Dwayne Paro welcomes Ken Robbins to today’s podcast. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of MILLIE. He is a former Army officer with twenty years of experience serving in tactical, operational and strategic level assignments. While in the Army, he deployed to numerous theaters, including service in Iraq in 2008-2009. His final assignments included battalion command in Europe and as a special assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army. In 2009, Ken was appointed as one of fifteen White House Fellows by President Obama. He served as a special assistant to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management and worked closely with career civil servants and political appointees at OPM in the drafting of Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, which established the Veterans Employment Initiative. After his White House Fellowship, Ken served as an Army Fellow at the Department of State. His educational background includes a B.S. in American Politics from the United States Military Academy and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Ken and his wife, Heidi, who is a top performing real estate agent in Northern Virginia, have lived in 12 homes during 20 years of Army moves. They purchased their first home in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1998 and their current home in Arlington, VA in 2015. They have two daughters, one is a freshman at the University of Alabama and one who is an 8th grader in Arlington public schools.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Brandon Buttrey to today’s podcast. Brandon is a 10 year Combat Veteran from Houston, Texas and is now producing a brand new line of outstanding coffee that reflects some of the experiences individuals have while serving this great country of ours. Veterans, active duty military, L.E.O.’s, Public Safety and Military supporters alike will be able to enjoy the animated depictions of each roast while consuming the best damn coffee they have ever had.
The idea came to him while teaching his field to urban medical integration class. “I provide coffee for my classes and have a donation bucket. There were always a lot of contributors there, so I figured that there is a huge market there.”
Brandon reflected on his time in the service when coffee was held in high regard just to be able to function. He knew that if he designed a military/veteran friendly coffee brand that he could have some serious customers, but that’s not all. “All of the proceeds go back into the company with a portion being donated to charitable veterans organizations”
Dwayne Paro welcomes Robert Paton to today’s podcast. Robert started his career in corporate jobs while he went to college earning his Associates degree. In 2005 he felt like he was at a crossroad in his life due to the economy and the state of the Nation fighting a war in Iraq so he needed to make a big decision to avoid being stuck in a life of ambition that he didn’t care to pursue. He felt the universe was sending him a sign to join the Army who were giving bonuses and paying off college loans. Robert entered into the army in January 2006 and was in Iraq by July 2006 on his first tour with a team of seven where they were responsible for safely returning with honor and dignity our fallen heroes. It was their responsibility to receive the remains from the service members unit and ensure it was handled with the utmost honor, dignity and respect they could possibly provide so that they could return them home to their loved ones to be remembered as heroes and provide closure with their family. After leaving the military Robert was blessed to start a business with a small team or army if you will behind him that count on him.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Duane France to today’s podcast. Duane is currently serving as the Director of Veteran Services at The Family Care Center, a private mental health counseling agency specializing in the unique needs of military service members, veterans, and their families. He is also the Executive Director of the Colorado Veterans Health and Wellness Agency, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit affiliated with the Family Care Center. Mr. France is a retired Army Noncommissioned Officer and combat veteran, having served in deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa, and Bosnia-Herzegovnia. After retirement, he served as Program Director for the Colorado Veterans Resource. In 2015, Mr. France was selected as one of five Military Scholars in the nation by the National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation, and in 2016 was selected as the awardee of the 2016 NBCC Foundation Capacity Building Grant, providing no-cost clinical mental health counseling to veterans in and around El Paso County, Colorado. He also writes for an audience of veterans, their families, and those who support veterans on his website, www.veteranmentalhealth.com. Mr. France is passionate about veteran mental health, and feels strongly that those who have served in the military can continue to provide value to their community long after that service has ended.