The Fourth of July is always a time we join together to celebrate our freedom. We enjoy food, fun and firecrackers. But beyond all the celebration, I like to reflect on who made this freedom possible.

Veterans and active duty service men and women are the reason we get to enjoy freedom not just on the Fourth of July, but every day. So, on this special holiday I honor the men and women who have served our country with bravery, hard work and fearlessness.

Restoration 1 franchise owner Shain Mann

It’s those same three characteristics that I specifically look for in the people who represent Restoration 1. The restoration industry isn’t for everyone. It takes a special kind of person, owner, operator and employee to get down and dirty each day and help customers turn what could be one of their worst days into a day of hope.

It takes a special kind of person to embody the grit and can-do attitude of a professional in our industry. It’s not for everyone, but I’ve found that it is a great match for a veteran.

Veterans are in a league of their own, and this especially shines in a business environment. They are ideal candidates for the restoration industry because their military background has perfectly equipped them to follow a proven system and accomplish it with success. Additionally, they’re not afraid to get down and dirty, they work until the job is done and they understand the importance of exceeding expectations.

I’m proud to have two superstar veteran franchisees in the Restoration 1 system: Joey Buchino and Shain Mann.  Read their story here.