This week, on behalf of all of us at The Dwyer Group, I was honored to accept the Texas Family Business of the Year Community Commitment Award from the Institute of Family Business at Baylor University. This annual celebration of entrepreneurs and family businesses from around the state is a huge affirmation that what we do on a daily basis is felt by so many in positive ways. The drive that we share for our family members, our employees and the customers that we serve is powerful beyond words. And I was moved by so many recipients who credited their faith as a foundation for their wonderful accomplishments.
When accepting our award, I took the opportunity to recognize the special commitment that The Dwyer Group has made to our country’s great military veterans. Through VetFran, which was established by Don Dwyer Sr. and now includes more than 500 participating franchisors at the International Franchise Association, our military men and women have a path to achieving the American Dream. At The Dwyer Group, we have given more than $1.4 million in discounts to veterans who have been awarded one of our service brands through VetFran. Additionally, through Operation Enduring Opportunity, more than 66,000 veterans have been hired since November 2011. And based on a recent internal survey at The Dwyer Group, approximately 28% of our 1600 franchisees have also hired a veteran since November 2011.
“You are the heart and soul of the American economy,” said Dr. Terry Mannes, Dean of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor, to all of this year’s recipients. I couldn’t agree more! Thank you to everyone at The Dwyer Group and our family of franchise brands. This award belongs to all of us.