People – planet – profit
In business since: The company was founded in July of 2009, and the Grand Opening took place on October 19,2009
Number of employees: 27 full-time employees and 80 independent contractor drivers
Elevator pitch: Clean Air Cab is a national leader in environmentally friendly, 100 percent carbon neutral taxicab fleets. Our triple bottom line sustainability business model is unique in the entire industry: people, planet, profit – in that order! We are helping to develop the 21st century’s green economy by integrating eco-conscious products and services into the everyday lives of our clients.
Tell us about Clean Air Cab’s philanthropic efforts: We are committed to giving back to the community with our “Community Cares Program,” in which one dollar of every fare in our specialty cabs is donated to a designated charity, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the ASU scholarship program, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the United Way. At ASU, the Clean Air Cab Scholarship helps high-performing students with financial needs and an interest in innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability attend Arizona State University in either the College of Technology and Innovation or the School of Sustainability.
Business milestones: Our business was started at the height of the recession in 2009. We started with ten cabs and zero calls. By the end of 2012, we successfully completed 200,000 calls with 44 cabs. We have grown our fleet 400 percent since opening our doors and we see no end to our widening popularity.
Career highlights: Instituting a program to provide scholarships to ASU students; getting a letter from Congressman David Schweikert congratulating us for making the community proud; meeting the mayor of Phoenix’ senior policy advisor for sustainability, Colin Tetreault; signing with the NFL to be the service provider for the 2015 Super Bowl hosted by Phoenix
If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently? If I had appreciated how powerful a role social media were going to play in reaching our clientele, I would have implemented their use much earlier.
Final word: We are not your ordinary cab company and anybody who uses our service will tell you that we consistently exceed industry expectations.
Contact info: 480-777-9777; cleanaircab.com