Ice House America, the pioneer in automated ice vending technology, has announced that Andy Wallace, of Seymour, TN, who has won the “IceBorn Franchise Giveaway for Veterans” contest had his grand opening this month in Knoxville, TN. Andy was one of 10 veteran finalists from across the United States vying to win the IceBorn franchise by producing a 2-minute video. Wallace was awarded an IceBorn “House” franchise, a freestanding, 24/7, automated retail ice and water destination offering water and ice that is filtered, clean and made on demand — valued at $118,000.
For the final round of the contest, each of the top 10 finalist veteran videos from across the country, including Andy’s were posted on FaceBook for public voting. In addition to the FaceBook voting aspect of the contest, finalists were also judged based on a phone interview and their overall video score based on creativity, compelling personal story and ability to apply military experience to business ownership. Wallace served as a U.S. Army Intelligence officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and is the past President of the Seymour Rotary Club and the Sevierville BNI Chapter. He and his wife Lori both grew up in north Knox County and now resides in Seymour, Tennessee where they are the proud parents of two children.
“As a veteran, Andy has learned those necessary skills needed to run a business and embodies the entrepreneurial spirit so important to being successful in today’s highly competitive market place,” says Pete Cotter, Ice House America CEO. “Ice House America is honored to be supporting veterans like Andy who are already established and for those currently in a life changing transition going from the military to civilian life.
An IceBorn vending franchise gives veterans the opportunity to own their own business and helps make this a reality by offering a veterans’ discount through the International Franchise Associations’ (IFA) VetFran program.”
About Ice House America: Ice House America, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL and founded in 2003, already has more than 2,700 installed and independently owned ice house locations in 27 states. There are over 100 corporate-owned Ice House locations, with the balance independently owned and operated. In addition to being chosen as “Top New Franchises to Watch” in 2014, landing on Entrepreneur’s 2014 Franchise 500 list, IceBorn was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Vetrepreneur.
For more information regarding Ice House America ownership opportunities, please visit http://www.veteransbusinessservices.us/productitem/ice-house-america/