Firestorm Franchisee Lt. Col. Oz Hill (U.S. Army, RET.), Speaks at IFA Veteran Event
Veteran’s Day – Remembrance through Action – White House Joining Forces Initiative “Operation Enduring Opportunity”
Jim Squire, FirestormFirestorm Executive VP and Chief Development Officer Jim Squire is excited; As a Certified Franchise Executive and president and CEO of Franchise Marketing Advisors, and through his leadership roles for the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, the International Franchise Association (IFA), and the Southeast Franchise Forum (SEFF), Jim is proud to participate in a White House Joining Forces Initiative “Operation Enduring Opportunity,” a campaign including the industry’s more than 825,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 18 million jobs, to hire and recruit 75,000 veterans and 5,000 wounded warriors by 2014.
In an event held in Atlanta, Ga yesterday, 11/10/2011, with key sponsorship by Aaron’s, TSS Photography and Foot Solutions, Mr Squire spoke of the commitment and dedication The International Franchise Association’s (IFA) membership has to the “VetFran” Strategic Initiative.
Additionally, successful Firestorm Franchisee Lt. Col. Oz Hill (U.S. Army, ret.), spoke at the event.
Like all Firestorm Franchisees, Lt. Col. Oz Hill brings a wealth of knowledge and business expertise to the Firestorm business continuity planning and consulting franchise group. During a 20-plus year military career, Lt. Hill learned the necessity and value of preparedness. As a Firestorm® Franchise Principal, he uses those lessons to help business consulting clients reach their peak preparedness levels.
Said Lt. Col. Hill: “The International Franchise Association’s (IFA) “VetFran” Strategic Initiative, Operation Enduring Opportunity, provides a tremendous opportunity for the nation’s former and active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, who have served this great nation by doing her bidding at home and abroad; who have fought her wars, protected her shores, and airspace; to leverage their specialized skills for the collective well-being of the country.
The efforts of the IFA in collaboration with franchisors, such as Firestorm, to engage veterans with employment and franchisee opportunities are worthy of praise and inspire hope. Hope of a higher quality of life for veterans and their families; hope of continued opportunities to make contributions in the communities where we live, work, and play; hope for the restoration of the nation’s high-performing economy.
Veterans are grateful to the nation, the IFA, and franchisors, such as Firestorm for recognizing our sacrifices and enabling us to continue to serve. “
Firestorm is proud to join in this commitment to further the goals of both “Operation Enduring Opportunity” and our country’s service men and women.
About The IFA Initiative
Franchise Industry Joins First Lady Michelle Obama to Announce Veteran Hiring Commitments
Veteran Franchise Small Business Ownership to be Highlighted at Events throughout Country
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2011-The International Franchise Association (IFA) today announced “Operation Enduring Opportunity,” a campaign including the industry’s more than 825,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 18 million jobs, to hire and recruit 75,000 veterans and 5,000 wounded warriors by 2014. The announcement, made by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the White House Joining Forces Initiative, represents the largest industry veteran hiring commitment to date.
“As tens of thousands of service men and women return from deployment in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southwest Asia, expanded opportunities are needed to ensure that veterans and their families are able to transition into the civilian economy. With its rapid training opportunities, defined structure and systems, and need for operational excellence, franchising provides an ideal structure to enable returning veterans to become leaders of and productive participants in the U.S. economy,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira. “We encourage all franchise businesses, including franchisors and franchisees, to answer the call to offer jobs and career opportunities to veterans, wounded warriors and their families. Not only is this critical for the economic and social stability of veterans and their families, but it is an important component of the U.S. economic recovery.”
Veterans have a proven track record of success in franchising. According to a recent study based on U.S. Census data, there are more than 66,000 veteran-owned franchise establishments in the United States, providing jobs directly for 815,000 Americans. Over 2,100 veterans have become franchise business owners through the IFA’s VetFran program, originally established in 1991, and subsequently re-vamped after 9/11. Responding now to veteran unemployment rates of 11.7 percent (22 percent for veterans under 25 years old), IFA is launching Operation Enduring Opportunity to offer returning veterans career paths in franchising including employment and ownership on a broader scale.
“This is exactly what we hoped for when Joining Forces was set into motion by the First Lady and Dr. Biden-private sector companies stepping up for veterans and families,” said Captain Brad Cooper, U.S. Navy, and Executive Director of the White House Joining Forces Initiative. “The franchise industry’s commitment represents the largest employment commitment seen to date from the private sector.”
Specific hiring and recruitment targets by franchise businesses will be posted at www.VetFran.com.
As tens of thousands of service men and women return from deployment in Afghanistan and Southwest Asia, expanded opportunities are needed to ensure veterans and their families can transition into the civilian economy.
With its rapid training opportunities, scalability, and need for operational execution and excellence, franchising provides an ideal career path to enable returning veterans to become leaders of and productive participants in the U.S. economy.
IFA’s VetFran program helps returning service members access franchise opportunities through training, financial assistance, and industry support.
VetFran was born out of the desire of the late Don Dwyer Sr. – founder of The Dwyer Group, to say “thank you” to our veterans returning from the first Gulf War. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, IFA re-launched its campaign to assist U.S. veterans at that difficult time. Now, IFA’s VetFran program helps returning service members access franchise opportunities through training, financial assistance, and industry support. VetFran’s ranks have grown to include more than 400 franchise systems that voluntarily offer financial incentives and mentoring to prospective veteran franchise small business owners. Thousands of veterans have become franchise owners through VetFran and other programs.
For more information on IFA’s VetFran program and how you can be involved click here – http://dev.vetfran.com/contact-us/
About Southeast Franchise Forum
Founded over 20 years ago, SEFF monthly meetings are the largest regular gatherings of franchise executives in the country. Quarterly, they host the International Franchise Association Franchise Business Network and open the doors to all IFA members. SEFF meetings provide exceptional speakers and intimate networking opportunities in a breakfast or luncheon format designed to enhance, rather than interrupt, the business day. Read more here – http://www.southeastfranchiseforum.com/
About Oz Hill
Firestorm Franchisee Owner Lt. Col. Oz Hill proudly served as a US Army Officer, Lieutenant Colonel (United States, Korea, Europe and Middle East) – with significant relevant experiences as the Chief of Strategy (principal strategic planner), for the bi-national defense organization between Canada and United States, NORAD; He was Deputy Chief of Operations for Third US Army; Director of Soldier and Family Support Services, 5-52 ADA Battalion; and served as Commander, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer for a 700 soldier combat arms battalion; and Officer Basic Course Instructor.
Firestorm is a recognized leader in business continuity, vulnerability analysis, risk mitigation and crisis management. Firestorm Franchisees bring a wealth of knowledge and business expertise to the Firestorm business continuity planning and consulting franchise group. Read more at http://www.firestorm.com
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