Veterans Archives - Open for Opportunity

97% of surveyed franchisors think veterans make excellent franchisees


Although veterans make up only about 7% of the population, they account for a whopping 14% of all franchisees in America


70% have brought on a veteran franchisee or corporate employee in the last year alone


Sarah Love, Pure Barre – Virginia

Sarah Love was originally a client of Pure Barre, but she enjoyed it so much that she became a franchise owner in Richmond, VA and has been for nine or…

Meet Sarah Love

Lou Schager, Mosquito Joe – Virginia

Lou Schager spent 27 years as a U.S. Naval Officer before joining the Mosquito Joe franchise corporate team. After retiring from the military, Lou was in search of an opportunity…

Meet Lou Schager

John Alexander, STOP Restoration – North Carolina

John Alexander is a franchise owner of STOP Restoration in Charlotte, North Carolina. His business specializes in restoring homes or businesses that have been damaged. Although he was not familiar…

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Rich Freddo, CertaPro Painters – Texas

Rich Freddo was flying planes in the Air Force before he was running a franchise. Rich owns a local CertraPro Painters franchise in Lewisville, Texas. A former Air Force officer,…

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Scott Hester, Mr. Transmission – Georgia

Scott Hester was serving as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy when first child was born. He decided he didn’t want to miss his young daughter growing up and…

Meet Scott Hester

Cheston C. Syma, Sport Clips Haircuts – Texas & Illinois

Cheston C. Syma is a U.S. Marine veteran, a former security contractor for the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, a Cum Laude graduate of the University of…

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Brian Thompson, Metal Supermarkets – Tampa, FL

Brian Thompson wasn’t always active in the veteran community in Tampa, Florida. A veteran of the United States Navy, Brian spent nine years working in the nuclear power program in…

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Jason Madden, The Entrepreneur’s Source – Albuquerque, NM

Jason Madden enlisted in the United States Marine Corps straight out of high school and spent the next 16 years in the military, taking him to more than 32 countries…

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Steven and Peggy Johns, Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Schertz, TX

Steven and Peggy Johns went from serving their nation to serving the veterans in their community. Meeting at Naval Air Station Kingsville in Texas, both are veterans of the Gulf…

Meet Steven and Peggy Johns