HUMANS OF FRANCHISING: Mark McKibben of @SchoolofRock
When it comes to instruments, McKibben considers himself a jack of all trades and a master of none, though he does boast a specialty in bass guitar. But for thirteen years, McKibben wasn’t playing much bass or any other instrument. Right after graduating from college, McKibben joined the family car business, setting aside his musical aspirations in favor of what struck him as a more practical career path. For over a decade, McKibben felt a sort of resigned satisfaction following that path. It wasn’t until a few years ago when he was giving career advice to a friend, that McKibben realized he had left something important behind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“I was talking to a friend who I’d always played music with,” McKibben said. “He always wanted to be a professional musician, but he took a left turn after college and never got into the business. I was giving him a hard time, telling him that if he hated his job so much, he should quit, but he didn’t know what else to do. He didn’t want to go work in a guitar store.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
McKibben realized that the position his friend was in was not much different than his own, only McKibben had accepted it. That’s when he remembered an email he’d received a few months back. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“I was subscribed to some music publications, so School of Rock found my address and they sent me an email,” McKibben said. “I had no intention of opening a franchise at the time, but I read the email out of curiosity, and it was intriguing. I gave them a call, and they decided that my town could be a good location for a new School of Rock, but I wasn’t ready to change careers at the time.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Months later, after talking to his friend and reevaluating his own situation, McKibben decided to give School of Rock another call. This time, he wasn’t just browsing.
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