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Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

How This Air Force Veteran Built a New Life and Started a Minuteman Press Business after Returning Home

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Mike Rodzianko served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then worked in Russia for over a decade assisting with the enforcement of nuclear arms treaties, where he met his wife Oksana. When it was time for Mike to return home, he and Oksana built a new life in Manassas, Virginia, where they have owned and operated their Minuteman Press franchise for two years.

MANASSAS, Va. – It has been a long road for U.S. Air Force Veteran Mike Rodzianko and his wife Oksana. The couple first met in Moscow where Mike was working as a government contractor after serving 22 years in the Air Force. As a retired Lieutenant Colonel who could speak Russian, Rodzianko was tasked with helping the Russian Federation on compliance with nuclear arms treaties. He lived in Russia for over a decade, when suddenly it was time to come home. “We had our apartment in Moscow,” he says, “but then it came time to leave. The Russian government pulled my Work Visa, and that was that.”

Building a New Life and Starting Business Back Home

When Mike was offered a job in Manassas, he and Oksana decided to build themselves a brand new house. “Then, the investors pulled out of the project, and we were left scrambling. I looked around for other jobs but found that I was overqualified for the jobs that were out there.”

With his house half-built and his job taken off the table, Mike Rodzianko decided to look into owning his own business. After doing some research, Mike found a franchise opportunity with Minuteman Press to be the right fit for him. “We did our research and found Minuteman Press to be feasible for us. The financial investment fit what we had available, and both Oksana and myself have always been consumers of printing products.” Mike also fondly recalls that his father took up printing as a retirement hobby: “I remember my dad running his own offset press and doing projects. He was happy and that still resonates with me.”

Favorite Thing

Mike and Oksana Rodzianko opened their Minuteman Press franchise in Manassas in November 2013. They are now two years into owning their own business, and when asked about his favorite aspect of it all, Mike defers to his wife. “Oksana puts it best when she says the best part about what we do is seeing a client’s face light up when you hand over a finished project.” He adds, “As much as we love the business aspect, those reactions from our customers are what truly matters.”

“Mike and Oksana have the perfect attitude for owning a Minuteman Press franchise,” says Bob Heimbuch, Minuteman Press Regional Vice President for Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. “The way they value the high levels of quality and service they provide shows how much they truly care about their customers.”

Advice to Others

With everything he’s been through, Mike offers the following advice to others who are thinking about starting their own business: “Trust in yourself and keep a positive attitude.”

Sounds like Veteran advice worth heeding.

For more information on Minuteman Press in Manassas, call Mike and Oksana Rodzianko at (571) 208-0782 or check out their website here.

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