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A little loyalty translates into a lifelong franchise relationship.

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This story appears in the December 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The average North American may switch careers three to five times in his or her lifetime, but Paul Ghuman, 40, is on track to stay with the same company for life. Born in India, Ghuman came to the U.S. at the age of 19. He applied for a job at a 7-Eleven and quickly climbed the ranks to become manager of the store. In 1997, a decade later, Ghuman went from 7-Eleven employee to franchisee by purchasing a pre-existing store in Fountain Valley, California, with his wife, Manjeet, 36. "It was just like hitting a jackpot," recalls Paul. "I was waiting for that moment."

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