How Joining the Military Led This Veteran to Become a Business Leader and Franchisee
Veterans-turned-franchisees are living proof that you can pursue a variety of entrepreneurial opportunities after stepping out of the military. What’s a better fresh start than beginning your own business?
By Alex Weatherholt, Navy Veteran and Pool Scouts franchisee
I didn’t have an easy upbringing, but I’m thankful for that because it taught me how to be independent and accountable for my actions at an early age — such as joining the military and later becoming my own boss.
When I turned 20, I decided to join the Navy. With just a GED under my belt, I scored so high on my entrance exam that I was able to train as a meteorologist during my service. As a native of South Florida, I had never even left the Sunshine State. Throughout my time in the military, I was given the opportunity to travel all over the world and gain unparalleled skills that I would soon apply to my role as a business owner with Pool Scouts.
After completing various tours in Puerto Rico, Japan, Asia, Hawaii, Mississippi, Kuwait, Qatar and Afghanistan, I was sent to San Diego, which is where I was in a car accident that destroyed my right leg. While I was still able to walk, my running days were over — and so were my days in the military. The accident was almost a blessing in disguise because I was forced to do something different in my life and explore new opportunities.
I never thought that I’d own my own business when I was serving in the Navy. However, because of the many leadership roles I held and the responsibility of being accountable for over 100 people at any given time during my service, I knew that I could thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
Two of the key skills that I’ve taken away from my military experience are how to work efficiently and how to stay organized. When I was traveling on the USS Kitty Hawk, I was working 12-hour shifts, which taught me to create and implement a clear and concise plan so I would successfully seize the day. I’ve since utilized those skills in my new role as a business owner.
Once I set my new life up in Naples, Florida with my family, I began hunting for the perfect franchise opportunity that provided me with the tools I would need to be successful. I came across Pool Scouts and I immediately became intrigued due to the high population of households with pools in Naples and its surrounding communities. The overall business concept made sense to me and I was confident that I could contribute to the growth of the brand.
To honor and show my appreciation, I offer fellow veterans and active military a discount on services. As a veteran myself, I think it’s important to show gratitude to those who have served our country on a daily basis, which is why I’m an active participant in local programs that support veterans. I’m very thankful to be a part of the franchise industry — but I wouldn’t trade my time in the military, as it prepared me for success in my entrepreneurial endeavors.
Alex Weatherholt is a Navy Veteran and Pool Scouts franchisee. He currently lives in Naples, Florida. To find out more about Pool Scouts, click here.