Principal Owner Maria D. Rios, President and chief Executive Officer
Bronx based entrepreneur, Maria Rios, serves as President and CEO of Classico Building Maintenance Inc., a full-service cleaning and janitorial maintenance company with extensive experience in the commercial and retail industries in the public and private sectors. Pursuing her vision of entrepreneurship and building on her 40+ years of operations / management experience in the cleaning contracting industry, Ms. Rios formed Classico Building Maintenance Inc. (“Classico BMI”) in 2001 in the Allerton section of the East Bronx. Since incorporating in 2001, Classico Building Maintenance Inc. has grown from $500,000 to multi-millions in sales. Ms. Rios is the driving force in the growth and development of the company.
Inspired by her family’s living and work ethics to dream big, and by her desire to do more for the people of the Bronx, Ms. Rios launched her career overseeing operations at Classico Cleaning Contractors, where she gained over 19 years of business management experience in the custodial services industry working closely with its workforce.
Ms. Rios has been supporting the Bronx community and serving the people of the five boroughs of NYC throughout her entire career. As President/CEO of Classico BMI she has supported hundreds of individuals and families with livable wage employment opportunities in the building / facilities maintenance and custodial service industry trades for over 21 years. Born and raised in the Bronx, Maria Rios has always believed that the Bronx is a great place for businesses to grow and thrive and most importantly it’s provided her with an opportunity to remain a part of the fabric of the Bronx community that she’s always cherished.
Much of the Classico BMI’s growth has come from building long-term relationships with clients including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Additionally, the company has developed successful and long-standing contracting relationships and partnerships with some of NYC’s top Real Estate developers and builders.
Ms. Rios has assembled a top team of professionals who have been providing outstanding cleaning and maintenance services for commercial, educational, retail, government projects in the private and public sectors for over 40 years.
As a NYC, NYS and Nationally Certified Women and Minority Owned small business, Classico Building Maintenance Inc. has successfully managed and delivered on hundreds of projects throughout the five boroughs of NYC and the surrounding outskirt communities over the past 21 years.
Ms. Rios has been recognized numerous times for her outstanding achievements as a MWDBE in this Building Facilities Maintenance Industry. Some of these achievement highlights include: a 2003 Rising Star Award and a 2007 Annual Award from the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce; the 2007 Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force Award and Proclamation by the Office of the State Comptroller of New York Thomas P. D’Napoli; a 2010 Citation of Merit by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. in recognition of Business Leadership; the LaGuardia Community College 10,000 Small Business Certificate of Entrepreneurship in 2011; the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program which she was invited to join and successfully completed in 2014; and the 2017 MTA DBE “Standing the Test of Time” campaign launched across the NYC Subway and Bus Transit System.