CruiseOne reports it has award free travel franchises each valued at $12,700 to five deserving military veterans, for a total value of $63,500. Thirty percent of CruiseOne’s franchise network are now military veterans or active-duty spouses exceeding the company’s recruitment goal by 5 percent.
The annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” contest was open to former members of any of the five branches of the U.S. military. Candidates participated in a three-part application process which included creating a business plan and phone interviews. Nearly 150 applicants from 30 different states submitted applications.
This year’s winners included Army and National Guard Veteran Tammy Duffield of Shreveport, La.; Navy Veteran Marci DeWitt of Delaware, Ohio; Navy and Air Force Veterans Craig and Ingrid Markham of Silverdale, Wash.; and United States Marine Corps Veteran Conrad Carpenter of Charleston, W.Va.
The winners attend a weeklong training at CruiseOne’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.