New Orleans-based PJ’s Coffee hosted its inaugural Veteran Franchise License Giveaway and chose Marine Corp Veteran Jeff Hateley as its winner and latest franchisee, according to a company press release.
PJ’s received 117 applicants and chose six applicants that went through multiple interviews.
Hateley served in the Marine Corps from 2001 to 2006, and during that time was deployed to Iraq and Japan. After serving, he earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA.
“His diverse military and professional background is both admirable and impressive,” PJ’s Coffee Franchise Development Director Ryan Stansbury, said in the release. “Jeff is a leader and mentor with strong community ties and possesses a strong desire to give back in whatever ways he can.”