Five U.S. military veterans with a zeal for travel are this year’s “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” winners. Hosted by CruiseOne®, a widely recognized and military-friendly cruise franchise, the contest winners will each receive a travel franchise with a value of $12,700 each for a $63,500 total value.
This is the fourth year for Operation Vetrepreneur. Tim Courtney, company CFE, ambassador of veteran affairs and vice president of franchise development, spoke of the excitement the contest brings. According to Courtney, each year brings an impressive croup of military veteran franchise candidates whose traits and skills from the military translate incredibly well in business ownership and operation. Courtney also reiterated the fact that the company is honored to host this contest and give back to the veterans who have provided such valuable service to the country.
This year’s winners came from various branches of service. Winners Bill Wilson of New Hampshire, Mattie Johnson of Pennsylvania, and Larkin Frazier of Texas are Army veterans, while James Eisenmann of Ohio is a Navy veteran and Texan Curtis Regester is an Air Force veteran.
The contest was open to former members from any of the five U.S. military branches who are off active duty, retired and/or received an honorable discharge before the May contest start date. Winners attended a special ceremony in their honor alongside cruise line representatives and state, city and county officials and will be part of a week-long training session at CruiseOne®'s Fort Lauderdale headquarters.
CruiseOne® offers many programs to help veterans transition back to civilian life, including a 20 percent franchise fee discount and other discounts for hiring other veterans or active-duty military spouses in their locations. The company has had more than 150 veterans open a franchise in the last five years, with an incredible 90 percent success rate. More than 30 percent of the home-based franchise owners are active-duty spouses or veterans.
About the CruiseOne® Opportunity:
CruiseOne® started in 1992 and has since become a leader in its industry. Part of the world’s largest cruise company, World Travel Holdings, CruiseOne® franchisees have access to low pricing and even satisfaction guarantees for customers. The company has also received several accolades for its work with veterans, including being featured in Forbes’ “Top 10 Military Friendly” franchise list and the best franchisees for veterans lists in the Military Times.
To learn more about CruiseOne® and other opportunities for veterans, visit the FranchiseExpo.com today.