04 May May 9, 2014 – Veteran Entrepreneur Week w Jerry Darnell, Mary Kennedy Thompson & Greg Tanner
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Veteran Entrepreneur Week Final Day
Jerry Darnell was on the show about a month ago to talk about his career in the franchise industry, where many call him the Mayor of Franchising! In his nearly 40 years, Jerry worked with Sterling Optical, Maaco, Physicians Weight Loss Centers, and Medicine Shoppe International and consulted with hundreds of others. He was recently honored by the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame for his support of veteran causes. Jerry helped organize this special week, thanks Jerry!
Mary Thompson served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a logistics officer and achieved the rank of captain. She started her first business in 1994, a Cookies by Design franchise. She grew her with the company, adding locations, until she was promoted to president in 2004! The company won awards for Outstanding Customer Service under her guidance. In 2006, Mary became the president of Mr. Rooter Corporation, part of The Dwyer Group. The company was included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and top Satisfaction Awards.
Greg Tanner has spent 40 years helping veterans and franchisees. He is especially proud of his Tannerisms website. It provides a short course for the best advice in the franchise industry. He is a franchise career has included automotive repair, car and truck rental, and fast food. He is retired this summer as the National Director for Franchising at Aaron’s. He sold over 900 franchises while with Aaron’s and he supports the Wounded Warrior Project and serving on the IFA’s VetFran Committee. Greg was named one of the Top 20 people to watch in 2012 by Franchise Times magazine.