On behalf of Military Appreciation Month, Dunkin’, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods is highlighting some of their standout veteran franchisees such as George J. Hart, an Army Veteran, and multi-unit franchisee.
In 1979, George J. Hart enlisted in the Army as an aviator. Throughout his 25 years of serving, he went on to become a Paratrooper and Reconnaissance Helicopter Pilot for the U.S. Army, participating in three aviation commands and several combat tours.
After retiring in 2004, George continued his dedication to the military by working as a consultant for the Department of Defense for 10 years, specializing in a military familiarization course for the Department of Defense civilians and contracting education for new government contracting officers.
Throughout his many years in service, one thing remained true – he missed a decent up of coffee. George jokingly boasted to his colleagues that once he left the service, he would open up Dunkin’s across all military bases.
In 2015, his words became a reality as he opened a Dunkin’ located at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado and set a goal to open Dunkin’s on all 44 United States military bases.
Joining Dunkin’s westward expansion, George has now opened 11 restaurants, including four combo locations that include Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins under one roof, across military bases in Colorado, Kentucky and even Dunkin’s first Wyoming location.
Looking ahead, George is working towards opening several new locations across Texas, Ohio, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Kansas. As he opens more locations, George plans to continue prioritizing veteran hiring at his locations, with at least 50% of his staff made up of veterans or family members of veterans.
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