As Varsity’s Chairman of the Board, Arlo Luke advises the President/CEO and other Varsity leaders. He also oversees two subsidiary companies, Nuvek (a software company) and System 1 (a minority janitorial company). Additionally, Arlo represents Varsity as one of seven owners of NSA – an industry leading buying group.
In his role as Varsity’s Chairman, Arlo oversaw the selection and transition of the last two CEO/Presidents of Varsity. For System 1, he oversaw the selection of a new President and provides guidance to the board of directors. Similarly, Arlo provides financial guidance and direction to Nuvek.
Arlo has served the Facility Service Industry for over 54 years. He served three different board terms, and on several committees for the BSCAI (Building Service Contractors Association International), and he served as its President in 1997. He is active in ISSA (The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association) and gives direction and support in the partnership between ISSA and BSCAI. He has been a BSCAI Certified Building Service Executive (CBSE) for most of his career and is presently a life CBSE member.
Through the relationships he developed, Arlo was instrumental in Varsity’s significant growth from 1992-2005. He was with Don Aslett in Varsity’s early formative years and played a major role in the company’s expansion. Arlo has been a champion of Varsity’s unique culture, serving as President and CEO for 28 years.
Arlo was named Idaho State’s Businessman of the Year in 2008. Arlo is a life-long scouter receiving the Boy Scout’s highest ranking of Silver Beaver, and was inducted into the Boy Scout’s Grand Teton Hall of Fame. He has made community service a priority throughout his career serving on several boards and leading multiple community service projects. In 2008, he received the Jay Morrison Community Award.
In 1964, Arlo received a degree in Pharmacy from Idaho State University and is presently the Chairman of the Idaho State University Foundation Board.
Arlo enjoys music, choir conducting, singing solos, playing the viola and piano. He loves to play and watch sports, and spending time with his 45 grandchildren, his 45 (and counting) great-grandchildren, his seven children, and his high school sweetheart, his wife Jackie.