If you're looking for a change in industry but don't know where to start, then Sears Clean franchise owner Bill Cole might just be the inspiration you need. Originally a Chief Marketing Officer in hospitals, hotels, healthcare, and many others, Cole completely abandoned all that when family ties led him to want some permanent roots in Houston, Texas. Previously in an industry that required him to move jobs and houses every few years, Bill Cole was not only looking for a job that kept him in Houston but he wanted to be associated with a well-known brand where he could run his business on his own terms.
Every sunny weekend, John Rae, Director of Franchise Operations for Sears Garage Solutions, pulls out a map of Ohio. Spreading this map out in front of him, he closes his eyes and points his finger on a randomly selected location on the map and determines where he and his girlfriend are going to explore and have lunch that day.
Greg Heibert is a 55-year-old Pittsburgh native. He began his career in the carpet cleaning industry in 1983, first at Stanley Steamer, and then at Adler Services. He started out cleaning carpets but quickly moved into a management position, traveling around the country for his role. Though Greg was happy in the industry he'd built his career in, he'd always dreamed of owning his own business. Being a business owner was his goal, not necessarily because of the potential money he could earn, but because he felt that he could do things in a way that others could not when it came to taking care of his customers and employees.