Our Team

Get to know who you’ll be working with at HARKNESServices


Tara Harkness


Though Tara herself acknowledges that her creation of HARKNESServices, Inc. seems a departure from her previous professional endeavors, it really was a natural evolution of her focus on developing viable businesses that are grounded in strategic partnerships. Through her connection with a food service hood cleaning business owner and after a thoughtful analysis of the business opportunity, Tara launched HARKNESServices in 2011. Employing a proprietary cleaning process, HARKNESServices provides direct and supervised cleaning services and kitchen exhaust management to large, commercial food service operations. Just a few of Tara’s clients are McDonalds, The Ohio State University, Cedar Point, Progressive Field (home of the Cleveland Indians), Mt. Carmel Hospital and the Columbus Convention Center. As company president, Tara guides the company’s executive team and drives business development. Sustained growth and expansion beyond her original Ohio base has allowed Tara to establish a social enterprise goal to launch small businesses through contracts in her markets, particularly with minorities, women and veterans.

Favorite Sports Team
Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Power
Able to organize charity golf outings without breaking a sweat.

Chris & Kaelyn

Chris Harkness

Vice President

Christopher is the Director of Operations for HARKNESServices. He has a BS Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Ashland College. He played professional football for 6 years and has been an OHSAA Licensed Basketball Official for 16 years and a coach for 15 years. He is also a personal trainer who enjoys weight training. His daughter Kaelyn is a 3-sport athlete, and he finds so much joy in raising and training her.

Favorite Sports Team
Pittsburgh Steelers

Cornell & McKenzie

Cornell Smith

Service Manager

Cornell was born and raised in Norwalk, OH. He is the father of one amazing daughter McKenzie, and husband to his beautiful wife Jordan. He is passionate about and loves coaching youth sports to help not only improve their life skills but athletic skill set as well. His hobbies include target shooting, sports, and spending time with his family. He loves anything that has to do with the Michigan Wolverines! Cornell enjoys his job at HARKNESServices. Not only are they going to take this company to the top, they help families and communities reach their goals as well!

Favorite Sports Team
Cleveland Browns

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