David J. Thomas never planned on a career in franchising. When he left the military after a 12-year stint as an Army officer, Thomas went back to school to become a teacher. To help make ends meet, he began delivering meals on the side for an emerging concept called Steak-Out.
Before long, Thomas, who had overseen operations for a mess hall during a tour of duty in South Korea, was inquiring about opening his own Steak-Out restaurant, attracted by the promise of working within a proven system not unlike that of his former government employer.
â€œThe military teaches you to do things the correct way, and when you get a franchise, theyâ€™ll tell you, â€˜This is the way they do things here,â€™â€ says Thomas, who has been with the Norcross, Georgiaâ€“based chain for 19 years and now owns a restaurant in Columbus, Georgia. More.