July 2016

Listen Live on Thursday on AMFM 247 Radio! Veteran Entrepreneurship Week Bill Bregar - CEO at Loss Prevention Systems, Inc [caption id="attachment_18393" align="alignright" width="144"] Bill Bregar[/caption] Bill Bregar founded Loss Prevention Systems, Inc. in 1983. He served our country through the United States Army as a Military Policeman and Military Intelligence Officer with Top Secret Clearance. Bill holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Private Security Administration and Management and is a trained and Licensed Private Investigator. He has developed and operated national Loss Prevention programs at the National Director level for large leading retailers such as The Athlete’s Foot. They also have on staff Regional Loss Prevention Managers for companies in big box, hardware/ home improvements, department store, footware and more.  He was Chairman of the Georgia Retail Association – Board of Directors and on the Kennesaw State University – President, Advisory Board.   Lee Platt - CEO of Avening Management and Technical Services, LLC (AveningTech)  [caption id="attachment_18295" align="alignright" width="200"] Lee Platt[/caption] Lee Platt is the CEO of Avening Management and Technical Services, LLC (AveningTech) and has over twenty-five years of experience supporting Federal Government information technology, information assurance, command and control, law enforcement, logistics and intelligence operations. A veteran of the US Army, she is a member of the Women Veteran’s Entrepreneur Corps (WVEC); a graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM); a graduate of Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE); a graduate of Tech Stars Patriot Boot Camp; a graduate of the Veteran’s Institute for Procurement (VIP), a member of the Inc 500/5000 Military Entrepreneur Special Delegation, and a 2014 participant in the Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.  Lee is also a member of Women in Public Policy (WIPP), through which she completed their Federal Contracting Certificate Program; a member of Women in Defense (WID); and a member of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). AveningTech began operations in January 2013, and currently employs 70 highly qualified technical experts who support Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy programs around the world. AveningTech was recently honored by being selected as the Leading Edge SBDC Small Business of the Year-2016.   Ron Fugle - Military Podcaster and Founder & Host of FireAndAdjust.com [caption id="attachment_18396" align="alignright" width="193"] Ron Fugle[/caption] Ron Fugle is the founder and host of Fire and Adjust, a Podcast and Website focused on inspiring others to take action with their lives and dreams. He interviews and highlights our Military and Veteran Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, Actors, Actresses, Models, Athletes, Artist and other Amazing and inspirational people. After being Honorably discharged from the United States Army, he spent 13+ years working in a career that although paid exceptionally well, it was not an enjoyable experience and left him constantly looking for something bigger.  He also services website, does graphic design, social media branding, brand development and logo design.     ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/29787.mp3 Veteran Entrepreneurship Week David Muir Jr. - Senior Vice President of Veteran Staffing Network [caption id="attachment_18135" align="alignright" width="101"] David Muir Jr.[/caption] David Muir is the head of a social enterprise project of Easter Seals of DC/MD/VA, the Veterans Staffing Network. They are dedicated to getting our veterans and their spouses into good jobs and providing top tier military talent to employers. He led a "cradle to grave" government procurement cycle ($4.5M award) including forecast analysis, response to RFI/RFP, proposal development, desktop publishing, project management, instructional design, training documentation, in-person content delivery, report generation, status meetings with government and prime contractor representatives, personnel management and video/multi-media production. He created a job search training workshop that is supported by The Ohio State University and used by the Virginia Employment Commission. He acted as a SME, Solution architect and lead instructional designer for the redesign of the Dept. of Labor/VETS Employment Workshop, developed multiple lines of business in the government and commercial spaces, recruited for national and international positions, analyzed, optimized, and/or created multiple systems and training programs, and operated and recovered failing multi-million dollar restaurants.   Phil Randazzo - Founder of American Dream U [caption id="attachment_18122" align="alignright" width="135"] Phil Randazzo[/caption] American Dream U is an event for Military Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen who are interested in starting their own businesses and finding their dream jobs. This event is taught by actual entrepreneurs and at Military Installations. This makes this program unique. He is also active in Defending Freedom wristbands. The organization supports men and women fighting for our Country, the wounded and their families, and the Fallen Heroes who have given their lives for this Country. Paul was given the key to the City of Las Vegas, was recognized by US Congress, and was recognized and awarded by the City of Las Vegas.   Angela Cody-Rouget - Certified Professional Organizer and Founder of Major Mom [caption id="attachment_18384" align="alignright" width="200"] Angela Cody-Rouget[/caption] Angela Cody-Rouget is founder and CEO of Major Mom®. She has two decades of training in order management and served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years and thrives in orderly environments. The Major Mom vision is to be the most recognized and respected organizing firm nationally and internationally. In October 2009, the Major Mom Training Academy was opened. They have trained 60 apprentices via ​academy classes as of ​March 201​6​. Her team currently has 32 fabulous Liberators (Professional Organizers) ​serving clients in Arizona and Colorado. She was selected for Shark Tank Season 7 and was a Finalist in 2016 Arizona’s SBA InnovateHer business plan and pitch competition. Major Mom was voted Emerging Business of the Year 2010 & 2011. It was awarded annual “Champion of Free Enterprise” by Sales Pros 2013.   ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/29785.mp3 Veteran Entrepreneurship Week Mark Baird - CEO of HirePatriots.com and Author of The Patriotic Business Plan: Strategies for Sensational Success [caption id="attachment_18368" align="alignright" width="187"] Mark Baird[/caption] Mark Baird markets and to recruits for businesses and to gets them free interviews on TV, radio, in the press and speaking engagements. He also post articles about these companies on his very popular website that is visited by thousands of US veterans, homeowners, and businesses every month. He wrote a best-selling book, The Patriotic Business plan: Strategies for Sensational Success, ans is the founder of Patriotic Hearts, a charitable effort to assist US military, veterans and their families. Their principle concern every day is assisting US veterans that have not yet found sustainable employment. They provide a job board for US military, veterans and their spouses, HirePatriots.com. It has a unique one-day/off-duty job board for active US military too. They counsel US veterans personally; rewrite their resumes; and post blogs every day, giving them advice, opportunities, encouragement, and direction. HirePatroits holds job fairs. They get US veterans interviews with decision makers. People Magazine has selected Mark and Tori Baird as their "Heroes Among Us." US President GW Bush awarded him theCongressional Medal of Merit and President Obama gave him the Volunteer Service Medal.   Cat Nichols and Ruth LaToison Ifill on Operation GoodJobs Catherine (Cat) M. Nichols - Strategic Operations Manager at Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Catherine Nichols is currently a Strategic Operations Manager at Washington State, but she has also worked as Program Manager: Financial, Transition, & Reintegration Services at Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Chairman of Veterans Employee Resource Group, Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist at Washington State Employment Security Department, and Regional Manager Supervisor at Pacific Intercultural Exchange. She has received the WDVA Distinguished Service Award by the Washington State Department of Veterans Services as well as being named the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist of the Year 2010-2011. She currently does a wide range activities and responsibility for developing programs that provide direct services for veterans and their families on a statewide level, such as: grant proposals for Federal funding, monitor a large volume of budget and spending activity to ensure that all programs are operating within their allocated resources and within their spending plans, serve as the agency liaison to the Washington State Veterans Employee Resource Group and supervise the Washington State Military Transition Council Project Coordinator.     Ruth LaToison Ifill - Veterans & Military Families Program Manager at Goodwill Industries International [caption id="attachment_18373" align="alignright" width="152"] Ruth LaToison Ifill[/caption] Ruth LaToison Ifill is the veterans and military families program manager for Goodwill Industries International (GII). A military spouse, she joined GII in 2013 as the program manager for the Vested in Veterans program. As the veterans and military families program manager, she leads GII’s efforts to reskill and retrain veterans to put them back to work quickly in positions that give them the sustainability to support their families. Ifill manages GII’s national relationships with veteran-centric organizations and equips local Goodwill organizations to provide a high standard of service through a focus on wraparound services and community partnerships. Before coming to GII, she managed programs for a local nonprofit serving inner-city youth in Washington, DC. Ifill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and is pursuing a Master of Organizational Development at Trinity Washington University.     ...