Dave Cooley


I was an Air Force officer from 1973 until I retired after 24-years of service in 1997 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
During my Air Force career, I served as a navigator on the KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling aircraft, served on the staff of the Air Force Officer Training School (OTS), commanded an Air Force Recruiting Service squadron and finished my career in the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

I’ve had the privilege of serving as a squadron commander three times during my career. I commanded a squadron at OTS and in Recruiting Service, as well as commanded deployed E-3 flying squadrons in the Middle East during actively hostile flying operations.


I began my franchising career just one week after retiring from the Air Force – it’s hard for me to believe that was 20 years ago!

My first job in franchising was that of Regional Director for the New York City corporate-owned master franchise for the world’s largest commercial contract cleaning franchise corporation. Within a year, I was promoted to Vice President for all 35 corporate-owned master franchises throughout the United States and Canada. I then moved to serve as Vice President for Franchise Development for a start-up franchise in the home-building industry.

My next move was to a real estate franchise where I was Vice President for Operations. Moving to Denver, Colorado to be near both of our grown children, I became Vice President for Franchise Development for one of the oldest and largest senior care franchises in the industry.

I was then invited to join one of the most respected franchise consulting organizations in the industry and I enjoyed over six years with that group serving as Vice President and Senior Franchise Consultant.

In 2017, I was invited to join what is rapidly becoming the largest and the only international franchise consulting organization in the industry, The Franchise Consulting Company. I’m excited to be part of this great organization as it gives me more resources and opportunities to share with my clients!

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