Q&A with Jerry Flanagan, JDog Junk Removal
Jerry Flanagan is the creator of JDog Junk Removal. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served from 1987 to 1989. He did basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. and then went on to Ft. Gordon, Ga. for Advanced Individual Training as a cable assembler and finished as a Distinguished Honor Graduate. He was later stationed at Ft. Stewart, Ga. and achieved the rank of E-4 Specialist. After the Army, Flanagan attended college and technical school on the GI bill before starting his career and several entrepreneurial endeavors. JDog Junk Removal is a full-service junk removal franchise offered exclusively to armed service veterans, active-duty members of the United States Military and their family members. The company is the only U.S. franchise business devoted solely to military veterans and their families.
The JDog movement is currently in six states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Montana and Tennessee, and is actively looking to expand across the country.
What are your organization’s main products and/or services?
JDog Junk Removal & Hauling sells junk removal and hauling franchises exclusively to military veterans and military family members. JDog is the first company ever to have built a national military veteran brand that can dominate the retail segments it enters. The business thesis is predicated on the notion that when given the choice, Americans will almost always select a veteran-backed business to provide service. Franchisees operate camouflage themed vehicles and trailers, don military style uniforms, and work to sort, recycle, discard and transport items between locations for homeowners, commercial business and government offices.
JDog franchisees all work with the priority of hiring other veterans to work in their business. The opportunity to create significant equity value leveraging their military service in an exclusively military-themed business is very compelling to veterans. Additionally, the ethos of brotherhood among veterans resonates with those who become franchisees and defines the operating environment of the company. JDog likens its business to a movement among veterans – Join the JDog Movement is our call to action, working to engage and support fellow veterans and help them realize the American dream of owning their own business.
How large is your organization – dollar volume of business and number of employees?
There are 10-12 employees who work at JDog Junk Removal.
What are the main opportunities at your organization?
The primary opportunities for veterans and military family members at JDog include:
- Business ownership that provides a significant income opportunity as well as huge potential for equity value appreciation;
- The opportunity to work among others who, like them, have served their country;
- The ability and capacity to hire other veterans to work in their franchises. For example, working with local Veterans Affairs organizations to support the rehabilitation of veterans through JDog’s Compensated Work Therapy program;
- Participation in JDog’s support of other veteran organizations through JDog’s donation program, which involves donating 10 percent of the company’s net income to a veteran charity as determined by the franchisees.
What are your organization’s biggest HR needs?
JDog is seeking veterans and military family members to purchase franchises and also to work in the franchises.
What is your organization’s experience in recruiting veterans?
We have a JDog Joint Chiefs Advisory Board made up of highly placed military veterans, including a two-star marine general who advises the company and coaches franchisees. JDog is a veteran branded company, owned and operated exclusively by veterans. There is no other organization in the U.S. that operates in this manner.
Why do veterans make good employees?
JDog’s exclusive military veteran strategy recognizes the assets and attributes of military veterans. Our leadership team is stellar at ensuring veterans are successful employees in our system when they operate in accordance with the playbook.
In what ways is your organization a good fit for veterans?
No other business offers veterans the opportunity provided by the JDog system. We are the only franchise opportunity available to military veterans and military family members that understands the concept of service to our country and the concept of personal sacrifice.
If you are interested in learning more about a JDog Junk Removal franchise, contact Wayne Turner at (844) GET-JDOG, (844) 438-5364, or go to http://www.jdogjunkremoval.com.
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