Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jim Allen, CEO of Appliance Zone

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Today we are interviewing Jim Allen, CEO of Appliance Zone, about a scholarship for veterans interested in becoming appliance techs.

Tell us a bit about your background in appliance repair.
I operated an appliance repair business for nearly fourteen years before starting Appliance Zone. I learned a lot about appliance repair and the industry as a whole during that time. I saw a need for a company like Appliance Zone. A company that could supply appliance parts to anyone fast and at a great price. My wife Paula and I incorporated the business in 2008.

Tell us a bit about your company, Appliance Zone.
Appliance Zone was really a family affair from the beginning. After we incorporated in 2008 we started seeing growth. It took a lot of long hours and hard work to get things going and still does today. In 2010 we were recognized as the 3rd fastest growing retailer in the United Stated by Inc. 500. This was a huge honor and was really a reflection of the hard work and dedication at Appliance Zone.

You recently partnered to create a scholarship program for military veterans interested in becoming an appliance tech. What inspired you to offer this scholarship?
The scholarship program was really born out of our desire to do something positive for our military veterans. There is a shortage of high quality appliance repair technicians out there. We knew that if we could get some interested veterans the training needed to be successful in the appliance repair trade, it would be a win/win situation.

Describe the details of the scholarship for us.
Appliance Zone believes that we are truly indebted to our military veterans. This is why we have teamed up with the Samurai Tech Academy to offer a scholarship opportunity for free training to military veterans who have the desire to enter the highly rewarding field of appliance repair.

The Military Veteran Appliance Repair Training Scholarship Program is for the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair Training Course offered through Master Samurai Tech Online Academy. Scholarships will be awarded periodically to qualified applicants, chosen by a committee.

Scholarship recipients will have ½ of their tuition paid at the start of the course, with the remaining tuition costs being reimbursed to the recipient pending completion of the course. The course must be completed within 90 days to fulfill the scholarship criteria for reimbursement.

Applicant must be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve.

To apply for the Military Veteran Appliance Repair Training Scholarship Program please go to
Tell us a bit about the process of setting up the partnership for this scholarship.

When we decided to move forward with this program we knew that we needed to partner with a leading appliance repair school so we started at the top. Scott Brown and The Samurai Tech Academy were number one on our list. We contacted Scott with the idea and he was very receptive. After a few phone calls and emails the details were worked out and with input from all sides the website for the program was born.

What are the requirements for veterans interested in applying?
Anyone interested in the applying for the scholarship needs to go to They must be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve.

Is the appliance repair tech education program online or at a campus?
The program is entirely online.

How long does the program typically take?

The course must be completed within 90 days to fulfill the scholarship criteria but could be finished sooner than that depending on the student.

How do interested veterans find out more information?

Anything else you’d like to add?
We have seen a good number of applicants already and are in the process of choosing our first round of recipients. We’re anxious to spread the word to more veterans who could benefit from this program.

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