For many military veterans, the transition from service to civilian life can be tough – especially when it comes to finding a suitable career. With the leadership ability, attention to detail, and teamwork skills that military training provides, it’s a no-brainer that many vets turn to business ownership. And for people who want a bit more structure, joining an established franchise with a tried-and-true method for success is the perfect solution.
That’s how Lindsey Gentry, an Army veteran from Killeen, Texas, became the state’s first Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop franchisee. A longtime fan of the sub franchise – it was her favorite restaurant in college – she signed a development agreement with Erbert & Gerbert’s to launch three locations by 2016.
Gentry sat down with Military.com to discuss her Army career, her transition to civilian life, and how her rigorous military training set her up for success as a franchise owner.
Her story is a perfect example of why franchise ownership is a great option for military veterans – where better to recruit strong business leaders than from the ranks of America’s loyal servicemen and women?