Dwayne Paro welcomes Tom Morkes to today’s podcast. Tom Morkes is a West Point grad, Iraq War veteran, and the founder and CEO of Insurgent Publishing, a creative advisory and consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs grow their businesses through strategic, large-scale book and digital product launches. Tom’s clients and projects have been featured in major mainstream media outlets, leading television networks, and top ranked blogs and podcasts; he has consulted on books that have hit The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon bestseller lists; he led the marketing and promotional effort that generated over $450,000.00, setting a Kickstarter record for most funded Nonfiction Publishing project, and has done multiple 6-figure course and digital product launches.
Dwayne Paro welcomes John Preston to today’s podcast. John is currently a Pacific Records recording artist and full time firefighter. As well, John is a former Marine Corps field wireman, running over a 100 combat missions while in theatre, 2000 to 2004 achieving the rank of Sergeant in his 4 years of service. John began his music career while in Iraq writing his song "Good Good America" which became an overnight success and gave John his first shot at the music industry signing a record deal upon his return from Iraq. John returned to the music industry in 2014 signing with Pacific Records and quickly releasing his first single "this IS war" in October of 2014. Since he has released many songs which he has received many accolades for and have had a profound impact focused on calls to action for issues such as stand against ISIS, PTS, and Suicide. John's life took a turn of tragic irony when in January of 2016 John's own brother fell victim to post traumatic stress and took his own life. The passing of his brother was enough to make him consider ending his career, but has instead fueled his hard work and passion and his new single superman falls is set to release in January of 2017 on a compilation album titled Battlecry: Songs of America's Heroes.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Carl Churchill to today’s podcast. Carl Churchill, a combat veteran with 21 years of service as both an enlisted soldier and officer, and his wife Lori Churchill, a military spouse and coffee lover founded Alpha Coffee. The company started out as Lock-n-Load Java, selling exclusively over the web. In 2016 the company rebranded to Alpha Coffee, selling both online and via other retailers. In 2017, Alpha will open their first coffee shop, staying close to home with their first location at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.
From the start, Carl and Lori wanted to create a different kind of company guided by the principles they lived by.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Corey Christman to today’s podcast. Mr Corey M. Christman serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Vethos, LLC - a Human Capital Leadership and executive strategy firm. He’s served in executive level capacities for 15+ years and led teams comprised of three members to over 500 in size. He’s the recipient of numerous awards for leadership, human resource management and innovation. He holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and BA in Criminal Justice and will complete the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University in the Spring of 2017.
He’s a retired Supervisory Special Agent, United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and a served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He’s a professionally trained winemaker, he works within the Finger Lakes wine region of New York State and he will be launching his own veteran/first responder focused wine label in 2017.
Since retiring in 2012, he’s worked within the veteran advocacy space and is currently partnered with several key leaders to raise awareness for mental/behavioral health for first responders – nationwide.