It's been a short time since I transitioned out of the military and began a new career in Corporate America. Since then, I’ve had a minute to reflect back on what I now clearly know was overcoming one of the biggest hurdles of my adult life— reinventing myself.
In 2003, 21 year old Marine Corporal Noah Currier from Poplar Grove, IL, was deployed to Iraq with Charlie Co 1st LAR as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Three days after arriving home from combat Noah and a fellow Marine were in a vehicle headed back toward Camp Pendleton when the driver fell asleep at the wheel sending their vehicle rolling down an embankment. Noah suffered a severe paralyzing s ...[Read More]
As a Marine officer, Justin Constantine volunteered for deployment to Iraq in 2006, and served as a Civil Affairs Team Leader while attached to an infantry battalion. While on a routine combat patrol, Justin was shot in the head by a sniper. Although the original prognosis was that he had been killed in action, Justin survived.
Anthony Garcia is the CEO & co-founder of GuideOn, Inc. GuideOn's Mission is pioneering technology solutions for the transitioning Veteran.
Ryan Michler served in the National Guard and is the founder of Order of Man, a podcast dedicated to taking back what it means to be a man. His program focuses on learning from the best men our world has to offer, and returns men to the roots of masculinity.
Michael Zacchea served in the Marine Corps. Mike has been involved in several key business geared to help Veterans. He founded the CT Veterans Chamber of Commerce 501(c)6 organization in 2013, the only veterans organization registered to lobby in the CT General Assembly. He has been recognized as the 2012 Veterans Business Champion by the Small Business Administration, and been inducted into the U ...[Read More]
Raphael Hernandez served as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, United States Marine Corps and in coordination with J. Walter Thompson Atlanta, the Marine Corps' advertising agency, led a strategically aligned, multi-million dollar, national level, research driven integrated marketing program designed to support 3,700 plus U.S. Marine Corps enlisted and officer rec ...[Read More]
AJ Richards served in the Utah National Guard and started a few businesses over the years. AJ is also an entrepreneur and the CEO of Rush Club Nation.
Mika J. Cross is a seasoned Workplace Transformation Strategist specializing in innovative global workplace initiatives, culture change, strategic communications, knowledge management, next generation/future workplace predictions, mobility and flexible work policy, diversity, inclusion and employee engagement.
LtCol. Garth Massey is the Chief Leadership Officer for MLMethods, a learning and development firm based out of Los Angeles, CA. Building on his military experiences, Garth is currently serving as an infantry battalion commander in the reserves.
Gordon Whitehead specializes in leadership and organizational development with a particular interest in helping emerging leaders accelerate their leadership growth.
Dan & Stephanie talk candidly about preparing to leave military service. They discuss how they came to the decision, faith, and planning for the road ahead.
Rabbi Kevin Bemel joined the United States Navy after spending over 20 years in the business world. After nine years on active duty, he returned to civilian business to help veterans find high-paying jobs and start businesses.
Travis Scott Collier, a Georgia native- graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy and spent his career immersed in the Coast Guard’s military training system. He holds a Master’s in Instructional & Performance Technology from Boise State University, he’s trained over 650 foreign nationals in 19 nations, led three of the US Coast Guard’s apprentice training programs, and helped develop small boat e ...[Read More]
Justin Sloan served in the Marines for five years, He went on to study fiction in the Master of Arts writing program at Johns Hopkins and interned with the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review. He's authored several fiction books and nonfiction books alike.
Heather MacArthur has been career coaching individuals at all levels and across various industries for fifteen plus years. Her career has spanned from serving in the Air Force as a Russian Linguist for the National Security Agency, to being a learning and development leader for companies such as Princess Cruises and The Walt Disney Company.
Sarah Plummer Taylor, MSWc is a holistic health coach and social scientist who practically, personally, and inspirationally encourages others to enhance all areas of their well-being. A former Intelligence Officer in the Marine Corps and Military Olympic athlete, she loves to work with other military veterans, women, and entrepreneurs. Sarah is an author, professional speaker, wellness counselor, ...[Read More]
Nick Bradfield is the founder of Divvy Investments LLC, a registered investment advisor with the SEC. He started his career in financial services as a financial advisor with a large brokerage firm. Through this experience, he found an interest in helping people plan for retirement while minimizing fees - and soon, the idea for Divvy Investments was born.
Dan Myatt left the stability of his job serving in the United States Air Force in 2015. He is the co-founder and CEO of Mavuno, a 501c3 nonprofit organization started while on active duty. Mavuno is committed to ending extreme poverty in eastern Congo.
This week's episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show features Navy Veteran turned MPM, PhD & PMP, Eric Wright. He is a two-service, two-era Military Veteran; Co-Founder and CEO of Vets2PM; an experienced, credentialed project manager and recognized mentor; and an entertaining instructor/public speaker on project management, PMI’s PMP and CAPM exams, and on project manager development.
Dr. Theresa Larson received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego California. She is a former Marine Corps Engineer Officer and Combat Veteran. She played professional softball in Italy as well as semi-professional softball in the United States, was an All- American Division I softball player at Villanova University, as well as a former Body-for-Life ...[Read More]
Dean Bundschu currently serves as the Executive Director of Bunker Labs Raleigh-Durham. He is an entrepreneur, accomplished sales professional and business advisor who has spent his entire career building successful businesses.
Annelle Despaignes served in the United States Army Reserve for ten years. Upon transitioning out of the Army, she sought out an opportunity with Fox Sports, she currently works as a Production Operations Coordinator.
Brandon Knotts served as a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps Reserve, he went on to found multiple companies to include a technical recruiting and IT firm, Dash2 Group.
This episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show features Marine turned acting professional, Scott Levy. We'll dive into his journey from when he left the Marines, to developing key skillsets. Scott reveals how he turned his passion for acting into a highly marketable personal brand. In addition to discussing tips and tricks into break into the film industry, we also cover networking and in-depth re ...[Read More]
Michael Penney enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and began his service in Twentynine Palms, CA with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, Weapons Co. He served in two tours of duty, both to Ramadi, Iraq. After re-enlisting in 2007, he reported to MCB Quantico as his next duty station. Michael became a Combat Marksmanship Instructor, Foreign Weapons Instructor, and security forces trained Designated ...[Read More]
This week's Military Entrepreneur is Mark Babbitt, a renowned business speaker, author, and leadership expert. He served four years in the United States Air Force, he managed to master the art of building relationships in his transition. Mark's hard work and innovativeness really paid off, he subsequently had six job offers in Silicon Valley following his military service.
This episode of The Military Entrepreneur Show features a candid interview with Brandon Buttrey, entrepreneur and founder of Counter Strike Coffee & also the Marketing and Social Media Manager for the Lone Survivor Foundation. Listen to this episode and learn how Brandon took a proactive approach transitioning out of the Navy, how he started his business, and enjoy some good laughs along the way.
Rick Yost is a serial entrepreneur, attorney, author, and the co-founder of VeteransList. A service-disabled veteran himself, Rick brings his 12 years of military experience as an Army officer, extensive education (MBA/JD), startup and business experience to bear in consulting, entrepreneurship, and providing support to multiple businesses.
Lydia Davey is a vision-driven communications strategist and the Founder/CEO of Moriah Creatives PR. She leads a team of gifted designers and storytellers to elevate small business and consultancy client brands nationwide.
This week features James Brobyn and Chris Maloney- two Marine Officers and friends who recently left active duty and started their own business. We discuss why they left active duty, family, entrepreneurship, and their newest venture- CauseEngine
Founder and Host of the SuccessVets Podcast, Byron Chen tells us what veterans must know about salary negotiation before its too late. For most transitioning servicemembers, getting into corporate terrain can appear cloudy and unfamiliar- the thought of negotiating salary becomes a mere afterthought that can cause feelings of resentment. Byron and I discuss his personal experience transitioning ou ...[Read More]
Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas earned her PhD in Health Promotion and Health Education. She is an assistant professor at Charleston Southern University. A former Captain in the Marine Corps, she loves to work with other military veterans. Kate is a health science researcher, professional speaker, and yoga teacher who travels the country teaching mental fitness.
What's the most common topic I get asked about by veterans entering into a new career? Salary negotiation. That’s no surprise to me since this subject is largely uncovered by military-to-civilian career recruiters and transition assistance counselors. But veterans shouldn’t be afraid to negotiate employment offers when they go from the public to private sector. After researching for nearly a year ...[Read More]
In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show, Aaron Walker talks about how he accelerated his success over the last decade with mastermind groups as a catalyst. Learn the intricacies of assembling and hosting a group of like-minded individuals to help grow your business and break through barriers keeping you from success. Today, Aaron helps ordinary people and businesses become extraordinary ...[Read More]
My decision to become a Marine Corps recruiter was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my military career. It was a path of sacrifice, hard work, and dedication- consistently working late into the evenings, weekends and holidays is not for the faint of heart. As I am preparing to close out the Marine Corps chapter of my life, I can’t help but reflect back on a few lessons I’ve learned ...[Read More]
Thomas Schwab graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served for 5 years as a Naval Officer and left the military with a young family to work at Stryker. Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit, Tom went on and started multiple businesses. He is currently serving as the COO of View From the Top, a coaching firm focused on building ...[Read More]
In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur show, Michael Brito and I discuss digital strategies for transitioning service members to build a personal brand. Michael feels that in some cases, there is a disconnect between companies and the tremendous value service members can bring to a company. Servicemembers can develop their online presence and use it as an advantage, getting their foot in the ...[Read More]
United States Air Force LtCol. Matt Butler is the inventor of Rollors, a popular outdoor game that can be enjoyed in the backyard with the family, on the beach, or with friends tailgating.
Matt Miller spent the first 9 years of his career as an Air Force pilot, before entering the corporate world to work at both Abbott Laboratories and Valassis. While a top performer for both companies, his long term desire was to start a business and be his own boss.
Nicole Heffel served in the United States Navy as a Master-at-Arms for 5 years, under both Marine Corps and Navy commands. During her active duty enlistment she was able to complete her undergraduate degree, despite the high demands of the military. After transitioning from active duty, Nicole went on to earn her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Aaron Saari is a growth strategist and entrepreneur living in San Francisco. He graduated from West Point in 2007 and soon thereafter deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He served as an engineer officer before leaving the Army in 2012. He also consults for businesses on growth with his own company, Base of Fire, where he applies Silicon Valley technology and principles to automate operations, and op ...[Read More]
Wes Schaeffer is The Sales Whisperer ®, a ruthlessly pragmatic entrepreneur, sales trainer, copywriter, and speaker who believes marketing is just selling in print. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, he spent 5 years on active duty with assignments in South Korea and the Middle East, among others.
Amber Robinson is a non-profit vice president and communications director, public relations freelancer, writer, editor and Army Combat Veteran. Amber entered the military as a Public Affairs soldier at the age of 24.
Paul Dillon is a a U.S. Army Reserve veteran, he served in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant, and was awarded 2 Bronze Star Medals. Paul is also a Certified Management Consultant with more than 37 years of experience in the professional services industry.
Tom Morkes is a West Point grad, Iraq War veteran, and founder of InsurgentPublishing.com, a company that helps authors launch their books to bestseller. You can get inside his brain at Tommorkes.com where he applies what he learned leading troops in combat to writing, art, and entrepreneurship.
Honorably discharged as a Sergeant of Marines, Sam Meek began his career with WR Platform Advisors, a hedge fund investment platform, where he supported the executive team as Vice President of Business Development. He developed several successful marketing strategies for the firm while playing a key role in operations and technology. Sam currently serves on various charitable boards that support t ...[Read More]
The mere thought of renting your home can be a daunting task, the good news is it doesn't have to be. While there are dozens of ways to successfully rent your house, these are five brilliant hacks I've used to successfully fill a vacancy. In general the home rental process can be simple and effective, or a difficult and time consuming and even costly if you don’t prepare. Like many of you, I have ...[Read More]
Jim Perkins is an Army officer and the founder of Military Mentors. He is a nerd at heart who currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife while attending business school. He is passionate about leader development, solving problems and leaving the world around him better than he found it.
Byron was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. His six years of active duty included one deployment to Iraq and two company commands. He currently resides in Santa Rosa, California. Byron left the Marine Corps in June of 2013. Leading up to that point, he thought he was more than ready. He was leaving with fond memories and great friends. h ...[Read More]
Nate Scott's personal mission is to live each day principle-centered based upon biblical teachings, to be a person of value and personal influence. He specializes in teaching people how to think versus what to think about living a rich life. As a West Point graduate, military veteran, and former financial professional with graduate financial degrees from George Washington and Georgetown Universi ...[Read More]
In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show, you'll learn about Adam's journey from the Marines to law enforcement, entrepreneurial ventures, and valuable lessons he learned along the way. He shares his thoughts and connects the dots on the environment and education needed for success outside the military.
Koka is a veteran of the United States Army and served his country as a military police officer. Today, he is one of the most recognized social experts in the technology industry. With ten+ years of sales experience at well know companies such as Paragon, Insideview and now LinkedIn.
Most people join the military to serve their country and transform themselves. Many of them will only serve four to eight years and then choose to pursue another path. A majority are unique; they are driven, they ask good questions and solve complex problems. A few might see themselves as military entrepreneurs.
Dr. Gordon Whitehead is a leader with experience in business management, business development, information technology, and bringing new products to market. Gordon received his Bachelor of Arts from Oregon State University in Business with concentrations in both Business Administration and Finance, and a Minor in Japanese. He later graduated from George Fox University, a private liberal arts univer ...[Read More]