This Franchise Is A Flying Success

Staying in line, obeying orders, doing everything by the book–some might think the military is not the best place for an entrepreneur. Bill Adams disagrees. “I spent 21 years of my life working in the most entrepreneurial environment in the world, U.S. Special Operations (aka the Green Berets),” he says. “Having entrepreneurs in the infantry could be a disaster. But in Special Ops, that’s exactly what they want. You need people who can think up a mission and then figure out how to do it, no matter what.”

Needless to say, when he retired from the military in 2004, Adams wanted to work for himself. He created and sold a company that performs risk analysis on stadiums and other public venues. Then he invested in an experimental helicopter company, which he helped run for two years. When it came time to move on to the next venture in 2008, Adams decided he wanted to do something fun, and he and his wife, Lysa, both thought of the iFly franchise, which operates high-powered vertical wind tunnels in which users can practice sky-diving techniques or just bop around on a column of air. Read on…

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