Thursday, July 12, 2012
Veteran to Entrepreneur
As was reported in the IFA online newsletter: Mark Kelly spent 25 years as a fighter pilot and served in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 2009. After entering civilian life and earning a master’s degree in engineering management, the retired colonel started looking for opportunities to run a small business and asked a franchise consulting company like mine, to help him with ideas. One of those ideas was computer services franchisor TeamLogic IT. TeamLogic is one of hundreds of franchises that responded to the International Franchise Association’s “Operation Enduring Opportunity” campaign, which urges franchisors to hire and recruit 75,000 veterans and spouses and 5,000 wounded vets by 2014. It is one of the 400 plus franchises I represent. On May 1, Kelly, 51, and his Air Force veteran-wife, Dawn Kelly, 50, opened their first franchise in Colorado Springs, Colo. The couple felt the chain matched Dawn’s “strong skill set” as a former Air Force computer analyst with multiple professional IT certifications, husband Mark says. No matter your talent, I believe there is a franchise for everyone. Do you have the desire and passion to be an Entrepreneur? If you do, call me.