It ended quietly, my 31 year career in the medical industry. I had been with my company for almost 20 years, had been a successful Vice President of a growing division, but a change of leadership meant changes in all top positions to bring in his people. It was fine. I was ready to go, but it did leave me in a bit of a quandary as to what I would do with the remainder of my career as a 56 year old man. My plan had been to retire with this company, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. I had decided to take a year off. I could afford it, and I needed the mental recharge and the time to figure out what I was going to do when I grew up. Along the way, I looked at some things outside of corporate America, but nothing came to fruition. After nine months of leisure, I still had no clue what I wanted to do. All I knew is that I wasn’t going back to the corporate grind.
I had heard the name Kim Daly several months before. Someone passed along her information to me, but I did nothing with it. It was too soon, and I wasn’t that interested in looking. Besides, franchises are all fast food, right? I knew I didn’t want to do that. As part of my parting gift from my company, they had provided 9 months of out-placement service at a firm in Dallas. I didn’t use it, and yes you’re right, I wasn’t trying very hard. After about nine months I decided it was probably time to get serious, and about that time I ran across Kim’s name again. This time through an e-mail from the out-placement company. She was offering a webinar for franchising. “Couldn’t hurt”, I thought. I dialed in and listened to this very passionate and intelligent woman speak to the virtues of franchising. There was more to it than fast food, I discovered. At the conclusion of her webinar, Kim invited us to call her for a consultation. The consultation and the subsequent work we would do together would be at no cost. The franchisor would pay her fee if and when I elected to go that route. “Couldn’t hurt”, I thought. At the appointed time, I contacted Kim for our discovery call. She was very approachable, easy to talk to. Kim took the time to learn about me; my likes, my dislikes, my financial needs, my personality and my goals for retirement. With this information, she would then search for several choices in the wide-wide world of franchising.
Kim delivered back four choices and, long story short, I winnowed those down to one, purchased a license for three locations, and I’m on my way to being a franchise business owner in the fitness world. Kim stayed with me through the process, kept me focused, and mentored me from start to finish. Most importantly, Kim got me off my mental dime, led me to water and gave me the choice to drink…or not. She is totally responsible for getting me to where I am today. I know I could call on Kim any day for help, and she would make time. She’s an awesome franchise consultant but more importantly, she’s an awesome human being. If you’re thinking of taking that big step toward owning your own business, call Kim Daly. Couldn’t hurt.