Wednesday, November 10th by The Junkluggers
This Veteran’s Day, November 11th 2021, we would like to thank and honor all of those who served for their sacrifice, bravery, strength, and selflessness.
In honor of Veterans Day this year, we would like to feature our Junkluggers franchise locations who are Veteran owned and operated. These owners were able to transition their skills acquired from serving to entrepreneurship and business ownership. They continue to make an impact each day by supporting and giving back in their local communities. We thank them and all our other veterans and active duty service members for their service.
Owner: Jonathan Bossie
Jon served as an Infantry Officer, a Foreign Military Forces Advisor, and a Special Operations Forces staff officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1997-2020. Jon has found that his time in the military plays a role in his success as a franchisee.
“The military is essentially one big franchisor and each subordinate unit is a franchisee. The subordinate unit commanders implement the Operating Procedures that are assigned to them and they follow the guidance of their higher headquarters. But each subordinate commander (franchisee) builds their own culture and implements their own climate, much like a franchisee does. Being in the military has helped me learn the importance of training and teaching employees, and giving them responsibility that allows them to grow. By doing that, the entire organization grows.” - Jon Bossie
Jon opened The Junkluggers of Portland Beaverton in May of 2021. In his short time operating a Junkluggers business, he has been able to give back in his local community of Portland and Beaverton. Jon supports local charities such as T&C Thrift Shop and Rose Haven Women's Shelter. He sees a lot of direct impact with those charities as well as some national charities and donation centers such as Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Co-Owner: Robert and Kedryn Evans
Robert Evans served 27 years in the Army from September 1991 to March 2019. The leadership Robert learned in the Army gave him a huge advantage for his business, running The Junkluggers of The CSRA.
“I learned how to lead, mentor, and interact with people I work with in order to get more out of them than they realized was possible. I was in charge of countless teams, from 2 to 62 personnel. That gave me the requisite knowledge and experience to succeed.”
Rob and his wife Kedryn opened their Junkluggers franchise in the Central Savannah River Area in September of 2021. In just their first month and a half of business, Robert and Kedryn have completed several e-waste events and are excited to continue serving their local community. They are already working with ForcesUnited to hire other Veterans to work for their operation. Forces United assists Veterans with resources for education, benefits, employment, housing, and healthcare.
Owner: Vinny & Summer Beault
Vinny Beault served in the Army in the mid to late 90’s. Through his service, he learned discipline and resilience which translated into his work as a franchise owner.
Vinny opened The Junkluggers of North Tampa Bay in September 2020 along with his wife and business partner, Summer. Being open for just over a year, this dynamic duo has made a great impact on their local community. They work with charities, organizations, and donation centers day in and day out to keep items out of landfills, and give the items a new home to someone in need.
A strong relationship they have is with USIAHT, US Institute Against Human Trafficking. USIAHT is a not-for-profit organization committed to ending human trafficking in the United States. The Junkluggers of North Tampa Bay donates a portion of their proceeds to USIAHT to help the fight against human trafficking.
Owner: Steve Alford
Steve Alford served in the US Army, in Desert Storm, as a Military Police from 1985-1992. Steve has found that from his time in the Army, the biggest thing that translated into his role as a Junkluggers franchise owner was the drive to do whatever it takes to get the mission or job done. Another key takeaway is being there for others whether it be your employees, partners, or customers.
The Junkluggers of League City and Pearland officially opened their truck doors for lugging in September of this year. Steve is excited to bring The Junkluggers to this area and to continue growing his network of charity partnerships.
Co-owners: John Campbell & Shea Sen
John served as Captain, JAGC in the U.S. Army from 1980-1985. John believes that serving strengthened his personal discipline and leadership skills and taught him accountability. Both short term and long term consequences were emphasized by the military as part of the decision making process. John considers it an honor and privilege to have served.
The Junkluggers of Orlando is operated together by John and his business partner, Shea Sen. They opened in June of 2021 and give back by partnering with many charity and donation organizations such as The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, House of Hope, Mustard Seed, and Orlando Union Rescue Mission. John & Shea are especially excited about their relationship with Salvation Army not only as a fellow Veteran-run business, but also because they are situated right by Salvation's national headquarters!
Co-owners: Chase and Maria Costello
Chase learned hard work ethic, structure, and accountability while serving in the Navy and he believes it helps him better serve his community and customers with honor. Among other things in the military, Chase learned how to trust a team, be decisive and strategic, learn from experiences, and appreciate others. He wholeheartedly believes that his military experience paved a path to succeed at The Junkluggers of Greater Seattle and he is confident it shows in their services.
The Junkluggers of Greater Seattle has just opened a month ago in late September and they give back by partnering with charity and donation organizations such as The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Mary's Place, and Goodwill.
The Junkluggers of Santa Clarita Valley is a Veteran owned business that goes above and beyond to give back in their local communities. Since their opening in January 2021, they have created many networks of charity and donation partners that help them give back to their local community in California, and keep items out of landfills.
Some of these partners include Assistance League of Santa Clarita, Blue Star Ranch, Bridge To Home, Goodwill, Joni and Friends, The Salvation Army of the Santa Clarita Valley, and Triumph Foundation. The Junkluggers of Santa Clarita Valley also participates in community events in order to save the environment. This past September, they participated in Beautification of Bouguet Canyon Falls.
Across the country, The Junkluggers also has close relationships with many local charity and non-profit organizations that are established by Veterans or aim to support & provide them resources. Below are just some of those organizations we’re proud to partner with!