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#52 Michael Husband, Desert Pirate Productions LLC

5/15/2019
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A West Texas native and Texas Tech Raider, Michael went into the Navy and OCS and into the surface warfare program. Still in the Reserves, Michael was a contractor with a think tank, learned a lot and wound up running a startup company in the healthcare arena. Then some former interpreters he had worked with asked him to help relocate them as they had threats against their lives for their involvement with the US. The fact that people who had helped the US military and could be hamstrung in...

Duration:00:51:06

#51 The Employees of the Future: Vets - Craig Gorham, CMS Staffing Agency

5/15/2019
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A Navy man, Craig and a friend joined up on the buddy system and did his bootcamp in Orlando, Florida. Being from a small town and raised on a farm, he wanted to see the world and see it from the water! Becoming a Quarter Master, he laid the groundwork for being in business - he didn't want to get dirty. And the leadership program he took to earn QM was a definite plus. The problem Craig saw that corporate America was missing a great labor pool by not understanding how to recruit and work...

Duration:00:42:31

#50 Keep on Truckin' - Troy Thurgood, Havlon Corp and Thurcorp

5/8/2019
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Troy joined the National Guard at 17, as soon as he could, and wound up in artillery. Although he thought he wanted to be an attorney and studied to be one, his training transferred well to accounting which really set him up for business. He also used the stress of military life to his advantage when launching into business. He was doing taxes with a firm and decided to go out on his own. And as Troy says, it worked until it didn't. Then he had to think; how would his accounting background...

Duration:00:45:13

#49 Power Connecting - Dave Gowel, Rally Point

5/8/2019
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It was Dave and his brother growing up. Their Dad died when they were young, their Mom was their hard-working role model and when he was old enough, Dave decided the military would give him some guidance and structure and he got into West Point. He became a Ranger and was a platoon leader in Iraq. In his career, he learned how to come back from failure and how much he didn't know, both tremendous lessons for being an entrepreneur. After his service, he became a power networker, seeking out...

Duration:00:46:59

#48 It's Latin for "People" - Bobby Herrera, Populus Group

5/8/2019
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From a family of 13, Bobby was the first in the family born in the US. He joined the Army when he was old enough. His Dad had always wanted to be in the military but couldn't, so that was Bobby's motivation. After the military, Bobby had a stint in accounting. He didn't love it, but it taught him a lot. And the experience really got him through the tough part of starting a business. The first five years of Populus were tough - Bobby calls them blessings - but getting through that is what has...

Duration:00:51:52

#47 Fusing the Entire Ethnic Food World - Robin Brown-Wood, Alma Foods, LLC

5/1/2019
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Another family career military background, Robin chose being in the Military Police because she didn't want to sit behind a desk. She went from platoon leader to company commander. She had a great role model, as her father began as an MP. After the Army, Robin had discipline and a detail orientation, so combined with her energy, she wasn't worried about starting her own business. Her website says "food for the body and soul" and that's what she delivers. So she doesn't worry about...

Duration:00:48:13

#46 Everybody Can Use an Eye in the Sky - Scott Painter, Bird's Eye Aerial Drones LLC

5/1/2019
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Navy vet Scott Painter enlisted at age 17. An aircraft enthusiast, he knew that most of the aircraft putting out the firepower were launched from aircraft carriers. A six-month contract with the Marine Corps gave him experience to begin his entrepreneurial career. So combined his love of aircraft with his technical background to start Bird's Eye. And he has constantly expanded his marketing mind to stretch to agriculture, environment, construction and even the entertainment industry. Veteran...

Duration:00:46:36

#45 Watching Out For Veterans' Health - Lisa Steptoe, The Steptoe Group

5/1/2019
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Lisa Steptoe, spouse of Ron Steptoe, is a Board Member of The Steptoe Group. A West Point grad, Lisa and Ron met there and have gone through their trials and tribulations in the military together. Beginning as a computer science major, she ended up in math and electrical engineering. Ron always had the vision of leading his own organization, so after their service, they divided their time between planning and keeping a job to keep the lights on. Lisa was "optimized" out of her job, and her...

Duration:00:50:48

#44 If You're Going to Work Hard, Start a Business - Cary Miller, NW Veterans Security Services

4/17/2019
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Joining the Air Force initially - and retired from the Army - Gary went out to Monterrey, California to study Russian. This influenced his move to the West Coast where he now resides. The discipline, commitment and work ethic of the military prepared him well for the business sector when he retired. Working for a big corporation in a four-state area doing their security he figured he could do the same thing for himself, especially if he was going to continue the 16-hour days. He went to a...

Duration:00:42:47

#43 Filling the Healthcare Gap for Veterans - Ronald Steptoe, Warrior Centric Health

4/17/2019
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What a military story! Ron Steptoe and his wife are both West Point grads and met there. And here's the real story: 238 years of family military service to the US! And it starts with his FIFTH great grandfather serving in the Revolutionary War, James Bowser was one of only 5,000 African Americans to fight in that war out of about 300,000 warriors. He fought in the Battle of Yorktown and for that, received 200 acres of land. There is pain associated with this story, though, so listen in for...

Duration:00:50:24

#42 Keeping Military Personnel in Touch with Their Families - Sam Meek , Sandboxx

4/17/2019
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Growing up on the slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho, Sam Meek was in high school when 9/11 hit. He always thought he would be a Marine, and decided that was the time. The fact that he loved his fellow Marines was part of the motivation for starting Sandboxx, to help them stay connected with their families. This means communication at tough times such as boot camp and also at special times in their service, such as graduation, medal ceremonies and the like. He was always entrepreneurial, even...

Duration:00:50:46

#41 Chloe Kettle, Polyport

4/10/2019
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A bad accident made Chloe want to become a doctor. She thought the Navy would be a great place to do that and the Marine Corps was path. Her family was entrepreneurial, so it was a natural for Chloe to start businesses after her service. She had become familiar with ways to "mark" 3-D digital objects and had a chance discussion with a partner who had written some songs, recorded them and then had them ripped off and decided they would figure out how to protect his music by marking it as...

Duration:00:49:16

#40 James Mingey, Veterans Business Services

4/10/2019
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Disability for some Veterans can be an awesome component for entrepreneurial success. That's what James Mingey has been telling the VA and anyone else who will listen, for years. And it's sinking in. From a strong military family background, Jim left in the middle of college and ended up in the middle of the Vietnam War. He got out. Back in the states, Jim used the finance background he had acquired to start a business that didn't go well but taught him a lot. So his next adventure involved...

Duration:00:46:34

#39 Leave Nobody Behind - Gerald Pygott, PSC Marketing Group

4/10/2019
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Maybe growing up in Montana made him feel land locked, but Gerald Pygott decided to see the world through the Navy. He also thought he'd sidestep Vietnam, but that plan didn't work. He wound up a SeeBee (CB) and did an interesting assignment going into abandoned POW camps. He grew to love the Navy and decided to make it a career but a severe accident on ship changed all that. After a long recovery, he ended up starting and selling three companies before PSC Marketing. He learned in Vietnam...

Duration:00:43:24

#38 What Are Your Real Values? Make 'em Your Company Values Too - Daniella Young, Cultural Forte

4/3/2019
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Daniella Young had an upbringing that should be filed under fiction. Born in the Philippines in a notorious religious cult, she was one of eight children born to her mother, and she figures she has around 31 siblings because of the "open marriage" policy of the cult leader. Whew! Moving all over the world, she was able to escape when she was 15. It took time to undo all the mind control imposed on her, but she's done it and her military career helped. One of the first women to be purposely...

Duration:00:55:53

#37 Where Do You Go Next? - Nick Frost, Shift

4/3/2019
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Nick joined the delayed entry program in high school. He and his twin brother knew the military was for them, not college, but weren't sure which branch or career. This turned out to be a great move, as they had terrific boot camps and got based out of California for five years. But he got to travel as well and spent time in Spain, Guam and Afghanistan. After starting a company that curated and publicized startup and early stage companies, he used that experience to launch Shift to speed up...

Duration:00:54:42

#36 We Can Blow Things Up, But What Comes After? - John McElligott & Doug Hurst, Third Order Effects

4/3/2019
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John's still in the military, serving in the Army reserve. That came after a stint in the Peace Corp too. Doug had a 30-year career and retired not too long ago; being born on the Fourth of July might have had something to do with that. John is currently working in civil affairs for the Army, which is a perfect bridge to being an entrepreneur. It was part of the reason the two of them had an idea, worked it out on paper, and then waited for Doug to retire from military life. They then...

Duration:00:55:22

#35 Lito Villanueva, Battle Buddy

3/27/2019
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Born in the Philippines, Lito got his military training in communications. After a short career, he wound up with a tremendous amount of training and landed contract work overseas. When the contract ended, Lito went back to his education, and through SVA, he recveived a scholarship to any California college. However, overseas pay was pretty good, so Lito took another contract job with highly trained and motivated people. It put him in the front seat of the horrors of war, taking particular...

Duration:00:59:11

#34 Nick Karnaze, Stubble & 'Stache

3/27/2019
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A junior ROTC program in high school introduced Nick to the Naval Academy's different services, and received lots of encouragement to attend. This led him to become a Marine, while also wanting to be in intelligence. The combat death of a close friend created a desire to give back to Vets and their families. His friend had a big beard when killed - as many of the special ops people do - so to honor him Nick started developing products to counter the itching and irritating part of having...

Duration:00:57:11

#33 Connect the Donor With Their Donation - Nick Black, GoodUnited

3/27/2019
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A senior in high school when 9-11 hit, Nick made up his mind to be in the military. After graduating college, he ended up in the 173rd. After his career, he went to work on his MBA. The transition was not easy, as going from firefight to classroom was a big change. However, the humility he learned in the military served him well; he asked questions, got answers and flew through. Starting his giving-back career working with Veterans to prevent suicide, Nick became fascinated with the science...

Duration:00:38:31