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How One Army Veteran Made a Smooth Career Transition to Franchising

Snap-on Tools franchisee Greg Welch puts training into action.

This story appears in the July 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Becoming a Snap-on Tools franchisee was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Greg Welch. He grew up watching his father run a successful construction company and always wanted to follow in his footsteps. The path he chose to take to that destination wasn't business school, though--it was the U.S. Army. And that led him to Iraq, where an IED left him with a traumatic brain injury and a leg held together with nine pins. But that wasn't about to stop Welch.

"The doctor said it would be difficult to walk again," he says. "Five days later, I was walking." Three weeks post-injury, he was awarded the Purple Heart. And as soon as he could go, Welch was right back in Iraq. Once his military service ended in 2007, he turned his sights back to his entrepreneurial dreams: Last May, he joined Snap-on Tools in Painesville, Ohio.

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