PILLAR TO POST HOME INSPECTORS CATERS TO VETERANS

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VETERANS IN FRANCHISING COVER STORY  JULY 2015

ARMY VETERAN VINCE STOAKLEY FINDS HIS CALLING WITH PILLAR TO POST HOME INSPECTORS

For two decades, Vince Stoakley was a globetrotter, traveling the world as a member of the U.S. Army. After retiring from the Army in 2012, Stoakley needed to find a calling that was not just a job, but a career, and one that would let him expand his roots.

On July 8, 2013 Stoakley met that requirement when he opened his Pillar To Post Home Inspectors franchise where he serves the Houston area with home inspection services for residential buildings of all kinds.

Vince was a Sergeant in the Army, a position he says made him well-suited to the Pillar To Post Home Inspectors franchisee model. His entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to work with his wife, Thaija, got him doing research on the perfect franchise opportunity for him. When he landed upon North America’s largest home inspection company, he knew this was it.

Weighing their options, Vince and Thaija were most impressed by Pillar To Post’s commitment to the VetFran program, which provides military veterans with discounts on initial franchise fees.

“My military experience has provided me with the integrity and multi-tasking ability that is so crucial to running a successful business,” said Stoakley. “It was important to me that any franchise I was part of respected my military background and Pillar To Post Home Inspectors clearly did.”

Indeed, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is consistently ranked in the Top 50 franchise systems for veterans in Myriad Publications and on numerous websites and portals.

Beyond the company’s VetFran assistance, Stoakley also pointed to Pillar To Post’s support system in place for new franchisees as one of the most important factors that has allowed his business to not just endure, but thrive.

“The system in place for new franchisees at Pillar To Post is the perfect safety net; I never felt like I was doing it alone as I grew my business. I made the transition from an active military member to being a franchisee an easy one,” said Stoakley.

“We try to be both vendor and friend to each customer,” added Stoakley. “We also love giving back to the community; so far, we’ve helped build three homes in the area as part of Habitat For Humanity. We also plan to donate one free home inspection a month to a service member. We are certain that our unique emphasis on the community will help ensure that our Pillar To Post Home Inspector franchise remains successful and continues to grow.”

About Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Founded in 1994, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is the largest home inspection company in North America with 450

franchisees, located in 48 states and eight Canadian provinces. Long-term plans include adding 500-600 new franchisees over the next five years. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors has been ranked the No. 1 home inspection franchise in North America by Entrepreneur Magazine.

For more information about Pillar To Post Franchise visit:

www.pillartopostfranchise.com or call 877-963-3129