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Our Story

We've loved every minute of our journey

It all started with a lay-off!

Mike was laid off his middle management job in an auto part remanufacturing plant in August, 2000. He was escorted out of the building after working there for six years by someone whom he considered to be a friend. Because they gave him a good severance package and the ability to collect unemployment, Mike had plenty of time to think about what he would do next. He also had the time to read a book that had been given to him by the owner of his previous job, "Acres of Diamonds", by Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University. It was this book that inspired him to start Sharkey Shines!

Loretta's Involvement

Loretta works in the field with the team, at times, and does everything except climb tall extension ladders. She also does a lot of behind the scenes work, such as writing this website and keeping it up to date. Loretta also does the email and social media marketing for the business.

For each new job, Loretta develops a custom cleaning plan and supply list.

Loretta's true passion, however, is healthy eating a plant-based lifestyle. Loretta recently received her certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. If you are interested in starting a plant-based lifestyle, complete the contact information under "contact us".

Mike and Loretta have been married for 34 years and have two sons, Ross and Tevin, whom they adopted when they were 5 and 4 years old, respectively. They are both Christians, and are very active in their church, True Vine Church Community. Mike is the Head Deacon and Loretta is a Deaconess. They are both also short-term missionaries to Haiti. Their last trip was in August, 2018.

Ross Sharkey

Mike and Loretta's son, Ross' attention to detail is very high, and he is a great asset to the business. As a youth, Ross was a sports ambassador with People to People. He traveled to Amsterdam to play soccer. Ross is also a youth leader at True Vine Church Community. Ross was married to Crystal in August, 2020! They have adopted a golden-doodle named Arlo!

Ross married Crystal!

We don't get there as often as we'd like!

We had a great time this summer reconnecting with our son and his family who live in Spokane, Washington. This picture was taken at an amusement park in Idaho.

We had a great time in Spokane!

In the photo are Amanda, Briar, Loretta, Sophia, Mike and Tevin

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