In a sudden and unexpected turn of events, Neighborly is in mourning following the passing of its President and CEO, Mike Bidwell. The press release, however, did not disclose the cause of his untimely death.
The obituary released by the company expresses profound sorrow and offers condolences to Bidwell’s family, colleagues, and the countless franchise owners who were touched by his leadership. Mike Bidwell, a respected figure in the home services industry, was 65 years old at the time of his passing.
Bidwell’s journey with Neighborly spanned nearly four decades, commencing in 1984 when he joined as a franchise owner. Throughout the years, he ascended the ranks to become a distinguished leader, earning a reputation for his intelligence, compassion, and visionary approach. Under his guidance, Neighborly achieved remarkable growth, solidifying its position as the world’s largest home services company, boasting more than 30 brands and 5,000 franchises across six countries.
Mike Bidwell’s legacy is etched in the company’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Customer Focus, and Having Fun, which will continue to serve as guiding principles for Neighborly. The company is committed to honoring his vision and maintaining its status as a prominent household name.
In light of Bidwell’s passing, Neighborly has named Jon Shell as the Interim President & CEO, while Mary Thompson will continue to oversee relationships with franchise owners. David Brandon, the former CEO of Domino’s Pizza, has assumed the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Neighborly pledges to uphold the cherished values and principles that were dear to Mike Bidwell throughout his illustrious career. His enduring influence will continue to inspire the company as it caters to millions of customers worldwide in the home repair and maintenance industry.