CruiseOne/Dream Vacations has awarded five free franchise locations to veterans Jason Bloomquist, Cory Jennings, James Selleh, Jay Starks and Chuck Wellman as part of its “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” program. IFA’s @OurFranchise spoke with each of the winners to find out why they decided to transition into franchising. Shown here are responses from Charles Wellman, a U.S. Air Force veteran based in Beaverton, Ore.
@OurFranchise: Why did you decide to enter the CruiseOne/Dream Vacations contest and go into franchising?
Wellman: After many years of wanting to start our own business, my wife and I began researching franchise opportunities. I found CruiseOne and researched it immensely considering my wife and I love to travel. Now that I am retired from the Air Force, working for myself would be a very rewarding career, especially when I can do something I truly love.
@OurFranchise: Do you believe military veterans and franchising is a good fit?
Wellman: Absolutely! Veterans are trained and focused on doing a great job. Veterans work well both in groups and individually. I think veterans are a match for franchising because we all have a “get it done” attitude and can get most tasks accomplished with very little to no direction. Give a veteran a task and a timeline, and it will get done to a very high standard.
@OurFranchise: What advice would you give to military veterans interested in franchising?
Wellman: Research to make sure the business is right for you and your personality, and secondly be honest with yourself before you decide to make the leap into a franchise. If you don’t feel like it’s the right fit; look for something else.
@OurFranchise: Why should franchises hire veterans?
Wellman: The real question is why wouldn’t franchises want veterans? We are hard-working, dedicated, committed individuals who signed up to put our life on the line for our country! When we believe in something and commit to it, then you cannot make a better investment!
@OurFranchise: How can franchises support veteran-franchise owners?
Wellman: Train, support and believe in them!