11 Nov 2014

WIN Home Inspection franchise awarded six veterans reduced franchise fees in 2014

Military veteran Tom Unverzagt has been a WIN owner since 2002. With the help of veterans’ incentives from WIN, Tom bought three franchise territories in 2014. He now oversees six territories in New York and is one of WIN’s most successful owners.

Veterans Day is an extremely meaningful holiday to the entire WIN Home Inspection franchise family. We are indebted to those who’ve served in all branches of the military, and we’re committed to their success in civilian life.

One way we honor veterans is by reaching out to them with incentives that make it easier for them to start a franchise. In 2012, WIN pledged a commitment of more than $1.2 million to their WIN for America program to assist veterans, vowing to secure 50 veteran candidates to work for their company. Less than two years later, the total number of WIN veteran franchise owners recruited through the WIN for America program stands at 23 and continues to grow. Overall, veterans make up more than 25% of WIN owners.

“Veterans are good people to grow with,” says Keith Mathias, Director of Strategic Market Development at the WIN Home Inspection franchise. “We understand the value of veterans and through our WIN for America program. We actively recruit and reward them.”

WIN goes above and beyond routine recruitment by offering Gold and Silver level awards, which provide 50% and 25% off of franchise fees, respectively. We also offer veterans additional assistance and mentoring, financing help, special training and more.

“When I was researching franchise systems, WIN was one of only two companies that offered a veteran incentive,” says Thomas Leonard, who owns a WIN Home Inspection franchise near Orlando, Florida. Thomas, who received a WIN for America service award in 2014, is a retired naval officer who served the country in three combat tours, including to the Horn of Africa and Iraq.

Veteran success stories

f you are a qualified, honorably discharged United States military veteran, you may be eligible to receive a substantial discount on WIN’s Initial Franchise Fee through our popular WIN for America program.

Incentives aside, WIN offers a business model that provides comprehensive training and support, setting up WIN owners for success immediately. “I made a complete career change, but with WIN’s support system in place, I immediately was given the resources — and the confidence — to do what I needed to do to succeed,” Thomas says.

WIN for America success stories are even further testament to the opportunity WIN provides. James Price, who owns a WIN Home Inspection franchise in Lubbock, Texas, was the first recipient of a WIN for America award in 2012. James has grown his business exponentially since he began.

“I’ve jumped past all my projections — tripled them, even — growing the WIN brand in West Texas” James says. “WIN provides such complete marketing plan and I believe having followed it to a tee, it’s what’s made me so successful in such a short period of time.”

Richard Haas, a retired Navy submariner whose WIN Home Inspection franchise recently opened in Arnold, Missouri, agrees.

“WIN not only is veteran-friendly, they actually reach out to veterans. There’s a big difference,” says the 2014 WIN for America service award recipient “More companies should be out there giving veterans jobs. It’s a patriotic thing to do.”

The WIN Home Inspection franchise is a member of VetFran, a national program that helps military veterans establish their own franchise businesses.

David Schalm, a retired Navy submariner and new owner of a WIN Home Inspection franchise near Dayton, Ohio, says military training was excellent preparation for WIN ownership.

“A lot of what’s appealing about WIN spoke to me as a veteran,” David says. “The business structure, the marketing plan, even the fact that I wear a uniform every day.

“All aspects of WIN’s model appeal to me and coincide with my military training,” adds the 2014 WIN for America service award recipient. It’s a comfortable way to make a transition to a long-term civilian career.”

Learn about starting a WIN Home Inspection franchise

The WIN Home Inspection franchise provides extensive training to help Strategic-Partners understand the technical skills needed to be great home inspectors. Many consider WIN to be one of the best home inspection franchise opportunities on the market. To learn about WIN Home Inspection training and support, as well as start-up costs and financial performance, visit our research pages. To read a WIN Home Inspection franchise review, visit our blog. To start a conversation, please fill out a form to download our free franchise report or call us at 1-866-430-9308. We look forward to talking with you.

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