Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, and a longtime supporter of the nation’s veterans, kicked off its program to encourage veteran ownership with a visit to the U.S. Army base at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.
Bob Benjamin, president of Maaco, spoke to transitioning soldiers stationed at Ft. Bragg who are interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and becoming a franchise business owner. As a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army who retired as a colonel, Benjamin knows the value of military service and has a special appreciation for veterans. Maaco has more than 40 veterans as location owners or managers and many more employed as technicians.
U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC 8th District), a champion of North Carolina’s military members and veterans’ issues, recognized Maaco for its program of helping military members become business owners. Kris Johnson from Congressman Hudson’s office was on hand to present Benjamin with a letter of commendation, which he accepted on behalf of the entire Maaco organization.
“As Fort Bragg’s Congressman and a voice for North Carolina’s veterans, I’m proud to recognize companies that have a tradition of giving back to veterans,” said Rep. Hudson. “This new program takes their support to the next level and goes hand-in-hand with my commitment to ensuring veterans have the support and resources they need to transition to civilian life and find good-paying jobs.”
“I am proud to accept this recognition on behalf of Maaco,” said Benjamin. “We are proud to offer a program that helps veterans transition into civilian life and apply the skills they have learned in the military – like leadership, planning, task-oriented performance and team management – toward ownership of their own business.”
Maaco encourages veteran entrepreneur ownership by offering a new franchisee who qualifies as a veteran a 75 percent reduction on the initial franchise fee and a substantial reduction on the royalty fees during the first two years of a new Maaco Center’s operations.