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How a Rookie Tropical Smoothie Franchisee Outperformed the Brand’s Best: Clement Troutman’s Story

How does a rookie franchisee become the brand's best? And what skills can make a former military excel in franchising?

In reality, the franchising business model is ideal for veterans. It's because their discipline and work ethic translate well into business ownership. They are also mission-oriented and focused on the goal. 

In this episode, Erik chats with Navy Veteran Clement Troutman. He is a top franchisee of Tropical Smoothies in Maryland. In fact, he bagged the 2018 Rookie of the Year award a year after they opened their first franchise.

Each year, Clement strives to surpass his previous year's success. His dedication to building strong core capabilities and staying focused on his mission has helped him to create a thriving business.

Discover how Clement worked his way to the top of the Tropical Smoothies brand. This episode is a must-listen if you want to dive deep into franchising. 


“Winners only compete with themselves.” - Clement Troutman


In This Episode:

- A brief background on Clement, how he got into the military, traveled to different parts of the world, worked in Cyber Security, then became a Tropical Smoothie franchisee

- How living in other countries impacted Clement's view of the American culture 

- What was it like teaching cultural diversity to his children?

- Clement shares the challenges he experienced being a Tropical Smoothie franchisee and how he made it to the top of the brand's best of the best

- How Clement develops leaders out of his team members and how he deals with someone who's not a good fit

- The secret to Clement's robust business infrastructure

- What's next for Clement Troutman?

And more!



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- Dreams Never Die by Mr. Clement T. Troutman - https://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Never-Die-Clement-Troutman/dp/1737376709/ 

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- LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/clement-troutman-861543228/


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Erik Van Horn is a franchising specialist, and expert in multi-unit, semi-absentee franchise business ownership. From entrepreneur to regional developer, and investor to consultant, Erik has worn many hats over the last two decades, which has provided him unique insight into complex aspects of the industry. If you're a franchisee, a franchisor, or one aspiring to be, subscribe to the Franchise Secrets channel and visit www.FranchiseSecrets.com for even more tactical and practical tools to help you buy, grow, and sell franchises like an expert.

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How a Rookie Tropical Smoothie Franchisee Outperformed the Brand's Best: Clement Troutman's Story