Franchise Spotlight – Doug Eaton
What is the best advice you have ever received, and from whom?
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt
This quote was shared with me by my Dad when I was young. It guided him well, and it has been a powerful source of inspiration and guidance for my life ever since.
What was your life journey before NuVinAir?
I built a few things before finding NuVinAir. My proudest accomplishment is marrying the love of my life, Kelly, and raising three daughters in Phoenix. Next, I was able to build a quality namesake in my community with my Christian faith as the cornerstone. My brother and I built a business over 25 years, and we sold the company in 2016. I retired in 2017. The retirement part didn’t work out too well, I guess, haha! But now I’m excited about my newest chapter, building my NuVinAir business.
What do you enjoy most about owning a NuVinAir franchise?
I enjoy solving problems. Our value proposition is straightforward. Vehicles are experiencing more odors than ever before. Our product eradicates those odors. I get to be a hero to my customers. Case closed. That’s very satisfying.
What is your best skill as a franchise owner?
Tenacity. I don’t ever give up.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me means financial independence and quality of life. By that, if you don’t have a work-life balance, something is out of order, and that typically means that you will experience less life fulfillment. Case in point, my friends, faith, and family mean a lot to me. Sacrificing any of them is not an option for me, so I have to figure out how to keep everything working at a high level, and one of the challenges is keeping work in check because it tends to dominate. I’m a work in progress!
If you could invite any four people to dinner, dead or alive, who would you invite and why?
Billy Joe Armstrong – Lead singer of Green Day. Why? I love punk and especially happy punk.
George Washington – GOAT of all GOATS.
Grandpa Bumpa – He passed down so much truth, grace, and encouragement to me.
Jeff Bezos –The Amazon business model is beyond unicorn. I especially admire Jeff’s relentless passion for the customer and their experience.
What’s the number one item on your life “bucket list”?
I want to become the #1 Volume NuVinAir franchisee and then take over Kyle’s role as CEO. Well, at least the first one is on my bucket list. The second one would be too easy…(are you laughing yet, Kyle?)