Stratus Building Solutions Joins IFA to Announce Veteran Hiring Commitments
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Stratus Building Solutions Joins IFA to Announce Veteran Hiring Commitments

Stratus joins the IFA to announce Operation Enduring Opportunity, which pledges to hire and recruit 75,000 veterans and 5,000 wounded warriors. Stratus' Veteran Plan seeks to help transition our veterans with ease into business ownership.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 06, 2012 - Stratus Building Solutions is a proud member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and excited to share in the announcement of “Operation Enduring Opportunity,” which is a campaign to hire and recruit 75,000 veterans and 5,000 wounded warriors by 2012. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America, made the November announcement as part of the White House Joining Forces Initiative and is the largest veteran hiring commitment yet.

“As tens of thousands of service men and women return from deployment in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southwest Asia, expanded opportunities are needed to ensure that veterans and their families are able to transition into the civilian economy. With its rapid training opportunities, defined structure and systems, and need for operational excellence, franchising provides an ideal structure to enable returning veterans to become leaders of and productive participants in the U.S. economy,” said IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira. “We encourage all franchise businesses, including franchisors and franchisees, to answer the call to offer jobs and career opportunities to veterans, wounded warriors and their families. Not only is this critical for the economic and social stability of veterans and their families, but it is an important component of the U.S. economic recovery.”

Stratus Building Solutions, also in the IFA’s VetFran, agrees that veterans have a proven track record of success in franchising. According to Jim Van Dyke, the Stratus Master Franchise Owner of Colorado Springs, a five year assignment in Hawaii partnered him with a commander named Lt. Col. Gene Leupp who taught him lessons that he still recalls when operating his business today. Jim says, “I exercised a style of management of leading by example, and treating my staff as I would like to be treated. I found that style to be most effective in that it fostered tremendous loyalty and a desire to ‘go the extra mile.’ My staff members felt compelled to do great work because they want to, not because they feel they had to.”

Stratus is aware of the extreme environment veterans come home from and do their part to try and make the transition process from warrior to successful business owner as simple as possible. Through the Stratus Veteran Plan, vets are given a discount so they may enjoy the same plan benefits such as training, marketing and use of proprietary supplies at a cost that recognizes their liberties they gave up.

“This is exactly what we hoped for when Joining Forces was set into motion by the First Lady and Dr. Biden – private sector companies stepping up for veterans and families,” said Captain Brad Cooper, U.S. Navy, and Executive Director of the White House Joining Forces Initiative. “The franchise industry’s commitment represents the largest employment seen to date from the private sector.”

VetFran, a strategic initiative of the IFA, was born out of the late Don Dwyer Sr., founder of the Dwyer Group, who understood that the skills and operational excellence learned through military service translated into owning and running successful franchise businesses. For more information on IFA’s VetFran program, please visit

About Stratus Building Solutions

Stratus Building Solutions franchise benefits include orientation and training, customer referrals, administrative and accounting support, pre-arranged credit lines, access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, promotional support, and other turn-key advantages. The company’s headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, please visit or call Stratus Building Solutions at 877.731.2020. Media contact: Dennis Jarrett, Chief Executive Officer.


Dennis Jarrett
Stratus Building Solutions

Marisa Lather
Stratus Building Solutions




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