Mac Tools | Setting Up Franchisees for Success at Mac Tools |
Published in the March/April 2013 issue of print Search & Employ® |
David Ahlquist is a Mac Tools franchisee who spent four years in the Marine Corps. He left the Marines as a corporal; he served as a scout swimmer the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines Raider Unit.
Ahlquist hasn’t been with Mac Tools very long – he started in Chicago just last November. But it didn’t take him long to succeed in his mission of tool sales and service to the automotive industry. He was honored with the Mac Tools Distributor of the Month award for December, quite an accomplishment for someone in his second month. “I sold something to the first customer I approached,” Ahlquist said.
He said that his military discipline has helped him succeed as a franchisee. “As a franchisee, you have to be willing to go to work early and also to stay late to get the job done,” he said. “Really, it’s about starting with the basics. Get out of bed and get to work. Strive to do the best you can and everything will work out.”
Ahlquist also credits the people skills he learned in the military. “You deal with a lot of personalities in the military, not only with the men and women in uniform that serve alongside you, but depending on your duty station you get a world of experience with different cultures,” he said. “That exposure to a diverse group of people has helped me tremendously in the sales and service field.”
He encourages servicemembers who haven’t yet left the military to take advantage of every educational opportunity. “They should continue their education to help them get ahead in the work place and find something they love to do,” he said. “Even if they’ve left the military and aren’t working yet, they should continue to take classes until they find their ideal fit.”
Ahlquist encourages veterans to check out Mac Tools if they are interested in becoming franchisees. “They give incredible support,” he said. “From the corporate level all the way to the other franchisees, everyone is willing to help. I was able to take advantage of their VetFran program that helps veterans with inventory costs. Being able to get a $10,000 discount on inventory is a great incentive to get my business on the right track.”
The Marine veteran is happy to be his own boss. “For the short time I’ve been with Mac Tools, I can honestly say that the whole experience has been awesome,” he said. “Being my own boss is something that I am very proud of, and I hope as servicemembers transition out they consider joining us at Mac Tools.”