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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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/articleid/3862033/1/pictures/2157750">Photo - Chance Wilson, Holt Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Izzy Wilson, Krista Wilson and Ellie Wilson pose in the company's moving van. The family is expanding its Tulsa moving business to Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman <strong>SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS</strong>
Chance Wilson, Holt Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Izzy Wilson, Krista Wilson and Ellie Wilson pose in the company's moving van. The family is expanding its Tulsa moving business to Oklahoma City. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS

Scudamore said veterans prove to be exceptional franchise owners.

By the time Wilson returned home, his business was ready to take off.

‘Wowing' customers

When Wilson returned from Afghanistan, he opened his second business, You Move Me, in Tulsa, where his wife had moved to be closer to family members.

The couple banded together, with his wife crunching the numbers and Wilson, not yet able to afford employees, doing the heavy lifting and promoting the business. Wilson aimed to create a company based on ethics in an industry that in his opinion was often less than professional.

“I love being in a service-based business,” he said. “I love the feeling of wowing people.”

Wilson's movers bring morning coffee for the client and leave a house plant when they finish the job. His clients have provided him with countless memories.

He recalled a Mother's Day when a woman was moving after a divorce. When the movers brought in her “welcome home” plant, she was moved to tears.

Wilson said he's moved hoarders and tornado victims, families coming together and those that have fallen apart.

A middle-aged man who was dying from cancer called from his hospital room to schedule a move for his wife and children.

“It was the one thing he wanted to do before he died. He was still working for his family; still taking care of them. So he organized every part of the move and paid for it. He bought them the house and called us to move them in.”

Wilson said he never expected to learn so much in the moving business.

“It reminds me that the little things count,” he said. “The idea is that we are moving people, not just their boxes.”


Information

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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