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Nick Colgin, Right at Home Franchisee 

Tell me a little bit about yourself and why you decided to join the military?
I faced a lot of adversity from an early age—my dad had a 6th grade education, my mom had been in and out of jail, so I was primarily raised by my grandmother in the South. Growing up, I didn’t know anyone who had gone to college, but where I’m from, military service is really important and honorable, so when my best friend enlisted, I decided to join as well. I thought it was the right thing for me to do, and it has since proven to be right thing for me.

How long were you in the military and what branch did you serve in?
I served for a little over 4 years in the Army as an airborne medic with the 82nd airborne division.

What are some of the top life lessons you learned while in the military?
I think the most important thing I learned was the value of service—caring for people other than yourself and doing the right thing no matter how tired you are, how long you’ve been working or how many months you’ve been in Afghanistan. I was able to see and appreciate the impact of my actions each and every day. You learn a lot spending 15 months in Afghanistan, so I’m fortunate to have had that experience.

How has your past experience from being active in the military helped you succeed as a business owner?
My military experience has certainly given me the ability to put things in perspective. In the day-to-day business challenges, I have a sense that no matter what, I’m strong enough to overcome obstacles because I’ve already been through a lot. On a tough day, I am able to say, “I’ve saved lives with barely any food and supplies, so I know I can get through this challenge.”  

Why did you choose to work with Right at Home, and what about this job appealed to you?
My work with Right at Home is similar to what I did in the military as a medic. In the military, I was able to care for others overseas, and now I’m able to serve others stateside. Right at Home is the vehicle for me to continue that service.

For a long time during my service, I was a helper, but then I was severely injured and was in the position where I was the one who needed help. That experience of switching roles was really humbling and gave me a unique perspective to see both sides of care. For me, it was a natural evolution of things to go from directly helping others as a medic to running a company that is in the business of helping others.  

Do you work with many veteran clients? If so, do they have a compelling story we can share? Is there a special bond between client and caregiver? Any caregivers who are Vets who are taking care of clients who are Vets?
We’re actively looking for veterans for both our clients and employees. 

Nick Colgin’s Operations Manager, Todd Runey 

Tell me a little bit about yourself and why you decided to join the military?
I’m a pretty impetuous person. After graduating, I was looking for way to take care of my student debt, so I started looking into different branches of the military. Before I decided to join the military, I wanted to find a job that I could excel in. I always had a passion for languages, so I took the qualification test for a linguist position and tested into the Mandarin competency. I was thrilled that I got the chance to learn and achieve fluency in Mandarin.

How long were you in the military and what branch did you serve in?
I served the military for three years total. I served the Army with Signal Warfare Intel as a cryptologic linguist.

What are some of the top life lessons you learned while in the military?
One of the biggest things I learned from the military was learning to work with authority and understand your place in the ranks. Respect is a huge value in the Army, whether dealing with superiors or peers.

Why did you choose to work with Right at Home, and what about this job appealed to you?
After I finished my service, I was employed, but I thought I was being underemployed. Frankly, I was not enjoying the work I was doing, so as soon as Nick [Colgin] offered me a position with Right at Home, I said yes. I’ve already done a lot in my life and I don’t want to compromise my happiness. I really trusted Nick as a close friend—we have been friends since we were 12—so I knew that he would make a sound business decision. Once I looked into Right at Home for myself, I was completely on-board. The brand has more than 300 franchises in the U.S. and it’s still growing with more locations popping up all over. It also has great name recognition and is a stand-out in the home-care market with fantastic reviews, both from franchisees and clients. It’s a great opportunity.