“The skills that I learned most from the military were transferable to leadership skills and motivating team members. ”

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

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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 Houston with a degree in Business Finance, and now an entrepreneur with the foresight to see opportunities and monetize them for financial return and equity value.

As a U.S. Marine, Cheston quickly rose to become the Platoon Sergeant of a 39-man infantry platoon and also served as a primary marksmanship instructor for his unit. After his time in the infantry, Cheston was accepted into the Marine Security Guard program and was a Marine Guard at the U.S. Embassies in Haiti, England and Russia where he held a Top Secret Clearance. Cheston became a security contractor during the peak of the Iraqi conflict and served his nation once again in the close protection of U.S. Diplomats, Senators, and Congressmen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cheston is now a multi-franchise and multi-unit franchisee of Sport Clips Haircuts with Forty-one locations, employing more than 300 employees throughout Texas and Illinois. Franchising has allowed Cheston to change lives by giving back employment opportunities, accelerating success stories and lifting up his community. Employing people directly from his community Chaston has been showing big impact on his local community.

Cheston C. Syma is a local business owner, and he is Open for Opportunity.

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 the submarine service. After retiring from service, he spent more than two decades working in corporate America before an opportunity to own his own business came up – and he decided he wanted to plant roots in Florida as owner of three Metal Supermarkets stores (and more on the way!).

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 being charged with tactical and strategic responsibilities. Today, Jason applies his skills from the military, including resiliency, adaptability, and strategic thinking, to his present-day-success as the owner of The Entrepreneur’s Source in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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 War. Steven retired as a Chief Petty Officer, and Peggy retired from the Navy as a Military Police Officer.