CruiseOne, the nation's leading cruise retailer, has announced the winners of its 2011 "Second Chance at Success" contest for unemployed teachers.
Second Chance at Success was launched to provide new business opportunities for unemployed teachers. Each winner will receive a full week of start-up training at the company's Fort Lauderdale, Florida headquarters, a 3-night Bahamas cruise aboard a CruiseOne ship and their own CruiseOne franchise.
The winners were announced and taken to CruiseOne's state-of-the art corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in early December, beginning their in-depth industry training.
"Former educators are some of our most profitable franchisees, as they have the right skill set to build a successful travel business," said Dwain Wall, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CruiseOne.
"Sadly, the current economy has forced many teachers to abandon their dreams and begin searching for new opportunities. CruiseOne is pleased to support this important group, giving them a âSecond Chance at Success' in an industry that is fun, exciting and has tremendous growth potential."
With nearly 300 submissions received – including resumes, business plans and other background materials – this time around, CruiseOne is thought to expect Second Chance at Success to become an annual program.
Entries were judged by members of the CruiseOne network development, marketing and executive teams. Eight finalists were then interviewed and five winners were selected.
The winners are:
- Arielle and Frank Rosner, Bloomfield, Michigan
- Charrelle Johnson, Melbourne, Florida
- Gina Purvis, Marlton, New Jersey
- William Maudlin, Beaver Lake, Nebraska
- Yvette Reid, Conyers, Georgia