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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The Military Spouse Opportunity

During the IFA 2022 Convention in San Diego, VetFran hosted a panel that included several Non-Profits.  There was considerable conversation regarding employment opportunities for military spouses regardless of the status of their veteran. The conversation included the assistance for these spouses to either find employment when active duty troops are relocated or transferred, or aligning…

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Thank You to Snap-on Tools for being a 2022 Gold Sponsor of VetFran!

VetFran is proud and grateful to have Snap-on Tools continue in 2022 as a Gold Sponsor. As a non-profit initiative, everything we do is made possible by the generous donations of our sponsor companies and individuals. As part of the International Franchise Association Foundation, VetFran supports Veterans interested in franchise ownership and careers in franchising.…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Jimmy Weeks, Internet Strategy Labs

Jimmy Weeks loves to help franchise brands grow. While he founded Internet Strategy Labs in 2001, it wasn’t until 2007 that he really got started helping franchise companies build websites and understand their web traffic patterns. But Jimmy’s passion for serving others didn’t originate with the development of his computer skills… While a junior in…

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Kendall Lemley, Minutemen Press

Kendall Lemley spent 9 years on active duty with the Air Force, after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in the class of 1992. He then spent an additional 13 years in the Air Force Reserves, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Ready to strike out on his own, Kendall…

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