The story of CAM Property Services involves a diplomat’s son, a Hollywood writer and a famous pharmacy. It begins in 1987, when a commercial developer who was tired of dealing with multiple contractors for the upkeep of his shopping centers asked his friend Jim Swindle to launch a company that would provide various maintenance services – from landscaping to parking lot sweeping – under a single umbrella.
Swindle accepted the offer mainly because it included free office space, which he figured would come in handy for his burgeoning career as a freelance writer for MGM and Columbia Pictures. “But the phone never stopped ringing,” he says, “so I had to stop writing.”
Since then, CAM Property Services has grown into one of California’s top property maintenance companies, with five offices around the state and some of the nation’s leading brands as clients, including Jack in the Box, CVS, Amtrak, UCLA, Universal CityWalk’s AMC Theaters, Yum Brands and the cities of San Diego, Malibu and Burbank.