For two decades, Vince Stoakley was a globetrotter, traveling the world as a member of the U.S. Army. After retiring from the Army in 2012, Stoakley needed to find a calling that was not just a job, but a career, and one that would let him expand his roots. He found that when he opened his Pillar To Post Home Inspectors franchise where he serves the Houston area with home inspection services for residential buildings of all kinds.
Vince was a Sergeant in the Army, a position he says made him well-suited to sate the entrepreneurial spirit that drove him to consider purchasing a franchise for North America’s largest home inspection company. Weighing his options, Vince, along with his wife Thaija, were most impressed by Pillar To Post’s commitment to the VetFran program, which provides military veterans with discounts on initial franchise fees. “My military experience has provided me with the integrity and multi-tasking ability that is so crucial to running a successful business,” said Stoakley. “It was important to me that any franchise I was part of respected my military background and Pillar To Post clearly did.”
Beyond the franchise’s VetFran assistance, Stoakley also pointed to Pillar To Post’s support system in place for new franchisees as being defining factors that has allowed his business to not just endure, but thrive. “The system in place for new franchisees at Pillar To Post is the perfect safety net; I never felt like I was going it alone as I grew my business. It made the transition from active military member to franchisee an easy one.”
“We try to be both a businessman and a friend to each customer,” added Stoakley. “We also love giving back to the community; so far, we’ve helped build three homes in the area as part of Habitat For Humanity. We also plan to donate one free home inspection a month to a service member. We are certain that our unique emphasis on the community will help ensure that our Pillar To Post franchise remains successful for a long time.”
Source: Houston Patch
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