Thank You, Veterans!

Today, Veterans are thinking of their brothers and sisters. Not the ones that share the same mother, but the ones that share the same heart – the heart of a warrior. We are also thinking of the days gone by – those days we were miserable, yet now look back on with fondness. And of…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Mike Ronan, Melting Pot

Mike Ronan has held many jobs in his life. He sold life insurance, worked for FedEx, curated lawns, and even managed a Melting Pot restaurant after high school. But he is most proud of his service in the United States Marine Corps, and his success as the owner of four Melting Pot locations across three…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Beth Powers, Signarama

Beth Powers attended Western Michigan University on a ROTC scholarship and then joined the Army in the Air Defense Artillery after graduation with a degree in Engineering. She held many different positions – Launcher Platoon Leader, Fire Control Platoon Leader, and even Executive Officer. She ended her service in 2002 as a Captain. Like many…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Gordon Logan, SportClips

Gordon Logan was working as an engineer while the Vietnam conflict was going on. Due to his career, he had an occupational deferment. But Gordon felt bad watching his friends go off to fight, so he applied to the Air Force as an engineer. He was told that what was really needed were pilots, and…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Nick Lambie, Ziebart

Serving in the United States military was always something Nick Lambie thought of while in high school. With great grandparents who served in the Navy and a grandfather wounded in World War II, Nick felt the call to continue the tradition of service. In high school, Nick toured the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs,…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Ralph Ware, Real Property Management

Ralph Ware, a United States Military Academy graduate in 1999, is now the owner of a Real Property Management location in Ohio. Retiring on January 31st, 2021 from the Army as Colonel, he knew that his career was not over. Ralph used the transition resources available to him and looked into franchising. Ralph learned how…

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Interview with Ralph Yarusso

Ralph Yarusso is an Air Force Veteran who currently volunteers as the Chairman of the VetFran committee within the IFA Foundation. He took a few minutes to speak with us about his background in franchising. Could you tell us about your franchising journey? My franchise journey began in 1985. A few years after separating from…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Lou Schager, Mosquito Joe

Lou Schager grew up as one of 14 siblings. Wanting to break free from the crowd and follow a dream of flying, Lou earned an appointment to the Naval Academy and graduated in 1990. From there, he graduated Top Gun and flew fighter jets (F14s and FA18s) off of aircraft carriers. His talents in the…

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National Hire a Veteran Day

Did you know that July 25th is National #HireAVeteranDay? Founded by Marine Corps Veteran Dan Caporale in 2017, the day is designed to serve as a reminder that companies seeking to fill vacancies will find outstanding talent in the Veteran community. Nearly 7% of the American population is a U.S. military Veteran. These veterans represent…

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