Looming Social Security and pensions weren't economically stimulating enough at the Everett home of John and Sue Smythe.
They started looking around for an investment that would supplement their retirement. Both say they found the franchise opportunity of their dreams.
"I don't think we ever wanted to retire in the traditional sense," Sue Smythe said. "We both enjoy intellectual stimulation. It keeps us feeling young. And it doesn't feel like we're working. We're doing something that feels good and makes us happy."
And when they do want to slow down, they'll have a manager run CMIT Solutions, offering information technology services to small- and midsize businesses. On Thursday, they received a Leadership Award from CMIT at a national convention for giving back to the organization and mentoring new franchisees.