We had the good fortune of connecting with Lee Van Dusen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lee, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting a sustainable business that helps other has been a goal of mine from a very young age. I have always had a passion for helping others and being my own boss. We came up the the idea of (The Lint Man) which started in 2001 in New Jersey, and now have several locations all across the country. While this business started to expand I started a second company called (Static Video Productions). We do TV/Film productions all across the world. My motivation for this business is mostly about passion. I want to make a mark on this planet and what better way to do that than to produce mind expanding content for millions of people?
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Lint Man has been keeping families safe from dryer fires for over 20 years. Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of dryer fires, and lint is the leading material to ignite. Dryer fires can be caused by insufficient airflow and lint build-up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Reduced airflow and lint build-up cause overheating of the exhaust environment, demanding excessive cycling of the high temperature limits switch and eventual failure. Overheated clothes dryers can cause fires. Fires can spread to the wall or other combustible materials through the plastic hose melting and the lint inside igniting. I am proud to say we have helped over 10,000 families prevent fires in their homes. It has been a rough year for all of us due to COVID-19 but we havn’t let that stop us from helping keep you and your families safe during this time. We are fully committed to be here for another 20 years to come!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love living in California! So much to do here. I would start the trip in San Diego (Gas Lamp district) visit old town and make my way north to golf at Torrey Pines, then hike down to Blacks Beach in La Jolla. From there we head east for a bit to Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs. (Desert Hot Springs Resort and Spa). From there off to Orange county hitting up Newport Beach and Huntington Beach Finalize the trip up in LA hitting Hollywood,Venice Beach and Santa Monica pier.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a “Shoutout” to Ace Duct Cleaning Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Ace Duct Cleaning and the Grant Family have been in business for over 30 years they were a staple to the success of The Lint Man. “Shoutout” to the founder the late great William Grant. You are missed everyday!