Barry Paxton first thought he was going to become a doctor and graduated with a degree in pre-med and business from Michigan State. He then applied to medical programs at various universities, and was accepted, but felt it was no longer the career he wanted to pursue. He ended up getting his MBA at Case Western University and began traveling extensively as a consultant for Ernst & Young. His success in business allowed him to travel all over the world and he held nine different jobs in 17 years. After having three boys, he realized he was tired of moving so constantly as a business manager, and wanted more stability in his life. Paxton chose to stray from corporate and negotiated an exit package, for which he then used to buy a substantial Michigan territory for Right at Home. His ultimate goal is to provide a couple hundred jobs within the next two years in central Michigan.
Why did you leave the situation you were in order to join Right at Home?
I was tired of moving and not having stability for my three boys. Honestly, I wanted an opportunity to do something special and different. There wasn’t opportunity for me to grow anymore in the corporate realm. I felt like this was the right time and place for me to alter the direction my life was taking. I had experience with in-home care, as I was a caregiver while putting myself through college for a quadriplegic and my grandmothers both utilized in-home care specialists as they began to age.
How did you learn about the brand? Did you explore any other options and why did you choose the brand?
I started exploring the industry of home and geriatric care after it was recommended to me by a close friend. She gave me a couple of recommendations and I found out about Right at Home specifically from my wife’s cousin’s husband. He raved about their business model and put me in touch with a franchisee, and after speaking with him I really fell in love with the brand and their philosophy.
What makes your Right at Home different, and what do you think it will bring to the area?
Professionalism makes all the difference; often times, there is a lack of it in this industry. I’ve had years of corporate experience, and I can bring that level of professionalism and high quality service to my clients. I grew up in this area, so I know the environment and the diligence I take when hiring people makes all the difference. We have the best care providers available.
What challenges have you overcome to get where you are now?
I grew up in a small town, and the first of my family to go to college and I paid for my education and academics. I know what hard work is and I know persistence, so despite having challenges, it all comes down to diligence.
Do you do any community outreach with your business (volunteer work, sponsorships, fundraising)
I plan on being involved with the Brain and Spinal Cord Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, and being an economic development mentor to those in my area. I also want to offer profit sharing. There are very few companies with profit sharing opportunities for their employees, and I think allowing those who work so hard reap the benefits of their determination is unique and beneficial here in Michigan.
Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years and what is your goal with Right at Home?
My ultimate goal is to grow the business and provide job opportunities for those in Michigan and really grow my territory into an organization. I want to elevate my franchise to the next level and be above average.
Do you have any other interesting hobbies or passions?
I enjoy outdoor activities, especially marathon running.