Both Ray & Carroll Youngblood grew up on small farms in north Louisiana, and met while attending Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Ray had served in the Marine Corps for four years, and was using his VA benefits to pay for college. They got married after graduation, and both began teaching school in Shreveport.
Ray taught for one year, and decided to enter the U.S. Air Force. After many schools, many moves across the country, and lots of hard work, Ray reached the rank of major. Shortly after his promotion, he saw a business that he and Carroll could build together in their spare time.
Ray was a squadron commander in Raleigh, North Carolina at the time, and Carroll was teaching at a Christian school there. Carroll was intrigued about the business from the beginning, but Ray was very skeptical. Working by herself, in just over six months Carroll had the business growing steadily. That’s when Ray got excited! He came on board and they began to build their business as a team.
Ray and Carroll realized the monetary rewards right away, but readily understood that there were greater rewards in this business. The ability to work together as a husband/wife team, the ability to travel as a family, and to set and reach common goals, held tremendous appeal for the Youngbloods.
Ray retired from the military and Carroll retired from teaching school, so they could spend more time building their business and relaxing with their two children, Tanya and Russell. “What a great family business,” says Carroll, as she talks about how special it is to work together and enjoy life together as a family.” Their business thrived along the Gulf Coast and throughout North America.
Sadly, Ray passed away in 2012, but Carroll continues to actively grow their business from her home in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. With children and grandchildren nearby, her family remains her top priority, and she loves the flexibility her business affords her to spend time as she chooses.
With her success, Carroll also gives her time and energy to support worthwhile charities. She is especially active supporting Easter Seals and the U.S. Dream Academy because of the programs these organizations have developed to meet the needs of children and returning veterans.