May 8, 2015
Throughout his life, Mark Anthony Page has never backed down from a challenge. That’s why, when the Navy veteran heard about OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND, 7-Eleven’s veterans franchise giveaway, he knew he had to enter. At the time, Page was working long hours in the oil fields of West Texas, hours away from his wife and young kids living in Granbury. He missed his family and saw the contest as a way to start a new career – close to home.
In February, Page learned he was one of ten finalists selected from thousands of entries. With the help of his wife, who was also his biggest cheerleader, he made a video explaining why he deserved to win a 7-Eleven franchise. Through a nationwide Facebook vote, Page and two other veterans were selected as the top three finalists. Last week, after interviews with 7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto, the three veterans received unexpected news. They were all winners.“It’s unbelievable,” Page says. “It’s very rare that you know someone who wins something so big. This is life-changing.” Page’s wife couldn’t agree more. Winning a franchise means her husband can now build a career close to home. With twin babies (a boy and girl) and a young daughter, the timing is perfect for the young family.
Over the years, Page has overcome his share of challenges. As a young boy, he spent two years in foster care, and eventually found a home with his grandmother, who had already raised 16 children of her own. “I was number 17,” he explains. “My grandmother was very strict, which was how she showed love. But she planted those seeds and they grew while I was in the military.”
Page joined the U.S. Navy just days after graduating high school. He served four years active duty, and during college and graduate school, Page served another eight years in the reserves. When his military career ended, he put his leadership skills to work, teaching, coaching and mentoring young kids. Page took his current job in the oil fields to better provide for his family, but the long commute and time away has been difficult for everyone.
His passion to lead is one of the many qualities that made Page a front-runner in OPERATION:TAKE COMMAND. And although the news of winning still seems a little “unreal” to him, Page’s enthusiasm about becoming a business owner is very real. “This is the American dream,” he says. “My goal is to own as many stores as 7-Eleven will allow me!”
If that’s a challenge, Mark Anthony Page – your new 7-Eleven family accepts! Congratulations and welcome aboard.
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