Capital Tacos with Bill Hoopes

Bill Hoopes; Veteran On the Move

This week Joe is joined by Navy Veteran, Educator, and business owner, Bill Hoopes. Bill served for 16 years, finding success as a recruiter and ultimately reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Prior to his naval service,  Bill dropped out of high school to help his Mom with bills and earned his GED. It was during this time he first experienced the restaurant business and the daily challenges it brings. Now Bill is the owner of the first Capital Tacos franchise, a quick service restaurant brand that is expanding on local success. Bill shares the challenges he faced transitioning from active duty after 16 years of service and the experience of starting his own business; using his lessons learned from the Navy and leveraging his wife’s skills as an educator. 

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About Our Guest 

Bill Hoopes opted for helping his mother pay the bills over school growing up. A decision he doesn’t regret at all. Though, he did eventually choose to return to education, enrolling in culinary school to hone the craft of cuisine and good food. He took that passion for food to the Navy, where he served for nearly two decades, whipping up food for his fellow soldiers all along the way. He then took the discipline and rigors inherent to military culture to guide him in his next adventure – which was a journey of entrepreneurship. He took over a local softball business in Tampa, while working as a teacher alongside his wife. And in the most exciting move yet, became the very first franchisee in the country for the nationally-awarded Capital Tacos QSR brand – paving the way and setting the stage for other entrepreneurs nationwide to follow in his footsteps.


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