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“I learned leadership, critical thinking, interpersonal and management skills.”

Allyn Nock - BrightStar Care

“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

“Military has taught me how to get something down by streamlining the process and focusing on the end result. In the event of facing obstacles, take a step back, refocus and then go accomplish the mission.”

Irving Donaldson - Blue Alert, LLC

“I was in the NAVY for 6 years active duty. The service made me a more thorough and detailed person. I now have high standards of what I think is right and am very assertive in my work.”

Dennis Lucero - Defined Electric

“I was able to travel through the world and collect all my stamps and I learned to keep extremely good records.”

Richard Easingwood - Easy's Stamps

“The ability to turn ideas into action plans by using the OSMEAC formula and achieving goals.”

Clayton Poff - Energy Cost Reducers, LLC

“USAF taught me to manage resources and provided opportunities to lead people with a common goal.”

Lonnie Pace - Family Laundry

“Logistics management, organizational skills, operations. ”

Martin Bishop - Evac One

“Leadership, Focus, Attention-to-Detail, Perseverance, Character, Empathy, Passion and Commitment.”

William Faucett - Flagship Logistics, LLC

“Taught me discipline, attention to detail, working with and directing a team.”

Rick Stricker - WebSlingers Web Development

“The experience acquired during my 23 years of military service and our unique approach to identify and complete our projects, places us at a different level than that of our competitors. Indirectly we are still serving our nation and those that are currently serving and we are extremely proud for it!”

Alfredo Quiros - Telum Protection Corp

“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

“Being trained in supervision, discipline and attention to detail.”

Bernard Schuyler - Arctic Sky Excavating, LLC

“My years in flying and crash investigation gave me discipline, confidence, and drive to take care of fellow vets. ”

Bear Thomas - Bear Team Realty

“Big business is a bunch of "Hurry up, and Wait!" Just never give up.”

Steven Carr - Dreamweaver Distribution, LLC

“I became more confident in myself to the point if someone else is doing well I could to.”

Gary Wainwright - Zrii International

“Gave me the principles and discipline that drives my business.”

Thomas Bednarczyk - SilverLining Partners LLC

“I learned discipline and responsibility.”

Donnie Cross - Just By Nature Candle & Soap Supplies

“Learned discipline, determination and perseverance.”

Hal Decker - Doctor Greens

“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

“Serving in the Army has given me the ability to listen, learn, and go with my instincts. I set the example of a good citizen, businessman, family man, providing good moral standards, and high integrity. ”

Walter S Willingham - Superior Retail Services, Inc.

“The drive to be mission focused.”

Joe Webb - 4 Granite Inc.

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

Kim Carevic - Kim's Trucking Co. Inc.

“Military service taught organization, leadership, work ethic, discipline and drive.”

Ralph Owens - O-Craftsmen Builders

“In my eleven years of service I have honed skills on being process orientated all the while keeping a steady pace in accomplishing the objectives set. Discipline and motivation has helped me accomplish whatever it is that I set forth to do.”

William Tortorice - Wealth Management Group, LLC

“As a Marine Corps Sniper in Vietnam, it taught me the importance of being careful and paying close attention to small details.”

Dan Bowers - Holmes Inspection Company

“Military training prepared me to follow rules and steps in order to achieve goals. It taught me teamwork and how to be a good leader. There are some of the things I was able to use in order to become a business owner. The Army core values are something I have used as a way of life both in the military and in the business world, and it has been essential to our growth.”

Fernando Martinez - Ostar Motorsports

“Persistence and Organization!”

James Terhune - T&T Materials

“I learned how to discipline myself to run a lean business and to provide leadership to my employees!”

Mark White - Wake County Cleaning Company

“The Air Force has prepared me to be a professional leader!”

Mark Northrup - House 2 Home LLC

“Taught me how to figure out how to do something, gave me the ability to do it and the wherewithal to get it done.”

mike lynch - Beavercreek Garage Door/Mister Handy

“Higher work standards, better people skills, higher quality product efficiency!”

Roger Newcomer - Dick's Speed-O-Tach, Inc.

“Motivation, Discipline, and Foresight.”

John Paff - American Shootist LLC

“Marine Corps taught me discipline and integrity.”

Steven Fikes - SFX Electric

“Taught me to lead by example.”

Jeffrey Allen - Global Crossroads Capital

“Discipline-Team Work-Pride!”

DAVID DEMARS - North American Property Management

“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

“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

“As a broadcaster with Armed Forces Radio and as Public Affairs Specialist, I increased in confidence dealing with influential people. Also, service as a Non-Commissioned Officer provided leadership and organizational training.”

Ed Autry - Ed Autry Voiceovers

“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

“In so many ways. Discipline, integrity, long hours, able to use the skills I learned in the Army to establish policies and procedures for my company.”

Alisa Clark - Glory Professional Cleaning Services

“Personal relations and discipline.”

Henry Canup - Henry Canup's Metal Polishing

“The twenty-one years of varied assignments and responsibilities inherent with the positions provided the leadership and know-how to become a small business owner.”

Gary Pitchford - Veteran Hire Pursuit, LLC

“The Air Force, Airmen, invested time in mentoring me and developing my skills to be able to manage complex tasks and make sure the job gets done!”

Ed Stobierski - G.I. JUNK

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

Robert Morone - Morone's Mowing Inc.

“Discipline of finances. Only taking opportunities that present winning outcomes. Networking opportunities.”

CHARLIE FRISCH - Z3 Consultants 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.

“It helped me develop a disciplined, organized and communicative work style.”

Karen Auguste - Purple Lynx Inc.

“To have honor is the way you run your business. A hand shake is just as good as a multi-page contract.”

Roland Walker - Walker & Sons, Inc. dba Katrol Construction

“Positive, can do attitude where failure is not an option as well as leadership qualities which helped motivate and support my employees.”

David Fisher - Military Supply Coins

“Provided training, education, experience and ethical core values.”

Jay Marzulli - Biz Web Wiz Web Design

“Discipline, Discipline, Discipline!”

Lindy Scarborough - Magictainment

“Discipline & leadership.”

Brian Crist - MGQ & Associates, Inc

“Work ethics, and responsibility.”

Thomas Hughes - DOD Consultants, LLC

“Leadership abilities, and discipline acquired in the service has carried over into business.”

James McBride - Environmental Management System

“The Army instilled a sense of discipline, teamwork and organization in me that has bettered every aspect of my life. I would definitely not be where I am today without the time that I proudly served in the military.”

Robin Caton - Foundstuff Estate Sales & Personal Property Appraisals

“Discipline, discipline, discipline!”

Bob Wilburn - Matrix Construction Co., Inc.

“As a cook in the Seabees (NMCB-40) I grew to love the job & continued to cook after getting out of the military. This led me to start an ice cream parlor during the 1980's waffle cone craze & become inventor of the original flavored cookie cone.”

Eric Nielsen - My Go To Guy Products

“1- Dealing with diversity 2- making well thought out and timely decisions 3- Do what ever it takes to complete the project 4- Turning negative situations into positive results”

Mel Flaget - Point 2 Point Logistics (Independent Landstar Agency)

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

Kelly Dearwester II - Premier Link LLC

“Leadership and program management at the Defense Contract College.”

David Salvadorini - Salvadorini Consulting 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.

“Discipline and leadership skills, along with organizational skills.”

Todd Claiborne - Claiborne Hauling Contractors, LLC

“The military taught me that there is no 'I' in matter how it sounds... it is true. I have learned that I can push myself to things I never thought possible and to treat people the way that I would want to be treated.”

Stephanie Salupo - Combat Cleaning Services, LLC

“Attention to detail. Management skills with employees.”

Ryan Powell - The Cleaning Corps


Thomas Crook - Uncle Tom's Handyman Service

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

Eric brackman - RFI Consultants

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

John Russell - Eagle Industrial Instrumentation, LLC

“Attention to detail, self discipline, teamwork, and a "never quit" attitude was instilled in us in the USCG. If you apply these principles to everything you do, you will prevail.”

Donald Lynch - LYNCH Janitorial & Cleaning, LLC


Norbert Rug - Akron Grove Bath Products Inc.

“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

“I have been doing what I learned in the Military my entire life.”

Richard Grado - Rocky Mountain Civil Constructors

“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 Air Force made me a more organized individual. It helped to enhance all of my talents in the administrative field. It also helped me in regards to becoming focused on a task and gathering information or data needed to complete a task.”

Morine Slayton-Nixon - Clean Nations

“It gave me the discipline to run a successful business for over 26 years.”

Michael Raffetto - Accurate Forms & Supplies

“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.

“The key word in any business is integrity.”

Gerard Sunnen - Ozonics International, LLC

“The Texas Air National Guard instilled in me (at least) three traits that are highly desirable in business owners/entrepreneurs... discipline, perseverance and tenacity. Without these traits I would never have been able to drive my business to where it is now.”

Chris Nicolaou - Texas DNS, Inc.

“The professionalism, discipline, and character of the people I had the honor to serve with taught us to always respect and treat our fellow man the way we want to be treated in business and in our every day life.”

Daniel B Jones - Purification Technologies

“Loyalty, Honesty, Motivation.”

Robert Collins - Collins Landscape Services

“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

“Went thru some trying times in the army (helicopter crew chief-Vietnam) which makes you stronger, so you can give the extra effort it takes to run a business.”

William Whelan - The Printing Works

“Discipline, leadership, coping with things when the tides are against me.”

David Woods - Woods Patrol and Security Service

“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

“Honesty and integrity!”

Ronald McClaskey - R-Mac Electrical Service

“The military provided a place to mature and see the world without the close protection of my family. Decisions made by myself were totally mine and had its repercussions either positive or negative. This was the place where you learn to be an adult.”

James E. Frederick - TimeLine Management Group, LLC

“I was a Army Corp of Engineer officer leading different platoons through multiple types of missions which really helped me be adaptable to change.”

James Farrell - The Lawson Flag Supply Co.

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

Christian Tolen - AmeriVet Logistics, Inc.

“Personnel Management. Leadership. Strong work ethic for long hours.”

Mark Rothrock - Rocky's Bar

“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

“Organizational skills. Personal Discipline. Leadership by example. Team effort complete tasks. Delegation.”

Michael Moore - CarpetsPlus ColorTile

“Taught me a "never quit" philosophy!”

F Gregg Meagher - Life Regeneration Systems Corporation LLC

“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

“My experiences in the Air Force as a Security Specialist taught me Leadership Skills, Attention to Detail and Pride in Accomplishing Tasks to a Degree of Perfection not found amongst many.”

Larry Ebeling - Spectrum A/V Group

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

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

“Progressing through the ranks to senior NCO you get to see in many ways different needs of people and what makes them motivated. The organizational skills and personal and material managerial skills are necessary whether you are running a business.”

Paul Marsters - Survival and Rescue Training and Consulting

“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

“The leadership and discipline from my military service prepared me for managing not only one business but two.”

Dorothy West - AVON - Independent Sales Representative - Dorothy West

“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

“Never quit or give up!”

Randy Hill - RRJN Inc.

“Made me a strong leader and willing to pursue my goals.”

ramzi torbey - Halo-8

“Discipline. Before entering the army I was a mess but afterward I became very organized.”

Stanley Sigstad - Trader Sigstad's Coffee

“The military has provided me with the perseverance required to stay focused to any obstacle or task at hand.”


“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

“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

“Confidence, communication skills and organization.”

Terry Maki - Bitterroot Services & Technology LLC

“My Military service taught me that nothing in life is free and if you want to be successful you have to work hard.”

Bobby Bonds - Diamond Studios

“Experience of Government supplies purchased and requested.”

Joseph P Pekar - MFG Reps, LLC

“Before joining the military I was a partner in a restaurant at the age of 23. When the Iraq war kicked off I had a hard time sitting on the side lines watching everything unfold. I left the partnership and joined the military. The rest is history.”

Nicholas Gray - NG Enterprises, 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

“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

“My 10 years in the US Coast Guard has forced me to adapt to learn virtually every other specialty that directly and indirectly affects me. In my experience, almost every system that I have seen in the coast guard has failed around me and I would have to learn how to operate it to ensure it was carried out properly other wise it would negatively affect me. as a result of these broken systems I have been able to learn about technology, administration, management, science and teaching.”

Charles Carver - Triple C Entertainment

“I see paths of opportunities not just roadblocks.”

Eric Wiechert - Eric Wiechert Law Office

“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

“I am prepared to deal with anything, anticipated or otherwise. My military training prepared me technically and operationally to deal with the great world of the unknown in technology consulting. Mission First, Team Always.”

Wayne Heffner - Customer First Consulting, LLC

“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

“In the Marine Corps I was trained to be prepared for all different situations.In business you must be prepared for the ups and the downs and during both of those trends we always make the client the most important part of our business.”

James J. Capuano - Veterans Print Management

“The military prepared me very well by instilling the willingness to work long hours and a toughness to complete any task. The military also gave me the opportunity to get a degree using the GI Bill which made this all possible. Thank you!”

Dennis Dilley - PCB Interconnect Solutions, LLC

“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

“Military service taught me about honor, integrity, service, and responsibility. My accountability to each of my patients comes from a partnership that I create with each of them, much like the soldiers previously under my command.”

Jennifer Paweleck-Bellingrodt - Bello Enterprises, LLC

“Discipline and the ability to converse with all levels of people. Confidence. Airborne training proved that I could accomplish what I set out to do.”

Charles Luntz - Charles Luntz & Associates

“Discipline. It's all about discipline.”

Bob McGuire - Cooking Classes in Melbourne with Chef Bob

“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.

“Home inspection requires something the Army is very good at and that is attention to details. It is our job to find any potential safety problems along with any problems with the major systems of the home that might be high dollar issues.”

Anthony Cassady - Essayons Home Inspections, LLC

“The Army gave me the skills and confidence to open my own business. The support I have already received from fellow veterans gave me the push I need to know that I can succeed as part of the veterans community.”

Robert Kent - MN Concealed Protection, LLC

“One word: discipline!”

Gerald Greer - Mr. G's Tees, Inc. (dba Under the Moon Graphics)

“My time in the Army as a Infantry NCO has prepared me to be a business owner, by teaching me how to focus on the task at hand and not giving up until it is accomplished.”

Adam Hart - Nightstalker Tactical Solutions

“With 26 ½ years military service and 20 years of civil service with the Army and Navy, as an enlisted Air Force member through retirement from the Army Reserve as an Army Officer I learned organizational, management, leadership and down-to earth people skills that are essential in any business.”

Dwayne Burgess - Onsite Visions 360

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

Pete Petroulias - Phoenix Communications & Cabling, Inc.

“Government contracts can be a daunting task. However, having served in the Army the skills you develop as a leader prepare you to adapt to changing needs and to pay close attention to detail.”

Taylor Justice - Squared Away Construction

“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

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

Phillip Bird - 1st Down

“Motivation, education, and integrity.”

James Molnar - Colossal Construction Company LLC

“The founders of VeteransPlus believe that the principal of 'Serving Those Who Have Served Us' should be extended beyond the bureaucratic limits of government. Our view is that we should all devote as much pride and determination in service to veterans and their families as we would expect from them in our national defense.”

David Collins - VeteransPlus

“Self discipline, attention to details, and a good work ethic all have helped me in my business.”

Vincent Chestnut - Alpha Locksmith

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

James Pyle - Jims Computer 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

“It has prepared me to not only succeed, but to challenge myself to be better at what I do.”

Abe Campos - Abe's Mobile Wash

“Good Leader.”

Jay Owimrin - All Star Sports 4 Kids

“Being a leader and doing right by my fellow man.”

Kevin Barry - DJ/Karaoke Kevin

“Learned discipline and to stick with it.”

Bruce Cram - Douglas Enterprises Transportation Services

“Work with no supervision.”

Mike Morin - Mike & Sue Properties

“The military helped me mature. It also helped in making critical decisions.”

James Mathews - National System of Garage Ventilation

“My time in service instilled order and discipline into every part of my life. Carrying out daily tasks from start to finish. Showing respect for others. These things are most important in any successful business.”

Del Lawson - Photo Video 2000

“Discipline and stick-to-it-tiveness, organizational skills, administrative, keep moving forward in the face of adversity; no doubt that without the skill sets I learned and honed in 18 years of military service that they prepared me.”

Doug Kelly - SEO for My Website

“Many traits were derived from military service, especially because of the age of the person. Most service people entered a branch of a service at 18 to 21 years of age. These are formative, learning and experience-gathering years that are nurtured.”

Joel Jablons - The TEEJAY Co.

“My 4-year enlistment in the United States Air Force taught me many skills. As a Security Police K-9 officer, I learned how to write detailed incident reports that would later be used in court to get full convictions. I also learned that a quest for knowledge and training in my career field led to special duty assignments, advancement and recognition by my superiors. Additionally, my GI Bill benefits allowed me to further my education and complete my degree programs, which provided me with additional skills needed in today's business environment.”

Jeff Tomczak - Rocky Mountain Flag Company - Littleton


Max Hills - Reliable Auto Service, Inc.

“It has definitely installed the discipline and dedication in me that is required to run a successful business.”

Shonda Lewis - Proactive Support Solutions


Ed Mihalacki - Laurel Mountain Laser

“The USN 82-86 has taught me or helped prepare me in life for all the big words like, responsibility, dependability, respect, fairness, and much more! I probably would not be where I am today without this valuable duty of serving my country!”

Michael Marcus - Las Vegas Tile and Grout Cleaning

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

Harry Goodman - Goode Cleaning

“Honesty, integrity and hard work.”

Scott Eastman - GreatScott Images

“USAF provided outstanding training and experience which has enabled me to become a bar-none, state-of-the-art computer and electronics guru.”

JOSEPH SMITH - Joseph Smith - IT and RF Consultant

“The military education that I have had along with my job as an engineering draftsman/illustrator as well as art school has prepared me to do what is required for the sign business. I have served in the Navy as well as a Civil service retirement.”

William Smith - Signs by Splat

“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

“Leadership and management skills.”

Shawn Gray - WTSI

“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.

“The military taught structure and discipline, which is a must in business. Therefore, the preparation to operate a successful business has been accomplished. The military time taught patience for economic crisis and financial trials such as now.”

Toney Clark - Fresh Start Help Center, Inc.

“Discipline, Problem Solving.”

James Clymer - James Financial Mgmt Services

“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

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

Joseph Abi-najm - VA Home Inspect, LLC

“It taught me that hard work and setting goals was the only way to achieve my dreams.”

Donald Chapman - Chapman Services KCMO LLC

“The Marine Corps instilled in me a special set of leadership skills that have been imperative in facing the different challenges of business ownership.”

John Raftery - Patriot Contractors Inc.

“Integrity, discipline, management & leadership.”

Donald Carter - Secure Comm Technologies, Inc.

“Learned responsibility and chain of command.”

Clifton Coleman - Ugly Otter Trading Post

“My business is built on trust and integrity - The Army's ability to create professionals, strong work ethic, discipline and positive attitude has definitely helped me to succeed in my business.”

Mickey Schroeder - ATX Movers

“My military service fave me the ability to accomplish ANY mission. I learned teamwork-because in Navy lives depended on us. If we say we can do something, it will be done as agreed upon in a timely manner-no excuses.”

Paula Fialkoff - E-Synergy LP

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

Mark Clemens - G6 Communications, LLC.

“Being a veteran of 8 years and still an active member of the reserves, has taught me to work hard, be dedicated to my goals, and continue my education. I have also gained the quality of presenting myself in a professional manor.”

Cory Jiggens - Fishbone Computing

“Discipline, motivation, and pride.”

Ken Martin - Lodging Kit Company

“Opened our small business up to more consumers. Especially fellow veterans who have stood tall and proud for our country.”

Kenneth Elliott - P's Sleeves

“Responsibility and accountability. The military taught me how both of these words will have an impact on my military career. Now that I am retired I have adapted these principals into my everyday business life.”

kevin Palladino - PAL's Power Washing, LLC

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

Robin Mack - Robin Mack

“Very attentive to detail, caring and sharing with others.”

Jim Shear - Sekurenet Inc.

“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

“The training I received in the NAVY helped with my self confidence and made me believe that I can do anything. I learned to work with many different people and honed both interpersonal and management skills.”

Jennifer Krajcir - Cycle Stop, Inc


Francisco Mendoza - Dedicated Contracting

“After 12 years active duty Air Force I was extremely prepared to run a business because of the integrity, honesty, appreciation for quality, timeliness, and strong work ethic that were instilled in me by the United States Air Force.”

Jason Knotowicz - G Force Technologies

“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.

“I think just the basic hard work that was involved with my job. I was an operating engineer but found myself operating a handle (shovel) more often than not. The work ethic that was formed really can't be beat. I wouldn't have it any other way.”

Adam Butusov - M1 Property Management Company

“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

“18 months in Vietnam in 1969 right out of high school teaches you how to handle any situations that comes your way, and for me that 18 month tour has made me a better business owner.”

Jon Murany - Photo-Tec Graphics & Signs

“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

“Integrity, time management, work ethic.”

Alexis Marks - YellowWebMonkey Web Design

“The military prepared me for the unexpected. In the Infantry we spend years training for situations that will likely never occur, but we try to be pro-active. This training has led me to be proactive in business, trying to anticipate problems, opportunities, market fluctuations and movements before they occur.”

Michael Moussa - PartSnap

“I served as a Sargent in a NCO school. My Job was to train our next leaders of men. After leaving the USAF I made my mission to help our men coming home.”

Dan Margolis - Veterans Services of America

“Being in the military gave me the courage to step outside myself and take a chance.”

Gail Walker - Paddle and Pedal Adventures

“I learned so much about myself and to respect myself and others.”

Joel Lewis - JK Lewis Property Mgmt LLC

“I've been doing government contracting for 43 years. Retired C.O. from the USAF in 1986.”

Rick Horn - Nevada Procurement Outreach Program

“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

“Working on military aircraft has shown the reason for high quality and zero defects.”

Michael Priest - Revolution Prototype and Machine

“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

“I do for the public what I did for the military.”

Wayne Crist - Tri-Star Communications

“I learned to lead and to make my own decisions and stick to them. Make goals and see them through.”

Joe Robinson - Traffic Safety System LLC

“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.

“As a veteran of combat ready carrier duty, it provided me emergency preparedness experience as it relates to supporting local and large scale disasters.”

Jerome Hamilton - TractorFax Technologies, LLC

“Discipline, courage with 3rd Bat/26th Marines and 1st Bat/13th Marines.”

Stephen Coyle - Town-Green

“Took a boy and made him a man who is not afraid of the challenges of hard work and dedication.”

John Hooper - Fiat Incorporated

“20 yrs. as a Navy Seabee has taught me a lot of construction skills as well as time management and self discipline.”

Fredrick Trippler - Fix It Fred Handyman Service

“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

“To be successful in any endeavor, you must have discipline, persistence, and drive. The military required all of those qualities and more. Above all it require integrity, which clients will recognize and appreciate.”

Grady Ford - Ford Consulting Group, LLC

“My time spent in the Marines taught me dedication, discipline, and gave me a "No-Quit" attitude. It has helped me to start and run my company.”

Tyler Fox - Fox Benefit Solutions

“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

“Vast opportunity to learn high tech systems, processes and R&D capabilities that private citizen would never have a chance to learn.”

Pat Morgan - FSPS Inc

“Service before self, Excellence in all we do, and Integrity first.”

Jeffrey Wharton - FullStock

“Having toured as a military musician and entertainer, I learn the secrets of having a good experience when traveling.”

Michael Embrey - FunME Events

“The military teaches team work, personal development, resolve and honesty. It instills courage and empathy. These are hallmarks every business owner must develop to operate their business.”

Kelley Philips - Mulligan & Philips Construction, Inc.

“Military service taught me discipline to keep working to get the job done, not to be afraid to tackle something I was unfamiliar with, and to take care of the men and women assigned to me, which today is taking care of my customers.”

John Byers - Music Man Apparel

“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

“1.) Work ethic 2.) Technical training”

Thomas Gaume - Network Computer Services, Inc

“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

“My interactions with people from different cultures and backgrounds has allowed me to view the world as a "melting pot" of talented people. My military discipline, loyalty enables me to provide good customer service while manufacturing practical products for "everyday people" to use!”

Terry Evans - NexTTyme LLC

“Military service helped shape a work ethic, team-work attitude, respect for authority and others, attention to detail, and world-wide experiences that would not have been possible otherwise. Those characteristics do carry over into the business world as viable traits to becoming a better business owner.”

R John Trodahl - Northfork Construction, Inc.

“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.

“I have come to understand that their are no limits with the right motivation and ambition in a "free market system".”

Nathaniel Selby - Syndicate Moving and Transport

“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

“Military service has prepared me to be a better owner because it made me detail oriented. It also helped me with my organization skills. I learned that organization plays a vital role on order in your business.”

Juan Davis - Tandem Productions LLC

“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

“Discipline, plain and simple.”

Kirt Anderson - TEC Trainer, LLC

“Work ethic.”

Ronald Woodfin - TetraTek, Inc.

“It gave me the ability to manage people.”

Lamont Jefferies - The Beverage Channel

“My military service provided me the discipline to achieve the goals I set for my organization.”

Fred Ezra - The Ezra Company

“My military service made me realize that the only limits on my success were the ones I allowed.”

Brian Fletcher - The Fletcher Law Firm PLLC

“I worked in Finance and Accounting, it helped me in communicating with people.”

Veniva Paul - The Jamaican Herbalist, LLC

“I am able to improvise and adapt to changes in the marketplace faster than our competitors. Also, I consider those working for our organization to be our most valuable assets.”

Mark Moore - The MEP Group Inc.

“I credit my military service with providing me all of my computer skills and education. Additionally, it gave me the discipline and self motivation to make myself a better person to reflect well on my fellow soldiers and veterans.”

Angela Tourner - The Pink Padlock

“Focus on the task at hand.”

Scott Herrmann - ABQ House Detectives LLC

“Discipline and structure taught in basic training are beneficial to the business owner. Pride of ownership is seen in all walks of life.”

Christopher Chernoff - Access Fire Protection Services, Inc

“Taught me discipline, time management and structure.”

Tom Koziol - Accurate Insurance Services

“It gave me the knowledge and experience to be a leader in the defense community. It gave me the special skills and abilities to be an intelligence professional in the defense contracting industry.”

Joseph James - Advanced Methods Group, Inc.

“The military is a great place for a high school graduate to start. You will gain the confidence and discipline needed to someday become a business owner and a productive member of society.”

Craig Ramirez - Advanced Waste Services

“The US Air Force provided the instruction and experience in electronic equipment operation and repair.”

Kevin McLaughlin - Advent Automation, Inc.

“Time and Organizing Management.”

Ginny Abbott - AG LifeStyle Concierge, LLC

“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

“I learned to stay 200 steps ahead of what people might want from me.”

James Wright - LastWright Music

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

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

“Leading others, goal setting and discipline.”

Larry LeDoux - LeDoux Industries, Inc

“Trained me to supervise, multi task. It taught me that nothing in business is static and you need to be able to accept change.”

Ro Saxon - Legal Nurse Consulting of America LLC

“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

“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

“Tenacity to hang in there and network together, you learn a lot being part of a team (how to look out for each other, don't let your buddy fail and support. If it was not for my experiences my life would not be blessed as it is know. I thank my leadership in challenging me to achieve and never quit.”

Gregory Brown - LegalShield Independent Associate - Gregory Brown

“Being in the Marines I have learned how to improvise, adapt, and overcome.”

Oscar Kelley - Life Insurance for All and (Diabetics) - Oscar Kelley

“It taught me that we all need each other. It matters not where the other guy is from, or where he went to school, or what his occupation is; as long as we're firing in the same direction, we have each others back.”

Will Taylor - Precious Home Care Services

“My service in the U.S. Army has prepared me in business by: understanding my goals, mission, and methods used by competition. I am a combat veteran; so, I understand the “need to have” vs. the “nice to have” tools and strategies to survive and win. Leadership methods learned in the military have helped me coach, council, manage, motivate as well as discipline/reward my employees. Communication, documentation, initiative, organization, professionalism, teamwork, technical quality and technical quantity as well as time management skills were business tools that I learned while in the service.”

Dave Tong - Premier Technical Services Corporation

“You don't give up when things get tough and you keep you head when others lose it.”

Michael Kozeliski - PrepFire Solutions LLC

“Independent and confident.”

Dwayne Johnson - Consumer Choice Marketing

“The integrity, honesty, and pride that serving eight years in the Marines instilled in me shows through in every one of Pember Constructions' projects.”

John Pember - Pember Construction, LLC

“Responsibility and dedication.”

Eduardo Gonzalez - PerfumeStudio

“It gave me the training and the tool to make my business work, it also made me think out of the box.”

Monty Hecker - Pride Asset Protection Inc

“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

“How to be organized. Gave me a never quit attitude. How to lead and manage employees.”

Robert Brown - Professional Cleaning Services & Supply, Inc.

“The military gave me the discipline that I needed, which has helped me tremendously in my entrepreneurial efforts. It gave me a sense of self, and the desire to succeed. I developed a host of great, long lasting friendships, which will also assist me in my business building efforts. It is because of my time in the military that I have the drive to venture outside of the normal view of success and start my own business.”

Walter Lindsey - Unity One East, Inc

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

Rod Manuel - PuroClean Restoration Services - Humble TX

“Because of Combat Training @ Fort Polk during my Service Time. Work Ethics, Honesty, Character, Morality, Desire to Achieve.”

Emial Douglas - Automated Controls

“The technical and leadership training has certainly helped me a great idea, but the idea that you set goals and don't give up on a well thought out plan is probably the most important asset the military has provided me.”

Lee Shaffer - Southern Investigative Services

“Prior law enforcement K-9 handler, disabled veteran who rehabilitated herself back to health via dancing.”

Bethsheba Almah-Place - South Florida Belly Dancers

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

Hayden Hartland - Spearstone

“During my Personnel (HR) career in the Air Force, I gained the knowledge and experience needed to step out on my own. While on active duty I was also afforded the opportunity to pursue a degree in Management. I've always known that I would someday start my own company, so having proper the training, project management & people skills, and experience gained through the military are my foundation to successful entrepreneurship.”

Shelly Stafford - Stafford Home & Business Inventory, LLC

“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 military service has given me the confidence and structure to interact and succeed in all I encounter.”

Ralph J. Storti - Storti Quality Consulting, Inc.

“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

“I learned Diligence, Dedication, and Dependability in which I now pass on to my customers. Semper Fi.”

Rico Evans - Suave Systems & Solutions

“Serving in the military gave me the discipline and experience to run my own business. It taught me to serve my fellow man, so this prepared me to be a better business owner. I learned follow up skills necessary to become a good salesman to promote sales of my business. Thank you for this site.”

Tom Grissom - Sunshine Chem-Dry

“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

“The military instilled in me the pride in a job well-done and an attention to detail that in my business is a must.”

Henry Niemiec - Sure Strike Guide Service and Boat Detailing

“Strong Networking Abilities.”

Andre Tetrault - SW FL Biometrics

“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 service instilled confidence in my abilities and taught me leadership.”

David Hall - DRH Engineers PLC

“Military service has help sharpen my business skills and strengthen my self discipline. This helps me to stay focused on what needs to be done and follow projects through to completion, no matter what obstacles come in the way.”

Morris Driver - Driver Technology Consulting, LLC

“Most of all, military taught me persistence, dedication and integrity which has been quite beneficial in pursuing my dreams as a successful business owner.”

Donnie Savage - DRS Services, Inc.

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

Paul Drury - Drury Realty

“Attention to detail.”

MIKE ORMES - Veteran Lawn Service

“My military helped me learn and know the needs of all Veterans. It gave me the understanding of non-profit that I have used for the last 30 years.”

Randi Laird - Veteran Services Unlimited, Inc.

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

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

“Although I'm a Disabled Veteran (70%) The Navy provided excellent educational opportunities and people skills which apply to a Tax preparation business. Even in a wheelchair within a few years you can earn a six figure income in the first four months of every year.”

gary ridge - Vets Tax Service

“Four years of service, including one year in Vietnam, can help one prepare for any contingency.”

Ron Ward - Ward Waterman Connell Architects, LLC

“The excellent training and visit to various countries, and most of all the GI Bill to attend college.”

Warren Goodall - Warren Goodall Company

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

J Beaumont Chatham - Warrior Life Coach

“The military has taught leadership, work ethic, and teamwork. These are all vital to the success of any operation. Organization is also stressed, as is attention to detail.”

James Ingram - Whetstone Contracting LLC

“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

“By instilling in me hard work and honesty that has lead to a successful business career.”

Philip Rogers - Windy Acres French Brittany's

“In all aspects of organization, and attention to detail. My service in the United States Army had a hand in my commitment philosophy which now follows me in business. I am committed to best in class customer service to our clients.”

Perry-Nicholas Isch - Wishworks Media

“I retired after 30 years as a Navy Physician. My professional experiences were at navy industrial facilities (shipyards, air rework facilities) which gave me the insights into the medical needs of industry. I've written two books on the subject and am a frequent presenter.”

James Allen - Working Healthy Always LLC

“Taught me how to lead.”

lloyd hickerson - World Express Courier

“Learned focus thru the self-discipline I learned in the military. I also have learned how to work against tight time deadlines and prioritize while in the Navy.”

Gregory Peckham - Your Hometown Homeopath LLC

“Experience and discipline!”

Mike Penhallegon - PCM Precison Government Sales

“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

“The military has given me the structure, discipline, and the willingness to succeed and expect only the best from myself.”

Marcel Murrell - Prime Market Realty

“To overcome obstacles and adapt to stressful situations.”

Donald Kennedy - ProMaster Home Repair & Handyman of Cincinnati

“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

“My military services has given me the discipline to do whatever I put my mind to.”

Shane Lee - Time for Taxes, LLC

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

Thomas Deierlein - ThunderCat Technology

“Working in a company, battalion, and brigade the military has taught me to deal with a wide variety of personalities, problems, and issues. The military has taught me to know when to react immediately and when to hold back and wait for the smoke to clear. Mostly, it has taught me to persevere in the face of tough economic times.”

Garrett Thompson - Thompson Family Chiropractic

“Discipline and the chain of command combined with accountability of personnel is how military service has prepared me to be a better business owner.”

William Mitchell - Thomas Banks & Mitchell, LLC

“Discipline and Tenacity.”

Kevin Leahy - The SpoutOff

“My military service taught me accountability, discipline and the value of trust and teamwork. I have learned to surround myself with highly motivated and educated people who understand the importance of the mission but are also compassionate. Trust comes from knowing your team is there for you at all times, just not when it is convenient and vice versa.”

Travis Bell - The Seven Bridges Group

“I believe more young adults should enter the military service, it will help you to grow and grow up. Just the basics of what you learn will lead you into being a more responsible person. When we advertise for new positions in our company, we always ask if you have served in the military. This tells us that if they were successful in the service, then you will be a great addition to our company.”

Larry Lamanca - American Door and Glass

“Taught me that there is only self made limitations.”

Frederick Weisbrod - American Resources Unlimited, Inc

“Quality, Integrity, Dependability.”

Tim Alexander - Amerivet Painting

“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

“Military Service has instilled in me the tools to work hard, be consistent, give the best that I have to offer and provide honest and quality service.”

Jose L. Arias - Arias Equipment Rentals

“The military helped me learn the organization necessary to run a business.”

Jonathan Cragle - Ask Us Computer Solutions

“Discipline, honesty, persistence, and faith have been instilled in me through service to others.”

Christopher Gardner - Chris Gardner & Associates, LLC

“Being in the military has taught me the principles of leadership, integrity and honor. I will use these principles to assist me in my business endeavors. I am proud of my service and I am proud to be a business owner.”

Bernardo Gauna - CMI Consulting Group, LLC

“Working on a ship in the Navy gave me the leadership skills and the ability to work together as a team with many people. The Navy also showed me that I am responsible for my actions and made me strong enough to deal with everyday issues.”

John Reilly - Commercial Furniture Service Corp.

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

Karl McHale - Computer Careers Inc.

“The military taught me to do exactly what I said I would do, and to expect exactly the same from others. Be it my life or my income that's at stake. To do every job as if it were at your own home.”

lawrence parrish - Concrete Construction Services

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

Robert Hatler - Kentuckiana Creations LLC

“As an officer, I have been prepared with leadership attributes and communication skills that have helped me in business. I have also been given the confidence to pursue my goals despite the projected outcome.”

Jeremiah Minner - Connecticut Academy of Martial Arts

“My military service taught me to put a focus on: Continuous Process and Cost Improvement, Relationship Management, Contract Administration, Process Re-engineering, Change management and Technology Solutions.”

JD Chamberlain - Consult JDC

“In the military I developed organization and problem solving skills which help me with business everyday.”

Michael Jozefiak - Coordinated Defense Supply Systems, Inc.

“After serving in Iraq as an Infantryman in the US Army, well I knew I could do ANYTHING. I opened a store where I could serve military members and public safety professionals, giving them the respect they deserve.”

Ezra Child - Cop's Closet

“The structure and problem solving skills from the Army combined with work ethic have given me leverage in general contracting community.”

Alan Sprinkle - Covenant Construction Service

“Serving in the military has given me the discipline I need to run a business and lead my workers to be successful.”

Ernie gullett - Coverall of Eastern Kentucky

“I believe that by starting early in the service and being in Viet Nam I was able to mature earlier. I started my business when I was 22. That was 35 years ago.”

Dennis P. Craig - Craig Brothers Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

“To be honest with my employees and customers. To respect all people and help anyone that I can, regardless of race or color. We are all one trying to work for the same goal, working together for a quality service and fair pricing.”

Anthony Scimone - Creative Designs, LLC.

“Experience both in the military and as Managing Director of a Seaport Joint Venture Company with 13 Task orders.”

Charles Vinroot - Cvsi, LLC

“I give almighty God the glory and thanks for leading, guiding and directing my paths to a successful life and business. The military has shown me how to stay disciplined in my job by understanding the Word of God and how I must strive to serve with excellence to satisfy our customers needs. Good things always come to those who honor our Father. D & C SIGNS, LLC strives to do things the right way, we know God makes the difference. ”

David Brandford - D & C SIGNS, LLC

“Military discipline helps anyone who has experienced it.”

Kenneth Richter - D & R Technical Solutions, Inc.

“As a United States Air Force Security Policeman he was charged with protecting government personnel, assets and information essential to national security. He served and trained in various capacities including; Missile Security, Convoy Actions, Capture and Recovery of Nuclear Weapons, Air Base Ground Defense, Emergency Services Team and Infantry.After leaving the military he served in various capacities in the private sector: Background Investigator, Pre-Employment Screener, Audits and Inspections, Specialized Training Instructor and Account Manager for various levels of security stemming from Security Guards to Close Protection Specialists.”

Damon Finch - Damon Finch Power Sessions

“Through the military we developed self discipline, integrity and perseverance, and have committed to making those qualities a part of our personal and professional lives. Military experience has also helped us develop and hone managerial skills. And of course defensive tactics and training has saved our bacon many times, allowing us to go home at the end of an event.”

Timothy Brady - Day and Night Protection Agency

“Gave me my independence, taught me responsibility.”

Leah Brunson - Dependable Reliable Nursing Service

“Taught about discipline needed to do business.”

Dearl McPeak - Digital Microwave Communications

“Military service prepared me for the life challenges and leadership requirements of owning and operating a business. Motivation, dedication, honesty and attention to detail have all played a role.”

Marty Pickering - DINPAK LLC

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

Steve Pritchard - Division 16, LLC

“As a 20 year Air Force member, you learn certain aspects that aren't readily learned in the civilian sector. Qualities like leadership, mentoring, and a strong pride in success. The basic core values of the Air Force say it all: Service before self, Integrity, and excellence in all we do!”

Donald Johnson - DKJ Technologies

“My time in the US Army taught me the importance of establishing a formal process and working to improve that process. This principle elevated my value in my IBM Career and provided the leverage necessary to make my company successful.”

Steve Dolbow - Dolbow & Company

“Leadership and management skills were my platform for entrepreneurship. Problem solving skills and abilities prepared me to provide solutions. Reacting to changing situations and criteria prepared me to be flexible. The USAF fostered my loyalty and need to serve. Mission success helped prepare me to be a change agent. Leading team members prepared me to pursue risk management and mitigation. The Air Force allowed me to think outside the box and to restructure the box to meet needs.”

Cherly Baugh - Government Integrated Business Approaches, Inc. (GIBA)

“The training provided in the Military provided the values and discipline necessary to execute and grow my business. A can do attitude, where there is no giving up, always going the extra mile. This sets us apart from our competitors.”

David Rambhajan - Industria Inc.

“I received discipline, professionalism!”

Bill Stinson - BW Stinson's Barbershop

“Mainly, organization, preparation, execution, and confidence.”

James Harris - C&J Shredding Co.

“Discipline and commitment.”

Brian Crist - C-TEL Crist Telecom, Inc

“Gave me the Discipline and Structure needed to run a family owned business!”

Dennis Reed - C. H. Reed, Inc.

“Christopher Bernard Thomas served as a Combat Engineer in the United States Marine Corps. His Military training & experience has served as a basis for much of his current-day expertise. In addition, he has received a combination of college-level training and employment experience. He received a degree in Music Entertainment Management from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Mr. Thomas also Studied Electronic Engineering Technology at Devry Institute of Technology. His employment experience includes many years of service as a Digital Technician for Bellsouth Telecommunications, Satellite TV Installer for Electronic Playground, Sanitation Engineer for Waste Management, Health Service Technician for Georgia Regional Hospital, and a Water Purification Technician for AB So Pure Water Company.”

Christopher Thomas - Cable Broadband & Telecommunications, LLC

“It has created a sense to help others in their time of need.”

Ernesto Figueroa - Cadence Surveillance and Investigation

“Not only did the U.S. Army give me an education but they taught me leadership values as well. One of the traits that I acquired from those values is initiative. I took the initiative to put wheels under the feet of our veterans who are trying to get back into society. I have a gift, so I'm told, of making engines run. It would be an insult to God if I did not share my gift with my family, my soldiers.”

Clarence scotton - Cars4Vets

“Leadership and management training and experience.”

Greg Thompson - CCW Services, LLC

“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

“The Disciplines of the Military have greatly prepared me for business ownership. The GI Bill also provided me with resources to get my college education.”

Russell Barker - Buyers Advantage Home Inspection

“It's an experience that should be mandatory for all graduates of high school for at least two years.”

Jay Canals - AIC Window Services

“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.

“My service in the USAF helped to develop out of the box thinking and helped build the confidence to deal with nearly any situation. These skills have been useful throughout my career in the civilian world. As a business owner, I am often faced with challenges which can often require changes "on the fly" and the ability to adapt is crucial.”

Ken Yoder - Bluegrass E-Cycle


Hardy Stone - BluePoint Productions

“The leadership skills and decision making action (the value of action over inaction) have allowed me to apply my skills to running a successful organization.”

Rob Martens - Bold Alternatives

“The discipline and attention to detail that I learned through military service has enabled me to fight through the obstacles of small business ownership and come out the other side with a successful company.”

Ed Bryan - Bryan Exhaust Hood Cleaning Service

“Taught me to strive for my goals. Taught me discipline, and respect towards others.”

Thomas Snell - Shiny Paws Moble Pet Grooming

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

Gary Toth - Shirley Foods Inc

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

Stephen Brooks - Killeen Fence Company

“The military has prepared me to be a better business owner by providing me with the necessary discipline, leadership skill and mental toughness all of which are imperative to being a business owner.”

Carolyn Hill - Elegant Embroidery Designs

“As a former Army Captain, the military prepared me to look at every obstacle as a personal challenge. Having served in a predominately male environment as female officer in a leadership position was integral in developing the Warrior and Leader I am today! HOOAH!!!”

LONA SPISSO - Elite Leadership Training LLC

“I served 15 years and literally trained all over the world. I am very used to diverse situations and I believe this has helped my business mindset.”

Mark Ellis - Ellistrated Websites

“Training in leadership, management, goals setting and results orientation style.”

Eugene Klein - Enlightenment Inc

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

Paul Ziemba - Environmental Professionals, Inc.

“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.

“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

“Warrior Ethos!”

Iron Mikes - Iron Mike's Military Exchange

“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

“Integrity, work ethic, timeliness, efficiency.”

Austin West - IT Veterans, LLC

“The Air Force has taught me how to work with a wide selection of people and how to handle problems with a calm attitude, It has taught me to be a leader instead of a boss.”

James Williams - J & F Transmissions

“My military service in the navy has taught me to accept the unexpected and never give up.”

Jess Briske - J & S Creative Metal Works, LLC

“Military service enabled me to attend college and obtain advanced degrees which enabled me to work for some of the largest businesses in America including Microsoft. Also the discipline and challenges that I learned at an early age in the military helped me be a more disciplined individual who loves a challenge. The interpersonal relationships that are a normal part of military service helped prepare me for meeting and working with people in the business world.”

Joe Bailey - J & S Properties of N.S.B., LLC

“The military never plans on garbage and always has to react. I know to plan for debris prior to the start of every job.”

James Bourgeois - James Bourgeois Contractor, Inc

“The Marine Corps taught perseverance, self-discipline, and self-confidence, as well as the benefits of hard work, team work, and keeping a keen focus on my goals and deadlines. Without that, I would not have been able to make the decision or dedication to start my own business, as well as maintain it and build the clientele and returning customers that I have.”

J. Higgins - J's Oil Supply & Accessories

“By providing me strength, endurance, and confidence (not only physically but mentally), I am better prepared for the civilian workforce. With great leadership and versatility, the Marines have created an incomparable competitive edge for me.”

Edward McDonald - J. T. SALEM & Associates

“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.

“20+ years of military leadership and discipline have prepared me for many things and starting JATOP Total Defense is just one of those. It has also provided me with the internal motivation and drive to keep going when others fail.”

Jeff Albritton - JATOP Total Defense

“Leadership and discipline.”

Sharon Elshaug - Insightful Solutions, Inc.

“Military service has prepared me to meet the challenges of being a business owner by giving me confidence to meet with clients, to organize my business to better fit the needs of my customers, and the discipline to stay focused to achieve my goals (and my customer's). Military service has also taught me how to recognize those who are dishonest and those who do not have what it takes to be good employees, good vendors, and good customers. I only work with the best because I want to be the best.”

Edward Hunt - Hunt Signs

“Through discipline and Honor I know that know matter how tough things get I will come through.”

Rocky VonZidkow - VonDari Moto

“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

“The attention to tedious details and a higher appreciation for service are hallmarks of my time in the Air Force.”

Phillip Holland - Holland Photo Studio

“Military service provided me with the discipline and drive to own, grow and successfully operate a business.”

J Patrick Enderson - HJR OSINT Center, Inc.

“This is required: Every US Veteran, especially combat veterans, must be given an opportunity to receive full time employment when transitioning from the military. This is our nation’s and every patriotic citizen’s duty. This is the quid pro qou that we citizens must provide for these stalwart defenders of our freedom, peace and safety. It is our responsibility to do all that we can to insure that these young men and women have means of supporting themselves and their families when they return.”

Mark Baird - HirePatriots

“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

“As a JAG officer, the continuous training and extensive experience I received prepared me to be a better leader. Having been both an officer and enlisted service member gives me a broader perspective into the unique circumstances and enhanced needs of veterans.”

Everett McKeown - Veterans Legal Advocates, P.A.

“They make sure you learn discipline and hard work, which prepares you for life not just business, but it sure helps.”

Andrew Hanus - HGC Global LLC

“The Navy taught me respect and structure. It taught me to be a man and do the right thing. It gave me strong work ethics.”

Stacy Heath - Heath Electric Company, Inc.

“By giving me the skills, hard work ethic, and sacrifice needed to run your own business.”

Brian Caslin - HCS Executive Town Car Service


Deborah Fuller - HB Retrofit, LLC

“Discipline, leadership, management, flexibility, and the ability to take a calculated risk are all skills that I learned during my 10 years in the military. The ability to work with people from all walks of life, integrity, the quest for excellence and the desire to succeed are also important skills I learned while in the military and integral to running a business.”

Lori Hansen - Hansen Hounds

“Organization, Management, Leadership, Appearance.”

Ronald P. Moyer - RPM Heating Cooling Plumbing & Electrical


Richard Parker - RRP Consulting Construction & Management, LLC

“Military service provides a camaraderie that acts as an enticement for veterans to do business with other veterans.”

Gary Bates - S&P Solutions, Inc.

“My military experience has brought me the courage and discipline it takes to make tough, smart decisions.”

Kelly Russell - S.I. Vend, LLC.

“My service in the USAF has helped me to become independent & not afraid to venture out and do anything on my own.”

John Stephens - Safe & Sound Home Inspections

“It taught me to go after what I want and never give up.”

Sammie Moore - SamCo Services

“Discipline and structure military provided is key to running any business.”

Robert Birdsong - Scan Am Marine Services, Inc

“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

“Taught leadership and management skills while providing unique experience and qualifications.”

George Gennin - SDS International

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

John Frederiksen - Senior Scene Magazine

“Marine Corp. Discipline.”

Randy Bathemess - Sentinel Systems LLC

“After spending eight years in the Marines, leadership, discipline, and management skills have encouraged me to pursue my own business.”

Irona Cliver - SGT. C's Leathers

“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

“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

“Leadership development!”

Bobby Crowson - IOS Solutions

“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

“It pays to be a winner.”

Robert Showalter - Showalter Construction 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

“Both owners are veterans (Marine Corp and US Air Force). The military provided the leadership tools, discipline and motivation to establish a successful enterprise.”

Scott Schissler - TechTroop, Inc.

“Responsibility and Managerial duties, working with people to accomplish many scheduled and unscheduled missions helps you become a excellent multi-tasker. Learning to work smarter and not always harder to accomplish assigned tasks on time. Training and leadership provided at phases of learning and educating the mind to be responsible for enormous workloads at a moments notice helps you relate to the business world.”

Mike Williams - Telmek LLC

“I served 2 years with the Military Police which taught me to be self reliant and to think on my feet. I took advantage of VA Training With the first Architectural firm I first worked with in 1973.”

Terence Myers - Terence L. Myers Architect Inc.

“It all started from my Boot Camp (Basic Training) through my Drill Sergeants who instilled in my mind discipline, honor, integrity, selfless service, flexibility and other good attributes that I applied to our own Termite Inspection Company from day 1 of May 2006 when we started up to present.”

ARIEL DEGUZMAN - TermiGONE Exterminators Inc.

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

Eric Teets - The IronCraftsman

“I was a LRRP for the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. I learned it is better to be behind the enemy than in front of him because he doesn't know you're there. I learned that the skills of a warrior who goes actively out to face the enemy are good preparation for business where you have to create your idea and then go out and make it happen. I learned discipline, follow-up, and integrity. I also learned to get my hands dirty and work hard.”

Larry Chambers - The Larry Chambers Company

“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

“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

“I find it necessary and a competitive advantage to be decisive and fully committed to a course of action. My military training included an emphasis on the importance of decisiveness. That training has served me well over the years.”

John Kopra - The Retirement Plan Company, LLC

“My employment as an entry level shipping and receiving clerk was interrupted in 1965 to partake in an opportunity with the U.S. Air Force. The training and experiences gained over my four year tour were instrumental in successfully regaining my civilian employment, facilitating further education, and eventually purchasing my employer.”

Paul Hirzel - E & E Special Products


Russell Weisse - DustyDiamond Enterprise

“Gained confidence to achieve on my own and follow up on everything to accomplish the mission.”

Eric Dufault - DuFFer Sports

“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

“As a Military Veteran, I leaned discipline, and respect for others. I learned about honor and appreciate anyone who is willing to stand up for freedom. I learned to get the job done, no matter what.”

Rick Mendenhall - Down To Earth Lawn Care

“Discipline and Management Skills.”

Randy Kicklighter - Don Bennett & Associates, Inc.

“Helped me learn how to multi-task, prioritize requirements, and manage staff.”

Nicole Pennell - Dogtopia of Charlotte

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

David Hadley - db Hadley & Associates, LLC

“Having been a private in the Army in the early 60's I know what it's like to be degraded and treated like less than dirt. I use a different approach with employees and try to build them up. Serving in Vietnam taught team work and self preservation.”

Francis Gross - Datco, Inc

“The military has the the best detailed cleaners in the industry.”

DONALD PAGE - A & D Services

“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

“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

“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

“Military service and training has given us the knowledge and expertise in the field of products and services we're offering to the general public.”

Jerry Goodson - Tri-State Tactical

“As an Ensign in the USNR I was assigned to DDG-9 USS Towers as Asst Weps. I was 21 and had a division of 27 men ranging in age from 18 to 49. I grew up quickly and learned how to manage in a crisis... which is the same as managing in non-crisis mode... learned a lot about being squared away and responsibility which has carried me thru life in my business and personal life. I am currently the Commander of the Tigard Community Emergency Response Team with 150 volunteers under me.”

Bruno Amicci - Triad Technology Group

“Attitude that anything is possible, ability to organize, focus and lead. Writing a patrol order/op order = writing a business plan.”

Andrew Kratz - Triangle Rock Club - Morrisville

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

Thomas Buffington - TriSpirit Productions

“Willingness to tackle and task, location, and requirement in order to achieve the goal.”

Dale Church - Triton Electrical Contractors, Inc.

“When the going gets tough the tough get going!”

Pablo Fel - True Vision Optical

“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.

“Wanting to take an idea and bringing it to fruition by never giving up on it. Similar to the military in that you never let your fellow soldiers down by quitting on them in the heat of battle, you will always be there fulfilling your commitment to finish the deal with them come hell or high water. It's about honor, dedication, and loyalty to finish the deal.”

Dan Leonard - U.S. Outdoorsman Central

“We provide our services on time and under budget. As a former Marine I am determined to make sure every project big and small receives the same get it done attitude.”

Edward Cornell - Ultra Commercial Interiors

“It has provided with the knowledge and tools to manage an organization effectively and efficiently.”

Shameka Miller - Unique Administrative Resources

“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

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

Robert Young - Eagle Veterans Services LLC

“In the military I was an Staff Sergeant in the Field Artillery Branch, which help me to become a better leader and to strive for what I want. I always wanted a business from the first time I learned a trade.”

Derrick Pinckney - Genetic Push Supplements

“Discipline, fortitude and the never-give-up attitude.”

Joe Mayberry - Systema Survival School

“Discipline, early riser, passion, honor and loyalty.”

Larry Lawton - Reality Check Program, Inc.

“Being a member of our military taught me how to be disciplined and organized. These qualities have been carried over into my business in every sense imaginable. Paying attention to the smallest of details is very important in my line of Work. This was very much instilled in me during my military service. I am proud to have served in our armed forces and I know that what I learned during my services will be a part of my life and business always.”

Shawn Wise - SOS Diesel Service

“Discipline, focus and follow through.”

Steve Rose - Solar Solutions Unltd.

“I enlisted in the US Navy 17 years old 2 months out of high school served 18 years in the Navy travel through out overseas. I believe being the military give me balance in life. I learned how to be determined to succeed no matter what the situation. Disciple to to endure hardship as a good soldier. I also learned how to be problem solver. I learned that when a person commit themselves and put their live on the lines there is no turning stay until victory is won.”

Terry Barnes - Barnes Electric LLC

“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

“The Marine corps provided me at a young age the tools, ability and confidence to improvise, adapt and overcome any situation in life, from the tip of the spear to civilian life. Semper Fi!”

Jake Rayl - AT Foam

“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

“In combat to be successful all personnel have to be well trained and on the same page. Our personnel are trained on the newest techniques in cleaning and briefs on the constantly evolving chemical we use. Our mission statement is short and must be adhered to.”

Lance Dugger - Shining Star Services of Brevard Inc

“The military taught structure and discipline but provided the ability to think for oneself. This traits have been foundational.”

Louis Christie - LMC Management Services

“The United States Navy help me with punctuality, discipline and enhanced my abilities to be a very resourceful person. In addition, I owe the military to my never say never attitude.”

Corey Lockett - Lockett Enterprises, LLC

“The training and the team work.”

Joseph Fisher - Logistical Ground Services, LLC

“The military training we received educated and trained us in self discipline, self management, self starter, independent thought, and the importance of continued education. Of special importance was the the belief in duty, honor, and country. All of these disciplines and beliefs have created by way of life experience one more incontrovertible truth, the importance of family. This has been my cornerstone for success.”

R. Jeffery Daley - Luxury Valley Homes Realty

“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

“Discipline, hard work, respect, delegate, responsibility, assertiveness, loyalty and most of all good common sense.”

RICHARD COLUCCI - Seacoast Imprint

“Self-motivation and knowing that failure is not an option.”

Christopher Frederick - Signs For Anything, Inc

“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.

“I was a Nuclear ELT in the Navy. The basic course was given to the top 10% of navy applicants and the attrition rate was about 60%. This program was during the draft program and I have heard they have become more lenient to be able to fill billets.”

Bernard Preisz - Sivirt

“Military services instilled discipline in me and made me realize that I could do anything I put my mind to doing!”

Tamara Rajah - Skip To My Lupus Incorporated

“Trained on how to be a leader, dedication, fairness, and have pride for your business.”

Steven Kraslen - SM Kras Merchandising

“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

“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

“The Air Force gave me the opportunity to travel to countries where being in business was a necessity to survival. Military life gave me a discipline and ability to look strategically and tactically at situations in order to better make decisions. I have been in business for over 16 years.”

Lazone Grays, Jr. - IBSA, Inc.

“Being the Army helped me learn dogged persistence and how to better push through my own resistance around doing things that I didn't like without all the complaining. Take latrine-duty for instance! Gross but necessary, and whining about it doesn't get the job done. It also taught me the value of teamwork and how depending on and supporting others brings a profound sense of gratitude, pride, and self-honor.”

Lola Scarborough - Integrative Health-After-Trauma Services Org (IHATSO)

“As a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger I learned discipline, integrity, honor, and pride. I give the Army an incredible amount of credit to my success. I know that without this experience in my life I would not be the man I am today. Rangers Lead The Way! Hooah!”

Justen Hovey - Intercept Investigative Agency

“Military situations have given me the precedent and the preparation necessary for dealing with the daily adversity that comes with running a small business. Additionally, the lessons of leadership while in the service of our country has provided me with an outstanding foundation for leading the employees of our organization. A day does not go by that I am not thankful for the experiences, the friendships and strong bond formed while in the US Armed Forces. Thank You!”

Lou Bartulovic - Interior Classics Inc.

“More organized than the average Joe.”

Joe Foley - International Association of U.S. Government Contractors Houston Chapter

“I have been "honorably" separated from the Army for quite some time now. What the Army did teach me or instilled in me was "leadership". Weathering the hardship. Sharpened my focus and determination to succeed no matter the cost!”

John Daugherty - National Property Inspections- Seabrook

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

Sarah Nava - Sarah Nava Photography

“Discipline and a drive to do things better have been applied to my grooming business.”

Jeffrey Martinez - Zoom Groom Mobile Pet Spa

“It instilled a sense of pride, ownership, responsibility, respect, and professionalism in what I do. My service also taught me to never give up and always give my all.”

Jason Chan - NC Glass Chips

“Integrity above all else.”

Xavier Eboli - NCS Recovery Corp.

“With the discipline to stay focus on finishing what I start, and not accepting no from anyone or anything to block completion of direction to complete determination to see this to come to life. Something most training on a job, or college or family can not provide in one life time, sincere determination, with ability to stay focused on the project while daily conflicts are dealt with ease.”

Steven Fortune - New Home Buildings

“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

“Organization and leadership.”

Ramon Resto - New Visions Outreach Center

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