Veteran Influencer Podcast


In these conversations we explore the military-to-civilian transition and job search process, speaking with veterans leaving a positive mark on society every day in the world around them. We hear the stories of honorably discharged men and women of the US Armed Forces about the good, the bad, the ugly they encountered while building civilian lives for themselves and their families. If you're looking for good advice during your daily commute, workout, or ‘me’ time, start planning for your transition today with the Veteran Influencer Podcast.


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In these conversations we explore the military-to-civilian transition and job search process, speaking with veterans leaving a positive mark on society every day in the world around them. We hear the stories of honorably discharged men and women of the US Armed Forces about the good, the bad, the ugly they encountered while building civilian lives for themselves and their families. If you're looking for good advice during your daily commute, workout, or ‘me’ time, start planning for your transition today with the Veteran Influencer Podcast.






Ralph Kauzlarich - Army Infantry Colonel Transitions to Financial Advisor

In this episode I interview Ralph Kauzlarich from First Command Financial Services. Ralph graduated from West Point and served in the Army through the rank of Colonel, working in the education and energy sectors for several years after leaving active duty. He joined First Command as an advisor in the spring of 2019 to help veterans and military families accomplish their financial goals. We discussed why Ralph made the transition to financial advisory, and his advice for service members to...


Josh Rojas - Navy Flag Aide Transitions to Facilities Management and Commercial Real Estate

Josh Rojas is a Facilities Manager with Jones Lang Lasalle, a leading professional services firm specializing in real estate and investment management. He describes his role as a great fit for the maintenance and operations leadership skills he developed serving as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare officer for eight years following graduation from the Naval Academy in 2005. In today's conversation we discuss his path to this role as he went through his military-to-civilian transition seven years...


Stan Walz - Supporting the Coast Guard Mission From the Private Sector

When Stan Walz hung up the uniform after a career in the U.S. Coast Guard, he knew he had more to contribute to the mission. Since becoming the CEO at VectorCSP in 2006, Stan and his team have been supporting U.S. Coast Guard acquisitions through the development of Integrated Logistics Support solutions. Selected by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies seven years in a row, Vector CSP supports multiple aviation platforms and has expanded their logistics and engineering...


Ryan Sweeney - From Army Helicopter Pilot to GE Aviation

Ryan Sweeney transitioned out of the Army in 2016 and after an initial role in management with another brand, made his way to Madisonville, KY where he works as a Production Workflow Planner and the Plant Veteran Network Lead for GE Aviation. Ryan also hosts a podcast called View From the Skies, where his guests and audience engage in discussions about transition and to share stories of leadership in regards to servant leadership, building trust, empowerment and accountability. In this...


LTG (ret) Raymond Mason - Director at Army Emergency Relief

Lieutenant General retired Raymond Mason managed the Army’s $8B sustainment budget and oversaw the Army's global supply chain during his final role on active duty. In October, 2014 he began his first civilian job after a 35-year military career, facing many of the same transition challenges everyday solders encounter when leaving uniform for the first time. Serving as COO at a for-profit company for a little over two years, he felt the pull back to the Army and a desire to contribute to the...


John O'Grady - Executive and Athlete Leader Development

John O'Grady transitioned out of the U.S. Army after leading large teams tasked with challenging missions deployed to dangerous places around the world. In this conversation, we talk about how those experiences and his time at West Point as a Division 1 Athlete gave him a template for launching his own coaching and executive development practice after leaving uniformed service. John works with leaders in the athletic and executive spaces to refine their talent identification and mentoring,...


Brit Yonge - Navy Intel to Private Equity and Technology

Brit Yonge and I are friends through a veteran organization outside of work and we wanted to have a conversation on the podcast today about what’s happening in his career, as well as his ideas about what lies ahead for our country and our economy over the next few years. Brit helps businesses evaluate technology both for acquisition within the businesses as well as from a product development and strategy standpoint. Since leaving the Navy Special Forces Intelligence Community in 2012 he has...


Josh Duntz Part 2 - A Chilling Journey to Entrepreneurship

As someone who used to work with explosives for a living and has trained physically throughout his career as a member of Special Operations teams, Josh Duntz is no stranger to physical and mental stress. In today’s episode we catch up about his transition from the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal community via a remote-work sales role facilitated by the DoD Skill Bridge program. Josh and I recorded our first conversation in August of 2019 while he was still on Active Duty. I wanted to...


David Dorfman - Navy Project Manager to Sales Leader

David Dorfman is the Southwest Sales Leader for Tektronix. He transitioned out of the Navy’s shipbuilding Project Management community into a role that he quickly realized wasn’t the best fit. He found his way to a career in sales where he was able to find his true calling, working in some of America’s top R&D laboratories to service their needs for testing and measurement equipment. We talk a lot about the early mistakes he made as a civilian, including a costly mistake he made with his...


Noah Currier - Oscar Mike Foundation and Wheelchair Rugby

Noah Currier is the President and Founder of Oscar Mike. In this episode we talk about his service in a Marine Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during the first wave of the invasion of Iraq. Noah was injured in a car crash while home on leave and found adaptive sporting as a way to recover from his injuries both physically and mentally. We discuss how he launched Oscar Mike to support equipment and travel needs for veterans participating in adaptive sporting, and as an apparel...


Rich Cardona - Marine Corps Pilot to Executive Video Strategist

Rich Cardona was a Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot when he transitioned to civilian life, now he helps business owners manage their brand with Executive Video Content. Rich's customers fall into one of three buckets: 1. People who realize video is incredibly important but don't have the time to execute. 2. People who understand video is critical to business growth but don't want to be on camera. 3. People who do not know how to tell their story effectively. Rich helps create, repair, or...


Ken Thompson - "Apache Commander" to Consulting the Fortune 500

Ken Thompson is a Principal with AlignOrg Solutions based out of Salt Lake City, a team of organizational design and change management partners. His team helps clients clarify existing and new strategies, optimize organizational set up, and implement systems that drive growth. Ken is also a former Apache helicopter pilot with the United States Army and remains a member of the Army Reserves, serving as the Deputy Brigade Commander for his unit in Scottsdale, AZ. Since his transition several...


Chris Bugg - Tactical Aviator to Strategic Consultant

Chris Bugg is the owner of Sandler Training Coastal Virginia Professional Development, the only Veteran-owned Sandler Training center in Hampton Roads. Chris is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University, as well as an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke which he earned through their executive-track program. Chris served for 12-years in the U.S. Navy flying F/A-18Cs in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi...


Bobby Herrera - The Gift of Struggle

Bobby Herrera is the President of Populus Group and also an Army veteran. We discuss his approach to leadership and his new book The Gift of Struggle: Life Changing Lessons About Leading. Bobby shares his background as the son of a Mexican immigrant and how that influenced his mindset regarding work, the challenges of entrepreneurship, and his approach to leading his current team. As a veteran, successful entrepreneur, author, leader, and father Bobby's experiences have given him a unique...


John Berry - Infantry Officer, CEO & Veteran Advocate

John Berry is the owner and CEO of the Berry Law Firm a practice focused on state and federal criminal defense, white collar crimes, civil litigation, Title IX defense, and veteran and service-member related issues. Berry Law firm has been recognized on the INC 5000 and Law Firm 500 lists three years in a row, and is one of the top 5 fastest growing law firms in the Midwest. His firm has also been recognized by the Department of Labor with the Hire Vets Medallion, the only federal-level...


Greg Keeley - Veteran Owned, American-Grown Hemp

Greg Keeley is the founder and CEO at OnDuty CBD, a company dedicated to producing a vertically integrated, veteran farmed and American made CBD product for first responders, law enforcement, active duty military, and any other professionals who have been called to service. Greg’s career began with service as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, and following a chance meeting with a 3-star Admiral who “asked” him to join his team, he became the first officer to be commissioned into the...


Andy Riise - Performance Psychology and Coaching

Andy Riise is a West Point graduate transitioning to civilian life after 20 years of service. For the last 7 years he has been a part of Mission 6 Zero as the Chief Learning Officer, blending evidence-based practices from military special forces and behavioral science disciplines to help clients improve the performance of their teams under stress. He is also the co-author and senior editor of the new book, Deliberate Discomfort: How U.S. Special Operations Forces Overcome Fear and Dare to...


Michael McCoy - Operation Stand Down Tennessee

Michael McCoy is the Community Engagement Manager for Operation Stand Down Tennessee and a staff logistics officer for an armored squadron with the Tennessee Army National Guard. His team manages communications, volunteers, strategic relationships, and events including monthly and quarterly meet-ups and job seeker networking. Operation Stand Down Tennessee helps over 300 service members find employment in Tennessee each year, working directly with local employers, base and installation...


Chuck Dishmon - Recon Marine to Director of Software Development

Chuck Dishmon is the Director of Software Development for Greenlight Guru where he leads agile software development teams to create and optimize technology offerings for clients in the medical device space. He learned how to program at an immersive, full stack software engineering program called Coder Camps where he re-tooled his skill set after leaving the Marine Corps. He is also the Founder of Indy Tech Talks, an 800+ Member community hosting monthly conversations related to the...


Todd Skiles - The Intangibles of Veteran Leadership

Todd Skiles has had a 34 year career with Ryder, creating logistics and transportation solutions for his customers. His career has been unique in that he has had one foot on either side of the civilian/military divide by affiliating with the Army Reserves, and hiring others who are doing so as well to help create a culture of service within Ryder. In today’s conversation, we discuss Todd’s thoughts on the value of military-experienced talent within corporate America, specifically intangible...