We are a few short days away from celebrating Thanksgiving…For me that means two things; Time off to spend with family and friends and football! But as I look forward to Thursday and the big game at 4:30, I also am reminded on all that I have to be thankful for this year. This year I am most thankful for the amount of new relationships that I have been able to create with our newest franchisees.
Archadeck Outdoor Living is thrilled to welcome 5 great new locations to our family this year with quite a few scheduled and ready for their February training and 2015 launch. With new locations opening in Portland and Salt Lake City our reach across the country is expanding. A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with the Martins out of Ventura County, California. The Martin family was my first closure on the West Coast and we are thrilled to add two additional locations this year.
We also welcomed a new franchisee in Baton Rouge, Louisiana making Dirk our first in the Bayou State. Dirk along with Russell from Nashville, TN will graduate from the Archadeck University Training program next week. Both Dirk and Russell look forward to launching their businesses in 2015 and I look forward to watching their progress and success in the coming year.
Which leads me to Chris and AJ Purvis out of Wilmington, NC; Chris and AJ are a fantastic husband and wife team who joined our family this year after Christ retired from the armed forces. Chris and AJ were one of the many new veteran franchisees we welcomed to our Outdoor Living Brands family this year as a result of our Veteran Awareness Campaign. Which leads me to what I am most thankful of this year…I am thankful to have the opportunity to work for a company like Outdoor Living Brands and work with such extraordinary professionals each and every day. From our amazing team here in Richmond to the individual franchise locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is their stories and successes that I have the honor of sharing every day. I am thankful for having been able to launch and manage our Veteran Awareness Campaign and not only attend several recruitment events throughout the country but work alongside companies that focus on assisting transitioning veterans. I am grateful that our efforts have helped over 10 individuals realize their dream of business ownership as a result of our campaign. I am thankful and forever grateful for their service and dedication to our nation’s freedoms and look forward to assisting them as they enter their next chapters.
From all of us here at Archadeck Outdoor Living, we wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. To our men and women in uniform overseas and here at home…Thank you!