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Support for our military veterans has never been higher than it is today. Many businesses have an interest in employing veterans, but they don’t know how to connect, and they don’t really understand the skills veterans can bring to their business. Something similar can be said about veterans in transition and their understanding of the business world. Hi, I’m Frank Strong, I’m a veteran, I’ve worked in businesses of all sizes, small-, medium and large, today I’m a business owner and I’m hosting a new podcast coming soon the PodCo Media Network called “Boots about Business.” We’re going to interview business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs that all started their careers wearing boots in service of the US armed forces. This podcast will be equal parts about sharing great stories, helping veterans, helping businesses and ultimately helping them both understand each other. The show will be available soon on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Keep an eye on the show’s website for the launch details.

Support for our military veterans has never been higher than it is today. Many businesses have an interest in employing veterans, but they don’t know how to connect, and they don’t really understand the skills veterans can bring to their business. Something similar can be said about veterans in transition and their understanding of the business world. Hi, I’m Frank Strong, I’m a veteran, I’ve worked in businesses of all sizes, small-, medium and large, today I’m a business owner and I’m hosting a new podcast coming soon the PodCo Media Network called “Boots about Business.” We’re going to interview business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs that all started their careers wearing boots in service of the US armed forces. This podcast will be equal parts about sharing great stories, helping veterans, helping businesses and ultimately helping them both understand each other. The show will be available soon on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Keep an eye on the show’s website for the launch details.

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United States

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Support for our military veterans has never been higher than it is today. Many businesses have an interest in employing veterans, but they don’t know how to connect, and they don’t really understand the skills veterans can bring to their business. Something similar can be said about veterans in transition and their understanding of the business world. Hi, I’m Frank Strong, I’m a veteran, I’ve worked in businesses of all sizes, small-, medium and large, today I’m a business owner and I’m hosting a new podcast coming soon the PodCo Media Network called “Boots about Business.” We’re going to interview business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs that all started their careers wearing boots in service of the US armed forces. This podcast will be equal parts about sharing great stories, helping veterans, helping businesses and ultimately helping them both understand each other. The show will be available soon on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Keep an eye on the show’s website for the launch details.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 23: Finding a Purpose in Business After Military Service; Army Veteran Kent Wilson of Network Security Provider Bricata

3/3/2021
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/bab_023_kent_wilson.jpeg Some veterans struggle with finding purpose after military service. It’s hard to match the idealism of uniformed service – that is being part of something bigger than oneself. Kent Wilson, however, found purpose in his work in cybersecurity. The mission is very real every day, but it took a dinner with some old buddies that were still serving in the Army – after he got out – to make that point. Today he’s...

Duration:00:26:19

Episode 22: This Air Force Veteran is Building out a New Food Delivery Service; Timothy Dance of Dancin' Delivery

2/17/2021
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/bab_022_timothy_dance.jpeg Some of the conventional popular food delivery services are missing important elements: tamper proof measures, temperature control technology and other food safety issues. That’s a big part of where Timothy Dance sees a niche for his business idea. An Air Force veteran turned chef and entrepreneur, he walks us through his plans as he builds out a company– and also explains how his training in the Air...

Duration:00:23:18

Episode 21: Operating in Chaos translates to a [Business] Bias for Action; Beau Higgins a Retired Marine Colonel Turned Senior Manager of Military Talent Acquisition for Amazon

2/3/2021
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/bab_021_beau_higgins.jpg One of the skills Beau Higgins says veterans bring to business is an ability to operate in chaos. That is when things are chaotic – veterans learn to focus on getting things done. For 25 years, Beau got things done in the Marine Corps. He’s a retired colonel that held roles from intelligence to Marine Recon and went all over the world. Today, he is a Senior Manager of Military Talent Acquisition for Amazon....

Duration:00:26:01

Episode 20: Balancing Work and Life between Google and the Army National Guard; Googler and Intel Officer Nathan Iglesias

1/20/2021
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/bab_020_nathan_iglesias.jpeg Nathan Iglesias joined the California Army National Guard right after 9/11 – and after graduating college he essentially spent the next six years on active duty. He was trained as an intelligence officer, attended the military’s language school where he learned Dari, and later deployed to Afghanistan. He eventually came off active duty and was recruited by Google. While he remains a member of the Army...

Duration:00:36:00

Episode 19: She Left the Army, Married a Soldier and then Discovered Military Spouses Need Career Help too; Jaime Chapman on Careers for the Spousal Community

1/6/2021
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/bab_019_Jaime_Chapman.jpg When Jaime Chapman married into the Army, she experienced firsthand how difficult it is to find a job or maintain a career. While she did find work as a DoD contractor running programs for veterans in transition, the contract nature of the work meant her employment was subject to budget constraints. Despite three promotions, when she was laid off for the second time, she decided to become an entrepreneur...

Duration:00:26:52

Episode 18: How a Nuclear Machinist Mate got into Real Estate; Navy Veteran Craig Hatcher of Georgia Residential Realty

12/16/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/bab_018_craig_hatcher.jpg Craig Hatcher joined the Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate looking after the reactors and associated equipment that powered the nuclear ship to which he was assigned. He later got out, and worked for UPS, until his wife’s interest and budding career in real estate drew him in as well. Today, Craig runs his own real estate brokerage. On this episode we talk to him a bit about what it takes to become an agent...

Duration:00:35:12

Episode 17: How a Special Forces Soldier Deployed to Corporate America; Former Green Beret turned Management Consultant Herb Thompson and The Transition Mission

12/2/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/bab_17_herb_thompson.jpg When Herb Thompson was getting ready to retire from the Army, he had no idea what he would do next in his career. However, the uncertainty is something he was trained to deal with, and he used those skills to start planning his next mission to the civilian world. He didn’t know much about LinkedIn, but he got on it and just reached to people asking for advice. The effort led to an astounding 2,000...

Duration:00:22:57

Episode 16: A Business Incubator and Support Network for Military Veteran Entrepreneurs; Business Author and Navy Vet Todd Connor on the Third Shift Entrepreneur

11/18/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/bab_016_todd_connor.png Todd Connor is a Navy veteran that has really done some interesting things. He’s worked for big companies like Booz Allen, he’s run his own consulting firm, and he’s even run for elected office. However, two of the things that he’s done that we’ll talk about on the show is an organization he founded called Bunker Labs and a book he has coming out with Wiley called Third Shift Entrepreneur: Keep Your Day Job,...

Duration:00:29:11

Dear Veterans: Strive to be a Better Veteran this Veteran's Day {special message}

11/10/2020
My friend Tom Deierlein posted an update to LinkedI (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6732017553482235905/)n that reads: To all my Veteran friends: When people thank you for your service tomorrow and all days. Don’t say "you’re welcome." Tell them how you really feel: "It was my honor and a privilege." Tom was the first interview for this podcast series -- so it you haven't listened yet, go check it out: Persistence and Grit: Tom Deierlein CEO of Thundercat Technology...

Duration:00:05:06

Episode 15: How to Identify those Transferable Skills: Retired Sergeant Major Turned High-Tech Business Recruiter with Tips for Veterans in Transition

11/4/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/bab_015_elliot_marks_.jpg Veterans are quick learners that are loyal and perform well under pressure. They have a sense of integrity, selflessness, teamwork and resiliency. However, articulating these things and other transferable skills onto a civilian resume one of the hardest things for veterans in transition to do. So says Elliott Marks who has had two careers in recruiting – one in unform and a second time in the business...

Duration:00:27:03

Episode 14: Setting Up Military Affairs Programs in Business; Former Marine and Public Defender, Joshua Wilson Now Advocates for America’s Warrior Partnership

10/21/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bab_014_josh_wilson.jpg Joshua Wilson is a Corporate Relationship Manager at America's Warrior Partnership. The organization is a non-profit aimed at empowering communities to empower veterans. That involves many different things, but Josh is focused on helping businesses set up military affairs programs. Military affairs programs are designed to help businesses attract and retain veteran employees. In addition, they also help...

Duration:00:27:17

Episode 13: This Former “8th & I” Marine Once Tried to Open a Dominoes Franchise; Today He’s an Entrepreneur with a Wearable Stylus that Might Help Protect Us from COVID

10/7/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bab_013_gable_eaton.jpg When Gable Eaton saw how many pizzas his peers assigned to Marine Barracks at 8th & I ordered, he saw an opportunity. The (then) young Marine came up a plan to open a Dominoes Franchise nearby…but there was one barrier: as an active duty Marine, he’d need the Colonel to sign off on his paper work, and he didn’t quite see the opportunity the same way. But in some, way, shape or form, that experience meant Mr....

Duration:00:29:11

Episode 12: Uncommon Route to Self-Employment: How Army Vet Ruthie Bowles Turned Her MI Experience into a Marketing Career

9/16/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bab_012_ruthie_bowles.jpeg Sometimes veterans struggle to translate what they did in uniform into skills that make sense in the civilian world. Ruthie Bowls spent eight years in the Army working in intelligence. When she got out of the service, she went to work for a government contractor doing much the same thing. Still, she wanted something more and one thing the Army taught her it was to perform analysis, conduct ‘audience’...

Duration:00:33:51

Episode 11: Veterans as a Source of Cybersecurity Talent; Tim Callahan, Air Force Vet and Aflac SVP and Global CISO

9/2/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bab_011_tim_callahan.jpg There’s a talent shortage in cybersecurity and it’s been that way for several years. Because of that shortage, some analysts forecast millions of cybersecurity roles will go vacant over the next few years. One source of cybersecurity talent is veterans because they have a natural inclination to protect information and gauging risk. That’s according to Tim Callahan, a 23-veteran of the Air Force, who today...

Duration:00:19:25

Episode 10: Entrepreneurship with Training Wheels: Bill Williams on Helping Veterans with Franchise Ownership

8/19/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bab_010_bill_williams.jpg He was certain he’d drafted for Vietnam in the next 90 days. Rather than wait for the notification, he decided to shape his destiny and volunteered to join the Army. That was many years ago, but today, Bill Williams helps veterans shape their destiny when they decide to leave the service and transition back to civilian life. He runs a small company that helps "corporate refugees" and veterans, especially...

Duration:00:21:09

Episode 9: Thinking of a Judge as the General; How Pair of Army Veterans Turned Lawyers – Husband and Wife – Opened their Own Practice

8/5/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/bab_009_steve_patty_shewmaker.jpg She went West Point and he went ROTC at the University of Alabama. They both wound up as military intelligence officers that first met at a pizza shop where they were stationed. Over time, that meeting grew into marriage, and the partnership would extend beyond the service when the pair went into business together and opened up a law firm. Today, Steve and Patty Shewmaker are partners at the...

Duration:00:22:36

Episode 8: Leaving the Army and Starting a Business During a Recession: Brian Butler of Vistra Communications

7/15/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/bab_008_brian_butler-scaled.jpg By any measure, Brian Butler was having a successful career in the Army. He served in Desert Storm, was chosen to work on the Homeland Security Council in The White House (where he worked on preparing for a pandemic no less!), and was selected for promotion to colonel (O6). And yet, after 22 years in uniform, he decided to do something else. So, he opened a business. That happened to be during a...

Duration:00:21:43

Episode 7: Unbreakable Excellence: Army Vet Bob Eisiminger on Building and Selling a Company for $250 Million

7/1/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/bab_007_bob_eisiminger.jpg How do all great things start? Over a beverage. How do you execute on big ideas? You “out-work” folks. So says Bob Eisiminger who describes how he and a friend (and fellow veteran) were sitting on a porch have a beer and talking about “doing something bigger.” The former Army officer and West Point graduate would subsequently form a team and the “unbreakable excellence” philosophy that built Knight Point...

Duration:00:24:41

Episode 6: Tossing the Resume – a Match Making App for Employers and Veterans; Robyn Grable of Veteran’s ACSEND

6/17/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/bab_006_robyn_grable_-scaled.jpg About: Robyn Grable spent just shy of a decade as a sailor in the U.S. Navy – with tours in Iceland and Hawaii – before transitioning to the business world. Among her business assignment was a 15-year stint with ADP, the giant payroll processing and HR technology company. Today, she’s combined what she learned in the service and business to start Veteran’s ASCEND. She describes it as an “eHarmony...

Duration:00:29:03

Episode 5: How to Come Back from a Kick in the Teeth; Dianne Falk an MI Officer Turned Management Consultant

6/3/2020
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/bab_005_dianne-falk-scaled.jpg Dianne Falk was as hard-charging as any Army officer, but when she was assigned to be the S2, a primary staff position for a cavalry squadron, her new commander didn’t want her, because she was a woman. So, before she even took the job, she was re-assigned to another position. That was a “kick in the teeth” that made her question her abilities. In this podcast, she shares how she recovered from that...

Duration:00:23:21