Utah Veteran Turned Home Remodeler Wins Top Award from DreamMaker Franchise
Nate Coombs is one of the co-owners of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Ogden
A Utah-based U.S. Air Force veteran who has dedicated his post-service career to designing and modifying kitchens and baths to help others veterans, as well as helping seniors with special needs, has earned the Franchise of the Year award from DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen for the remodeling franchise he co-owns and managed in Ogden.
“Disabled veterans and seniors often face obstacles in their homes as they age, and it takes someone with universal design expertise to help them start making life a little easier,” says Nate Coombs, general manager and co-owner of DreamMaker of Ogden. Nate’s father Steve and Brad Stevens, also an accomplished designer, are partners in the remodeling franchise. They recently renewed their franchise agreement for 10 more years.
Nate was an officer in U.S. Air Force for four years, keeping guard over our nation’s troops by controlling its nuclear missile system. When he completed his service, he achieved a business degree and then helped grow the Utah DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen remodeling franchise. The father of three is now committed to paying it forward by making homes safer for veterans, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly.
“It always amazes me that many small changes in homes can be huge for veterans and seniors,” says Coombs.
Grant programs are available to help disabled veterans remodel their homes for greater accessibility. One of Nate’s customers recently received a Special Adaptive Housing Grant from the Veterans Administration, for a project that will include a special stair lift and other home modifications. Nate and his fellow team member, Jim Stratton, who is also an accomplished designer, are working on another grant project that will include a wheelchair ramp and lift.
DreamMaker’s “Independence by Design” program was developed specifically to provide home remodeling assistance for persons with disabilities and individuals in need of aging-in-place modifications, such as ramps, stair lifts, and more accessible cabinets, appliances, sinks, showers and bathtubs.
DreamMaker’s commitment to veterans
DreamMaker is working to make lives better for veterans, whether they need help remodeling, or are looking for a new career. The company is part of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program, which provides discounts to veterans starting a business. In fact, the VetFran program was founded by Don Dwyer, Sr., the father of DreamMaker President Doug Dwyer. The business is strong. DreamMaker’s sales grew 23 percent last year, nearly seven times faster than the industry as a whole.
“I am proud to have served as an Officer in Air Force as a Missile Combat Crew Member,” says Coombs. “As an officer I had the opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills that I have carried with me into this career. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be a member of the military, serve my country and learn lifelong skills.”
DreamMaker’s core principles also appeal to Coombs, who understands that honor and service are at the core of success.
“DreamMaker’s corporate philosophy emphasizes honesty and community service,” says Coombs. “All franchise owners and staff sign the company’s ‘Code of Values.’ It’s not about our bottom line or seeing how quickly we can get a contract signed, it’s about making sure our clients are happy.”
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