Dwayne Paro welcomes Craig Grossi to today’s podcast. Craig was raised in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, he is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart and Georgetown University graduate. When not travelling with Fred, he spends a good amount of his time with veteran organizations including the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
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Dwayne Paro welcomes Dan Frank to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series. As the CEO of Three Wire Systems, LLC, Dan Frank oversees the operations and strategic direction for the company. In 2007, the company created the VetAdvisor® program to provide proactive preventative care to military Veterans, supporting them throughout their journey by managing behavioral health, wellness, financial, and employment issues. The VetAdvisor® interactive platform incorporates personalized goal setting and high-tech biometric and social feedback, coupled with real time high-touch personalized coaching. VetAdvisor drives greater Veteran engagement, productivity, and workplace retention. VetAdvisor comprehensively supports Veterans with complex conditions by fostering a culture of emotional wellness as part of our holistic health strategy.
Dan was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® in both 2012 and 2013 for Greater Washington. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Additionally, Dan was selected as the 2009 Vetrepreneur of the Year by the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and won an honorable mention from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Veterans Enterprises as the 2008 Enterprising Veteran of the Year.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Greg Jumes to today’s podcast. Greg is a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Iraq who after leaving military service in 2010, turned to a career of high threat security contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Greg transitioned to civilian life for the second time in 2015. Having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life, Greg found his new purpose, helping veterans adjust by developing a tool for them to find the help and resources in their cities, Victor Tech.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Troy McCann to today’s podcast. Troy McCann attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in May of 1990 with a degree in Computer Science. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army as an Armor (Tanks and Cavalry) officer. McCann was stationed in Germany, assigned to the 8th Infantry Division, took part in Desert Storm, and was later assigned to the Division Cavalry for the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. He attended a number of schools at Fort Knox, KY, including: Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, and the Cavalry Leaders Course, as well as Airborne School in Fort Benning, GA, and the Combine Arms Firepower Course in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
In June, 1997, McCann resigned his commission at the rank of Captain to go to work for IBM. After 11 years in the information technology field, he went to work for the family business in the fire-safety industry. Since overseeing the purchase of Bare Metal Standard in 2014, fire prevention and kitchen exhaust cleaning have become McCann’s passions. Servicing restaurants such as, but not limited to, Chick-Fil-A, Hardee’s, Splash Seafood Bar & Grill, and Jethro’s BBQ, Bare Metal Standard of Des Moines has completed over 200 jobs in 2017 alone.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Donny O’Malley to today’s podcast. Founder and CEO of VET Tv and Irreverent Warriors, Donny O’Malley (Daniel Maher) was born in Queens, New York to Irish and Colombian Catholic immigrants.
After college, O’Malley (then Danny Maher) commissioned as an officer in the United States Marines in 2009. As an infantry officer he led his platoon through two deployments, one of which through the ruins of Musa Qala in 2012. Much like most deployed service members, O’Malley used humor to get through his experiences. He took the time to write his stories with a humorous light. His stories kept his family and friends back home updated and entertained. This was the beginning. He was medically retired as a Captain after 6 years in the Marine Corps.
In 2015, O’Malley organized his stories into a book, “Embarrassing Confessions of a Marine Lieutenant.” Topping the Charts on Amazon and selling over 25,000 copies, it was championed among combat veterans around the world. While writing his book, his biggest fan committed suicide so he rededicated his book and life to helping veterans.
In July, 2015, he organized an event in San Diego called The Silkies Hike that gained national news coverage and was replicated in dozens of cities throughout the country, thus turning into a national movement. He then started a nonprofit called Irreverent Warriors to manage the movement and ensure the mission, quality, safety, and intent stayed pure. Since inception, over 80 hikes have been completed around the country and have brought together over 17,000 veterans.
In effort to promote his book, O’Malley created videos for combat infantrymen that went viral among the veteran community. Enough of his fans expressed a willingness to pay for these videos that he decided to find a way to monetize short videos that parodied the military experience. In 2016, he created Veteran Entertainment Television or VET Tv - a subscription video on demand service with cinematic content made for veterans, by veterans.
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Dwayne Paro welcomes Angela Cody-Rouget to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series. Angela Cody-Rouget is the founder and owner of Major Organizers™, a residential organizing company. She has been building the Major Organizers brand (formerly Major Mom) since November of 2006 and currently has a team of 22 employees in Arizona and Colorado. She was featured on the military episode of Shark Tank on February 5, 2016. Angela spent 14 years dedicated to serving her country in the US Air Force as a satellite commander and missileer. She attained the rank of Major and her husband nicknamed her Major Mom after their first child was born. After her son was born in 2005, she resigned her commission to be a better wife and mother to her two children.
She is currently in the process of franchising her brand in order to create more jobs and opportunities for veterans and military spouses. She has three franchise locations, OH, TX and AL. Like most women, she sometimes feels torn between kids and career and the balancing act is difficult, but she’s thankful for a husband who is supportive. She also has kids that cheer her on because they believe in her. Angela was born to create order out of chaos. She is on a mission to raise up an army of Liberators so she can restore order to the world, one household at a time!
Dwayne Paro welcomes Lane Beene to today’s podcast. Lane is a proud Ft. Worth native and product of a middle-class family. After graduating from high school in 1987, he attended the US Air Force Academy to pursue his dream of military aviation. From 1991 until 2001, he served as a pilot in the active duty Air Force at world-wide locations. In 2001, he returned to Ft Worth and joined the Air Force Reserves.
He began investing in real estate in 2002 and bought many single-family homes. In 2010, he expanded his investment strategy to include multi-family property. For the next 4 years, he has pursued investments, built a real estate team, and learned the multi-family industry. In 2014, he purchased his first apartment complex and currently partners in 6 apartment complexes.
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Dwayne Paro welcomes Jennifer Roseman to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series. Jennifer serves as an executive at Three Wire Systems’ VetAdvisor supporting Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and private sector contracts. Jennifer has more than 15 years of implementing and directing military and veteran programs which improve access to areas of wellness, behavioral health, financial and career transition. To date, she is responsible for the oversight of nearly 250,000 coaching sessions to support improved outcomes for veterans, active duty and their family members.
Jennifer serves as President of National Association of Rural Mental Health and sits on the Saint Francis University Social Work Advisory Board. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Disabled Veterans Rehabilitation Committee and JARI’s Defense Business Council. She holds a Bachelors in Social Work from Saint Francis and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Mount Aloysius College. She is nationally recognized as a subject matter expert in the field of rural mental health specifically related to veteran care.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Scott Tucker to today’s podcast. Scott Tucker is a former U.S. Army officer and author of the bestselling book “From Deployment to Dollars.” A graduate of West Point, he went on to serve as an executive officer and platoon leader for U.S. forces in Iraq and Germany. Scott was eventually promoted to strategic information management posts, where he gained expertise in decision-making processes and development of enhanced organizational learning and collaboration methods.
During his time in the military and following his transition, Scott served as a financial planner for fellow U.S. military.
Since that time, Scott’s mission has changed and Transition 2.0 came into being. He purposes to not just help military personnel with their financial goals but help set them on a course to build a post military meaningful life they can be proud of the whole time they’re living it.
As the founder and CEO of Be Financially Fit and the author of From Deployment to Dollars, Scott combines realistic perspective, financial expertise, and life experience to help transitioning military prepare both financially and personally for the transition back to civilian life. Scott resides in San Diego, not only for its beautiful weather and multitude of outdoor sports and activities but also to stay closely connected to the military.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Aaron Wolf to today’s podcast. Aaron Wolf is the founder of Adventures Accessed, an outfitting and guide company based out of Chicago. Through his work, Aaron's goal is to help others build a meaningful connection to nature through immersive, experiential programs that incite natural curiosity and empower members to overcome challenges. Aaron works in partnership with the National Forest Service as a licensed outfitter/guide and is also a brand ambassador for Lewis N. Clark and volunteers as an ambassador for the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Before Aaron was hugging trees he worked in advertising, which was his field of study at DePaul University in Chicago. He didn't care too much for corporate culture and found it counterproductive to his transition from the Marines, which led him to start Adventures Accessed. Serving in the Marines from 2004-2008, Aaron was in the field artillery based out of Camp Lejeune, NC. His unit toured in Okinawa and Japan as well as Iraq in 2007 where his unit transitioned from artillery to a provisional military police task force.
Aaron is from the Chicagoland area and still calls the city home.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Aaron Serrano to today’s podcast. Aaron enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after attending college and graduated the top of his class in Infantry School earning a meritorious promotion. After gaining valuable experience he completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. Completed two combat deployments to Iraq as a Lieutenant. He received his undergraduate degree from William Penn University and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Norwich University.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Doc Collins to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series. Doc believes in bringing healing, hope, and understanding to the Military Family. His first of a 5 book series will hit Amazon and book shelves everywhere this October. While speaking, in Dallas this spring, he landed a 3 book deal with Scholastic, writing children's books. He'll co Author with his Sons, Titus and Maximus, helping the children of our Nation's Warfighter Community understand the principles of what make Mommy and Daddy so outstanding. He's shared international speaking stages with the likes of Bill Hybels, Dr. Chet Zelasko, and Condoleeza Rice. He's most recently the host of MyCrucible.TV, an interactive race preparation platform that organizes 5ks, 10ks, half, and full marathons across the U.S. Collins now builds businesses and consults on numerous projects from his home in Gulf Shores, AL.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Jordon Kestner to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series. Jordon is a 26 year old Entrepreneur on a mission to change the world. Started pursuit as a combat medic for the US ARMY(Time unfortunately cut short). This lead to a tough transition from being homeless to getting a degree in Exercise Science from East Tennessee State University and internship with the United States Olympic Committee. This transition setup the ability to continue to risk everything creating two companies: Warrior Within Athletics a fitness and clothing company focused on creating jobs for homeless veterans and Stealth Performance Communication a wearable technology that is about to rock the planet for Military/ private security sectors, medical fields, and even sports such as Football and Baseball!
Daniel Alarik was born in California moved to the Chicago area when he was a child. He joined the United States Army right after high school. Daniel met his wife and got married in 2008. Daniel and Elizabeth had their wonderful son, Ethan, a year later. Daniel transferred to the Reserves shortly afterwards to be with his family. Upon exiting active duty Daniel wondered how to continue the pride and patriotism that the Army provided. Daniel decided that wearing your pride and patriotism on your back was the best way and that was went Grunt Style was founded.
Andrew is a Special Forces Green Beret, Co-Founder and CEO of Warrior Angels Foundation, is on the leadership team of Warrior Soul, and Co-Host’s the Warrior Soul Podcast with Chris Albert. Andrew is married to Becky, the love of his life, and together they have five children.
Andrew's last deployment in 2013 was emotionally and physically taxing. He and his Special Forces team were engaged in constant combat throughout its entirety. Marr suffered numerous traumatic brain injuries from explosions, which resulted in his medical retirement.
Carter Davis is the founder of Lift For The 22 and was a US Navy Corpsman from 2007-2013. He was medically retired and found that using the gym is a great transitional tool for veterans when getting out of the service. Lift For The 22 partners with gyms across the country who domate gym memberships to the program to be redistributed back to local veterans. Lift For The 22 is now in 187 gyms nationwide and can provide over 3000 gym memberships to veterans a year.
Michael J. Penney is a Marine combat veteran of Ramadi, Iraq; Kajaki and Sangin, Afghanistan. He served with 3/7 weapons company deploying twice to Ramadi, Iraq in (2005/2006) and 2007. Reenlisting during his second tour, Michael transferred to Quantico to become an instructor. He is certified as a combat marksmanship coach, trainer and instructor trainer. He’s a formal school instructor, school trained designated marksman and foreign weapons instructor. In 2010 Michael deployed on a third combat tour, this time with 1st battalion 5th Marines, leading a section of advisors through Kajaki and Sangin Afghanistan. Having served in two wars in 8 years of service as an infantryman and weapons instructor, Michael left the Marine Corps as a Sergeant.
Now he is an entrepreneur and public speaker.
In 2015 Michael co-founded Cigars and Sea Stories, a podcast devoted to sharing stories with veterans who are adding value to the world. March of 2016 he presented at TEDx Raleigh, “What’s Your IED: How to Add Value to During Life's Explosive Situations” - in an effort to bridge the life of veterans and civilians.
Having successfully navigated the transition from service member to veteran, Michael now supports fellow veterans seeking the entrepreneurial lifestyle. He currently works as program director for Bunker Labs RDU, calling upon his military experience to assess, train, advise, and assist veterans in business creation.
Blayne Smith is the Executive Director of Team Red, White, and Blue. As Team RWB’s first employee, he has played a key role the development, growth, and operation of what has become America’s fastest growing Veteran-serving nonprofit organization. With chapters in over 200 cities, Team RWB now serves more than 120,000 members and enriches their lives by connecting them to their community through fitness, service, and leadership.
Blayne is a West Point graduate and former Special Forces officer with combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the distinguished honor graduate of the Army’s Ranger School and has earned numerous military awards including three Bronze Stars, one with “V” device for valor.
Blayne grew up on southwest Florida, earned his MBA from the University of Florida, and now lives in Tampa with his wife and children. He is a fitness enthusiast and avid athlete, and regular competes in running, triathlon, and CrossFit.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Rick Yost to today’s podcast. He is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of VeteransList.US, a service disabled veteran owned small business that provides the most comprehensive Veteran Owned business directory available. They help Veteran Owned Businesses be found. A service disabled veteran himself, Rick brings his military experience as an Army officer (12+ years), extensive education (PMP, MA, MBA, and JD), startup experience, and his business experience to bear in consulting, entrepreneurship, and providing support to multiple businesses. Additionally, Rick volunteers as secretary and board member for the U.S. Army Ranger Association.
Before becoming an Army officer and trekking out into the world, Rick grew up in a small town in South Dakota and loves to golf, hunt, and ski. Rick resides in Los Altos, CA with his loving wife where they are devoted parents to four children and one Labrador retriever ranging in age from 2 to 23 years.
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Dwayne Paro welcomes Jeremy Paris to today’s podcast, as part of our Courageous Champions of Veterans series. He was born in Buffalo, NY and joined the US Army immediately after graduating from high school. After ten years as a Personnel Administration Sergeant he left the military to become a government contractor performing computer support to the Department of Defense. Although the initial plan was to be a contractor for two years and then split, he spent the next 16 years supporting the same customer within different rolls. Jeremy has been on the staff of Veteran Artist Program (VAP), a non-profit organization, since 2010 and after leaving the DoD contractor world became the Executive Director of VAP.
While at an event in Washington DC with VAP Jeremy shook hands with people representing so many veteran-focused organizations that he was blown away. It was the realization that most veterans had no idea that these organizations existed that prompted Jeremy to start the Veteran Resource Podcast where he interviews veteran nonprofits and thought leaders. The new mission of the Veteran Resource Podcast is that every single one of the 20,000 veterans transitioning out of the military each month will have the opportunity to learn about and get plugged into the veteran organizations that are available to them.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Jim Raschella to today’s podcast. Jim is a Marine Corps veteran from Syracuse, New York. Jim was a born entrepreneur. From selling tickets to his backyard carnival as a child, to dreaming up multi-million dollar companies—Jim’s ambitions have always been as limitless as his creativity. After graduating high school in 2004, Jim joined the Marine Corps Reserve. After separating from the Marine Corps, Mark pursued a career in law enforcement and Jim began working on a degree in business. In 2013 Jim’s idea for his entrepreneurial endeavor became obvious, he partnered with a fellow officer familiar with the challenge his business would address, Jim and Mark created Off Duty Blue. Jim serves as Off Duty Blue’s Chief Executive Officer. Over the past 3 years, Jim has proudly overseen the company’s transformation from scribbles in a notebook, to the most comprehensive special event and detail management software platform available on the market.
Dwayne Paro welcomes Courtney Wilson to today’s podcast. Courtney is a former Army Engineer Captain, combat veteran and Bronze Star Medal recipient. She has been profiled in the New York Times and interviewed by CNN and NPR for her experience in Afghanistan, as well as named a ‘Military Entrepreneur Making a Difference’. A Creative Writing major turned Engineer turned MBA Candidate, Courtney is a creative analytic who believes equally in authenticity and efficiency. She lives in Boston, MA with her boyfriend, also a veteran and their adorable King Cavalier Spaniel, Molly.
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.