CruiseOne said that five military veterans will be awarded travel
franchises after winning the fourth annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your
Own General” contest.
The contest was open to former members of any branch of the
U.S. military who were retired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged
before the contest began in May.
This year’s winners are Navy veteran James Eisenmann of
Medina, Ohio; Army veteran Larkin Frazier of Nashville; Army veteran Mattie
Johnson of Philadelphia; Air Force veteran Curtis Regester of Fredericksburg,
Texas; and Army veteran Bill Wilson of Meredith, N.H.
Each will receive travel franchises valued at $12,700, as
well as a week-long training course at CruiseOne’s headquarters in Fort
In a three-part application process, each applicant had to
create a business plan and participate in phone interviews. This year, there
were more than 200 applicants.
“Franchising is a popular career choice for military
veterans because many of their skills and traits from the military translate
well with business ownership, such as integrity, management and thinking under
pressure to name a few,” said Tim Courtney, vice president of franchise
development and ambassador of veteran affairs for CruiseOne.
Since 2010, more than 150 veterans have opened CruiseOne franchises,
with a 90% success rate. The company is a member of the International Franchise
Association’s VetFran initiative, which seeks to give veterans and their
spouses access and opportunities in franchising. CruiseOne has been named a top
franchise for veterans by multiple sources, including Military Times, Forbes
and USA Today.