Clearent, a St. Louis-based payments solutions provider, has acquired controlling interest in Service Autopilot, a field-service-management, software-as-a-service business serving green industry customers. Clearent Software Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clearent, announced the move as the latest example of its effort toward broadening its stable of high-quality, affordable and user-friendly solutions to customers in the field-services industry.
Service Autopilot will continue to operate business as usual out of its Richardson, Texas, headquarters. Its founders, CEO Jonathan Pototschnik and Chief Technology Officer John Caldwell, will stay on as shareholders and continue to lead the company in their current roles. Additionally, all 90 Service Autopilot employees will stay on following the completion of the acquisition.
Service Autopilot’s cloud-based SaaS platform provides customers with a full suite of services designed to save time and money while growing revenue and enhancing profitability.
“We’re excited to welcome Service Autopilot to Clearent’s portfolio of leading field-service-management solutions. Our ‘invest-to-grow’ strategy has been successfully applied to current portfolio businesses, including FieldEdge and Coolfront, and we are confident it will provide Service Autopilot with the incremental resources needed to grow by meeting the needs of existing customers, the green industry as a whole and other future markets,” says Connie Certusi, president of Clearent Field Services Management Solutions.
This latest purchase broadens Clearent Software Holdings’ portfolio of independent software vendors in the field-services industry to reach green-industry customers that include lawn care, pool cleaning and snow removal companies. Service Autopilot will operate alongside FieldEdge, which traditionally supports mechanical contractors such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing and equipment repair companies.
“We’re excited to join Clearent’s family of ISVs servicing the field-services space,” says Pototschnik. “Clearent has a solid track record of growing companies within the field-services-management space, while allowing them the freedom to do what they do best. The guidance and access to additional resources provided as a result of this transaction will allow Service Autopilot to focus on our customers — whom we call ‘members’ — and grow the business.”