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Army veteran given business opportunity, gains life lessons

Andrew Wilson took advantage of a special business opportunity, and has launched two companies.
BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Published: July 14, 2013
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Andrew Wilson gazed at the modest east Oklahoma City brick house.

“It's not much now,” Wilson said. “You've got to use your vision glasses to really see what it will be.”

Wilson, 38, bought the house in May and plans to use it as a second location for You Move Me, a moving business he opened in Tulsa nearly a decade ago.

The Oklahoma City branch is the product of what Wilson has done his entire life — continue moving forward.

“If you're satisfied, life gets boring,” he said. “It's not that we need to expand, but that we want to.”

Wilson owns two businesses, one in Kansas and You Move Me in Oklahoma. He has 70 employees.

His life may be comfortable now, but the road here hasn't been a smooth one.

Wilson attended Pittsburg State University in Kansas, where his mother was a history professor and his father was campus president. He earned a business degree in 1999 and married his college sweetheart, Krista.

In 2002 he deployed with the U.S. Army to Afghanistan. One night he received a care package from his family, and inside was a Fortune magazine.

An article about 1-800-Got-Junk, a junk removal company owned by Brian Scudamore, caught his interest.

“At that time, the business was just starting out; it wasn't what it is today. But I connected with Brian's vision,” Wilson said.

Wilson, 28, had accumulated $30,000 that he had planned to use to obtain a graduate degree.

Instead he opened a 1-800-Got-Junk franchise in Kansas, and he did it from Afghanistan.

Scudamore's company participated in the VetFran program, which recruits and hires veterans as franchise owners.

“As a veteran, Andrew was able to have half of the franchise fee waived so he could have more capital to fund his growing business,” Scudamore said.

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To learn more about You Move Me go to www.youmoveme.com/us/oklahoma-city. To learn more about the VetFran program go to www.vetfran. com.

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