ProTect Painters is a Military Friendly Franchise®. It's a designation we've always known, but G.I. Jobs magazine confirms it in its June issue. We will also be recognized in the July/August issue of Vetrepreneur Magazine and on the web at militaryfranchising.com. We are committed to attract military veterans to our ProTect Painters franchise business, and because of our efforts, ProTect Painters ranks among the top ten percent of all the nation's franchises in recruiting military veterans to our franchise business opportunity.
For veterans like Buddy Rhoades, transitioning from active duty to the reserves to owning his own ProTect Painters business was smooth and seamless. Buddy spent the past 25 years in the military reserves with tours in Afghanistan and at the Pentagon. He's a logistics expert; he can set up anything, anywhere. He basically ran a small business while working for the Department of Defense-setting goals, managing projects, coordinating resources, advising people, maintaining morale, and measuring results-leadership skills that have served him well when battling independent painting contractors for market share in Roanoke, VA. While in the reserves, Buddy was a decorated sales manager for Verizon, at one time responsible for 32 inside sales reps. Now he's taking his marching orders from ProTect Painters professionals because he knows that following the system is a straight line to success.
Service Brands franchise companies ProTect Painters, Mr. Handyman, Molly Maid and 1-800-DryClean are excited to partner with the Internationl Franchise Association take part in the VA for Vets Hiring Fair, June 26-28, at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Nearly 230 federal and private-sector employers will be on hand with more than 24,000 job openings. It's a tragedy that since 9/11 those who have served to protect our shores and freedoms face higher unemployment rates (12.1 percent last year) than the national rate of 8.9 percent in 2011. At Service Brands and ProTect Painters, we owe our returning heroes a clear path into the private workforce.
Our participation at the VA for Vets Hiring Fair is another example of our continued support of our vets in their search for the American dream.
We are making it easier for vets to own their own ProTect Painters franchise business by offering a $5,000 VetFran discount off the franchise fee. Now is a great time to earn a new set of medals and honors as a ProTect Painters franchise owner, just like Buddy Rhoades.