Military Entrepreneur Show | A Resource for Transitioning Veterans https://www.danevansonline.com/blog/ Husband, Dad, Marketer | Chief Marketing Officer at N2Growth, Former USAA, Marine Corps Veteran Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:59:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 The Military Entrepreneur Show is the premiere resource for business minded veterans. If you are entrepreneurial, and want to learn how others like you made it in business and as entrepreneurs; this show is for YOU!<br /> <br /> As I prepare for my own transition, my goal is to help others who are getting out of the military supplement their transition process from the stories of veterans who transitioned and made it in real-world business. Dan Evans Dan Evans evans.danielj@gmail.com evans.danielj@gmail.com (Dan Evans) Military Entrepreneur Show | A Resource for Transitioning Veterans Military Entrepreneur Show | A Resource for Transitioning Veterans https://www.danevansonline.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Milipreneur_cover_art-280.png https://www.danevansonline.com/blog/ podcast-support@google.com The Military Entrepreneur Show is the premiere resource for business minded veterans. If you are entrepreneurial, and want to learn how others like you made it in business and as entrepreneurs; this show is for YOU! As I prepare for my own transition, my goal is to help others who are getting out of the military supplement their transition process from the stories of veterans who transitioned and made it in real-world business. Weekly Noah Currier | Marine & Founder of OscarMike.org https://www.danevansonline.com/noah-currier-marine-founder-oscarmike-org/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:45:21 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1956 https://www.danevansonline.com/noah-currier-marine-founder-oscarmike-org/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/noah-currier-marine-founder-oscarmike-org/feed/ 0 <p>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 spinal cord injury from the accident.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/noah-currier-marine-founder-oscarmike-org/">Noah Currier | Marine & Founder of OscarMike.org</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 ... 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 spinal cord injury from the accident.
Seeking a way to afford the necessary physical therapy for himself and a fellow injured Marine, Noah came up with the concept of using a t-shirt inspired by his brotherhood in the Marine Corps as a fundraiser. He designed a shirt that boldly stated He who sheds blood with me shall forever be my brother across the back. The shirts quickly caught on with supporters and the fundraiser turned out to be an overwhelming success. Enough units were sold to afford Noah and his friend another six months of additional life-changing physical therapy. Listen to this episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show.
Connect with Noah & OscarMike.org

* OscarMike.org
* OscarMike on Facebook
* Noah on LinkedIn





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Justin Constantine | Professional Speaker & Leadership Consultant https://www.danevansonline.com/justin-constantine-professional-speaker-leadership-consultant/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:31:29 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1943 https://www.danevansonline.com/justin-constantine-professional-speaker-leadership-consultant/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/justin-constantine-professional-speaker-leadership-consultant/feed/ 0 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/justin-constantine-professional-speaker-leadership-consultant/">Justin Constantine | Professional Speaker & Leadership Consultant</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. 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. Through teamwork and a positive mental attitude, he has had quite a successful recovery. Justin now speaks to audiences large and small about personal leadership, the critical role of teamwork in facing life’s challenges, and the upside of change. He applies his incredible story of overcoming adversity to every level of an organization, and all audiences to move beyond the challenges they are facing in their own lives.
While on active duty, Justin had served as a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps. Upon recovering from his injuries, Justin continued to serve in the Federal government in a number of attorney positions, including the Department of Justice, Capitol Hill and most recently with the FBI on a counter terrorism team. Despite being shot in the head, Justin was the Honor Graduate of his class at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also recently completed the Master of Laws (LLM) program at Georgetown University focusing on National Security.
Justin retired from the Marine Corps Reserves at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and now serves on the Board of Directors of the Wounded Warrior Project, Give An Hour, and SemperMax. In addition, in 2011 the Secretary of Defense appointed him to serve on a 4-year Congressionally-mandated Task Force for Recovering Warriors. In 2012 the Virginia Legislature passed a commending resolution highlighting Justin’s continued support of veterans and other wounded warriors.
Most recently, Justin was awarded the prestigious inaugural 2014 Lincoln Award recognizing his outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families. Justin has also been named a Champion of Change by the White House, and was presented with the All-American Hero Award at the 2013 All-American Inaugural Ball. Further, Justin was invited to introduce President George W. Bush at a veterans’ symposium at the Bush Institute in February 2014.
Justin is a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in connection with their Hiring Our Heroes campaign, and works with a number of corporations on their veteran hiring initiatives. Justin has also been featured in magazines and programs such as CNN, Fox News, Men’s Health, the Huffington Post, the Atlantic, Financial Times, and the Department of Labor’s America’s Heroes at Work Success Stories.
Through his journey of courage, injury, resilience and triumph, Justin demonstrates that we are all stronger than we think we are. His personal story of recovery and success is a testament to the power of the human spirit, and the message he shares applies to every member of the audience. All will leave inspired to attack any difficulties in their own lives, and will search out opportunities to excel at work and at home.


Connect with Justin:

* JustinConstantine.com
* Justin on LinkedIn
* Justin on Twitter






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Anthony Garcia | CEO & Co-Founder of Guide-On.com https://www.danevansonline.com/anthony-garcia-ceo-guide-on/ Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:30:14 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1931 https://www.danevansonline.com/anthony-garcia-ceo-guide-on/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/anthony-garcia-ceo-guide-on/feed/ 0 <p>Anthony Garcia is the CEO & co-founder of GuideOn, Inc. GuideOn's Mission is pioneering technology solutions for the transitioning Veteran.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/anthony-garcia-ceo-guide-on/">Anthony Garcia | CEO & Co-Founder of Guide-On.com</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> Anthony Garcia is the CEO & co-founder of GuideOn, Inc. GuideOn's Mission is pioneering technology solutions for the transitioning Veteran. Anthony Garcia is the CEO & co-founder of GuideOn, Inc. GuideOn’s Mission is pioneering technology solutions for the transitioning Veteran. Prior to founding GuideOn, Anthony worked in operations at SRI International where he later left to start his first business, GuideOn,com is his third. Prior to this, Anthony served in the U.S. Army for eight years as an officer and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopter pilot. He served two back to back, combat deployments to Iraq where he managed 21 Blackhawk helicopters, led over 90 pilots – flight engineers – and medics, while directing over 4,000 flying missions.
As a Captain and pilot-in-command (PIC) for the 54th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), his unit evacuated and provided critical lifesaving care for over 6,500 patients, comprised of Coalition Forces, Iraqi civilians, and insurgent enemy forces. They were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. Some of Anthony’s awards consist of 2 Bronze Stars for leadership in combat, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Air Medal, and the Sikorsky Aircraft 1000- hour award. After his military service, Anthony obtained an MBA from Cornell University. He received a BA in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio and is a graduate of Robert G. Cole High School, Fort Sam Houston. Anthony was born in Frankfurt West Germany at the 92nd General Hospital and is the son of a retired Lieutenant Colonel. Learn More About Guide-On!
Connect with Anthony & Guide-On

* Anthony on LinkedIn
* Guide-On.com
* Twitter
* Facebook





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Ryan Michler | Founder of Order of Man https://www.danevansonline.com/ryan-michler-founder-order-man/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:07:02 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1913 https://www.danevansonline.com/ryan-michler-founder-order-man/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/ryan-michler-founder-order-man/feed/ 0 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/ryan-michler-founder-order-man/">Ryan Michler | Founder of Order of Man</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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, 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. Ryan also has a mastermind group called The Iron Council, a group for men dedicated to taking action to improve their lives.
Ryan says: “I am not an expert. I am learning! And, the only thing that qualifies me to do this work is that I have a passion for self-improvement. My goal is to take my shortcomings in life and make them my strengths”
Ryan shares his story about serving in the Utah National Guard, proactive preparation for civilian life during his deployment, how the Order of Man & Iron Council was conceived, and how his program improves the lives of men. Listen to this episode of the Military Entrepreneur show.
Ryan’s Reading List:

* Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win
* Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance
* Ego is the Enemy

Connect with Ryan & Order of Man:

* OrderofMan.com
* Twitter
* Facebook
* Order of Man Facebook Group





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Michael Zacchea | U.S. Marine & Veteran Advocate https://www.danevansonline.com/michael-zacchea-u-s-marine-veteran-advocate/ Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:28:57 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1904 https://www.danevansonline.com/michael-zacchea-u-s-marine-veteran-advocate/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/michael-zacchea-u-s-marine-veteran-advocate/feed/ 0 <p>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 UConn School of Business Hall of Fame. Mike serves on several veterans advisory boards for elected officials. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/michael-zacchea-u-s-marine-veteran-advocate/">Michael Zacchea | U.S. Marine & Veteran Advocate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 C... Mike Zacchea was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1990. He served at Camp Lejeune as a forward observer and platoon commander, deploying to Somalia for OPERATION RESTORE HOPE and to Haiti for OPERATION SUPPORT DEMOCRACY. He served as operations officer and executive officer of a Marine recruiting station. He was selected for advanced artillery school, and went on to command two artillery batteries and serve as a battalion assistant operations officer. He served another tour on recruiting duty in the northeastern US. In March 2004, as a major, he deployed to Iraq for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II. His team’s mission was to build, train, and lead in combat the first Iraqi army battalion trained by the US military.
After an initial 4-month training period, his adviser team led the Iraqi battalion in combat operations for 7 months. During this time, the battalion participated in OPERATION PHANTOM FURY, the 2nd Battle of Fallujah. The battalion spent 6 weeks in urban combat, the longest of any deployed Iraqi unit, and accomplished a number of historical firsts for the Iraqi army. During the battle, Mike was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Mike’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (with Valor device) (with gold star in lieu of 2nd award), the Purple Heart Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous unit and campaign awards. Mike was also the first and at the time only American recognized by the Iraqi government by the Order of the Lion of Babylon. As a result of his wounds, Mike has been medically retired.
Mike helped form a non-profit organization of military advisers in 2006 to help Iraqi interpreters immigrate to the United States, which eventually became known nationally as Netroots: the List Project. In 2009, he founded the the UConn Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, through which he has helped veterans start more than 90 businesses. He served on a multi-agency cross-disciplinary working group chaired by the CT Dept of Veterans Affairs focusing on veteran reintegration, education, training, and workforce re-entry issues, and presently serves on the Benefit corporations state task force.
Mike 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 UConn School of Business Hall of Fame. Mike serves on several veterans advisory boards for elected officials. Mike is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs for the Small Business Administration, advising the Administrator on policies and issues affecting more than 3.6 million veteran-owned businesses producing more than $1.7 trillion in national gross product and employing more than 8 million employees.
Mike is a frequent guest speaker in the media, and has been featured in several books and documentaries addressing the Iraq War, veterans issues, and Iraqi refugee issues. Mike presented “Managing Trauma in the War Theater” to the International Congress of Stress and Trauma Management in 2013. Mike is the author of “Veteran’s Advocacy: the Fight for Social Justice and Healing Through Activism” in Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches (Routledge: 2012) and of “Social Entrepreneurship Solution for Veterans’ Reintegration through Entrepreneur Training for Disabled Veterans” in Social Entrepreneurship as a Catalyst for Social Change (Infoage: 2013).
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Raphael Hernandez | CEO of Phase 5 Strategies https://www.danevansonline.com/raphael-hernandez-marine-ltcol-chief-marketing-officer/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:25:36 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1895 https://www.danevansonline.com/raphael-hernandez-marine-ltcol-chief-marketing-officer/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/raphael-hernandez-marine-ltcol-chief-marketing-officer/feed/ 0 <p>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 recruiters, located across the United States.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/raphael-hernandez-marine-ltcol-chief-marketing-officer/">Raphael Hernandez | CEO of Phase 5 Strategies</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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, Raphael recently retired from the United States Marine Corps after 22 years of service and has extensive experience in marketing, customer relationship management, logistics, strategic and operational planning and execution, talent acquisition, operations and organizational leadership. Prior to serving in the Marine Corps, Raphael worked for the El Paso Housing Authority, El Paso, Texas and worked his way through school as a retail customer service representative and as an Administrative Assistant in a law office. He earned a business degree from the University of Texas At El Paso and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from National University, San Diego, California.
Raphael served in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002, 2003 and 2004; and in 2011 was part of a 6 person planning team that assisted the Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, to rapidly develop contingency plans as a result of the 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. In addition, he served as the Director of Operations and Logistics, for the Third Marine Expeditionary Brigade, during Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief Missions in the Sri Lanka in 2009 and the Philippines in 2009 and 2010.
Raphael volunteers in the community as the Chief Marketing Officer a non-profit, Military Mentors, Inc.
Connect with Raphael

* Raphael Hernandez on LinkedIn
* Raphael Hernandez on Twitter

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AJ Richards | CEO of Rush Club Nation https://www.danevansonline.com/aj-richards-ceo-rushclubnation/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:30:13 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1880 https://www.danevansonline.com/aj-richards-ceo-rushclubnation/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/aj-richards-ceo-rushclubnation/feed/ 0 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/aj-richards-ceo-rushclubnation/">AJ Richards | CEO of Rush Club Nation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. 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. He was born in Southern Utah and spent much of his childhood playing with cousins at the family cattle ranch. He dropped out of high school his senior year and joined the military. From the age of 16 until he deployed, AJ went through a new job every three months. In 2005 he deployed with his field artillery unit to Ramadi, Iraq.
After returning from Iraq, AJ took a job but found himself miserable selling pest control door-to-door. He was depressed and was soon misdiagnosed by doctors with PTSD. He chose to not take the prescribed antidepressants, he started exercising and discovered CrossFit as a way to enhance his mental and physical wellbeing.
AJ opened his own CrossFit gym in 2011, in 2013 he had an idea to do with CrossFit athletes and competition what Dana White did with the UFC. He took CrossFit and made it entertaining and added weight divisions. With only 3 years invested,  AJ is the CEO of Rush Club Nation. He’s been figuring out how to manage Rush Club’s popularity and massive growth while figuring out how to scale nationwide and globally.
Check out Rush Club

* RushClubUSA.com
* Rush Club on Facebook

Connect with AJ

* LinkedIn





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Mika J. Cross | Workplace Transformation Strategist https://www.danevansonline.com/mika-j-cross-workplace-transformation-strategist/ Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:52:45 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1863 https://www.danevansonline.com/mika-j-cross-workplace-transformation-strategist/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/mika-j-cross-workplace-transformation-strategist/feed/ 0 <p>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. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/mika-j-cross-workplace-transformation-strategist/">Mika J. Cross | Workplace Transformation Strategist</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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, 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.  Her 18-year career in public service includes assignments throughout the United States Intelligence Community and across the Federal government.  She is a veteran of the Unites States Army, having served as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer.
Mika is highly regarded as a thought leader for flexible and transformational workplace practices and is regularly featured as a professional speaker at industry conferences and events. On behalf of the White House and the National Security Council (NSC), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invited Mika to contribute to the “Workforce of 2020” strategy session as a component of the joint-led task force to develop a new business model for vetting current and future Federal employees into positions of national security. Mika was invited to speak at the House Smart Contracting Caucus roundtable on Telework and Mobility, by Co-Chairmen Gerry Connolly and Rob Wittman.  She has also worked in partnership with Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on behalf of the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Federal Women’s Program, to design innovative learning strategies to help align Work/Life, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Resources professionals from across the government to share strategic vision and value for integrating a flexible and supportive workplace.
In 2014, Mika was selected as a President’s Management Council (PMC) Interagency Fellow at OPM and worked on government-wide projects affecting culture and process change. As a component of the President’s Second Term Management Agenda sub-goal on People and Culture, she helped create an online Employee Engagement Community of Practice (eCOP) within OPM’s interactive dashboard (the Unlocking Federal Talent data tool at unlocktalent.gov).  The eCOP is targeted for Senior Executive Management to help Federal agencies collect and use data to create a more engaged workplace. She also has led several workforce transformation initiatives resulting in winning the organizations she has worked for numerous industry awards- the most recent being USDA named on the Forbes 500 Best American Workplace rankings in March 2015.
Mika has led the strategic communications and initiatives capability for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and currently does so for the Department of Labor, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS.)  Mika was awarded the Fed50 “Most Inspiring Up-and-Comer” award, the Federal News Radio “Causey Award” as well as a Next Gen Gov public service award. In 2013 she was named a ‘Work-Life Rising Star’ by WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress.    She currently serves as Government Chair of the Human Capital Shared Interest Group (HC-SIG) for the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Panel (ACT-IAC) and as a Board member for WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work/life Progress (AWLP.)
Resources:

* Veterans.gov
* Women Veterans
* American Job Centers
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Garth Massey | MLMethods Chief Leadership Officer https://www.danevansonline.com/garth-massey-leadership-management-mlmethods/ Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:43:44 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1820 https://www.danevansonline.com/garth-massey-leadership-management-mlmethods/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/garth-massey-leadership-management-mlmethods/feed/ 0 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/garth-massey-leadership-management-mlmethods/">Garth Massey | MLMethods Chief Leadership Officer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Since leaving active duty, Garth has held several executive level leadership positions in corporate America. He has created a leadership development program that brings measurable results to industries, he specializes in accelerating leadership growth while building a pipeline for the future of their company.
His approach combines the best of two worlds bringing impactful programs that can be put into action, immediately. For Veterans, his program is the answer to the question about what skills from the military translate into something corporate America needs.
Connect with Garth

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MLMethods
* LinkedIn
* Twitter
* Facebook
* YouTube





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]]> Dan Evans 39:38 Gordon Whitehead | Developing Emerging Leaders 24×7 https://www.danevansonline.com/leaders247/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:25:28 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1811 https://www.danevansonline.com/leaders247/#respond https://www.danevansonline.com/leaders247/feed/ 0 <p>Gordon Whitehead specializes in leadership and organizational development with a particular interest in helping emerging leaders accelerate their leadership growth.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/leaders247/">Gordon Whitehead | Developing Emerging Leaders 24×7</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> Gordon Whitehead specializes in leadership and organizational development with a particular interest in helping emerging leaders accelerate their leadership growth. His career includes 13 years in the United States Marine Corps where he served both as an enlisted man and as an officer. He left the Marines as a Captain to join the Nike team where he held several positions with international responsibilities, including the Director of IT for the Americas Region. Other professional positions include: Director of IT for Sequent Computers, Vice President for FB&B Consulting Group, and Vice President of IT Operations for CorVel Corporation. Gordon has been a head varsity basketball coach and an assistant varsity football coach for championship teams in Oregon.
Gordon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oregon State University in Business with concentrations in business administration and finance with a minor in Japanese. He holds a Doctor of Management degree from George Fox University and is an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University.
Gordon Whitehead is a published author on various leadership topics. He founded Leaders247 to advance the art of leadership by teaching, mentoring, and coaching leaders and organizations to higher performance by unlocking the capacity of their people. Gordon is married to Diane Whitehead and together they have eight children and seven grandchildren.
Listen to Gordon’s last episode on the Military Entrepreneur Show
Connect with Gordon

* www.leaders247.com
* Twitter
* LinkedIn
* Facebook





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Dan & Stephanie Evans | Thoughts on Preparing to Leave Military Service https://www.danevansonline.com/thoughts-on-preparing-to-leave-military-service/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:29:14 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1787 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/thoughts-on-preparing-to-leave-military-service/">Dan & Stephanie Evans | Thoughts on Preparing to Leave Military Service</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Show Summary:

* I have an amazing and supportive wife ( I love you, Steph)
* Dan is both anxious and excited
* Steph sometimes feels nervous
* Transitioning is hard work
* Pursue your passion…
* But… have a plan
* Networking is vital
* Pray and have faith
* Excited for what’s next!






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Kevin “Rabs” Bemel | Navy Rabbi & Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/kevin-rabs-bemel-navy-rabbi-entrepreneur/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 07:17:42 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1776 <p>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. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/kevin-rabs-bemel-navy-rabbi-entrepreneur/">Kevin “Rabs” Bemel | Navy Rabbi & Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Kevin has worked with thousands of Marines and sailors in Okinawa, Japan, during a Persian Gulf deployment with the air wing for the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76); the submariners at Submarine Squadron 11, Naval Base Point Loma; and Airborne Command, Control and Logistics Wing, Pt. Magu.  His call sign, which has since become his nickname, is “Rabs.” Today, he is a hit in the blogosphere, at bemel.com, where he writes about fitness, entrepreneurship, relationships, the soul, and making transitions.
Connect with Rabs:

* www.Bemel.com
* Twitter
* LinkedIn
* Facebook





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Travis Scott Collier | Author of Command Your Transition https://www.danevansonline.com/travis-scott-collier-author-of-command-your-transition/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 07:30:30 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1764 <p>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 engineering and coxswain training programs for the Republic of Georgia Coast Guard</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/travis-scott-collier-author-of-command-your-transition/">Travis Scott Collier | Author of Command Your Transition</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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, Travis Scott Collier is originally from Georgia. After graduating the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, Travis has been assigned across the country in many iconic places: New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, California, and now, New Orleans. He has spent his career immersed in the Coast Guard’€™s military training system. Travis holds a Master€™s in Instructional & Performance Technology from Boise State University, has trained over 650 foreign nationals in 19 nations, led three of the US Coast Guard’s apprentice training programs (including the culinary training program), and helped develop small boat engineering and coxswain training programs for the Republic of Georgia Coast Guard.
Travis recently returned from deployment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he developed a comprehensive training system to help the Kingdom train a new 5,000 soldier, critical infrastructure protection force. He is currently serving as a commercial vessel inspector and port state control officer, assigned in the Port of New Orleans. He has been awarded three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, with Operational Distinguishing Device. He is applying for early retirement, to transition in 2017.
The Command Your Transition Story
I made a Year 9 Decision at Year 11- Travis Scott Collier
In the current, soon to be replaced, retirement system, military members got a defined pension at 20 years of service. Therefore, 20 years was the gateway to the golden carrot, nothing sooner. And while military members don’€™t like to say we’€™re in it for the money, money is a huge motivation for the dearth of people who don’t leave during their second decade of service.
It’s a precipice: between getting a defined pension, or walking away with nothing.
There are four years-of-service “€œgates”€ where members most often get out: Years 5, 10, 20, & 25. And we’re always reminded of our date of entry with every paycheck stub.Years of service drive manpower size and strength. Promotion, advancement, assignment they’€™re all based on seniority of time. And while it can take a company a decade or two to mature, military careers must mature by 10-12 years to be viable. If you haven’€™t made a “terminal”€ rank by 12 years, or put yourself on the path to ensure a terminal promotion by 15 years, you’€™re out.
Connect with Travis:

* travicollier.com
* Twitter
* LinkedIn
* Facebook





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Justin M Sloan | Marine Turned Creative Genius https://www.danevansonline.com/justin-m-sloan-marine-turned-creative-genius/ Thu, 19 May 2016 07:24:52 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1748 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/justin-m-sloan-marine-turned-creative-genius/">Justin M Sloan | Marine Turned Creative Genius</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. 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. Justin is a Video game writer and narrative designer with credits on Telltale Games’€‹ Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead: Michonne, Tales From the Borderlands and Minecraft: Story Mode. Justin currently lives with his family in the Bay Area, where he’€™s now a Writer and Editor at Military.com
In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show Justin discusses how he used LinkedIn to find mentors, and how networking led to a lucrative job in entertainment. Learn from a true professional as he shares his routine writing strategies that helped shape his personal narrative, and how applying similar techniques can help market yourself.
JUSTIN’S PODCASTS:

* www.CreativeWritingCareer.com
* MilitaryVeteransinCreativeCareers.com
* SPAPodcast.com

CONNECT WITH JUSTIN:

* www.JustinSloanAuthor.com
* LinkedIn
* Twitter
* Facebook





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Heather MacArthur | Executive Management Coach https://www.danevansonline.com/heather-macarthur-executive-management-coach/ Thu, 12 May 2016 07:30:58 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1736 <p>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. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/heather-macarthur-executive-management-coach/">Heather MacArthur | Executive Management Coach</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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, It’s these diverse experiences that have built her philosophy and approach to what she does.  Regardless of whether she’s coaching, facilitating or speaking at an event. Heather strives to help people tap into their unique strengths, connect the dots of all their talents and experiences, and partner with one another to get the job done.
Her efforts have also led her to write her book that captures many of the lessons learned and top tips she’s collected in her career called, “Low Man on the Totem Pole:  A Tough-Love Letter to the Employee in All of Us,”  available this summer.
Connect with Heather

* Facebook
* Instagram
* Twitter
* LinkedIn





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Sarah Plummer Taylor | Marine Turned Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/sarah-plummer-taylor-author-speaker-entrepreneur/ Thu, 05 May 2016 07:30:42 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1722 <p>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, and yoga instructor who travels North America and the UK teaching mental fitness and holistic wellness.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/sarah-plummer-taylor-author-speaker-entrepreneur/">Sarah Plummer Taylor | Marine Turned Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 Olymp... Sarah Plummer Taylor, MSW 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, and yoga instructor who travels North America and the UK teaching mental fitness and holistic wellness.
Sarah is the founder of JRWI Wellness and Semper Sarah and spends a great deal of time both running her private counseling practice and conducting resilient leadership training and retreats. She is passionate about empowering people to improve their holistic health, happiness, and quality of life in ways that are meaningful to them.
Sarah says, “I believe that people intuitively hold so many of the right answers within themselves and can discover them if they make the space to be still, ask the big questions, and listen. As a wellness coach and the author of the newly released book, Just Roll With It: 7 Battle Tested Truths for Building a Resilient Life, my work is about kindly and boldly nudging people to make the kind of small changes that create big results in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.” 
In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show, Sarah Plummer Taylor talks candidly about transitioning out of the Marines and how that led to writing her book, professional speaking opportunities, starting & running her business, and continuing to serve the the Veteran community through resiliency training.
Connect With Sarah:

* Just Roll With It: 7 Battle Tested Truths for Building a Resilient Life
* Just Roll With It Wellness
* Sarah’€™s Blog
* LinkedIn
* Twitter
* Facebook
* Instagram








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Nick Bradfield | Founder of Divvy Investments https://www.danevansonline.com/nick-bradfield-founder-of-divvy-investments/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:50:50 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1713 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/nick-bradfield-founder-of-divvy-investments/">Nick Bradfield | Founder of Divvy Investments</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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, 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. He started DivvyInvestments.com to simplify retirement investing. He holds a Masters of Science in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University and served four years in the US Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Sergeant.
Connect with Nick

* Divvy Investments
* Twitter
* Facebook
* LinkedIn





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Dan Myatt | Air Force EOD Officer Turned Social Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/dan-myatt-usaf-eod-officer-turned-social-entrepreneur-mavuno/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:30:35 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1699 <p>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. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/dan-myatt-usaf-eod-officer-turned-social-entrepreneur-mavuno/">Dan Myatt | Air Force EOD Officer Turned Social Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. 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. A family man, an entrepreneur, and visionary- Dan and his team have already made a significant impact empowering village leaders towards independence. Mavuno’s three main priorities include: supporting agriculture, education, and health & sanitation. Mavuno’s mission is ending extreme poverty- not just alleviate it.
Bio: Dan Myatt is the co-founder and CEO of Mavuno, a nonprofit organization that empowers local leaders to end extreme poverty in eastern Congo. Dan previously served on active duty for seven years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer in the US Air Force before transitioning to Mavuno full-time.  He currently resides in St Louis, Missouri with his wife and two sons, and they hope to make their home in the Congo by this summer.
Connect With Dan & Mavuno:

* LinkedIn
* Twitter
* Instagram
* Facebook

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Eric Wright PhD | Navy Veteran & Co-Founder of Vets2PM.com https://www.danevansonline.com/eric-wright-vets2pm/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:00:51 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1683 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/eric-wright-vets2pm/">Eric Wright PhD | Navy Veteran & Co-Founder of Vets2PM.com</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 me... 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. Eric helps Military Veterans become Project Managers through inspiration, training, preparation, and presentation to the PM hiring community. For more information, please visit www.vets2pm.com.
Eric shares his story of transitioning out of military service and going on to earn multiple certifications- including six sigma, PMP, and a Masters in Project Management. He served in various roles along the way- including working as a financial auditor at DFAS. As he continued to pursue his educational goals, Eric fell in love with teaching while working as an instructor at the University. Learn more about Eric and how he’s helping the Veteran community leverage their project management skillset and become certified and back to work, post-transition.
In this episode Eric and Dan discuss:

* Eric’s transition out of the military- then earning multiple certifications
* When Eric discovered his passion as a teacher, speaker, and entrepreneur
* The challenges and hurdles Eric is facing and overcoming with his business
* How your military experience translates into Project Management
* PMP preparation, testing & certification
* Key things to be aware of when transitioning out of the military into the workforce
* Resources to help you land a job as a Project Management Professional

Connect with Eric:

* Twitter.com/vets2pm
* LinkedIn.com
* Vets2PM.com
* Follow Vets2PM on LinkedIn





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Dr. Theresa Larson | Marine Officer & Warrior https://www.danevansonline.com/dr-theresa-larson-marine-officer-warrior/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:00:52 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1672 <p>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 Champion.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/dr-theresa-larson-marine-officer-warrior/">Dr. Theresa Larson | Marine Officer & Warrior</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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-pr... 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 Champion.
In addition to being part of the staff at MobilityWOD and an instructor for CrossFit Mobility courses, Dr. Larson’s activities include competing at the Elite division in obstacle racing, crossfitting, snowboarding, yoga,  working with adaptive athletes, writing for The Lab,  and working on her newly released book WARRIOR. She has guest coached the special warfare students at CrossFit University of San Diego and has created an adaptive strength class for the wounded warriors from Balboa Naval Hospital, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Team Red White and Blue, and anyone and everyone who has adaptive needs. She is Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS), CrossFit Level 1, Mobility, Olympic Lifting, Selective Functional Movement Systems and Spartan Group Exercise (SGX) certified. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, specifically the Orthopedic and Federal sections.
Aside from her practice, Dr. Larson is a huge advocate for Team Red White and Blue,  Linder Kids, Service Women Action Network, and the National Eating Disorder Association. She is also an advocate of the Resiliency Project which was started by Marc Pro™ and Dr. Kelly Starrett from MobilityWOD. This project was created to help our nation’s wounded and tactical athletes get the recovery tools they need to be as high functioning as possible. Dr. Larson works with many levels of wounded athlete as well as tactical athlete and is fortunate to be able to offer more recovery options than she ever had the opportunity to in a traditional physical therapy practice!
Theresa has a hunger to learn and a desire to help individuals who want to help themselves. Theresa is mentored by Gary Gray, PT who started the revolution of applied functional science, as well as Dr. Kelly Starrett, founder of San Francisco Crossfit and MobilityWOD with his wife Juliet Starrett.
Theresa’s mission is to help you “beyond the clinic walls” in your element to achieve your performance goals and tackle the “why”behind your bodies movement inefficiencies!

Connect with Dr. Theresa Larson:

* DrTheresaLarson.com
* Instagram
* Twitter
* Facebook
* LinkedIn





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Dean Bundschu | Executive Director of Bunker Labs RDU https://www.danevansonline.com/dean-bundschu-executive-director-bunker-labs-rdu/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:00:18 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1660 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/dean-bundschu-executive-director-bunker-labs-rdu/">Dean Bundschu | Executive Director of Bunker Labs RDU</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. 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 for himself and his clients by creating high performance business development and marketing organizations.  Prior to venturing into the business world, Dean served  8 years as an Infantry Officer in the US Army, to include a combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This week’s episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show covers a variety of meaty topics with an emphasis on entrepreneurship for Veterans- Dean, an expert in the transition space for vets, exited the military on three separate occasions, including post-deployment in support of OIF. Dean shares valuable information on the programs available for Veterans through Bunker Labs RDU- Including Launch Lab, a 16 week course for entrepreneurial Veterans. I’ve signed up for the course, its user friendly and I can already tell it is going to be awesome! Leave any comments about your experience with the course or the podcast below, or on Facebook.
About Dean:

* Recommended Book: Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal
* Dean on LinkedIn
* Dean on Twitter
* BunkerLabs.org
* BunkerLabs on Twitter
* BunkerLabs on Facebook





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Annelle Despaignes | US Army to Fox Sports https://www.danevansonline.com/annelle-despaignes-us-army-fox-sports/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:00:46 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1646 <p>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. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/annelle-despaignes-us-army-fox-sports/">Annelle Despaignes | US Army to Fox Sports</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. 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. In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show, Annelle talks specifics on how she prepared for- and aced her interviews at Fox Sports. She gives actionable strategies for preparing for interviews, personal branding, and some of the major benefits of investing in building your own brand to supplement your job search.
Learn first hand about the many opportunities post-military transition for Veterans seeking a high performance career in the entertainment industry. Annelle gives us an inside look into the thriving military community inside Fox and the unique bond they all have together. A natural leader, she aims to continue supporting her fellow brothers and sisters in arms by creating a company sponsored community to connect all Veterans working at Fox.
Topics Discussed in this Interview:

* Resume’s
* Personal Branding
* Entrepreneurial Opportunities at Fox Sports
* Veteran Opportunities at Fox

Connect with Annelle:

* Annelle’s LinkedIn
* Annelle’s Twitter
* Annelle’s Instagram

Link to Fox Sports Jobs
**Release Date is TBD for the Low Man On The Totem Pole book, by Heather Macarthur




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Brandon Knotts | Fighter Pilot & Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/brandon-knotts-fighter-pilot-dash2-entrepreneur/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1635 <p>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. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/brandon-knotts-fighter-pilot-dash2-entrepreneur/">Brandon Knotts | Fighter Pilot & Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Dash2 Group. In this episode of the military entrepreneur show, we discuss Brandon’s transition including leaving a prestigious in the defense contract industry to pursue his calling as an entrepreneur.
As a managing partner and founder, Brandon Knotts combines his long and successful military experience with a passion for technology. He leads Dash2’s overall operations and the Solutions division. Brandon spent more than a decade in the U.S. Marines as an officer, fighter pilot and flight instructor. He continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Prior to starting Dash2, Brandon worked in the U.S. defense industry as an IT project manager, and co-founded a successful technology company focused on federal contracting.
Brandon is a graduate of Florida State University and a passionate outdoorsman. Outside of work you can find him up in the mountains climbing, biking, trail running, fly fishing, or skiing. He particularly enjoys grueling endurance events like the Park City Point to Point, the Speedgoat 50k and adventure races throughout the West.
Connect With Dash2

* dash2group.com
* Dash2 on LinkedIn
* Dash2 on Twitter

Connect with Brandon

* LinkedIn





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Scott Levy | U.S. Marine & Actor https://www.danevansonline.com/scott-levy-marine-actor/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:00:16 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1617 <p>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 relationship building strategies.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/scott-levy-marine-actor/">Scott Levy | U.S. Marine & Actor</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 hig... SCOTT LEVY BIO
Scott Levy has starred in film, television, video games and music videos following his service as a Stinger missile gunner in the United States Marine Corps during the Persian Gulf War.
On film, Scott played the lead role alongside Vanilla Ice in The Helix… Loaded, a parody of The Matrix. He has also acted in The Dentros with Mariette Hartley and John Saxon, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? and as a Marine in Afghanistan in The Submarine Kid with Finn Wittrock.
On television, Scott has had roles in, Sniper: Inside the Crosshairs, The Eric André Show, Crisis: New York Under Water and many others.
Scott has also lent his motion capture and vocal talents to video games including, Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, Devil’s Third and 26:37
Michael Penney | Infantry Marine Turned Podcaster & Military Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/michael-penney-podcaster-military-entrepreneur/ Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:00:48 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1604 <p>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 Marksman. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/michael-penney-podcaster-military-entrepreneur/">Michael Penney | Infantry Marine Turned Podcaster & Military Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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, After having successfully trained 17 officer details and numerous requalification details, Michael had made a positive impact as an instructor but it was time to get back to the fight. He volunteered for another combat tour, this time with 1st Battalion 5th Marines. Assigned as section leader on embedded Police Advisor Team, Michael and his Marines [and Docs] operated away from their unit in northern Helmand province. This Marine Corps experience has paid off in life as an entrepreneur.
After 8 years and 3 combat tours, Michael left the Corps and opened his first business, finally settling in the Raleigh, NC area in January 2015. He and the Marines of Cigars and Sea Stories share candid conversations with fellow veterans. Showcasing their efforts and how they add VALUE to the world. Check them out at
cigarsandseastories.com
Cigars and Sea Stories Podcast

* CigarsandSeaStories.com
* Facebook
* Twitter
* Instagram

Connect with Michael

* michaeljpenney.com
* Michael on LinkedIn
* Michael on Facebook
* Michael on Twitter





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Mark Babbitt – a veteran of the USAF – is co-author of A World Gone Social: How Business Must Adapt to Survive. An in-demand speaker and mentor, Mark has been named a “Top 100 Leadership Speaker” and “Top 50 Leadership Innovator” by Inc. – and one of “15 Twitter Accounts Every Entrepreneur Should Follow” by Business News Daily.
Mark serves as CEO of YouTern, a community that enables young talent to become highly employable. He’s also President of Switch and Shift, a site that champions Social Age leadership. His newest community, ForwardHeroes.org, will launch in 2016 to help military veterans transition successfully into civilian careers.
Connect with Mark:

* LinkedIn
* Twitter
* ForwardHeroes.org





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Brandon Buttrey | FMF Corpsman Turned Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/brandon-buttrey-counter-strike-coffee-entrepreneur/ Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:31:49 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1578 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/brandon-buttrey-counter-strike-coffee-entrepreneur/">Brandon Buttrey | FMF Corpsman Turned Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. 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. Enjoy!
Brandon “Doc” Buttrey is a U.S Navy Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman Veteran that has spent the majority of his life providing hydration, a change of socks, and Motrin to our combat warriors.  He enlisted in the Navy out of his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri just four days before 9/11.  His first duty station was with the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery working for the Surgeon General in 2003.
During that time he became a nationally certified EMT-B, Auxiliary Security Force certified, and was instructed in Marine Corps Martial Arts.  Brandon served two combat tours with 4th MEB, Anti-Terrorism BN totaling 21 months in Iraq and a combat tour in Afghanistan during the invasion of Marjah.  Doc ended his second enlistment on the 17th of March 2011 where he successfully transitioned out of the service and moved to the great city of Houston, Texas.
Over the past few years, Doc Buttrey has been actively involved within the veteran community by mentoring, counseling, motivating, and directing veterans to adequate veteran resources. Doc successfully received his bachelors degree in Business Management and Administration while working full time in the oil and gas industry and taking care of his family.  He is the proud owner of Counter Strike Coffee which actively donates to various reputable veteran charities by means of selling motivationally branded pre-packaged ground and whole bean coffee.
Brandon is a master of marketing and strives to be a positive veteran role model to our community.  He takes pride in the success of others and is excited to be a part of the Lone Survivor Foundation team.
 





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Rick Yost | Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of VeteransList https://www.danevansonline.com/rick-yost-entrepreneur-co-founder-veteranslist/ Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:36:18 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1566 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/rick-yost-entrepreneur-co-founder-veteranslist/">Rick Yost | Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of VeteransList</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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), 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. VeteransList.us  helps veteran owned businesses be found, it is the largest veteran business directory available online. Their business is a one-stop resource that allows consumers in and outside the military to do business with veterans by hiring a Veteran Owned Company.
In this episode, Rick talks about his experience transitioning out of the U.S. Army, going to work and his ambitiousness to learn. He shares his experience pitching for capital and how to present your idea to potential investors- he debunks common misconceptions about SBA loans for veterans. If you are looking to start a business- this episode with Rick Yost is for you!
I had a lot of fun speaking with Rick, He is such a personable guy and is sincerely invested in helping other veterans get their businesses off the ground. He often gives pro bono advice from both a business and attorney’s perspective. Listen to the podcast and he’ll let you know how to connect with him offline.
Connect with Rick & VeteransList:
VeteransList.US
VeteransList on Twitter
Rick Yost on LinkedIn




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Lydia Davey | Marine Combat Correspondent Turned PR Pro https://www.danevansonline.com/lydia-davey-marine-moriah-creatives-pr/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:03:02 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1555 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/lydia-davey-marine-moriah-creatives-pr/">Lydia Davey | Marine Combat Correspondent Turned PR Pro</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Moriah Creatives PR. She leads a team of gifted designers and storytellers to elevate small business and consultancy client brands nationwide.
Lydia has more than a decade of expertise in storytelling, communications strategy, and campaign management. She served around the globe as a U.S. Marine Combat Correspondent before launching her business in 2012. She holds a BA in Communications Studies from Indiana University.
She dedicates her pro bono hours to veteran and humanitarian nonprofits, and when she’s not creatively engaged in promoting purpose-driven organizations, she can usually be found adventuring off the beaten path with minimal gear.
In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show, we discuss Lydia’s career in the Marine Corps, her love for travel, her educational goals, and expert tips for networking both formal and informally. We also learn about Lydia’s two transitions out of the Marine Corps. Once from active duty and another from the reserve. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and shares her best insights into building her own business- and what she learned starting her very own PR firm.
Reach out to Lydia:
Moriah Creatives PR
Lydia on Twitter
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James Brobyn & Chris Maloney | Two Marine Officers Turned Entrepreneurs https://www.danevansonline.com/james-brobyn-chris-maloney-causeengine-entrepreneurs/ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:18:19 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1544 <p>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</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/james-brobyn-chris-maloney-causeengine-entrepreneurs/">James Brobyn & Chris Maloney | Two Marine Officers Turned Entrepreneurs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 CauseEngine.
James is a nonprofit advocate and co-founder of CauseEngine, a social enterprise connecting nonprofits with freelancers to drive impact. Positively shaped by his time as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, and two tours in Iraq, James is passionate about service and designing new ways for nonprofits to build scale and impact. In 2010, after serving thirteen years in the Marine Corps, James transitioned out of the military so he could raise his daughter and further his education.
Prior to CauseEngine, James was the Executive Director of the Travis Manion Foundation. A Philadelphia native and graduate of the US Naval Academy and The University of Pennsylvania, James is a proud father and recipient of the Purple Heart Medal.
Chris is also a co-founder of CauseEngine. He served ten years on active duty in the Marine Corps, deploying four times as a pilot and forward air controller. He continues to serve as a Marine reservist. Chris received his MBA from Fordham University and graduated from the US Naval Academy. He supports multiple veteran organizations and continues to believe in people, making a difference, and the viable business that combines the two.

Learn More:
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CauseEngine on Facebook
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Byron Chen | What Veterans Must Know About Salary Negotiation https://www.danevansonline.com/byron-chen-veterans-must-know-salary-negotiation/ Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:49:58 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1529 <p>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 out of the Marines and accepting a low offer and what he learned from it. More importantly, you'll learn how you can avoid the same mistake by doing a little homework before saying "YES".</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/byron-chen-veterans-must-know-salary-negotiation/">Byron Chen | What Veterans Must Know About Salary Negotiation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 o... In this episode, Byron gives valuable advice from the research he did while writing his newly published book Barracks to Boardrooms, Negotiating Your Salary After Serving in the Military. We cover everything from researching your skillset value, positioning yourself as a high-value candidate for the job applying for, correspondence with recruiters and interviewers, and when and how to negotiate salary and benefits. This episode will prepare you to navigate the interview process and get paid what your worth.
You’ll learn how to skillfully negotiate your salary while tactfully demonstrating the value you’ll bring to the company. This 35-minute episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show will put more money in your wallet without doing any extra work.
If you know someone transitioning or on the job hunt- please share this podcast with them so they don’t sell themselves short on the first offer that comes their way. For more tips on salary negotiation and preparation, check out this complimentary article by Byron.
Learn More About Byron

* SuccessVets on Facebook
* SuccessVets on Twitter
* SuccessVets.com





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Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas | Marine Captain, Author & Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/kate-hendricks-thomas-marine-captain-entrepreneur/ Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:50:48 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1513 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/kate-hendricks-thomas-marine-captain-entrepreneur/">Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas | Marine Captain, Author & Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 the co-founder of JRWI Wellness and spends a great deal of time conducting resilient leadership training. She is passionate about helping people improve their holistic health, happiness, and quality of life. She is the author of a new book, Brave, Strong, & True: The ModernWarrior’s Battle for Balance.
In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show, Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas talks candidly about a rough transition out of the Marine Corps. She openly shares the lessons learned as she struggled with a multitude of things including her loss of identity; all while ambitiously in pursuit of her academic goals and starting a business.
Despite these challenges, Kate recognized she needed to change, she needed to find a balance in her life. We discuss how she overcame these roadblocks while developing both mental and physical fitness as we cover the highlights of Kate’s brand new book Brave, Strong, & True: The Modern Warrior’s Battle for Balance.

Connect With Kate:

* Brave Strong True
* Just Roll With It Wellness
* Kate’s Blog
* LinkedIn
* Twitter
* Facebook





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Aaron Walker | Success with Mastermind Groups https://www.danevansonline.com/aaron-walker-success-mastermind-groups/ Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:25:17 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1498 <p>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 through mastermind seminars.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/aaron-walker-success-mastermind-groups/">Aaron Walker | Success with Mastermind Groups</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 ... Aaron also gives actionable tips for military veterans who are considering forming a mastermind group. He gives personal examples from his own life, including ideas to enhance communication with your spouse and family during your transition out of the service and into the next big thing.
Businessman and Life Coach, Aaron Walker, has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship, and consistent pursuit of excellence. He enjoys helping others and believes experience is a great teacher. 35 years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience. Aaron continues to reach new heights and broaden his perspective of the terrain by examining his experiences and growing from them.
Topics of Discussion with Aaron:

* Origin of the mastermind group
* How to select people for your mastermind
* Hosting the session
* Mastermind agenda
* Building trust
* Setting goals
* Accountability

Reach out to Aaron:

* www.viewfromthetop.com
* LinkedIn

 




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Tom Schwab | Naval Academy Grad & Marketing Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/thomas-schwab-inbound-for-ecommerce/ Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:04:57 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1455 <p>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 businesses through community and mastermind leadership.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/thomas-schwab-inbound-for-ecommerce/">Tom Schwab | Naval Academy Grad & Marketing Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. View From the Top, a coaching firm focused on building businesses through community and mastermind leadership.
Today Tom is an experienced entrepreneur, writer, and speaker who empowers entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and small business owners to easily understand and use digital tools to build a scalable automated sales and marketing machine that delights the customer and business.
In this Episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show, Tom gives actionable tips about starting a business by first defining who you want to serve. Second, refining your niche and engaging your market with valuable content on social channels where they spend time. We also talk about the reality of transitioning in today’s environs, and the importance of military servicemembers building a reputable digital footprint online.

Resources:

* Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers
* Tom Schwab’s Website
* Tom Schwab on LinkedIn





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Michael Brito | U.S. Marine Turned Social Marketing Pro https://www.danevansonline.com/michael-brito-social-marketing-personal-brand/ Thu, 10 Dec 2015 03:10:34 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1435 <p>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 door with influencers and companies.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/michael-brito-social-marketing-personal-brand/">Michael Brito | U.S. Marine Turned Social Marketing Pro</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 ... W2O Group, an integrated agency that uses analytics to drive marketing and communication programs. Previously, Michael lead social business strategy for Edelman Digital. He is an Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University teaching social marketing communications and recently wrote Your Brand: The Next Media Company.
Michael proudly served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps, four years on active duty and another four in the inactive ready reserve (IRR). During his military service, Michael learned valuable lessons about leadership and accountability, he feels joining the Marine Corps was one of the best decisions he’s made in his life.
After his service, Michael went to school pursuing a criminal justice degree with aspirations to become a police officer. His law enforcement plan took a turn in another direction when he met his wife while attending Evergreen Community College. Michael made a decision to change his major to business management and continued to work and go to school, he was also experimenting with photoshop and internet search marketing in his spare time.
As Michael continued to learn the business of graphic design and search marketing, he applied it to his entrepreneurial ventures and eventually started generating income making websites for brides. As the niche became more refined, Michael’s business morphed into a trusted web resource board for wedding vendors. Soon, he had thousands of customers paying twenty dollars a month for access to his subscription service.
Michael has also worked for major companies including Sony, Yahoo, HP, and Intel. His vast expertise in digital marketing has earned keynote engagements at major marketing conferences. Recently, Michael had the opportunity to speak about personal branding in his “What’s Trending is @You” keynote at TEDx Sonoma. Michael is still entrepreneur at heart, this is evident by his decision to leave a comfortable job at Edelman in exchange for a more challenging and client faced role at the W2O group.
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 door with influencers and companies.

“There isn’t anything I recommend more highly than building an online presence.” -Michael Brito
Six Tips To Build A Personal Brand:

* Start Now, Create The Right Perception of Who You Are Online
* Blog About Skillsets & Experience to Boost Credibility
* Build Out Your LinkedIn Profile, Ask for Recommendations
* Build Your Network, Find Mentors
* Ensure Your Social Media Presence is Clean, Real & Authentic
* Use Social Media to Show Potential Employers “You’ve Transitioned”

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Matt Butler | Air Force Officer & Rollors Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/rollors-game-matt-butler-military-entrepreneur/ Thu, 03 Dec 2015 02:53:48 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1416 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/rollors-game-matt-butler-military-entrepreneur/">Matt Butler | Air Force Officer & Rollors Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Rollors, a popular outdoor game that can be enjoyed in the backyard with the family, on the beach, or tailgating with friends.
The concept for the game was first visualized on downtime between deployments overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting combat operations. Upon return Matt developed a prototype in his garage that was well received at BBQs, parties, and other outdoor types of get-togethers. A few months later, around the time of the recession; Matt saw many local veterans out of work that had the resident wood working skills  and employed them to help construct the wooden disks and wooden, cone-shaped targets used in the game in their home workshops.
After countless number of games were handcrafted, packaged and sold. Rollors was then distributed in brick and mortar retailers across America and started distribution outside of the United States. After helping numerous veterans get themselves back on their feet from the recession, Matt has shifted some of his business operations outside the U.S. so more people can enjoy the fun at a lower price point. Over the last few years, Rollors has turned into an award-winning game and revolutionizing beach and backyard fun.

In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show, Matt shares his story of entrepreneurship in hopes to inspire and guide other retired and active “brothers in arms” with their own creative business ideas.
Some of the marketing highlights for Rollors game is being on the Today Show multiple times and awarded Men’s Journal “Best Gear of 2014”. Today Rollors is sold in hundreds of retail stores throughout America.
Resources:

* Rollors.com














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]]> Dan Evans 33:20 Air Force Pilot Turned Franchise Entrepreneur Matt Miller https://www.danevansonline.com/matt-miller-school-spirit-vending/ Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:25:24 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1394 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/matt-miller-school-spirit-vending/">Matt Miller | Air Force Pilot Turned Franchise Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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... A good friend one day mentioned the gum ball machines he and his young daughters owned, and that conversation began a 10 year business quest that has brought Matt’s franchise company, School Spirit Vending, to the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries.
Matt talks about the challenges of leaving military service while raising a family. His story is of perseverance,  hard work, and dedication to providing for his family. Matt shares his perspective about what it took him to build a prosperous  franchise business on the side while working full-time with a goal to be his own boss.
Today, the School Spirit Vending franchise is helping professionals across the country develop more freedom and security while supporting local schools at the same time.

References:

* Live Your Dreams: Top 10 Reasons To Start A Vending Business
* Matt Miller on LinkedIn












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Nicole Heffel Navy Veteran and Attorney at Law https://www.danevansonline.com/nicole-heffel-law/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 01:00:24 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1381 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/nicole-heffel-law/">Nicole Heffel | U.S. Navy Veteran & Attorney at Law</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. In May 2014, she opened the doors to the Heffel Law Firm in San Diego, California. She focuses on strategic asset protection and estate planning strategies, business entity development, and is a fierce advocate for her veteran brothers and sisters. Her work as a veteran advocate has earned her the San Diego Military Heros Award, American Combat Veterans of War Veteran of the Year 2014, Department of Veterans Affairs Resiliency Award, and the 2015 California State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award.  
She is the President of the San Diego Veterans Bar Association, and the Chair of Women Veterans Engaging the Nation.
In this episode, learn how Nicole set clear goals and took advantage of her military service to earn her degree and prepare for life after military service. She shares her personal story about aiming high and working hard every day to reach her goal.

Resources:

Gary Vaynerchuk

Crush It
Thank You Economy
Jab Jab Jab, Right Hook


* Audible.com Audiobooks
* Salute to Military, Nicole Heffel on ABC 10 News
* HeffelLaw.com





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Aaron Saari | Army Officer & Growth Strategist https://www.danevansonline.com/aaron-saari-base-of-fire/ Fri, 06 Nov 2015 01:21:44 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1368 <p>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 optimize online marketing. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/aaron-saari-base-of-fire/">Aaron Saari | Army Officer & Growth Strategist</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Remoov. 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 optimize online marketing.
Aaron is a World Affairs Council Veteran Fellow, the Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board for Global Glimpse, a non-profit that fosters global citizenship through youth travel to developing countries, and the creator of Vets Digest, a weekly newsletter that delivers a curated calendar of veteran events to thousands of veterans and their supporters across the Bay Area.
In this episode of The Military Entrepreneur Show, Aaron Saari talks about the challenges of entrepreneurship. He shares his success strategies to build a network while you are in the service, how to engage people who might be able to help you find your dream job or  turn your business idea into a reality.

Resources:

* The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
* Connect with Aaron on LinkedIn
* Follow Aaron on Twitter 
* Base of Fire

 
 




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Wes Schaeffer Air Force Veteran & Sales Whisperer https://www.danevansonline.com/wes-schaeffer-sales-whisperer/ Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:18:54 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1340 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/wes-schaeffer-sales-whisperer/">Wes Schaeffer| Air Force Veteran & The Sales Whisperer ®</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 i...
He is the author of “It Takes More Than a Big Smile, a Good Idea & a Twitter Account To Build a Business That Lasts” and “The Definitive Guide To Infusionsoft.” You can pick his brain as long as you’re providing a fine cigar and a smooth scotch, or by listening to The Sales Podcast, which he has deftly hosted since 2013.
Wes served as a meteorologist from 1992 – 1997 in the United States Air Force, towards the end of his service Wes felt he needed a new direction and made a decision to get into sales. Wes talks about his journey leaving the Air Force with a young family. He talks open and honestly about his experience leaving military service and real challenges his family faced.
Wes shares the lessons he learned as well as actionable tips for servicemembers and veterans transitioning. Today, he is a distinguished TEDx Speaker, published author, businessman and well known influencer in the sales community.
In this episode of the Military Entrepreneur show prepare to get INSPIRED, Wes and I talk about techniques for networking, personal branding, and entrepreneurship.

Resources:

The Sales Whisperer
LinkedIn
Twitter





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Amber Robinson | U.S. Army Veteran & Nonprofit Leader https://www.danevansonline.com/amber-robinson/ Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:55:46 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1314 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/amber-robinson/">Amber Robinson | U.S. Army Veteran & Nonprofit Leader</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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.
Public Affairs gave her specified training in journalism, basic photography and public relations. Amber served as an enlisted photojournalist and public relations soldier for 10 years, which included three combat tours to Afghanistan. She served 6 years with the prestigious 10th Mountain Division, 3 years with Hawaii’s 25th Infantry Division and 1 year with U.S. Army Pacific, a 4-Star Command.Her military career allowed her to travel all over the world and work with influential military leaders from Australia, the Philippines, Czech Republic, New Zealand, France and Afghanistan. She has worked as a military journalist in the volatile Korengal Valley, along the Pakistan border and in the Pech River Valley.
As a deployed public affairs leader, she worked to shape information strategies for her command, coordinate press events, media coverage and one-on-one interviews. She has worked with prominent war correspondents from CNN, CBS and NBC. Her candor and expertise leant to her shop’s reputation as the most sought-after unit for journalist embed in Regional Command East. Her expertise as a public affairs leader gained her a coveted Bronze Star.
Amber now dedicates all her time to helping fellow veterans through American History Theater, an official 501C3 she co-founded with fellow veteran and Theater professor, Hal Berry. She is the VP and Comm. Director for their organization which raises awareness around veterans’ issues through theater, educational and special events, with a specific focus on female service members.

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American History Theater





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Paul A. Dillon | Vietnam Veteran & Entrepreneurship Advocate https://www.danevansonline.com/paul-dillon/ Sun, 11 Oct 2015 02:54:20 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1299 <p>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. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/paul-dillon/">Paul A. Dillon | Vietnam Veteran & Entrepreneurship Advocate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Dillon Consulting Services LLC, a U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, based in Durham, NC and Chicago, IL, which provides services to veterans who want to start their own businesses. Paul is the creator of the concept for a veteran startup incubator in Chicago, called Bunker Labs, as well as the creator of the concept for a veteran entrepreneur support organization in North Carolina, called VetStart.

Paul holds an A.B. degree from John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH), a M.S. from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL), and has served as an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at Governors State University (University Park, IL), the University of Illinois at Chicago, and, most recently, at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where he created and co-taught the first course in the history of the University of Chicago on veterans issues. He is a former trustee of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a former Public Member and Commissioner of the national Commission for Case Manager Certification.
In This Episode:

* What is an entrepreneur incubator and what happens there?
* Why is it important to be your own “profit center” and invest in yourself?
* Why is it essential to develop skills to make you valuable across a whole range of industries?

Referenced Media:

* Chicago Business Article “Chicago Is A Startup City But Not For Vets”
* Vet to CEO
* Start up Nation
* DillonConsult.com
* Paul Dillon on LinkedIn





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Tom Morkes Army Veteran & Founder of Insurgent Publishing https://www.danevansonline.com/tom-morkes-insurgent-publishing/ Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:24:53 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1289 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/tom-morkes-insurgent-publishing/">Tom Morkes | Army Officer & Founder of Insurgent Publishing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 c... 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.
In this episode, Tom Morkes tells his story about why he joined the military– his West Point experience, and shares his experience as an Army Officer. We discuss his thought process building TomMorkes.com as a personal brand, advantages, and things to consider for those thinking about building their own personal brand as part of transitioning.

Tom gives valuable insights through his own experience of leaving the military and traveling the world while running his business from a laptop computer. He believes these opportunities are available to every Veteran who is willing to put in the time learning, and work hard.
Connect with Tom Morkes:

* TomMorkes.com
* InsurgentPublishing.com
* Twitter





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Sam Meek U.S. Marine & CEO of Sandboxx https://www.danevansonline.com/sam-meek-sandboxx/ Tue, 08 Sep 2015 23:48:17 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1260 <p>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 the development of children and military affairs. Sam oversees Sandboxx development, capital raising, strategy and team vision.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/sam-meek-sandboxx/">Sam Meek | U.S. Marine, Founder & CEO of Sandboxx</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Ironically, through networking Sam was offered an opportunity and went on to found Sandboxx.us where he is currently serving as CEO.
 

 
BIOGRAPHY:
Sam began his career in asset management in 2007 after serving five years in the Marine Corps. Enlisting in 2002 as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Defense (NBCD) Specialist, Sam was awarded several commendations and merits across his 2 tours to Iraq. He served with 2nd Marine Logistics Battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC as Non-commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) for the NBCD Training Unit, and 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion in Okinawa Japan as NBCD Chief and NCOIC of the Recon Tactical Command Unit.
Honorably discharged as a Sergeant of Marines, he 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 the development of children and military affairs. Sam oversees Sandboxx development, capital raising, strategy and team vision.

In This Episode:

* How Networking Helped Sam Connect With The Right People
* Insights Into The Sandboxx App & How It Was Conceived
* Tips For Veterans Seeking Launch A Business

Contact Sam:

* LinkedIn
* Twitter
* Sandboxx.us





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Jim Perkins | Army Officer & Founder of Military Mentors https://www.danevansonline.com/jim-perkins-military-mentors/ Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:27:10 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1222 <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/jim-perkins-military-mentors/">Jim Perkins | Active Duty Army Officer & Founder of Military Mentors</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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, He generally dislikes the status quo in the military. Jim has had a few excellent mentors, like Chevy, but he rarely felt personally engaged in the military, so he decided to solve the problem for himself and hopefully for others too.

Jim talks about his journey creating a website designed to help military professionals and Veterans seek out and connect with face-to-face meetings with mentors. Complete with sophisticated algorithms, Military Mentors is designed to help connect military professionals with like-minded peers without roadblocks such as a chain of command or power distance.
His vision is to connect those with valuable experience with those who are desiring to learn and better themselves in and out of the service. We talk about the process of how he found his team, raising capital, and some lessons Jim learned along the way.
Military Mentors is designed for those who really have a passion for professional development and aspire for achievement and leadership in the military, the website is poised to launch September 1, 2015.
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USMC Captain Byron Chen Founder of SuccessVets https://www.danevansonline.com/byron-chen-successvets-founder/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:54:08 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1214 <p>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. he had the support of family and veterans' groups. He had completed the best training in the world and applied it in the toughest environments.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/byron-chen-successvets-founder/">Byron Y. Chen | U.S. Marine Corps Captain & Founder of SuccessVets.com</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. he had the support of family and veterans’ groups. He had completed the best training in the world and applied it in the toughest environments.

When Byron took his first steps into civilian life, everything seemed uncertain and new. He was able to get on his feet quickly because of the help of other veterans, and that’s why he started his site SuccessVets.com.
Leaving his previous life in the military was one of the most challenging things he’s had to do. Byron felt like it didn’t have to be that way, he saw an opportunity to add value by bringing together insights and advice from those who successfully made the transition. Byron feels his bond with America’s service members is just as strong as when he was on active duty. He aims to contribute and serve them through SuccessVets resources, interviews, and connections.
RESOURCES:
Byron Chen on LinkedIn
SuccessVets Podcast
SuccessVets on Twitter
SuccessVets on Facebook




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Nate Scott | Army Veteran, Author of Life Is Rich & Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/nate-scott-life-is-rich/ Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:22:18 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1185 <p>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.<br /> 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 Universities. Nate wrote "Life Is Rich: How To Create Lasting Wealth”, a mentoring guide to help entrepreneurs create a comprehensive financial plan. Nate is an independent business consultant & social marketer committed to educating, equipping, and empowering people financially.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/nate-scott-life-is-rich/">Nate Scott | Army Veteran, Author of Life Is Rich & Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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. Nate served as an enlisted soldier in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and as he walked the perimeter one night, he said “Lord if you allow me to make it back, then I’ll never waste a day of my life”. A year after that life changing experience, he entered into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY at age 21. He graduated as the cadet 3rd Regimental Commander and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1996 with a degree in Sociology and Computer Science Engineering.

 
In June 1996, Nate experienced another defining moment. It was at this time that he was introduced to the world of personal growth and entrepreneurship via network marketing. The experience exposed him to books, events, and people that laid the foundation for a lifetime of learning.
After serving five years as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer and Ranger, he graduated with an MBA in Strategic Management and Finance at George Washington University, Washington, DC in 2002 while working as a defense contractor.  He continued to pursue his interest in wealth creation and graduated with an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University, Washington, DC in 2004.
At the age of 32, through the initial real estate investment portfolio he built in 2001, he had a personal net worth of over $1 million dollars and he retired to Jacksonville, FL to accept an opportunity to be a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services. From 2004 to 2006, he was able to accumulate $6.5 million in assets under management before accepting an opportunity to be the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a mortgage and real estate technology company. In 2007, at the age of 36, Nate’s personal real estate investment portfolio had commercial and residential properties in Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, and Florida valued at more than $5 million. Then, he faced the greatest test of his life.
First, the company that he worked for which was listed #155 on INC500s fastest growing companies closed its doors. Next, tenants in his out of state 40-unit apartment complex started losing their jobs and month by month, he started seeing the cash flow of his real estate portfolio dwindle. For the next 3 years, he was able to survive while trying to stop the bleeding, but it wasn’t enough. Nate found himself on uneven ground, and for the first time since walking the perimeter in the desert, he was unsure if he was going to make it out alive. That’s when he says “you have to accept responsibility, assume a defensive position while stabilizing, keep your head up, and persevere”.
In July 2014 he released his book, Life Is Rich, How to Create Lasting Wealth.That’s where he shares specifically how he came through his personal storms, and he teaches how to think vs what to think. It’s a real life entrepreneurial Ranger Handbook. With over 77 million baby-boomers facing a potential cash flow danger, about 66% of 65 years olds earning less than 30k in retirement, Nate’s book sounds the financial red alert. His book introduces a fresh perspective with real time strategies and courses of action you can apply right away. #LifeIsRich
In December 2014, he started teaching the “Life Is Rich” principles in small groups called “Circle of 10″. Nate Scott Aims to Educate, Equip & Empower!
Nate’s personal mission is to live each day principle-centered based upon biblical teachings and to be a person of value and personal influence.
Nate’s goal is to create a $10 million dollar endowment fund to foster personal growth and entrepreneurship.
Show References:
 Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Contact Nate
Twitter @N8Scott
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Adam Contos | From U.S. Marine to RE/MAX https://www.danevansonline.com/adam-contos/ Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:59:09 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1106 <p>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. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/adam-contos/">Adam Contos | U.S. Marine Entrepreneur & Senior Vice President of Marketing at RE/MAX</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> 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 envir... 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. 

“Get Comfortable with Uncomfortable”
Adam attended boot camp in 1990 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California- heading there just one day after graduating high school.  He felt he needed direction in life – and he certainly got it. Adam went on to serve 6 years in the Marine Corps Reserves as a field radio operator in artillery, eventually finishing his service working in the armory and as a firearms instructor on the range. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps in 1996.
“Your work ethic is really unmatched in society when you think about how we operate in the Marine Corps. Those things really helped me.”- Adam Contos

Adam believes in hard work but more importantly – looking at things from a different perspective; there’s always a better way to get things done than the last. This mentality has carried him through everything he does – from discovering new ways to prolong the life of batteries in artillery unit radios during fire missions, to systematizing how SWAT team conducts operations. Adam became about systems, processes, communication, and transparency.

Adam is now the Senior Vice President of marketing for Real Estate powerhouse RE/MAX, a publicly traded franchising company operating in 100 countries with over 100,000 agent members.  He oversees brand advertising, marketing and communications, over 70 events a year, and the leading business development team in the franchising industry.  Adam sees business as a canvas, with an opportunity to make creative adjustments every time the artist’s brush touches. 

“Do the hard things every day you don’t want to do, eventually they become habitual.  You will eventually see success if you stick with it.” -Adam Contos

Episode Highlights:

Adam learned the value of systems and processes in the Marines and is using these techniques in his business today.
You need to control your environment, you can choose to be happy or sad- it is much more fun to be happy.
Set goals, outline them with clarity- and attack!
Never stop learning, Adam has a goal to study two hours per day.
If you are considering transitioning out of the military, two words- start now!

Resources:

* The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster By Darren J. Hardy
* The Success Principles By Jack Canfield
* BuzzSumo A Website to Learn
* Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast with John Lee Dumas
* LinkedIn Job Seeker Premium 1 Year Free for Veterans

“Your environment dictates how successful you can be, if you allow your environment to put a ceiling on your success- you will never achieve more than that ceiling. The environment part is easy, you can put yourself in that environment.” – Adam Contos
Connect with Adam:

* Adam’s Website
* Twitter

I invite you to listen to the entire podcast episode using the player at the top of this page, or on a mobile device through iTunes. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a future episode.
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Koka Sexton | U.S. Army to LinkedIn https://www.danevansonline.com/koka-sexton/ Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:41:31 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1073 <p>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.<?php the_excerpt(); ?><a href="<?php echo get_permalink(); ?>"> Listen to the podcast...</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/koka-sexton/">Koka Sexton | U.S. Army Veteran & Social Selling Expert</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> Koka Sexton 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. Koka Sexton 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.

 
Koka has a real passion for social media, He has become a leading mind of social selling, a topic he promotes through global speaking engagements and customer training. Most importantly, he’s a husband and a father.
Koka talks about his military service and how it prepared him for the next steps in his life. He gets personal and talks about his experience in boot camp and the lessons he learned from his drill sergeants. Koka gets personal with lessons about mission planning.
He also shares actionable networking tips and how to translate your military experience into business terms. All this and other golden tips for veterans planning to exit the military and desire to land a great job. Worried about a college degree? Koka has made a dent in the business world with his military background and sales experience, you can too.
Learn how you too can set yourself apart,  listen to this fantastic interview and share your thoughts in the comments.

Highlights:

* Think & Grow Rich on Amazon
* Gary Vaynerchuk
* Military service members can apply for a FREE one-year subscription to Job Seeker Premium
* Veteran Mentor Network
* Veteran Job Opportunities
* Job Seeker Premium Group

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Twitter
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U.S. Marine Captain & Entrepreneur Dr. Gordon Whitehead https://www.danevansonline.com/gordon-whitehead-military-entrepreneur/ Fri, 22 May 2015 16:44:28 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1022 <p>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 university in Newberg, Oregon, with a Doctorate in Management and as a Richter Scholar.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/gordon-whitehead-military-entrepreneur/">Dr. Gordon Whitehead | U.S. Marines to the Boardroom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> Ep. 4 U.S. Marine Captain & Entrepreneur Dr. Gordon Whitehead

He left the Marines in 1995 to work for Nike and other professional positions including serving as the Director of IT for Sequent Computers, Vice President for FB&B Consulting Group, Vice President of IT Operations for CorVel Corporation, and several entrepreneurial ventures. Learn from one of the best, With over 30+ years of leadership experience underneath him, Gordon shares his story from earning the coveted title of Marine in his youth while working his way through the enlisted and officer ranks. Gordon is the author of three books, a father of eight children; passionate about his family, church, and leadership.

Professional Highlights Include:

United States Marine Corps Captain
Director of IT at Nike
Director of IT, Sales & Marketing at Sequent Computer Systems
VP Information Technology Systems, CorVel
Varsity Football Offensive Coordinator for a championship team
Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach
Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach
He is an experienced business leader in technology, business development, and organizational management.


References:
What Color is Your Parachute Career Workbook
Contact Gordon:

* Leaders247
* Captus5
* AuthenticLeaderBlog

Check out this episode!





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Dan Evans U.S. Marine & Founder of the Military Entrepreneur Show https://www.danevansonline.com/interview-with-dan-evans-host-founder-of-the-military-entrepreneur-show/ Tue, 05 May 2015 22:38:55 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=1016 <p>Dan Evans is interviewed by his wife, Stephanie about his aspirations and journey from the Marines and transitioning into a new career. Check out this episode!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/interview-with-dan-evans-host-founder-of-the-military-entrepreneur-show/">Dan Evans | Host & Founder of the Military Entrepreneur Show</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> Dan Evans is interviewed by his wife, Stephanie about his aspirations and journey from the Marines and transitioning into a new career. Check out this episode! Check out this episode!




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Heather Dopson | U.S. Air Force Veteran & Social Media Entrepreneur https://www.danevansonline.com/military-entrepreneur-interview-with-u-s-air-force-veteran-social-media-entrepreneur-heather-dopson/ Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:12:04 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=993 <p>Heather Dopson is a proud Texan and veteran of the United States Air Force. After serving four years, she got a job with Texas Instruments and later on became a police officer. She currently helps brands understand how to incorporate social media into all facets of their company and she has an unwavering passion for helping people build their personal brand whether they are entrepreneurs or employees.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/military-entrepreneur-interview-with-u-s-air-force-veteran-social-media-entrepreneur-heather-dopson/">Heather Dopson | U.S. Air Force Veteran & Social Media Entrepreneur</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> Heather Dopson is a proud Texan and veteran of the United States Air Force. After serving four years, she got a job with Texas Instruments and later on became a police officer. She currently helps brands understand how to incorporate social media into ...
Leadership is not a license to do less, it is a responsibility to do more. – Simon Sinek

Heather Dopson is a proud Texan living in Arizona who believes she was put on Earth to serve others. As an only child, she grew up on a race horse breeding farm and joined the Air Force in 1992.
Her love of excitement and adrenaline led to her job as a Munitions Systems Specialist for 4 adventure filled years where she traveled all over the world, including the sands of the Middle East. She later moved on to civilian law enforcement.

These days, she helps brands understand how to incorporate social mediainto all facets of their company and she has an unwavering passion for helping people build their personal brand whether they are entrepreneurs or employees. She and her dog Private Joker (a la Full Metal Jacket) are working toward becoming a certified canine therapy team so they can visit Veterans in the hospital, rehab centers and other facilities.
Reading List:



Contact Heather:
Heather Dopson on Twitter
HeatherDopson.com




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Eric L. Mitchell Founder of Social Hangout Team https://www.danevansonline.com/military-entrepreneur-eric-l-mitchell/ Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:33:36 +0000 https://www.danevansonline.com/?p=911 <p>The founder, creative genius, military entrepreneur, and unstoppable force behind #SocialHangout, Eric L. Mitchell has never been accused of being shy. This hard-charging United States Marine attacks issues with the same enthusiasm and drive he displayed while defending our country. Well-known within the SaaS community and tech circles, Eric is no stranger to the Silicon Valley playbook, having been a founder, acquired (twice), and built start-ups from the ground up. Passion is the word that best describes Eric Mitchell, who currently advises several tech startups and is instrumental in their success. Eric spends his free time rooting winners -- the San Francisco Giants.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com/military-entrepreneur-eric-l-mitchell/">Military Entrepreneur Interview with U.S. Marine Eric L. Mitchell of #SocialHangout</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.danevansonline.com">Dan Evans Blog</a>.</p> Military entrepreneur and unstoppable force behind #SocialHangout, Eric L. Mitchell has never been accused of being shy. This hard-charging Marine attacks issues with the same enthusiasm and drive he displayed while defending our country. In this interview, I have #realtalk with Eric L. Mitchell about his experience in the Marines and his journey into entrepreneurship. We talk about the Corps, LinkedIn, and education. He gives us actionable steps to build a reputable personal brand and have a better military to civilian transition. In addition to Eric’s professional success, I can honestly tell you he is also a really great person- a brother; a fellow Marine.

Favorite Book: Simon Sinek’s  Start with Why
If you’ve served in the military, sign up for 1 Free Year of Job Seeker Premium on the  LinkedIn for Veterans website. You can learn from the best and listen to books on-the-go with Audiobooks on Audible.com

* Social Hangout
* twitter.com/ericlmitchell

I’d like to personally Thank you for listening to this interview with Eric L. Mitchell and also the very first episode of the Military Entrepreneur Show, the premier resource for transitioning veterans. I’d love to know what you think in the comments below.




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