Family time for Mark Page matters a lot these days.
With young twins at home, the 40-year-old appreciates more and more the need for a steady future.
“Once the babies were born, the first 10 weeks we didn’t sleep,” Navy veteran said.
Page is now capitalizing on his time in the service by preparing to take over a 7-Eleven franchise… for free.
Mark Page won a contest that he says will keep him closer to his family.
Two months ago, he and two other veterans received word that the corporation would be waving franchise fees enabling each to take over a store.
“It’ll be close to $200,000,” Page said.
The move will keep Page much closer to his growing family. They’re living in Granbury, while he has spent the past couple of years in West Texas working in the oil and gas industry.
“I didn’t really have an appreciation for gas prices and stuff like that until I worked in that industry,” he said.
With the industry sagging, Page came across 7-Eleven’s Operation Take Command contest. It attracted almost 1,700 entrants.
The public voted on different videos put together by each participant, and then the top three met face-to-face with Army veteran and 7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto.
“He is really committed to the program,” Page said. “Honor and dedication. Those are what really resonate with me. Even though I’m done with my military service, I still use those core values.”
Page should take control of the store this summer. He hopes to also set up a work scholarship program with the local school district in Burleson.