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Navy Veteran  Dives Into Enterprise Possession

Whereas getting ready for retirement after almost three a long time of service in the US Navy, Sean Bailey found a brand new objective, serving to youngsters be taught survival swimming expertise as an proprietor of British Swim Faculty in Lake Mary, Florida.

Sean joined the Navy after highschool commencement and served as a hospital corpsman. Throughout his illustrious profession within the army, Sean was stationed at bases throughout the globe, together with stints at Okinawa Naval Base in Japan and Camp David in Maryland. Sean accomplished the arduous coaching required to be a part of the Marine Forces Particular Operations Command, the place he offered medical assist to the elite Marine battalion.

With greater than 10 deployments underneath his belt, together with six in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sean is at the moment the Command Grasp Chief on the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He leads 2,400 personnel who assist greater than 164,000 service members, beneficiaries, and civilians.

With retirement looming, Sean contemplated his subsequent transfer. His excessive rank within the army permits him to have flexibility and autonomy. He was reluctant to affix an organization the place he was not on the helm.

“After speaking to a buddy who’s a enterprise proprietor, I spotted that if I went to work at one of many organizations I used to be contemplating, like USAA or the Division of Veterans Affairs, I must ask permission to take go away. He instructed I take a look at entrepreneurship,” stated Sean.

Profession Teaching Gives Choices

Sean and his spouse, Alison, relied on steering and assist from Heidi Simos, a Profession Possession Coach for The Entrepreneur’s Supply®, to assist decide a plan for the longer term. TES coaches use an education-based teaching program to assist folks uncover their Earnings, Life-style, Wealth, and Fairness objectives to open their minds to new potentialities.

Simos spent a few years as a multi-unit franchisee earlier than beginning her profession as a coach in 2015 with TES.

“I’ve all the time beloved to assist folks,” Simos stated. “I believe lots of people have a tendency to permit concern to get in the way in which of doing one thing they really need.”

Sean’s conversations with Simos confirmed his need to pursue entrepreneurship. He realized he wished to personal a enterprise that may enable him to offer a priceless service to the area people and allow him to offer again to fellow veterans. Sean and Alison determined to spend money on a enterprise in Lake Mary, so their sons may develop up close to prolonged household.

“I knew he had the suitable mixture of interpersonal and technical expertise that may switch effortlessly into enterprise possession. Not solely was Sean a first-class chief within the Navy, however in our conferences, he got here nicely ready, organized, punctual, engaged, and persistently maintained a optimistic mindset all through our discovery journey,” Simos stated.

Study-to-Swim Enterprise Strikes Emotional Chord

Though Sean thought-about a lot of enterprise alternatives, he felt an emotional connection to British Swim Faculty, the premier learn-to-swim supplier for folks of all ages.

After becoming a member of the swim workforce in highschool, Sean seen an enchancment within the total high quality of his life. Understanding the fundamentals of swimming improved his teachers and athletic talents and helped him obtain success within the Navy. Along with the worth of studying to swim, Sean admired British Swim Faculty due to its deal with water security. British Swim Faculty teaches survival expertise earlier than stroke methods to ensure each swimmer is ready to outlive an unintended fall into the water. Every quarter, British Swim Faculty has college students observe their survival expertise by leaping into the pool absolutely dressed.

“Sean witnessed firsthand the risks one can encounter within the water. He’s keen about shaping the youth of the children in his neighborhood and offering the abilities wanted to maintain them protected within the water,” Simos stated.

With the ability to present high-quality swimming classes with out the effort of managing his personal pool additionally appealed to him. British Swim Faculty homeowners hire swimming pools, eliminating the necessity for the price of buildout, upkeep, or maintenance. The corporate has partnerships with each LA Health and 24-Hour Health.

Whereas Sean wraps up his army profession, he’s networking with native companies and coaching for his new future. He plans to open his household’s British Swim Faculty location in June 2023. Alison at the moment works in advertising and marketing and promoting gross sales for an organization based mostly in Virginia. Her information and talent set will allow her to be a sounding board for Sean as he will get his new enterprise off the bottom.

“I’m used to being in a workforce. I personal my very own franchise, however there are nonetheless 100 folks behind you serving to you out. They need to see you succeed,” Sean added.

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