client locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Dave still lives in Morgan Hill and functions as Flagship’s CEO. He remains actively involved in every important decision and excited by the opportunity to be of service.
“We manage facilities, but we serve people.”
– Dave Pasek