Medically retired Army Sgt. Chad Yancey is opening a Chem-Dry carpet cleaning franchise in Stafford, Va and plans to use it to help his fellow veterans.
Sgt. Chad Yancey, 29, launched his business this month. It will serve Stafford, Manassas and surrounding areas — but, perhaps more importantly, it will serve veterans nationwide. That’s because he plans to donate 10 percent of his profits to veteran organizations, with the money to be split between Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled American Veterans.
“I took a class on franchising, what they were, how they have an increased success rate and how their training and systems lend themselves to military members, and I was really intrigued,” he said. “I liked the idea of starting my own business and spent a year researching the franchise industry and found a few that had a compelling return on investment, including Chem-Dry.”
“Everything about it makes sense,” Yancey said. “I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. The training and quality of the cleaning has really blown me away. I’m used to being part of an organization that is the best in the world, and I’m proud to be joining another one that is excellent.”
Yancey, who is married with a 2-year-old son, already has plans to expand to the south as his new business takes off. He hired away a top salesman for a rival carpet cleaner, who will act as Chad’s chief operating officer as the business grows.
Chad says he looks forward to employing veterans while helping others through the success of his business.