On Thursday February 23, at 7:00 pm EST G.I. Jobs got together with the JDog team to answer any questions you may have had on how to get started on owning your own business. We had three veteran franchisees attend who, at one point, were in your very own shoes—having served in the military, and later considering buying a franchise. Thursday was your opportunity to speak one-on-one with these individuals who have had success in owning their own JDog franchises.
We had a great turnout and got some great audience questions, so here’s the recording so you can see for yourself!
Check out our guests’ stories below!
My name is Tyler Miller and I currently serve in the U.S. Army Reserves. I attended basic training at Fort Benning Georgia and completed my MOS 92 Fox training at Fort Lee Virginia. I attended technical school for plumbing and heating but have been a welder for the past 4 years.
My goal is to provide the Greater Berks County area with exceptional customer service, the Military way. My team of Veteran professionals will treat your home or business with Respect, Integrity, and Trust.
Melissa Nichole Munoz Tobey
My name is Melissa Nichole Munoz Tobey. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii 23 February 1981 to Bernadita and John Flaugher. Proclaimed and proud “Military Brat”, growing up I traveled from Hawaii to California, Connecticut, Guam, and New Mexico until my father retired in 1993 and we settled down in Victorville California where I finished out Middle School and High School. In 1998 my mother and father left California in pursuit of a better job in Georgia and in 2000 I followed suit.
On May 31st 2001, my dad (having retired as a CWO3) was able to swear me into the United States Navy and off I went to Boot Camp in Illinois. My ten year career as an Aircrew Survival Equipmentmen/PR consisted of three duty stations. AIMD Norfolk VA., HS-10 North Island CA, and HSM-41 North Island CA.
I had always planned, like my father before me, to retire from the Navy however, the years of living in a dual military family were taking a toll on my girls so my husband and I made the decision to end my career. On June 1st 2011 I took the uniform off for the very last time, it was a bitter sweet moment. I took up my new role as Military spouse and gladly continued my support for this country through my support for my husband’s career while raising our four beautiful children. Until July of 2012 when Ryan was injured and he was no longer able to serve.
It would take two years but, in May of 2014, Ryan was medically retired from the U.S. Navy and we moved our family to Evans Georgia to begin a new chapter in our lives. Though we remain grateful for Ryan’s current employment, we’ve never forgotten the community and brotherhood/sisterhood we left behind. You can imagine our delight in having found that same camaraderie, since joining the JDog family. That’s not even the best part! The best part is that as we grow, providing excellent and reliable service to our community, we are able to put more veterans to work! For the Tobey family, there is no greater feeling.
Andrew J Weins
Andrew J. Weins and Isaac W. Weins are two brothers that have been working in the junk subsegment of the waste industry for a combined 15 years. Andrew started his first company, The Clutter Busters in April 2008. The Clutter Busters provided clutter, junk, and scrap metal removal services for homeowners, business, and realtors in the greater Milwaukee area. After working for Andrew for a number of years, Isaac bought the business in 2012 when Andrew took a position as an operations manager for a large waste company. In spring of 2016, the brothers decided to go into business together purchasing their first JDog franchise.
Andrew is a family man raising a two-year-old daughter, Penelope, with the support of his girlfriend Gazelle. Andrew and Gazelle enjoy working out, spending time outdoors, and connecting with others in the community. They are surrounded and supported by friends, family, and fellow veterans. Andrew has 12 years in the United States Army Reserves with two deployments. He is currently the rank of Sergeant First Class in the position of an Army Reserve Career Counselor where he counsels Soldiers on benefit and incentive information while helping them make career decisions.
Isaac is a creative, hands-on problem solver. For over ten years, he has been dealing in antiques, metal yard art, reclaimed furniture, doors, and windows at Maxwell Street Days flea market, through private sales, and online. While running The Clutter Busters, he used his experience in remodeling to transition the company to offer commercial dismantling and deconstruction in addition to junk removal. In the past, Isaac has been a member of various bands touring the country. He has played over 400 shows on seven nationwide tours, driving over 100,000 miles through 45 states as a musician and tour manager. He currently creates art out of pallets, metal and other reclaimed materials through his company Wynter Woods.