Published in the July/August 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Tim Courtney is looking for veterans interested in becoming franchise owners who help people find and book their dream cruise vacations. Courtney, a Certified Franchise Executive, is CruiseOne’s director of franchise development. While managing a team of franchise development specialists, Courtney works closely with potential franchisees.
Courtney has worked in the industry for more than 12 years, beginning his career with Cruises Only as an executive cruise consultant. He served as a general manager at CruisesOnly and later joined MyTravel Corporate Training Team as a manager of corporate training. In 2006, he joined CruiseOne in a training and education role, and helped launch the company’s online learning academy.
“CruiseOne is a low-investment, low-overhead, home-based franchise that offers veterans a much needed work-life balance,” Courtney said. “Our flexible work-from-home environment and the excitement of the travel industry appeal to veterans. CruiseOne provides all honorably-discharged veterans, from all branches of service, a 20-percent reduction off our already low initial fee. Plus, from time to time, there are additional monthly incentives available to help jumpstart the business.”
In less than 20 years, CruiseOne has grown to become one of the nation’s largest cruise travel retailers with more than 720 independently-owned travel franchise locations – and over 90 of the franchises are owned by veterans. “Veterans are extremely valuable resources in our network for many reasons,” Courtney said. “In fact, veterans are some of our most successful franchisees, primarily because of their discipline and dedication to success.”
The company makes sure franchisees aren’t set adrift after joining the CruiseOne team. “A staff of nearly 100 employees supports our franchise owners at our corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale,” Courtney said. “This includes business development and customer support to grow your business, as well as increase sales and franchise support to assist with issues after the sale. We even provide technical support.”
Courtney believes that the experience veterans bring to the industry will serve them well. “CruiseOne gives veterans the opportunity to use their own travel experience to sell their clients dream vacations,” he said. “As an accredited travel agent, product familiarization and other training opportunities always exist to learn and explore ships, destinations, and excursions all over the world. We recommend our franchisees take advantage of these offerings whenever they can.”