Boots About Business

Boots About Business

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Stories from military veterans that transitioned to the world of business.


14: Setting Up Military Affairs Programs in Business; Former Marine and Public Defender, Joshua Wilson Now Advocates for America’s Warrior Partnership
Oct 21 • 29 min
Joshua Wilson is a Corporate Relationship Manager at America's Warrior Partnership. The organization is a non-profit aimed at empowering communities to empower veterans. That involves many different things, but Josh is focused on helping businesses set up…
13: This Former “8th & I” Marine Once Tried to Open a Dominoes Franchise; Today He’s an Entrepreneur with a Wearable Stylus that Might Help Protect Us from COVID
Oct 7 • 25 min
When Gable Eaton saw how many pizzas his peers assigned to Marine Barracks at 8th & I ordered, he saw an opportunity. The (then) young Marine came up a plan to open a Dominoes Franchise nearby…but there was one barrier: as an active duty Marine, he’d need…
12: Uncommon Route to Self-Employment: How Army Vet Ruthie Bowles Turned Her MI Experience into a Marketing Career
Sep 16 • 33 min
Sometimes veterans struggle to translate what they did in uniform into skills that make sense in the civilian world. Ruthie Bowls spent eight years in the Army working in intelligence. When she got out of the service, she went to work for a government…
11: Veterans as a Source of Cybersecurity Talent; Tim Callahan, Air Force Vet and Aflac SVP and Global CISO
Sep 2 • 25 min
There’s a talent shortage in cybersecurity and it’s been that way for several years. Because of that shortage, some analysts forecast millions of cybersecurity roles will go vacant over the next few years. One source of cybersecurity talent is veterans…
10: Entrepreneurship with Training Wheels: Bill Williams on Helping Veterans with Franchise Ownership
Aug 19 • 26 min
He was certain he’d drafted for Vietnam in the next 90 days. Rather than wait for the notification, he decided to shape his destiny and volunteered to join the Army. That was many years ago, but today, Bill Williams helps veterans shape their destiny when…
9: Thinking of a Judge as the General; How Pair of Army Veterans Turned Lawyers – Husband and Wife – Opened their Own Practice
Aug 5 • 26 min
She went West Point and he went ROTC at the University of Alabama. They both wound up as military intelligence officers that first met at a pizza shop where they were stationed. Over time, that meeting grew into marriage, and the partnership would extend…
8: Leaving the Army and Starting a Business During a Recession: Brian Butler of Vistra Communications
Jul 15 • 20 min
By any measure, Brian Butler was having a successful career in the Army. He served in Desert Storm, was chosen to work on the Homeland Security Council in The White House (where he worked on preparing for a pandemic no less!), and was selected for…
7: Unbreakable Excellence: Army Vet Bob Eisiminger on Building and Selling a Company for $250 Million
Jul 1 • 22 min
How do all great things start? Over a beverage. How do you execute on big ideas? You “out-work” folks. So says Bob Eisiminger who describes how he and a friend (and fellow veteran) were sitting on a porch have a beer and talking about “doing something…
6: Tossing the Resume – a Match Making App for Employers and Veterans; Robyn Grable of Veteran’s ACSEND
Jun 17 • 26 min
About: Robyn Grable spent just shy of a decade as a sailor in the U.S. Navy – with tours in Iceland and Hawaii – before transitioning to the business world. Among her business assignment was a 15-year stint with ADP, the giant payroll processing and HR…
5: How to Come Back from a Kick in the Teeth; Dianne Falk an MI Officer Turned Management Consultant
Jun 3 • 21 min
Dianne Falk was as hard-charging as any Army officer, but when she was assigned to be the S2, a primary staff position for a cavalry squadron, her new commander didn’t want her, because she was a woman. So, before she even took the job, she was…
4: Flying with G-Force: How an Army MP turned Air Force Pilot Built a Franchise Business to Employ Veterans
May 20 • 20 min
Jack Child started his career first as an MP in the Army and he later became a pilot and instructor pilot in the Air Force. He left the military for a long career as a pilot with a major airline – a job he still holds today. However, after 9/11, the…
3: Business is also about Mission and Troop Welfare; BJ Schaknowski, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Vertafore
May 6 • 21 min
There are three things the Marine Corps taught BJ Schaknowski that he says are still true in business. First, highly diverse teams that are well organized are among the most successful. Second, the priorities of leadership business are still troop welfare…
2: The Subtle Things you Learn in Uniform; Fred Wellman on Entrepreneurship and Veteran’s Advocacy
Apr 22 • 25 min
By his own admission Fred Wellman has had an “unusual career.” He flew helicopters in both Desert Storm and in Operation Iraqi Freedom too. His second campaign was unique because “one day you are fighting and the next day you are building schools.” He’s…
1: Persistence and Grit: Tom Deierlein CEO of Thundercat Technology
Apr 8 • 27 min
He got a second chance at West Point. It took him three tries to get through the US Army’s Ranger School. He was shot by an enemy sniper in Iraq and some doctors never thought he’d walk again. Today, Tom Deierlein is a married father of three, he’s leads…
0: Coming Soon! Boots About Business [click here to listen to the trailer]
Feb 5 • 1 min
Welcome to the Boots about Business podcast. We share stories from military veterans that have transitioned to the world of business. We interview business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs that all started their careers wearing boots in service of…