Corporate Person turned Entrepreneur: Valvoline Career Change

If you are thinking about a mid-career change that involves owning your own franchise business, you’re in good company at Valvoline Instant Oil Change. Many of our franchisees started on their entrepreneurial path after 10 or even 20 years of success in the corporate world. Some of those franchisees were driven by a desire to be their own boss. For others, it was a chance to work on something they were passionate about—a love of cars. For all of them, franchising with Valvoline Instant Oil Change gave them the systems, structure and support they needed to make the leap into business ownership. Watch this video below to learn if a Valvoline career change is for you.

But why take our word for it? Hear it from the franchisees themselves:

 “In my previous career, I was involved in the automotive aftermarket parts business. I was already familiar with the quick lube industry due to my business relationships in the automotive sector. I knew it was a profitable industry…. I looked at several systems before choosing Valvoline Instant Oil Change. They had a proven track record in franchising, as well as the systems and support in place to make sure their franchisees are successful.”

Bill Cavalle
AWC Premium Service Ltd
10 stores in Dallas/Fort Worth
Franchisee since 2002

“I worked for many years in the financial services industry for some of the largest banks in the country. The entrepreneurial fire was burning deep inside me. I was witnessing more and more of my coworkers’ careers being derailed due to cutbacks in the banking and finance industry. I knew it was only a matter of time before I would be on the chopping block. I decided to control my own destiny. I really wanted to be a decision maker and own my own business. My goal was to think big in a small business environment.”

Navin Bhatia
Hill Country Oil, Inc.
9 stores in San Antonio, TX
Franchisee since 1994


“Before I signed on with Valvoline Instant Oil Change, I was an independent insurance agent working in the family business. I did that for 20 years but it wasn’t my passion…. Many business owners I know learned about entrepreneurship by trial and error and by making some very expensive mistakes. If you get involved with a great franchise, they have already made the mistakes. The franchisor has tested things out and streamlined the process.”

Doug Wall
Convenient Car Care
16 stores in Kentucky and Tennessee
Franchisee since 1998


“I was a corporate attorney working at a large law firm. I lost passion for my career and decided it was time for me to find a new calling. I wanted to do something more hands-on, which to me meant owning my own business…. I chose franchising because it gives you the benefit of a proven system, and in the case of Valvoline Instant Oil Change, the benefit of a well-known brand.”

Jon Bohlen
AD Kenwood and Company
1 store in Illinois
Franchisee since 2014

To learn more about the entrepreneurial journey our Oil Change franchisees have traveled, click here.