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“I would say I learned the value of service while in the US ARMY. With that I have built a business around just that, service.”

Nathan House - CODE 3 Public Safety Gear

“Logistics management, organizational skills, operations. ”

Martin Bishop - Evac One

“It has helped me keep deadlines, be well organized.”

Dawn White - White's Cleanit

“The military taught me leadership, management, and people skills.”

Thomas Krick - Homeland Property Inspections

“It taught me honor, integrity, hard work, perseverance, adaptability, how to improvise, overcome and complete on each mission.”

Shelly Bauer - Universal Investigations, LLC

“14 years of service active duty and air national guard. Organizational skills lead to a structured business, learning to manage, lead and follow for a well rounded business plan, that has pointed us in the right direction.”

Chris Barcikowski - Mid Atlantic Commercial and Residential Real Estate Solutions Inc

“Organization, teamwork, following through with a job once started.”

Meredith Bogen - Bogen Pest Control, Inc.

“We’re trained to do our jobs and react to certain situations just the way civilian employees are. But we also have leeway to use our intelligence and awareness to respond to new situations and come up with new ways of doing things. We work in teams, so as problems come up, we solve them collectively and understanding the company’s mission and looking to my employees for insights are all skills I learned while in service.”

Kelen Prutow - U.S. Integrators

“I learned discipline and responsibility.”

Donnie Cross - Just By Nature Candle & Soap Supplies

“The discipline it takes to be a successful soldier benefited me the most. I am able to focus and accomplish specific tasks more effectively because of my military experience.”

Jacqueline Ingol - Beautiful Plants LLC

“The Army Infantry taught me humility, honest, and confidence. How to train and deal with people. Most importantly, your word is your bond.”

Scott Kersjes - Innovative Facilities Solutions, Inc.

“The discipline and rigid routines have prepared me to be honest, trustworthy, and above punctual in my approach to all of my inspection activities.”

Thomas Spoor - Quality Home Inspection

“We’re trained to do our jobs and react to certain situations just the way civilian employees are. But we also have leeway to use our intelligence and awareness to respond to new situations and come up with new ways of doing things. We work in teams, so as problems come up, we solve them collectively and understanding the company’s mission and looking to my to employees for insights are all skills I learned while in service. In the military, we work in teams, and we have leaders just the way.”

Frank Valenti - Fulton Graphics, Inc.

“Has provided me the leadership skills to run a successful business.”

Stephen Pearson - High Tech Crime Institute Inc

“The military taught me primarily to listen and learn, understand diversity, and work with everyone. Using my planning skills, multi-tasking experience, and level of understanding of people and industry, I have worked to develop processes and innovative techniques to improve not only a business, but the employees and atmosphere. The Military taught me that - everyone has a great idea - it just takes the right time and the right person to hear it and how to focus on it!”

Ron Craw - Improvement Innovations LLC

“Training opportunities and instructing leadership courses.”

George Duncan - SWFL Duncan Group, LLC

“I am better prepared to take leadership positions and handle adverse conditions properly.”

Kim Carevic - Kim's Trucking Co. Inc.

“Persistence and Organization!”

James Terhune - T&T Materials

“To deliver services in a promised time and respect customers.”

Thomas Covington - A-1 Copy Systems, LLC

“Organizational and leadership skills.”

James Abbott - Satcom Scientific, Inc.

“Being an Infantry officer in the Army is about health, fitness and self-defense of our nation, through leadership of others. Teaching traditional Kung Fu is all about helping others develop health, fitness, self-defense, and leadership skills.”

Doyle Perry - United Martial Arts

“Made me a more dynamic, honest and determined individual!”

Jake Haap - Orion Home Inspections

“The military discipline most of all gave me the head start to achieve in civilian life and the command training gave me the ability to direct others toward goal accomplishment.”

Jim McConaghy -

“Taught me to lead by example.”

Jeffrey Allen - Global Crossroads Capital

“Military service teaches you to never give up.”

Rick Phillips - Dry Ridge Plumbing

“Discipline-Team Work-Pride!”

DAVID DEMARS - North American Property Management

“Military service has prepared me to be a better business owner; by being organized, to be able to listen to my customers and meeting their needs. Not to be afraid to fail, and if I do, not to stop until I get it right!”

Charles Reynolds - OR Communications

“It's helped me form objectives, and become better at forming strategies to reach those objectives. It's also helped me work as a team, develop SOP's in my business, and focus on the goals I have set.”

EJ Smith - Smith Business Development Solutions

“Basic training was no joke. It instilled discipline, courage, and the will to "drive on troop"! While stationed in Fort Kobbe, Panama I depended on the guy to my right and to my left. Same goes with business.”

Tom Carter - Ultrabrite LLC

“While serving in the military I learned honor, pride, and attention to detail.”

David Dohrmann - A Quality Carpet Cleaning

“Aberdeen Proving Ground school for blacksmith and welding.”

Ruperto FUENTES - Universal Refractrs & Boilers

“Being a Marine & D. I. speaks for it's self - There is only one way to do it and "That's The Right Way". ~ They call me {The Box Doctor} and I have 46 years experience Semper Fi”

Roger Maxson - Maxson Container Consultants

“I learned the discipline I needed to keep going even when things got tough. I also learned perseverance, loyalty, and willingness to see a job all the way from the initial phase to completion and I thank the armed services for this.”

Olin Granthum - Nilo Construction

“Military service instilled the concepts of discipline, organization, and integrity.”

Greg Jackson - Color Glo Leather Services of Houston

“From the very beginning of my business career I found the discipline and regimentation I had learned in military service to be of great value. I was able to apply this directly, first to learning a business, and then to teaching my employees about their jobs. I also learned in the military that success generally required a team effort and that every member of that team was equally valuable. For instance, fighter pilots may hold the "glory" jobs in the Air Force, but they would not be able to function without a team of mechanics and technicians who service, maintain, sometimes control, and when necessary, rescue the aircraft and crew.”

Carl Lewis - SnowWalker, LLC

“I'm built to be a better leader and much more confidence now.”

carlos gutierrez - CD Phone Home Inc.

“Taught me planning.”

Peter Peno - The Hitch Man, Inc

“The military gave me leadership and Taught me discipline for every day life.”

Robert Morone - Morone's Mowing Inc.

“The 343rd. & 2849th. Civil Engineering Squadrons taught me the ins & outs of the Construction Industry. From how to set Brick, Block, Concrete, Windows, Doors & Drywall to Materials Procurement & Scheduling just to name a few.”

Michael Pereira - Palm Home Improvement Inc.

“Taught me organization and preparation.”

William R. Whitteker - Pansermesh Inc.

“I learned the basic from the military, respect all people and do my best for the mission at hand... that reflects the way I handle my business.”


“As a Navy hospital corpsman back in the mid 80s, I spent several years juggling many tasks at one time. Whether drawing blood or filing medical records, everything had to be extremely organized and done quickly and perfectly. There was no room for error when it came to dealing with my daily duties in the Navy and there is no room for error today in running an agency. The military also helped me become comfortable working with different people from all ranks and all walks of life which makes running a web-centric marketing agency like eWareness much easier.”

Brian St.Ours - eWareness

“The military has better prepared me to run my business for many reasons. I love to take challenges head on, am a highly motivated person. I look for the best in anything I do whether I was on the front lines in Iraq or cleaning a customers window!”

Billy Templeton - Veterans Window Services

“Hard work with attention to detail, supervising crews, Organization, Safety, Maintenance logs, Maintenance schedules and preventive maintenance of equipment. Patience, Respect of others.”

David Search - Endless Summer Lawn Care LLC

“Attention to detail!”

Paul Dinkins - Prep Security, LLC

“Taught discipline, honesty, character, loyalty which we implement in our business everyday. Taught how to honor your country and to be responsible for your own actions. Made us proud to be an American and that to serve in the military is an honor.”

Gilbert Sentell - Sentell Engineering, Inc.

“26 years experience of flying, maintaining, and support Air Force Weapon Systems.”

Don Needham - LogSpec

“The Military Service gave me the determination to succeed.”

C. Henry Adams - Broadcasting Interest Enterprise, Inc.

“The exposure to types of people outside of my chosen circle of friends and how to deal with difficult people are the most important lessons I learned while serving.”

John Hendrickson - Smoke Eaters Supply

“Honor. Integrity. Experience. ”

Ernest Arnold - ACE Midwest, LLC

“Procedures and systems.”

Ron Glazer - Ron Glazer

“Management skills and the drive to success. Never give up no matter the how small or big the obstacle is in your path.”

Joseph Navarra - National Hospitality Resources

“Organizational Skills.”

Keith Picard - VAL-FAB, Inc.

“The Army solidified my foundation of principles, values, and training which provided me with tools to be a leader. These tools gave me the courage to finish my degree and pursue my own path as a business owner.”

Rosario Hurel - Hurel Transcription Translation Professionals

“To be disciplined, focused and detail oriented.”

Jim Sabatello - Inland Flooring Contractors, Inc.

“My military service gave me the courage and determination to start and manage Extremely Clean Pressure Washing.”

Bryan Whalen - Extremely Clean Pressure Washing

“Serving in the military gave me a good sense of direction and ethical business practices as well as a hard-working and responsible lifestyle.”

Michael Friedberg - Secure Standards, LLC

“Focus, dedication, will to survive, discipline.”

Kelly Dearwester II - Premier Link LLC

“Once I left active duty I as able to secure a civilian position with the US Army Corps of Engineers where I worked for nearly 10 years as an IT Manager developing a broad range of skills including Web Designer, IT Manager and Strategic Planner.”

Russ Cuthrell - Spyder Byte Media, Inc.

“Being in the military has taught me that no matter what background you come from or where you come from has nothing to do with the teamwork and family values that you leave there with. I loved meeting so many people from so many places.”

Stephanie Salupo - Admin On The Go

“Serving in the Navy has given me the discipline to be a better business owner. I was able to commandeer my four sons into getting involved with our family run business, therefore running a tight ship. Our Italian Ice business is run by all walks of people across the United States (some of which are veterans).”

Harry Moore - Little Jimmy's Italian Ice

“Responsibility for actions, leadership, commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and being on time are all qualities that 23 years of military service taught me, enabling me to be successful after leaving the military.”

Keith Sublett - Gorilla Integrations, LLC

“By developing my organizational skills and giving me pride and determination.”

Eric brackman - RFI Consultants

“My military service has helped me to be a better business owner by the organizational skills I was taught and the ability to adapt and overcome obstacles and adverse situations. Above all else honesty, integrity and to take responsibility.”

RUSSELL PRICE - R.J. Price Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

“The discipline is a requirement of being self employed.”

John Russell - Eagle Industrial Instrumentation, LLC

“CAN Do attitude. Always ready to get the job done.”

peter vanwolvelaerd - VanDahl Engineering & Construction

“It has made me disciplined and focused and able to multi-task.”

Doug Robinson - Maine Inspection & Engineering Company

“Almost 10 years in the USAF taught me many things including trustworthiness, timeliness, honesty, sense of pride, and ethical behavior.”

Michael White - Heritage Heating & Air LLC

“Since I've served in both the Army and Marine Corps, I have made the lessons learned, standard protocol. Just as I had to do to learn how to walk again after getting hit with an I.E.D. while providing convoy security in Iraq.”

Kris Rodriguez - The Rodriguez Insurance Agency

“Dedication, discipline, versatility and communication is the major component in a business. The military developed these skills within myself.”

Tyrone scott - Serendipitys The Biggest Little Shop


Don Kelin - CADDO Solutions

“The submarine service taught me discipline and the need to work in cooperation with others.”

Michael Addison - Siella Imaging LLC

“Training, tenacity and the willingness to finish a job.”

Michael Brown - Desert Mountain Consulting Corp

“My time in the military has laid the foundation for who I am as a business owner. I was taught respect, team-dynamics, honor and most importantly that anything and everything can be done with a positive 'can-do' attitude and good organization.”

Betsy Rosengrant-Stein - K.D. Rosengrant, Inc.

“Loyalty, Honesty, Motivation.”

Robert Collins - Collins Landscape Services

“Leadership skills, self discipline, team work, motivation. Take pride in my work.”

David Nicoletti - A Affordable Painting

“Leadership by Example. Supply Chain Management Skills.”

Billy Williamson - Global MPG

“The military helped by providing me with the determination to keep striving for success in everything that I do!”

Edward McCullough Sr. - The Bait Barn

“Being a leader of Marines prepared me to take the reigns of my company and relentley give everything that I possibly can to ensure that our customer base comes first and receives nothing but the highest quality of service.”

Brett Granger - Global Garage Flooring and Design of Houston, LLC.

“The military gave me a sense of accomplishment and the will and desire to achieve any goal set in front of me. With the motivation given to me by the many people in the military pushing me only made me stronger as a person.”

Francis Kalokitis - Kal Kom LLC

“Leadership and Character. The military gave me the confidence to know that I can do anything I set my mind on.. and that's the truth! 100% success thus far!”

Jeffrey Gonzalez - DirectJG HIDS and Accessories

“Discipline, integrity and honesty!”

Marc Soss - Marc J. Soss, Esquire

“Being a marine has developed discipline and organization to our business. We consider it an honor to do business with other veterans.”

Harold O'Callaghan - Waco Formworks LLC

“The Marines has given me the drive to keep on going. Starting your own business can be very difficult, but I know that whatever I come up against it can't be as difficult as the long deployments or rigorous training.”

Jeremy Findley - Your Trendy Lingerie

“The courtroom is a tough place to succeed, but not near as tough as the training and experiences I encountered in the Marine Corps as an enlisted infantryman.”

Russell Little - The Law Offices of Russell Little, LLC

“Trust, leadership, independent, and the ability to talk and work with others to accomplish goals.”

Jeffrey Lakatos - Hartland Electric LLC

“Attention to detail and diligence in the way I perform my duties have proved beneficial in the corporate world.”

Christian Tolen - AmeriVet Logistics, Inc.

“The leadership training I received in the US Army prepared me to take on many challenges in life as well as taught me the skills I needed to venture out and start my own business.”

Leopold Lacrimosa - SonoranDesertKnives

“Planning for multiple scenarios and learning to think independently and still be a team member are just a couple of attributes passed from active military service to being a business owner.”

Alan Ferneau - Tymely Moments - Brandon

“Organizational skills.”

Tommy Pope - Business Systems, Inc.

“The self-discipline and dedication to a team effort that I learned in the Marine Corps, prepared me for the rigors of the entertainment business.”

Giacomo Knox - A Week With My Father, LLC

“Taught me a "never quit" philosophy!”

F Gregg Meagher - Life Regeneration Systems Corporation LLC

“Attention to detail, accomplish the mission, problem solving, team work, decision making, proactive, responsible, professional, finding the best and fastest ways to accomplish the mission. Good interactivity with seniors (clients) and subordinates.”

Mark Hutchings - Black Ops

“More discipline to do what is right. More direction to get to my goal.”

James Moore - D.J.M. Building and Remodeling Co.

“Military Service enabled me to have the discipline and internal drive to succeed in creating and growing my own company.”

Jamie Falconi - Stellar Apparel

“Discipline, team work, never give up attitude.”

Marvin Whitaker - Skip's Construction Co., Inc.

“As a Marine, I was taught the values of leadership, discipline and camaraderie. This is still very much evident 35 years later.”

Frank Espinoza - Frank H Contractors

“Introduced me to the disciplines required to get a job done and accomplish important and critical task without excuse or oversight. Also learned supervision, delegation, and leadership principles that have served me every day.”

Michael Thomas - Thomas Lock & Key

“Attention to detail that is required in the military has driven our business. Getting to jobs on time and completing them with the quality that is required is also a skill pounded into us military members.”

Russ Stark - Surface Specialists of Arrowhead Country

“Military service provided me with a disciplined approach and the desire to take pride in my work.”

Gary Gruenwald - Domestic & International Security Group, LLC

“Becoming a soldier taught me to be a better business owner because I learned to face my fears from within. After I conquered, I was able to join the forces of many other strong individuals that possessed the strengths that I so longed to have.”

Silvia Torres Timoteo - Luxury Maids, Inc

“Military service taught me that taking care of people is just as important as turning a profit. We truly believe that in helping others in a fair and honest way that we are also helping ourselves to be better people.”

robert thomas - Thomas and Sons Home Efficiency

“Discipline, pride in workmanship, attention to detail, extraordinary customer service ethic.”

Jeff Truesdale - Proforma True Solutions

“Military services prepared me to be a better business owner by strengthening my attention to detail; motivating me to be the best that I can be in whatever circumstance; building on my leadership skills and giving me a great foundation to grow on.”

Teresa Garner - Think Business, Inc.

“Serving in the Army and now the Reserves has helped me to be more aware of the world around me. My organizational and communication skills have improved, I have an increased love for my country and our freedoms. I returned from my 4th deployment to Afghanistan (2012) and am honored to say that I have served with the finest men and women and am grateful for their support and for what we have learned together.”

Adam Peters - Three Willows Counseling, LLC

“Experience of Government supplies purchased and requested.”

Joseph P Pekar - MFG Reps, LLC

“The Military service taught me to focus on a goal (mission) and don't be afraid to be adventurous. Add in hard work and you have the recipe to be a great business owner.”

Charles Moss - Mosscovers, LLC

“It has made me a more (nose to the grindstone) kind of a person. What ever it takes to get the job done.”

Gary Wickham - P.F.D. LLC

“Leadership skills!”

C. J. Brown III - PeoplePower

“Define goals, keep focus and achieve defined objectives.”

Leslie Cooley - Pierce/Cooley Architects, Inc.

“I learned to take responsibility for situations.”

Christopher Rice - Southern Finishes Estimating, LLC

“How life is.”

Shari Wahlert - Wahlert Service

“I was in the United States Marine Corps, it taught me to make the best of what I have to work with and never give up.”

Wilbert Guice - The Point Mans Guide

“When I enlisted in the navy right out of school, this was during the Vietnam war. I was a gun captain with the responsibilities of ten young men like myself, and the military by giving me that task set the wheels in motion, with teaching me leadership among my peers, and has helped me with my business.”

mike whitmer - Mike's Natural Stone Walls

“It provided me with the discipline needed to operate in a fluid manner even in stressful situations.”

Brad Crawford - Top Home Inventory Services

“Military service instills many fine characteristics such as integrity, responsibility, loyalty, commitment, and much more. It makes you appreciate the freedoms that we are afforded because of the sacrifices of those know what it truly means to serve.”

Jeff Haynes - Realty Inspection Services, LLC

“During my time in the military I learned discipline, paying attention to detail, patience, to aggressively tackle challenging projects and the determination to see them thru to successful completion.”

Richard Holscher - Electro Products, Inc.

“Active, detail-oriented, discipline, focus, hardworking, observant, regimented, scheduled.”

Pete Petroulias - Phoenix Communications & Cabling, Inc.

“It has provided me with the knowledge to better navigate the inner politics of most offices.”

Steve Clark - The Vannet Group, LLC

“I was a young, slightly wild young man. The Army helped me to grow up fast. I met other young men from around the country that gave me a broader view of life. The Army teaches discipline, a strong work ethic, and a real love for the USA.”

William Templeton - Truck Xtreme

“Discipline, Discipline, Discipline. I received a lot of knowledge from my career in the military. Air Force values; Service before self and excellence in all we do.”

James Myers - Cincinnati Painter, Inc.

“The Marines helped build my organizational skills and Leadership role in my Community.”

Phillip Bird - 1st Down

“Endurance and diligence.”

Tim Donaldson - Media Dreams LLC

“I wish there was more services like this.”

joseph jacobs - Military Veteran Painting

“The military life requires discipline and focus - two key elements required to be successful in business. We have a very unique perspective on life once we are no longer active in the military but the residual affect of our commitment is evident.”

Sofia Hogan - Sofia Hogan Biz Coaching

“Military service provided the discipline to see any project to it's completion regardless of the obstacles placed in front of one.”

Richard Canard - Chesapeake Chute Systems, Inc.

“Responsibility, integrity, honor and getting the job done.”

James Pyle - Jims Computer Services

“The years in the military prepared me to handle any situation that comes along. It also prepared me to persevere through adversity. It made me a stronger person both mentally and physically.”

thomas heinz - PDQ Delivery Service

“Discipline, flexibility, honor, and sacrifice.”

Dave Weiner - Phoenix Executive Services

“Prepared me to be a responsible and accountable person. Has also helped with organization and structure.”

Raymond Bartholow - Total Product Services, LLC

“My Air Force experiences expanded my view of the business workplace and now allows us to uniquely approach the field of human resources through an effective and efficient use of processes, practices and principles.”

Leanne King - SeeKing HR

“Attention to detail is the number one thing I learned from the Army. This helps me everyday while inspecting homes.”

Michael Ivie - IVCO Home Inspection Service

“Work with no supervision.”

Mike Morin - Mike & Sue Properties

“I joined the USAF right out of high school. I received Engineering Training, worked in Civil Engineering and earned my Bachelors Degree while serving on active duty and understood the basics of Land Development as I entered into the civilian world.”

William F. Mitchell - ML Development

“The military taught me to apply attention to detail in all my work. It has helped my organize, plan and execute the services I provide to my customers.”

William Slusser - Patriot Cleaning Services

“Army leadership schools (Ranger School).”

Larry Mills - Skeen, Mohler & Associates Insurance


Max Hills - Reliable Auto Service, Inc.

“After 8 years in the Marine Corps, I have learned that such values as Honor, Courage and Commitment not only apply to the military and battlefield, but to my professional life as well. Vets need to look out for each other just as we did in service.”

Greg Trost - No Surrender Productions

“Understanding what teamwork it takes to truly take care of specific needs of soldiers directly applies to customer service. You must apply yourself and your team to provide great customer service.”

Richard Tillery - Veterans InfoSec Services

“In the military you learn a business from the bottom up. Although you may not look at the service as being a business it is in it's own way. You start at an entry level position and work your way to supervisory then on to management.”

Tammy Bowles - CAG LLC

“Military offered training and development skills in diverse environments. They taught me to never to give up, teamwork, leadership skills and on the job training. They taught me to succeed in everything I did whether the job is big or small.”

Joseph Latorre - Direct N-Pakt LLC

“I've learned to be self-disciplined and adapt to new environments with people of different cultures.”

CURTIS THOMPSON - DJ Tee's Entertainment

“Showed me how to be a leader. If you can lead you can do anything.”

Harry Goodman - Goode Cleaning

“The Army has helped me become a better business owner by giving me the confidence and knowledge to provide people with a service. The leadership tools that I acquired in the army made me a better communicator and listener.”

Richard Baisden - T&D Productions, LLC

“My previous military training, discipline and service during WWII following an "unemployment recession" similar to the current national recession, was a factor in my desire to succeed in civilian life. I have since then, only once, during the entire period of my adult life, actually worked for a company.”

Leon B. Siwek - World Wide Waters

“Discipline is the word.”

Joseph Massie - Massie Commercial Real Estate Services

“As a Military Veteran, I have learned the importance of being a team player, as well as the ability to organize, and manage in a business environment. I have learned the ability to speak intelligently to any and everyone I meet.”

Deontea Vickers - The Notary Lady Services

“I have learned in life as in the military that commitment and perseverance is the key to being successful in anything you do in life. I married in 1973 while still in the Marines, I am still married and going strong.”

Bob Edwards - EDWARDS Electric, Inc.

“Being in the USMC has taught me discipline, strong work ethics and to be fair and honest.”

James Wenninger - Good to Go General Contracting

“I learned from my tour of duty as a Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot many personal traits and core values that serve me well in 29 years of business in real estate.”

David B Meyers - Meyers & McCabe Properties

“I have learned how to handle a challenge.”

Glen Sandiford - My Virtual Accountants

“We are able to produce the required documentation, samples and attention to detail needed to help make our customers approvals and acquisition processes go smoothly.”

Will Cronin - Tiger Foam Insulation

“I realized that anything is possible and we are only limited by our own initiative.”

Joseph Abi-najm - VA Home Inspect, LLC

“I learned discipline, integrity, and respect for leadership.”

Kenneth Flowers - A Fair Insurance Quote

“Discipline, drive, and the determination to succeed and overcome any challenges I must face with persistence and the strong desire to achieve and do great things!”

Mark Jette - Artisans & Stone Craftsmen MARCO JETTE LLC

“Integrity, discipline, management & leadership.”

Donald Carter - Secure Comm Technologies, Inc.

“Learned responsibility and chain of command.”

Clifton Coleman - Ugly Otter Trading Post

“Military Service should be an obligation and not an option. It prepares you for life!”

Jeff Ross - The One Day Landlord

“G6 Communications is owned by 3 U.S. Marines who understand what attention to detail means.”

Mark Clemens - G6 Communications, LLC.

“With organization, planning, and commitment, I am ready for any challenge.”

Robin Mack - Robin Mack

“Military Service gave me my first introduction to Federal Government work and the discipline that was derived from being a Marine shaped me personally in my work ethics, attitude and dedication to detail. My Marine Corp training was invaluable.”

Valerie Lewis - Valerie Lewis Janitorial

“The military prepares people with a unique perspective on challenges. Veterans learn how to approach the world from another angle, and have an unparalleled drive and focus for meeting each challenge.”

Chad Bowerman - The Yellow Dog Group, LLC

“Both my wife and I are proud to be veterans. Military service has helped teach us self discipline and responsibility.”

Robert Rhodes - Bayou Cache

“My military service is the back bone of my business. The Marine Corps is the base of my work ethic.”

Scott Williams - Crown Fire Protection

“It has taught me to stay focused, diligent, and the ability to push yourself to limits to get the job done and the ability to depend not only on yourself to get the job done, but having the right team to succeed and accomplish the mission.”

Patrick McDonald - Innovative Vending Solutions, LLC

“Being a former military member has set the foundation for my business. A great business owner constantly practices due diligence and commitment, and leadership, three very important skills that I have gained from my military experience.”

Jamie Kincade - JLK Global Enterprises, Inc.

“The Marine Corps teaches organizational and leadership skills that are vital in a business setting. It also instills values such as honesty and integrity, which many businesses lack these days. The military also paid for my college education.”

Nicole Wylie - No Streaking Professional Window Washing

“Instilled in me a sense of drive and purpose that has been the key to my 25+ years of success as operator and owner of a small business distributing safety products and protective clothing to industry. My business is my life!”

Paul Hill - PJ Hill Industries

“The Military taught me a number of things. The values of hard work, dedication, and integrity. In my business its crucial that my clients feel and know that I am taking care of their best interests with the highest of ethical standards.”

Conrad Caldwell - North State Insurance Group, LLC

“Being from a home with no father involvement, the service gave me the direction and opportunities in life that was helpful in becoming a successful business owner.”

Mark S. Haines - Tropical Environmental, Inc.

“Honor, respect & pride in the job you do for your country or your customers.”

Shon Thompson - Thompson Business Service

“The Air force taught me discipline, to pay attention to detail, to be on time and many other things to numerous to name.”

James Gibbs - Quality Painting by James

“Military service gives one structure, goal and a way to accomplish those goals.”

Richard Hope - Richard Hope Construction

“In December, 1967, I executed the documents to attend officer candidate school in the US Marine Corps. My approval to participate in the program occurred in April, 1968. I began my military career in July, 1968 as a US Marine. I completed officer candidate school and was awarded a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Marine Corps Reserve. I then attended The Basic School and subsequently attended USMC combat engineer school. All Marines are seaborne infantry riflemen first and foremost. My training in leadership, military discipline, military organization, small unit tactics, espirit de corps and general preparation to go to war in Vietnam has served me well in business. My experience in war in Vietnam as a platoon commander of 30 plus Marines, my experience as a company commander of 180 Marines and my experience as a company level executive officer gave me leadership experience where I assumed responsibility for managing the lives of men that is only possible in war time.”

Ben Bell - JMC Construction LP DBA Safety Nerds

“Provided the discipline needed to manage day-to-day business and unexpected obstacles.”

Arthur Brussard - TruckCourier, Inc

“Gave me the experience and confidence to handle myself and my affairs. It provided travel opportunities that opened my eyes to the entire world.”

Dave Pinchotti - Trippe Supply Co. of Washington, DC, Inc

“Learned to be responsible, punctual, dependable, persistent, loyal, appreciate teamwork, respect for self and others, leadership.”

Jesse Willingham - TriMark Marketing Technologies, Inc.

“Well-established a specialized military background while working in the civilian world offers a wealth of knowledge to the public and government agencies.”

Mike Drevline - Tradevet, Inc.

“My military service showed me to be professorial in every thing that I do.”

garry mclaughlin - Federal Shredding Inc.

“It has given me the passion a desire to serve my fellow members of society. Providing them with an invaluable service at a reasonable cost.”

Kandra Ferguson - Ferguson Alternatives LLC

“It prepared me to be a more organized and responsible person. By being in the Army, I developed a mentality that enabled me to become self-efficient and resourceful in starting and maintaining a business venture.”

Patricia Minton - Flower Divas

“Honor, Selfless-Service, Integrity, Discipline and Mission Readiness all values I learned in the military and all tools needed to success.”

Frank Torres - Frank Torres Strategies

“Learned to work as a team. Learned the need to keep studying. Leaned to plan ahead and to work a plan.”

George Trost - G. E. Trost & Associates, Inc.

“Traveling overseas in the Navy helped me prepare for my extensive travel, working as a Storekeeper provided warehousing knowledge and confidence in working with others overseas.”

Robert Mull - Mull Export Management & Consulting LLC

“My experience in the Army has showed me what to fight for and how a real family of soldiers can live together through all sorts of situations. It also gave me the strength to endure hardships as in business. While serving in Iraq I saw a need to create a private internet network so our unit could communicate back home to our families and friends, and it still up today.”

Marlon Williams - mWillsplace Mobile Inc

“The Navy provided opportunities for progressive leadership and management responsibilities and the skills to exceed in any environment. By capitalizing on the skillets learned, I have been successful in all my post Navy leadership roles.”

Kevin D. Reside - National Safety Technology LLC

“Military service (25) years has given me the necessary discipline and training to operate a business. After one year (1969) in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, running a business seems easy.”

Joseph Reis - Naval Aviation Cadet Benson

“The structure and procedures in place in the army helped shape me as a business owner. I am conscious that when I give my word to a customer, I have to deliver as promised. Delivery is essential but quality and timeliness are more important.”

collins dibaki - NED Services Inc

“Discipline, Dependability, Respect, Dignity, and training.”

Justin Law - New England Security & Public Safety Agency

“Organization, Leadership, Dedication.”

Edward Houston - New Genesis Organization, LLC

“Ownership, responsibility, being on time, working hard, do the job right!”

David G. Shaw - New Look Paint and Power Washing

“Discipline, hard work, loyalty, and ready to go "All The Way".”

Kevin Beasley - New Start Realty and Relocation

“Keep focused and operate with honesty and integrity.”

Duke Barrett - Night Bandit Publishing

“I spent four years in the Air Force Medical Corp and flew as a crew-member in a "crash rescue helicopter." From Basic Training to Advanced Medical Training I was taught RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, DEDICATION TO PURPOSE, and that FAILURE IS NEVER AN OPTION. They have all served me very well in my private life and business career.”

Sharrel Davison - Northwest Uniforms, Inc.

“Leadership and management skills. Patience and perseverance.”

Edward Norton - Norton Consulting & Investigations LLC

“Military service has made me a better business owner because it has instilled in me that everything needs to be thorough, precise and done in a timely fashion. Being disciplined in getting tasks done efficiently and to be a team player.”

antone Nielsen - T. Nielsen Environmental


Timothy Foor - T4 Construction, Inc

“I am able to plan, prioritize and execute a plan while ensuring all resources necessary are available!”

Tamasine Wood-Creighton - Tamasines Camo Green

“My Military experience has taught me the value of commitment, character, and discipline. I apply these attributes to the way that I live my life and the way that I manage my business.”

William Cobb - Targeted Tactics, LLC

“Military service has helped me realize that the American dream can be achieved through hard work and perseverance.”

Ahmet Taylor - TC Software, Inc.

“The Army taught me to pay attention to detail which in the business world is everything.”

Matthew Logan - TDL Electrical Contractors, Inc

“My time in the Marine Corp taught me values such as honesty, hard work and discipline will pay you back ten fold in everything you do, including but not limited to, your personal life as well as your business.”

Ron McCollum - The Construction Services Group, Inc

“The time I spent in the Army reenforced my resolve to achieve more than average goals. I was chosen as a platoon leader in basic and further developed a sense of responsibility and accountability. As I met fellow soldiers, I developed a deep respect for those who had seen combat and the sacrifices many made.”

Claudia "Tiger" Adams - The Horse In Sport

“The two owners of the firm are both in the Army Reserves. We both deployed to Iraq. We are now at the same Army Unit. Michael Chen is a 1LT (O2) in the JAG Corp. He just received his commission. He was a SSG (E6) prior to getting commissioned. Rex Tran is a SFC (E7). The military service gave us both the will and drive to own our own business. It helped give us the confidence, patience and the ability to pay attention to the details necessary to build a business.”

Rex Tran - The Law Offices of Chen & Tran

“It taught me to believe in myself, and never give up.”

Dale Nelms - The Peanut Wizard

“Communications and teamwork.”

James Sleter - The Place To Go Travel

“Serving both Active Duty and in the Reserves as a Marine Corps. Officer, I learned about effective leadership and about how to manage people. While in the Marines, I had the opportunity to demonstrate these skills while acting as the Commanding Officer of a battalion for 3 of the 20 years in which I served. After retiring from the Marines, I was able to transfer these talents into the private sector as well further my education by achieving a Masters Degree in Business Administration.”

Jeff Kleinfelter - A&M Superior Safety Services

“It gave me the can do attitude. The U S NAVY taught me to never give up, failure is not an option. Always keep your word, be honest and truthful. Always do your best.”

George Graham - A-1 Plumbing Of Baltimore LLC

“When I was drafted in 1971 I was only 19 years old. The two years I served I grew up and matured. I learned team work and the meaning to words like pride, honesty, respect, and loyalty. Today I apply these traits to my business and work ethic.”

Terry Bazler - A-1 Pool Care

“Honest and dependable.”

JAMES WAREHAM JR - ADS Electronics Inc.

“The USAF gave me a job fixing fighter aircraft. Attention to detail, thoroughness and perfection ensured our pilots could always count on the jet to perform - lives depended it on it. These qualities make Advoco a business you can count on now.”

Robert Zimmerman - Advoco Technology

“The military discipline, policies and procedures helped me to be a better entrepreneur. Order, responsibility and commitment are keys to a successful business. PLDC (leadership training) helped me prepare to be a better boss as well. I was trained in the Army to be a mechanic, which was my career goal since grade school. Also included in my AIT (mechanic school) was an annex on recovery that peaked my interest as well as gave me a good idea what proper vehicle recovery was all about.”

Kim Ford - Bad Girl Towing

“The responsibility and experience far exceed what you would learn in the civilian world. Let's not forget the leadership as well.”

Timothy Kropp - A. R. Kropp Co & Sons

“Learned how to run this law firm from my developed character as a Navy corpsman.”

Jeremiah N. Ollennu - Law Prime, Ollennu Law Firm, LLC

“Leadership and organization.”

Steve Lawton - Lawton & Company, Cabinetmakers by Trade, Inc.

“Leading others, goal setting and discipline.”

Larry LeDoux - LeDoux Industries, Inc

“Discipline, hard work and ability to overcome. Motivated to be in control of my destiny, and will not be happy working for those who are not.”

Cian Miles - Pinnacle Innovations

“Maturity, organizational skills, meeting deadlines, how to work with persons from any background.”

Benjamin Pogany - Pogany Construction, LLC

“Credibility, structure, discipline.”

Cary Vea - Polytron Corporation

“The Military made me a man. During my Tour of Duty, I learned leadership, respect, teamwork, organization, structure, and most important Honesty, Compassion, The love of our Country and all the people who live here and who give their lives everyday.”

John Dafonte - Port Bolivar Marine Service, Inc.

“It helped prepare me to be able to deal with the unexpected situations and events that occurred outside of my planned strategy and how to react accordingly.”

Tony Whetstine - Poway Samurai Martial Arts

“Through my experience in the Army I learned how to effectively deal with and solve conflicts. I learned to be solution oriented and to know that no task or project is impossible to accomplish. I have adopted this philosophy and integrated it into our company mission statement. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and the desire to go the extra mile to find a solution to any customer request.”

Anne Powers - Powerhouse Inc

“Honor, courage, and commitment are the Corp Values that make the Bedrock of Character for each of us at Praetorian Group. The Marine Corp instilled these values and pride. We have been deployed to the Middle East on several tours of duty and our assignments forwarded the cause as well as our experience. Our organization has developed using this experience and training resulting in an excellent performance record and adherence to an established Business Organization Plan.”

Quentin Goins - Praetorian Group and Associates LLC

“I have had served over 23 years in the United States Marine Corp, developed strong business ethics and discipline, and experienced working with many people from all walks of life.”

Richard DeVasto - LegalShield Independent Associate - Richard R. De Vasto

“Dedication to others.”

A Brummel - LegalShield Independent Associate - Angela Williams Brummel

“Independent and confident.”

Dwayne Johnson - Consumer Choice Marketing

“Taught me meaning of responsibility. Do the best you can do. Finish the job in a timely manner.”

Phillip Priebe - Priebe Construction

“It taught me that you must be committed to a duty to fulfill properly. Also to know you have what it takes to be a winner. How to respect others and always treat them fairly. Responsibility also means others are counting on you to do what you say.”

james c contarino sr - Pepsipainters+

“Attention to detail and follow through Leadership.”

Robert Amacker - Process Engineering & Fabrication

“The skills that my partner & learned in the Marines & Air Force, with regard to assessment, planning & follow-through have all played an important part in the development of our business plan and implementation thereof.”

Edward Treanor - Problem Solver GPS Solutions

“Organization, time management and leadership.”

Ed Pullen - Pullen Construction Services

“Discipline. Being on time. Doing what I said I would do. Responsibility. Loyalty.”

Rod Manuel - PuroClean Restoration Services - Humble TX

“Gave me tools to focus, organize, prioritize, set goals, prepare plans, execute plans, and keep going towards the objective (sales and satisfied customers).”

Ken Golden - QBS Consulting, Inc.

“Management skills, discipline, team building, dealing with stress, mission focused, perseverance.”

Allan Jackson - Southeastern Data

“Intangible Skills of a LEADER.”

Joe Grossi - Southern Arizona Scholastic Products, LLC

“Discipline, attention to detail, understanding the value of hard work and this great country!”

Hayden Hartland - Spearstone

“The army has taught me responsibility, dependability, and to get the job done. The army has prepared me to be a better person in every aspect of my life.”

David Chess - Spine Recovery Center

“Being in the U.S. Army taught me Business Structure. I has taught me how to carry out orders and go beyond the expected in bringing back results. Being part of the military family taught me the importance of communication ans structure. It also taught my son the importance of military life. He is currently serving in the US MARINE CORPS. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve your company and bring success to your endeavors.”

George Epps - Stars and Stripes Technologies

“Discipline, Leadership and Management.”

Don Franche - StayHome Care Solutions, Inc.

“My service has provided me with leadership skills, dedication, and has provided me with the morals that go far beyond the Army.”

Jason Stephenson - Stephenson Painting

“Military Service teaches discipline, dedication, and professionalism. It teaches accountability, follow-through, attention to detail, and the value of education and training. As a result of my military service, I provided management and supervision to very large organizations and groups. I also obtained advanced education. Lastly, as a senior military officer, I obtained extensive experience in dealing with National, International, and other government officials.”

Sherrie Aly - Strategic Solutions and Analysis, LLC

“I was in the 82nd Airborne, and that taught me to have a strict work ethic. I know that I can work long after others will quit, but I also know that looking at something from a different perspective. Sometimes flanking the objective can lead to a quicker solution.”

Randall Stutz - Stutz IT LLC

“Being in the service gave me inner strength to weather the changing environment of business ownership. It also gave me leadership skills to help direct my business in the way I want it to go.”

Paul Walsh - Superior Executive Transportation

“Jim has been our Executive Director since 2008. He enlisted in the US Army in 1978 and he was commissioned as an officer in 1988. Medically discharged in 1992 due to service-connected injuries from the Persian Gulf War, he formed the Veterans Information Network in 1993 and became involved in the national veterans movement which created the NGWRC at that time. He has remained an active leader of the NGWRC for that entire time, serving on our Board of Directors for many years. He has represented veterans as a member of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and he has testified before Congress promoting legislation and funding that has since been enacted, helping veterans receive better health care and benefits.”

James Bunker - National Gulf War Resource Center

“Military service taught us how to lead, teach, make decisions, be accountable. These qualities add up to success as a business owner.”

Robert Mixon - Level Five Associates, LLC

“Was given a typewriter while going into the seventh grade in school and have been typing ever since then. While in the Army in 1959, I was trained to be a Teletype Operator and worked at the Western Union at Ft. Benning, GA. Have been typing ever since then and had many excellent jobs which required my typing skills. Among them were Lockheed and also, Hughes Aircraft, typing Technical Manuals.”

LaWanda Lawson - Lighthouse Typing

“The military taught me leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and to be calm and think clearly under any adverse situations.”

Virgil Burton - Ligriv Technology, Inc.

“Perseverance. Being able to adjust to each situation.”

Tony A. Lane - Limb Walker Tree Service, Inc.

“Discipline, diligence, loyalty, persistence, passion, service, commitment.”

Paul Drury - Drury Realty

“Being in the service better prepared me by allowing me to grow as a team member and gather the understanding needed to see the "big picture." It allowed me to appreciate the hard work it takes to ensure projects are done right the first time because if you fail to do things right the first time people can be injured or deadlines are not meet. It is imperative to meet deadlines and ensure projects are correctly planned and completed. I love the service members dedication and sacrifice they show.”

Kevin Jannarone - Veteran Landscape

“It taught me to be organized.”

Norman Edwards - Veteran Lawn Service

“The military taught me to work hard.”

Timothy Boson, Jr - Veteran's Landscaping & Lawns

“Military service is invaluable in providing leadership training that is found nowhere else on earth.”

Bob Stooksbury - Veterans Alaska Construction

“Disciplined planning and performance abilities have increased.”

Michael Page II - VETLogistics

“The Patriotism motivated me to go into my own business as Paul "The Flag Man" Bramson.”

Paul Bramson - V.E.T.S. - Ventura

“My time in the Corps has taught me to fight to the death with the expectation of always winning (even when the circumstances tell you that failure, or even death is eminent). Semper Fi!”

Mike Elias II - VideoIntros Plus

“Processes, Strategy, operations, and tactics are designed to win!”

J Beaumont Chatham - Warrior Life Coach

“To never give up!”

David Grover - Washington Square Associates

“Discipline, responsibility, training.”

Bob Jennings - Westridge Energy, LLC

“Returning from my tour in Vietnam, I experienced what it is like to be scorned, rejected and misunderstood. That experience led me to resolve to try and treat everyone I meet as a special person who deserves love and respect. I, especially, want to see our newest veterans treated with the honor and respect they so richly deserve.”

Michael Parker - White Stone Outreach

“My military experience helped prepare me by making me a leader. To view the overall objective, look outside the box and not be of afraid of making a decision or taking a chance. It also assisted in preparing me to make the tough decisions of what jobs to accept and when to decline.”

Terry Wilson - Wilson Inspection Services, LLC

“Disciplined approach to getting a job done.”

James Wilson - Wilson Stoyanoff, PLC

“The Army was the best thing that ever happened in my life. As an enlisted man and then as an officer it helped me to develop business traits that I use today.”

R Rodriguez - Wiseman Capital Group

“Combat zone experience has taught me to be positive, make strong and bold decisions and not fear failure. To push beyond the normal guidelines in business decisions based on adequate marketing intelligence.”

john Thierry - Z-Coil Pain Relief Footwear - Dearborn

“I was a Air Force Plumber for four years.”

Frederick Schilling - Pipeline Backflow Services

“As an officer in Viet Nam I was in charge of 40 men and a huge supply facility. At Fort Knox I headed all quartermaster operations in support of a population of 60,000.”

Gary Platt - Points North, Inc.

“My book has been in print for 10 years and I just wanted to "Give Back" for all of the help I've received through the VA.”

Tony DeLiso - Legacy: The Power Within

“Built confidence in my ability to do jobs right and be proud of my work.”

William Slater - Precision Machined Parts LLC

“My years of service in Special Forces gave me the background to be a disciplined, detail oriented, team focused contractor. My work ethic is hands on until the customer is completely satisfied. In the military you learn failure is not an option.”

Daniel Ross - Pro Paint/Glass and Home Improvements

“I am a veteran of the United States Army. During my service in the United States Military, I have learned discipline, motivation and communication skills, which are all assets necessary to have a successful business. I have nine years of previous experience within the service industry and maintain a great working relationship with both customers and suppliers.”

Lonnie Morrow - Tomorrows Eco Services LLC

“My military service prepared me for hard work and to take advantage of opportunities provided. It also taught me how to network and most importantly it taught me about honesty, respect, integrity and spirit. My military career prepared me for my business adventure.”

Jeanette Sperry-Lyman - Titan Shred

“Military prepared me by teaching me leadership skills. This allows me to get jobs completed fast and keep cost low.”

Timothy Davis - Timothy L. Davis Land Surveyor

“I apply the organization, leadership and discipline I learned in the military every day.”

Thomas Deierlein - ThunderCat Technology

“To be truthful, prompt and dedicated.”

TONY DELLINCARPINI - Thompson Press Inc.

“The military has prepared me to be a business owner by giving me the ability to relate to a diverse population and laid a foundation for good work ethics.”

Jan Holness-Wilson - The Touch 4 Health & Wellness


Charles Baker - The Poison Ivy Soap Co

“When I got laid off, I wasn't sure just what to do. After doing some odd jobs for friends and neighbors, I realized how much I liked working for myself. A background of military service gave me the focus and drive I needed to get a small business going!”

Matt McDonald - Handy Mac Home Services

“I have learned to be independent, self motivated. Learned to work with many different personalities. Have been responsible for many soldiers and their families. Signed and accounted for thousands of dollars worth of equipment.”

Troy Hall - Hall and Company Commercial Cleaning

“survival school prepared me for operating a business in the current economic downturn!”

Harold Hobbs - Guardian Angel Cleaning Service Inc.

“It instilled discipline, motivation, & the will to succeed beyond all odds.”

Leon Grove - Grove Financial Group, Inc.

“Derek A. Porter, Certified CREIA Inspector, Former USMC D.I. MAI, PMI, Engineer, and Iraqi Freedom Veteran.”

Derek Porter - American Dream Property Inspection Service

“Vietnam Era veteran helping to lead the economic recovery of our great nations.”

Chris Tofte - American Home Improvement Masters LLC

“Improved organizational skills, rigid self discipline, training to act as an unit, Much improved leadership skills.”

Wallace Rogozinski - Anacapa Technologies, Inc

“One of the most important things I learned from my time in the Navy is the use of a chain of command and how to delegate along with team work.”

Marty Ekren - APEX Electric & Lighting


Ron Gibson - Appenx, Inc.

“My military service disciplined me to always commit myself to the highest quality in all things, to be loyal, be honest and be a self-starter.”

Martha Macias-Alexander - Martha Macias-Alexander

“I have served in two branches of the military - Navy Seabees Construction Engineering Unit and Army National Guard with deployment to Iraq. The military has taught me better attention to detail, the ability to communicate with different types of people, and to adapt and overcome challenges.”

David Werdelin - Around the House LLC

“Being a Navy Diver, I learned attention to detail, teamwork and discipline.”

Wally Knifley - Combat Termite Specialist

“In countless ways.”

John Wesley Steinsiek - Commercial Dump Truck Services, LLC

“My experience in the Navy taught me to take pride in my work, to be a team player, to follow my instincts, and to hold strong to the plan of action no matter what is happening around me. The skills I learned during my service were not only relevant to my duties, but I was able to build a career I love with the knowledge I gained. It was my honor to serve my country as a service man, and it is now an honor to serve my country as a business man.”

Darin Gilliland - Compass Solutions, Inc

“It trained me to get things done and to lead people.”

Karl McHale - Computer Careers Inc.

“With the discipline and leadership skills i am better prepared.”

Robert Hatler - Kentuckiana Creations LLC

“Serving over six years in the United States Air Forces, I have learned many skills and abilities but the skill I find most useful in life and/or business relates to the U. S. Marines mantra.... The U.S. Marines are known for their ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Hence the mantra: "Adapt, improvise, overcome." This ability is critical for survival when you're at war. But surely it is applicable in other places... like business...”

Kisha Calix - Confidential Coaching And Consulting, LLC.

“Honesty, integrity and pride in all we do.”

Patrick Sargent - CS Computer Solutions

“Discipline and attention to detail.”

Scott Dunstan - D & D Custom Cabinetry & Countertops


Anthony G. Moretto - Daddio's OnPoint Auto Repair, LLC

“Where else is a 19 year old kid going to be given as much responsibility and accountability? Some people go their entire lives without being as prepared for business as a one tour enlisted man.”

Dan Light - Dan Light Consulting

“I was aircrew aboard a WC121N aircraft flying into hurricanes. I was lead crewman in the CIC/ECM area. I was responsible for radar navigating the planes through the storms and air controller for NATO missions. I was survival petty officer for our squadron. All these responsibilities gave me confidence to own and run a business.”

Patrick Dinger - Dinger Carpentry

“It has helped me to be more prepared and gave me the confidence to get through the ups and the downs of running a business.”

Jeremy Paris - Diverse Concepts, Inc

“At 18, I joined the USAF. I have always been very disciplined, am a hard worker, and have a strong sense of doing a job well. The USAF and I got along very well. After leaving the USAF, I developed a career in sales and operations management. I would not trade my time serving my country for any amount of money. I am proud to be a veteran - my service to my country was a cornerstone in my life. Thank you.”

Richard "DICK" Christopher - DIX Auto Detailing

“Military service provided me the discipline and work ethic to be a better business owner. Improvise, adapt, overcome.”

Steve Pritchard - Division 16, LLC

“The Marine Corps produces disciplined leaders. I am a Marine.”

Gregory Vacheron - Independent Courier Services

“Discipline; commitment; integrity; focus; dedication to the mission; dedicated to service.”

Earnest Williams - C2i Solutions, Inc.

“The military helped CAD Construction Inc. become a better company by allowing us the ability to do government contracting. Our company is listed as a SDVOSB which allows the opportunity to bid certain jobs that other contractors can not.”

Cole Wilkerson - CAD Construction Inc.

“In business as in the military, team work is essential to day-to-day operations. With the right team amazing things can happen and you learn there are always solutions, opportunities and adaptations to any situation. Strategy and planning will help win on the battle field and in the business world.”

Claude A. (Art) Harden - Calibre Engineering, Inc

“The most important attribute I've received from the service is discipline, which keeps me focused in life and business. I was also exposed to many different types of people in the army, which helps me handle my clients and employees. Plus, I realize that no situation is tough after going to war.”

Charles Benedict Jr - Cannon Tool Company

“Discipline, Honesty, Pride.”

Walt Hardy - Canteen Catering, Inc.

“Teaches great leadership skills.”

Linda Thompson - Cappa & Graham, Inc.

“Get things done and push comp out of business I.E. destroy the enemy.”

Ralph Sigler - Carolina Packaging

“Structure, work ethic, discipline, organization. All have helped me greatly.”

Clifton Reynolds - Carolina Security & Fire

“At age 19 I was leading an infantry fire team in Afghanistan. Accordingly, I had to grow up fast and learn about responsibility. I realized that education and motivation would get me anywhere I wanted to go. After two combat tours in the Corps, I don't see how anything else will ever be able to slow me down.”

Joshua Jones - Case Consultants

“Endurance, organization, leadership, discipline and team effort.”

Earnest,George,Terry, Conrad Carter - CeeBee Enterprises LLC

“Military service taught me the importance of diligence, perseverance, and integrity. My customers know I am prompt, will perform the job to the best of my ability, and will remain at their job until my work is completed to their satisfaction. The importance of following a course of action and remaining on course has enabled me to build my business to the level of success it is today. Lastly, my belief in ongoing training enables me to stay on top of my industry information.”

Jeff Gamblin - Tiger Plumbing Services

“The Marine Corps taught me to never quit, keep moving forward and you will achieve your goals and to take care of the people who take care of you.”

Craig Lawrey - HammerDown Firearms

“It provided me with the discipline to continue doing what needs to be done to succeed even in the face of great adversity. It also taught me that there are times when you just need to shut up and soldier.”

Donald Baer - Been There Photography

“Military service prepared me to lead as well as follow. As a business owner you need to know yourself and your employees. You need to know when to step back and when to step forward. You need to know what a team is and how to function as a loyal part of that team. Military service is about team work, taking the lead when necessary and knowing when its time to follow. A Business requires that you not only lead but that you be able to follow and make good decisions that allow for growth.”

Teresa Thomas - Beth Dimensions

“Combat experience helps me everyday manage my business at the highest level while providing customers with equal service.”

Gene big soldier - Big Time Maintenance Solutions

“The military service prepared me to be a better business owner through training, discipline and always striving to continue the path you started regardless of the obstacles you may face. Never give up, pursue your goal.”

Ronnie King - Biosphere International, Inc.

“As a woman-owned and veteran-owned company, I would be very open to hearing a bout opportunities in our state and others. I believe it is important to work with other veteran organizations - supporting our troops, both current, future and retired.”

Barbara Davis - BKN Supply

“Created independence and discipline.”

Jimmy Henry - Blue Gables Motel and Coffee Bar

“My military service has prepared me to be an entrepreneur by stressing the importance of discipline, perseverance and teamwork.”

Sherry Handel - Blue Jean Publishing

“The owner served 8 years with the Marines, then 22 years in the Army National Guard, rising to the position of Command Sergeant Major. He was disabled during service with the Marines.”

Vincent Syndab - Blue Water Logistics, LLC

“Serving during the war (Vietnam), one learns the importance of discipline to be able to follow through and complete your mission. Along the way, one learns the necessity of relying on and helping your buddies to obtain the best possible result for the greater good. For this reason, I have always pursued ventures that I believe will offer the greatest benefit to the people we serve never forget the sacrifices that we all made.”

Gary Nakamura - Blue Water Ventures Inc

“Leadership training, confidence in my abilities, planning. Willingness to take risks.”

John Booth PE MBA - Booth Civil Engineering PA

“It taught me there is always a way. Never quit, Never surrender. The body and mind are more capable than one would ever believe. Military life has taught me to improvise adapt and overcome, and do to whatever it takes to succeed as long as I am taking care of my troops and completing the mission, all is well.”

Paul Krumenacker - Brightspear Armed Service Authority

“Discipline, confidence, & drive.”

Daniel DiMento - Buena Vista Landscaping

“The USMC Core Values are Honor, Courage, and Commitment and I still hold myself to those values.”

Andrew Cameron - Bulldog Environmental Products, Inc.

“It has helped me learn to set goals and meet deadlines. It taught me discipline and to be self motivated.”

Denise Boulet - 1navywoman

“All my adult life I have been a Police Officer beginning as an MP in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. The training of the military taught me how to not give up and endure seemingly impossible odds.”

Michael Abernathy - Abernathy Investigative Group LLC

“Discipline and organization!”

Ron Vice - Semper Fi Lawn Care and Snow Removal

“The can do attitude." If you have been there you understand.”

Leigh Carby - Service First Supply

“My time in the United States Army taught me self discipline, respect and love for country.”

Gary Toth - Shirley Foods Inc

“20 years of service in the United States Armed Services has greatly enhanced an appreciation for teamwork, attention to detail, and a sense of respect for those above and below me. Failure is never an option, yet sometimes necessary to address. 20 years serving The United States encouraged me to take advantage of the great opportunities available by the very nation I was defending.”

Thomas Monin - Kentucky Professional Land Services, Inc.

“When serving as an Airborne Ranger with the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, I sustained a line-of-duty knee injury during a parachute mission. I had to work every day to rehabilitate my knee; however, the injury ultimately caused my medical discharge from the Army. I, more than most other personal injury lawyers, understand how it feels to suffer from and overcome a life-changing injury. I can relate to my clients, and I can better present my injured clients to juries.”

Timothy Nies - Van Riper and Nies Attorneys, P.A.

“Wife is co-owner and she is the veteran.”

Stephen Brooks - Killeen Fence Company

“Management and personnel skills developed in the military enabled me to put together a business and effectively operate that business.”

Les Welch - Tennessee Wire Tech

“Attention to detail and dedication to excellence.”

Homer Betts - Electronic Health Care Solution

“The discipline to accomplish tasks no matter the obstacles was probably the biggest advantage.”

Paul Ziemba - Environmental Professionals, Inc.

“The military has better prepared me to become a business owner by giving me the discipline needed to take on these challenges, and the ability to make decisions based on pure logic.”

Jose Ontiveros - ICS of El Paso, LP

“Living with and being active overseas with fellow Marines exposed me to people from all over the country and showed me much about loyalty and brotherhood. I am a better man for these years in service. Honesty and integrity are practiced each and every day in my business.”

Herbert Jadd - Industrial Carpet Corp

“The skills learned in overseeing the operations division gave me a great business skill set.”

William Glass - Inflatable Boats USA, LLC

“After Vietnam and tour in Germany, attended Advance Course at Ft. Sill followed by Master's Degree in IT from Georgia Tech. Then returned to West Point as Mathematics Instructor and later acted as Project manager for $10M procurement replacing all academy hardware and software. This was the beginning of many opportunities to provide guidance and insight while learning about various computer technology solutions and problems.”

Michael Cox - Information Integration Innovation & Associates Inc.

“Paying attention to detail, following through to finish the job and the fortitude to accept the good, bad and ugly without flinching.”

Jeffrey Helstrom - Innovative Management Services, LLC

“The military has provided the technical training and leadership skills necessary to succeed in the electronic security industry.”

Michael Thomas - Integrated Security Holdings Group

“It has taught me the importance to others of being responsible, accountable and honest in everyday business and personal relationships. It focuses on security and stability. Personal and business financial matters demand discrete and honorable relationships and total accountability. The military training and lifestyle instills these traits as the "only right choice" in every transaction.”

David Oliver - Integrity Taxes and Business Solutions

“The two most important traits that I developed while serving in the Navy were: 1. Attention to detail, and 2. Tenacity. Without these two traits, I would have never been able to open my own business.”

John Crews - Intelligent Information Publishing

“As a member of the 82nd Airborne 1st 75th Ranger it gave me the discipline needed to work in a high stress high profile environment.”

George Gamble - Investigative Solutions, LLC

“Military service gave me the strength, patience and courage to achieve my goal of owning and running my own tech-based business. The military gave me the "never give up" attitude.”

Christopher Parchman - Universal Sky

“After 20 plus years in the Army, I learned that self discipline and self motivation is key to success in any endeavor. I was afforded the opportunity to work in public relations, international relations, customer service, and inventory management along with other areas that has prepared me to successfully own and operate my own business. The leadership and people skills learned throughout my career have also prepared me to successfully manage multiple employees at various skill levels.”

Jon Shoemake - J C Contracting

“The military service help prepare me by making me compatible with working with people of different background and origin. It also help me to preserve when it comes to business opportunity.”

Jerome smith - J-Maze LLC

“Because of my military service I'm always on time, & ready to do a job well done.”

Mark Manning - Jacksonville Plumbing Authority

“The military prepared me to be a better business staff member by instilling discipline, character, integrity, and professionalism in every task I strive to accomplish.”

Samuel Jamison - Jamison Professional Services, Inc.

“Leadership skills, determination and the understanding that you can do anything if you work for it and put your mind to it.”

James Putt - JandJ SuperStore

“Discipline, organization and confidence were key during my service tenure. This gave me an excellent start to enhance my abilities and go forward. My business ethics and product quality is a prime example of this.”

James Taber - Jax Signs & Neon

“The Army gave me more focus to attain my goals for a successful business by showing respect to my customers and an understanding of their needs. It also gave me the work effort needed to run my own business.”

Jacob Lewis - JB's Tax & Accounting Service, Inc.

“I served in the USAF for 4 years from 1997 to 2001 in Ellsworth AFB, SD. The military helped develop a greater love for this great country. It also taught me to pay close attention to details.”

Kevin Edwards - Integrity Now Insurance Brokers, Inc.

“Leadership and discipline.”

Sharon Elshaug - Insightful Solutions, Inc.

“I learned how to survey in the military. The military gave me the can do attitude to know I could successfully operate my own business.”

Alan Horner - Horner & Associates Surveying and Land Planning, PA

“It has provided me with a solid sense of self confidence as well as training in a variety of areas. I am much more organized and prepared than prior to my military service.”

David Hillary - Hillary CPA Group


Susan Barrow - High Desert Design

“The US Army trained me to use technology to accomplish my objectives on the battlefield. This ideology translates to great business practice by stressing the importance of understanding how you can use technology to streamline and advance business principles, products and ideas. Many of the technologies we use in business today began their life in use in the military. For example, GPS technology is common today, but got its start in the US military.”

Tom Vastano - Healthclick


Deborah Fuller - HB Retrofit, LLC

“Being in the military prepared me to be a business owner by teaching me responsibility and integrity. There is great honor being a veteran and I am proud to have served my country. In exchange for my service I received exceptional training and developed a sense of camaraderie that cannot be duplicated.”

Kenneth Ruppert - Happy Home Inspections, Inc.

“The military taught me discipline and leadership. These two traits are key to becoming a successful entrepreneur. The Army also taught me to love my country and to truly appreciate this land of opportunity.”

Michael Halbe - Halbe Design and Cabinetry, LLC

“Through my military service, I was able to obtain the education and training necessary for my specialized business. I also developed the leadership skills to manage my business, as well as the ability to focus on what is important.”

Larry Groseclose - Groseclose Security & Personnel Assessment, Inc.

“Organization, Management, Leadership, Appearance.”

Ronald P. Moyer - RPM Heating Cooling Plumbing & Electrical

“My military service prepared me to own and run my business, through leadership, management skills, people skills, and it developed my abilities to analyze, problem solve, develop plans and execute solutions.”

Maria E. River - RTAME Services

“Leadership and loyalty!”

Brian Rummans - Rummans Construction

“I feel that if it was not for my service in the ARMY I would of never received needed funds to purse my college education and would never been able too start a company or the discipline with the can do attitude I learned while in the ARMY.”

Todd Martin - Safety Tech Inc

“Discipline, hard work, and leadership skills.”

Michael Tranchina - Salon LaBrea

“I learned things like self discipline, patience, and perseverance during my time in the Marine Corps. Loyalty has become essential in my business and personal dealings. As I am 50% disabled I have also learned resilience and that as long as you are hanging in, there is hope.”

Michael Baker - SCI Solutions LLC

“Military life helped shape my life go better serve my customers.”

chuck Brokhoff - Scrubs Mobile Auto Spa LLC

“Determination and willingness to improve.”

PAUL ZIEMBA - SDV Contracting, LLC

“I have incorporated the skills learned in the service with my knowledge of technology to create, develop and patent a First Alert, Physical Security and Notification system complete with report capabilities. This combination has enabled us to deliver needs asked for by Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (DHS S&T) that can be used by many people, government, education and industry groups.”

Carl Fitzsimmons - Seamless Communications Group

“Discipline and focus.”

Jason Warren - Security2020

“Military service instilled a sense of disciple, organization, team work, and accountability into our organization. The name of our company, Semper Fi, translates into "always faithful to our mission". We take that phrase literally, and it permeates our corporate culture.”

Kenneth Lee - Semper Fi SDAV, LLC

“The military has offered extensive real-life experience that helps tremendously when facing the day to day operations of a business. It provided great leadership honing opportunities, working under pressure frequently and learning how to effectively handle the situation with invaluable experience.”

Carlos Cardenas - Semper Wi-Fi

“My Wife and I created SemperToons to fill the void of Men and Woman around the globe defending their freedoms and not having a focal point for morale. I served 21 years as a Marine and have devoted the last 16 years working out of my basement focused on this goal. - Thank you, now it's back to work. Charles "Gunny" Wolf USMC/Ret., Creator of SemperToons”

Charles Wolf - SemperToons

“Provided a broad base of management experience and levels of responsibility.”

John Frederiksen - Senior Scene Magazine

“My military service has provided me with a profound respect for all veterans as well the country we served. The team work you experience on a daily basis is comparable to professional sports. I was able to bring this team mentally to my industry. This allowed open communication with my customers as well as other professionals in the cleaning industry. My business has greatly benefited from the "TEAM" mentality fostered by the military.”

Shawn Nachurski - Shawn's Cleaning Service LLC

“Leadership training.”

Thomas Shambo - Shambo & Associates, LLC


adrian kirby - Shapes Inc.

“It taught me teamwork, responsibility and the rewards of hard work.”

William Mathias - HYS Marketing Products, LLC

“Leadership, Confidence, Willing to do whatever it takes!”

Josh Wakeland - ie Graphics

“24 years of leadership experience.”

Edward Dunn - Innovative "Org" Design, LLC

“Discipline to get the job done, no matter what. Dedication to service. Respect.”

Lloyd Duhon - Internet HandyMan

“I have been in the military for 5 years, and each deployment I gain more experience in personal and processing that enables me a better business professional.”

Karen Whitesell - Invictus Construction

“I learned discipline, focus, grit, compassion, empathy, and servant leadership. I was immersed into the neuroscience of adult learning through PME (professional military education) as both a student and trainer. My exposure to the amazing diversity of humanity and the plight of the "under dog" continues to influence how I treat others. I learned the cost of freedom and the importance of preserving it. God, family, country.”

Dennis Funk - Edifi Training

“My Marine Corp career helped me become a leader of not only troops but to be able to make decisions on the spot and never second guess myself. The military trains individuals to get things done not alone but as a team and get the job or task completed as one, which is needed in any business setting.”

Anthony Bowers - Taylor Made Enterprises, LLC

“Learning to drive and work hard and be the best has taught me to be the best and always strive to be the best. We even live by our own version of the ARMY values here at Techwarrior Computer Service.”

Roderick Rotzien - Techwarrior Technologies LLC

“Without a doubt, the Air Force instilled a sense of honor and service. This is a cornerstone of my business and has made my agency on of the top agencies in Tennessee. Doing what is right even when you do not make anything on the deal is the thing to do. This always comes back 10 fold.”

D'Lon Dobson - TennHealth Insurance Services

“I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur all my life, the military service gave me the discipline I needed to realize I had a real passion about owning my own business. Now I'm doing it!”

James Green - The Arthur Milledge Consultant (AMC) Group, LLC

“Through serving in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman and then a Military Police Investigator (MPI), I learned the value of honesty and integrity. The MP's creed is "To Protect and Serve". This short but powerful phrase along with the basic values on honesty and integrity have translated into a business in which we're able to help financial advisors, doctors, realtors, & most professionals with their marketing campaigns by serving them with honesty, respect and integrity.”

David Chasse - The Birthday Company

“All Heart Home Care is a Veteran owned senior home care agency owned and operated by Eric Barth who formerly served in the United States Air Force. I proudly served my country and now with dedication & compassion I aid seniors and fellow Veterans in receiving the best home care services San Diego has to offer. I recruit the most trusted caregivers in the Greater San Diego area. To my fellow Veterans, I thank you for your service. For quality senior home care needs, call All Heart Home Care at 619-736-4677.”

Eric Barth - All Heart Home Care

“I am the spouse of a disabled veteran. He served 20 years in the Navy. Our sacrifice as a family as well as his service and dedication has helped us to be responsible with finances, meet deadlines and more than anything stick together. We like to give back now and have recently added an entire line of military flowers that were created with our military in mind. Our flowers are used for veteran's organizations and fundraisers. We are proud to still be connected to the military community.”

Susan Jones - The Eternal Rose

“The leadership and discipline I learned while in the Army has helped me manage people to get my work accomplished.”

Eric Teets - The IronCraftsman

“The military has trained me to lead in a variety of environments. I am ready to enter the civilian world using this knowledge and experience as my backbone!”

Jeffery Kane - The Margarita Man of Columbia

“Discipline, sense of duty, dedication to the job, larger view of life and the world, recognizing needs, prepared to help others and work as team.”

Fritz Strehlow - The Mentor Group

“The Air Force taught me about self discipline and how to constantly thrive to better myself. The Air Force also taught me the need for, and importance of, attention to the details of any task I undertake.”

Kevin M. Leonard - The Ohio Home Inspections Company

“My first major assignment was as the Principle Instructor in the Marine Carpentry shop, The Transportation School, Fort Eustis, VA. This had me running a 80,000 square foot wood working factory, and an instructional school teaching enlisted men the repair of harbor craft of the US Army. So, I ran an educational / manufacturing business, learning supply management, scheduling, production and inventory planning, personnel supervision and time allocation. A great start to a 58 year business career.”

Raymond Strakosch - The Reflectory

“Don Stallard retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. His most recent positions were Deputy Commander of Resources and Squadron Commander for airlift forces at Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio and Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. He also served 5 years on active duty in the Air Force as a jet pilot and is a decorated Vietnam veteran. His entrepreneurial spirit emerged in 1984 when he applied his military background and business experience with the founding of The Reserves Network.”

Don Stallard - The Reserves Network

“My experience in the Army taught me to always remain true to myself and to my fellow man. It taught me to be honest, work hard and play fair in my everyday life. I try to take that experience and knowledge and use it to cultivate relationships with my employees. Hard work, determination and honesty is all I give and all I want in return.”

Michael Hickman - The Securus Group

“When I joined I was in communications, took some customer service classes, was an instructor and counselor. Help service members prepare to enter the civil an world. Worked with supply department.”

Randy Turner - The Sports Shop

“Military service has prepared my husband to perform exceptional service above and beyond what is required of him in the business community. The military prepared him to listen to his customer base, think through what needs to be done and then find a way to accomplish the project at hand.”

charles spear II - DUCTZ of Fredericksburg

“The leadership skills and attention to detail have helped prepare me to be a better small business owner.”

Daniel Schutt - Double Time Transit

“Discipline and Management Skills.”

Randy Kicklighter - Don Bennett & Associates, Inc.

“Providing opportunity to find solutions not already broadly held in the mainstream.”

Charles Danley - Diesel Max, Inc

“Serving in the military granted me the skills and desires to create and dedicate Deseret Enterprises to be of service to other small business owners. It is all about the camaraderie between small business owners.”

Ami Frederick - Deseret Enterprises

“I learned discipline at an early age (entered the service at 17). Whenever I need to be disciplined about conducting business, I draw on my Army experiences.”

Derrick Wilson - Derrick Wilson | Consultant

“The service taught me to get to work early, stay late, and work hard in-between!”

David Hadley - db Hadley & Associates, LLC

“Through discipline and leadership training.”

Raphael Allen - Banyan Tree Project, Inc.

“My military service has greatly increased my work ethic and shown me the importance of integrity. I stand firm on principles and doctrines the military has taught me and how being a previous member of the military has trained me to be accurate and have attention to detail.”

Jeff Stewart - PayCrew Services

“I am very goal orientated, and hold myself, employees and business to a higher standard.”

Thomas Rostron JR - Tom Rostron Co. Inc

“Discipline and service.”

Donald Crawley - Tools 4 School & Office

“Disciplined and tenacious.”

Jerry Whitehead - Tower Design Group

“Organization skills and having and working toward daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals!”

Thomas Fitzgerald - TPF Electrical Services

“Command pilot with over 7000 hours, 1200 in Vietnam in 1968. Taught Computer Science at Air Force Academy for 12 years. During that time I managed two computer centers, lead the acquisition team for the budgeting, specification, bidding, negotiating, awarding, and installing of five major computer systems. Management skills learned during career greatly enhanced my ability to lead civilian enterprises.”

Jerry B. Smith - Tranex Inc

“It taught me integrity, maturity, responsibility and a love of country. I realized how good we have it here after a tour in Southeast Asia.”

Len MInotti - Tri-County Pressure Washing

“Organizing and attention to detail and striving to be better.”

Thomas Buffington - TriSpirit Productions

“The discipline and organizational skills instilled in me as a young soldier has influenced every aspect of my life personally and professionally to include the way I run my company and treat my clients.”

Thomas Stamulis - True North Group

“Organizational management and attention to detail has helped this company in operations and sales force execution.”

Mark Putiyon - TSI

“The military gave me the confidence I needed to become a leader and believe in my dreams. I was sure of myself and my abilities after serving my country.”

Jon Butler - Twine Gas and Power, Inc.

“Keep focused on the mission at hands and work in a team effort to get the job done.”

David Zuckerman - U.S Combat Heroes, Inc.

“I am very dedicated and detail oriented with an emphasis on relationship building. Honesty and integrity coupled with a spirit of resolve.”

John Collins - United Commercial Builders


James Conley - Direct Connect Computer Systems, Inc.

“There's no better way to be prepared for overcoming obstacles in business than to be an Active Duty Marine! Specifically the "stick-to-it-iveness" that most civilians lack.”

Melvin McCabe - discoverthePASS

“Leadership, decision-making, working with people, planning, delegation, financial management, and counseling are just a few examples of how knowledge and experience gained in the military are helpful in a civilian business.”

Diane Diekman - Eagle Eye Investments

“Military service instilled the discipline needed to efficiently operate a customer-oriented business.”

Robert Young - Eagle Veterans Services LLC

“The experience I gained serving in the U S Marine Corps has given me the confidence, leadership abilities, and discipline to successfully operate my business.”

Carmen Pitarra - GC Enterprises, LLC

“The time spent in military gave me the tools to be that leader every business needs. In turn it has allowed me the confidence to seek out my own path.”

Dan Saul - Kamler Protection Systems, Inc.

“The military gave me the discipline and courage to not let anyone tell me what I can and can not do. It gave me leadership skills to be able to take a small group of realtors and teach them how to become High Volume Sellers.”

Raye Mayhorn - Realty Executives of Killeen

“After serving both on active duty and in the Reserves, I have learned a lot about leadership, discipline, ethics, dedication and helping others. As a business owner, I apply these skills every day, both with my staff and clients, in order to provide top quality service to all we serve.”

Clark Barkley - C.D. Barkley Insurance Agency, Inc.

“Military Service instills values that last a lifetime as well as the opportunity to serve your country. Proud to be a USN military veteran.”

phillip solomon - Solomon Electrical Services

“Discipline, focus and follow through.”

Steve Rose - Solar Solutions Unltd.

“I like the discipline, structure and leadership. I enjoy helping people improve their relationship with their dogs. Dog training is fun and exciting everyday, just like the Army.”

Ryan McPherson - Bark Busters Home Dog Training - Alpharetta Georgia

“I enlisted in the Navy when I was 17 years old. I was stationed in Rota, Spain for 6 years. The military taught me discipline, which I have consistently used throughout my career, including establishing and running a business.”

Kellie DiCarlo - Arizona Legal Document Services, L.L.C. - Mesa

“Attention to detail, customer oriented in a professional and positive manner. ”

William Kennard - Arkansas Four Star Enterprises

“The discipline and focus I gained in the Army has helped me throughout my life, and it helps me in my business as well.”

William Ashby - Ashby's Crafts and Gifts

“My military training and service ingrained in me a "can do" attitude and the ability to work well within teams. As a leader as well as a follower. My experience has conditioned me to pay attention to the details, develop strong teams, develop achievable plans and the ability to pull it all together and execute. I'm competitive, diligent and resourceful. I wouldn't trade my military experience for any other.”

Wayne Linderman - Asymmetric Business Group, LLC

“My professional goals are simply a continuation of the leadership concepts I developed in my military career. Which is to be so effective in developing individuals, teams, and systems, that any business can thrive because I have developed resourceful leaders. Every day we must deliver results and how we deliver those results makes a difference in our personal and professional success.”

Gabrielle Bernal - GEM Elite Marketing

“Prior to joining the DOL or FCBOE, Shannon spent 10 years in the U.S. Army where she was a Petroleum Supply Specialists. Even though Shannon never achieved leadership rank, she always had leadership positions. Having the position of running the Battalion retail point for of 260th Quartermaster at Hunter Army Airfield, Shannon kept accurate and impressive numbers. Being on an E3 did not stop her from displaying her leadership abilities by having five soldiers on her team. Later Shannon transferred to a unit where she led by running the Hazmat inventory for Charlie Company 324th Signal Battalion. Also during her tenure, Shannon led HHC 171 Aviation POL section by being the only female in a twenty-one man platoon during their wartime operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She handled all admin, operations, and accountability for her platoon sergeant. Shannon had two deployments during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one during Bright Star Egypt.”

Shannon Kincade - Blackhawk Connect LLC

“My military service taught me the harsh realities of life. I learned to persevere in difficult circumstances and never give up. I learned to work as a team and rely on others, trust others. Most of all I learned that God is with me even I the most frightening of experiences.”

Albert "Bud" Phillips - Bud Phillips, M.Div., CADCII, NCACII, ICADC, SAP

“My experience of leading others, and the work ethic has greatly prepared me for the service of my company. It has given me the knowledge of what it takes to motivate others to obtain the goals that are set before them, and the attitude to concur.”

Alphonso Jackson - Lockitdown Technical Services, Inc

“It is very simple - It taught me hard work - team work - and discipline!”

Frank Myers - Low Voltage Cabling Systems, Inc.

“The US Navy educate in me in electronics specializing in radar & radio repair. I accelerated in precision work, good work ethics, pride & much more.”

Jeff Atkison - Low-Voltage Professional

“Our company was founded by Veterans that understand that being on time and always delivering is the true meaning of what the military taught us, and we use it everyday in business.”

Willam Linzy - LPS Integration

“Have served my country and now serving my community.”

William McClammy - M TECH Home Inspections

“In the Marine Corp, I had a great deal of leadership training, as I could not just fire people I had to learn how to motivate them. After a great deal of time and effort researching the effectiveness of different leadership techniques I realized that there is no one perfect type of leadership. You must form your personnel around you or you around your personnel. Your employees outlook on the company does directly effect your profit margin.”

Jonathan Smith - M.H.R. Property Solutions

“The military taught me to be a part of something that is bigger than myself. To take pride in myself and the tasks that I perform. To do what it takes to finish what I started.”

Bill McWilliams - MAC Excavating Company, LLC.

“At the age of 18 I joined the US Navy and learned more about Discipline. My parents got me started, but the NAVY taught me a system of rules governing conduct or activity. The best business's use the golden rule. Treat others as you would yourself.”

John Gutmann - Machine Press Video Productions

“Organization skills. Communication with different walks of life.”

Christopher Madison - Madison Variety Shop

“I was a radar-man in the Navy. When we were on operations things always got real tense. These times really taught me how to man up take charge (when applicable) and get things done.”

Dan O'Geary - Signature Design & Manufacturing, Inc.

“Discipline, honor, commitment, were just words before the military. Now I live by them!”

Kim Thompson - Sistre's LLC

“My four years service in the US Army was instrumental in helping me realize that with the proper attention to detail and planning I could accomplish anything I set out to do.”

Neil Ehrlich - Fighting Fitness

“The structure learned from the military has been emphasized in my company. We strive to take care of all our customers the same way and to provide the very best service that we can. We always go a little extra such as cleaning the machine and the surrounding area where the machine is located. We try to maintain a schedule so the customer knows when we are coming and can depend that we are there when we say we will be there.”

fred bonda - First Call Services Inc

“Being in a Tank Commander in Vietnam taught me that there is always a way to achieve success. The road ahead may seem impossible to cross, but with determination and some quick thinking anything is possible.”

Jeffery Locke - iAttachments

“You don't have enough room on your server. I am the man today BECAUSE of the military. Self respect, chain of command, work ethic, time management, how to conduct one self as a man, those are just a few ways the military has helped me.”

Neal Elden - installyourfloors

“Serving in the military gave me the confidence to speak to others. It also provided me the discipline to see a job completed and done right.”

Jose Martinez - Interior Results

“The military bestowed in me to become what I can no matter the challenges.”

Sarah Nava - Sarah Nava Photography

“Taught me to work hard, be discipline, never give up!”

lee sampson - New Foundation Cleaning Services

“The US Navy gave me a technical background that allowed me to understand the power of the internet and technology which we use in our business model extensively. Three years of Naval Recruiting experience allowed me to design a sales training program to insure the best well rounded sales force of any real estate firm in America.”

Cory Kammerdiener - LLC

“In my 40 years as a veteran entrepreneur in the fields of Information Systems and Real Estate, the knowledge gained is the result of my military experience, my diligence to excel and my love of the business environment. Through all these endeavors and support of my family, I believe I have accomplished a great deal and I applaud the Army for showing me the correct way to handle life’s situations. I firmly believe every American should spend time in one of our distinguished military branches.”

Patrick Rann - Next Day Appraisals, Inc.

“Being a Security Specialist in the Air Force trained me to follow procedures, be disciplined in my actions, to think before acting and how to manage people. Desert Storm taught me, first-hand, what courage and integrity is and what could happen when they are lacking. Honesty, teamwork, integrity, courage - with self and others.”

Jay Kurtz - STL On Line, Inc.

“I learned organizational skills, management and leadership through my time in the military; I believe that this is invaluable to any business.”

John Weaver - Global Reconnaissance Solutions, LLC

“Setting measurable goals and meeting them while working with a team.”

Joshua Evans - Global Security Options

“When in the service I leaned about leadership and how to follow instructions.”

Harrison Mcquinn - GMD LLC

“Military service forces people of all races, colors and creeds to work together to accomplish and exceed the needs and goals of a common directive. This is exactly what is required of a good business owner.”

Sheldon Hooker - Go 2 Designs LLC

“Military service has shown me not only how to lead, but how to follow. The principles of "adapt and overcome" have never been so valuable as they have been in running my own business. "Never give up" and "failure is not an option" are my mantra. As a real estate agent, giving selfless service is a necessity.”

Cathy Baumbusch - GoArmyRealEstate

“By teaching me discipline, thoroughness and attention to detail - "Mission first. People always.”

Robert Pavlik - Gold Key Home Inspections

“Bulldog Tenacity. I learned early in my military service that when I thought I was so physically and mentally exhausted that I could no longer put one foot in front of the other, I could. That knowledge has served me well for nearly forty years.”

Loren Goddard - Dockside Charters

“The military taught me that with hard work and discipline, I can accomplish anything.”

Donna Bannecke - Doggie Do's Grooming

“The challenges it takes to run a business requires leadership skills, organization and discipline. All qualities learned in the Military.”

Robert Smithers - Miercom

“Being a Platoon Sgt in South East Asia with the First Calvary you learned a lot about getting your Job done.”

Michael Honea - Mike Honea Insurance Agency

“My military service improved my decision making abilities, attention to detail and the ability to lead by example. The military demands individuals to go the extra mile, not for themselves, but for the team. Every team that I have built has instilled those principles, which creates a high performing team.”

Terrence Thomas - Military and Veterans Discount Center

“Being a Veteran has helped me in every way possible to become a better leader, business owner and family man.”

Daniel Kiggins - Military Veteran Professional (MVP) Construction Services

“The military taught me that no matter how difficult things are, they can always be worse. It taught me organization, leadership and communications skills.”

Joseph Miller - Miller-Gregson Productions, Inc.

“To give 100% in all you do, rather reaching for goals or job related duties.”

Phillip Miller - Millers Zoo Sanctuary Inc

“Knowing how to run a platoon of troops in Vietnam will make everyday problems and obstacles seem petty!”

Pat Lloyd - Millwood Farms

“I served in the USCG during the Viet Nam conflict, The military taught me that hard work and respect for others is critical to getting the job done. "Always Ready"!”

John Stoddard -

“Maturity, Discipline and Perseverance are the three qualities that my military experience gave me that have helped most in my business. The Army also helped pay for my college education.”

J. Keith Maxwell - Montgomery Land Surveying

“Military disciple and ability to work with and manage people effectively.”

Rob Rivera - Mortgage Green Bay

“The military has made me who I am today.”

Marty Zarnock - Mountainside Medical Equipment, Inc.

“My military service has prepared me to be a better business owner by teaching me to look outside the Box, Developing Team Motivation and most of all "Self Discipline". With twenty plus years of Honorable Service, I am proud what was taught and what I received from the United States Marine Corps.”

Patrick Jenkins - MYVITEL Business Representative - Patrick Jenkins

“I was an electrician in the Air Force. I've been training since I was eighteen years old. That's thirty five years of practicing.”

Glenn Muller - Muller Electric Inc.

“The U.S. Army was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was something that I was proud that I committed to doing. I was able to get a career, land a great job in the civilian market, an education, and it taught me responsibility and leadership.”

David Young - My Kar Petz

“Military service helped me to acquire the skills needed to deal with the stress and difficulty of running a business.”

Richard Watkins - New Breed Telecom Inc.

“6 years U.S. Navy Submarine Service, 9 cold war deterrent patrols with a navy meritorious unit citation in 1973. The Military experience taught a never quit attitude and a bull dog work ethic. It also taught a self reliance to resolve problems as well as a strong teamwork orientation. Submarine duty requires everyone to pull together for accomplishment of the mission and safety of the ship with only the resources available at sea.”

Mary Collins - New Hampshire SBDC

“Being a U.S. Navy Hospital FMF Corpsman (8404), has helped me pass along my training to others who might not be able to experience what I did in the field.”

Erin Clancy - New York Tactical EMS

“As serving as a Recon Scout Sniper for 5 Years, the intense training and upholding the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my fellow brothers prepared me to overcome hardships and successes for what the business world has to offer.”

Mike Johns - NH Cigars

“Being a part of the marine corp helped me to become a more organized and thorough employee and employer. The skills that I learned have been beneficial to me in every aspect of life.”

Jonathan Nichols - Nichols Fire & Security, LLC

“During my time in the Navy I learned how to stay focused on my goals and remain disciplined under stressful conditions and stay the course. It taught me leadership and teamwork to accomplish and end result.”

Eugene Nix - Nix Construction Co. LLC

“Marine Corps Boot Camp starts the learning before you land at the airport. You need to be prepared, listen to what you are being told, be part of a Team and not an individual, which directly prepares you for the Business World. The discipline to work long hours when needed and to march forward regardless if things become tougher.”

Edward Kennedy - MaidPro - Temecula

“Never, never quit, do your best then do a little more, CAN DO!”

Thomas Osborne - Conewango Kayak Canoe LLC

“We’re trained to do our jobs right the first time. That job is to make you look good.”

Robert Clinkingbeard - Clinkingbeard's Services

“Leadership, self motivation & responsibility were 3 huge factors that were practiced every day in the Marines that transfer over into the civilian world.”

Christopher Wahl - Club W - Buffalo

“Service overseas assisted in developing my focus and ethics on devoting my time and attention to the task at hand with perseverance and training.”

Edmund Coale - Coale Pripstein & Associates PA

“I feel that leadership skills developed while in the Air Force as well as a strong work ethic has properly prepared me for the challenges of making COBAR Consulting a quality computer technical support firm.”

Andre Ford - COBAR Consulting LLC

“I served in the Navy from 1967 to 1970. At a young age I was give the responsibility of leading several sailors in the recovery and pre-flighting of navy aircraft. Plus I met my wife of 43 years in Corpus Christi Texas.”

Thomas Thwaites - Coda Coffee Company LLC

“It is just a privilege to serve.”

Craig Coker - Coker Wealth Management

“I am up to the challenge of long hours and high stress of starting a new business in a weak economy. The military taught me not to take no for an answer, and to push past any obstacles to get the job done.”

Casey Ferguson - Conservative Pain Solutions

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