Life After The Military - Matt Kellam


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In this exceptionally powerful and informative episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie talk with former Marine, Matt Kellam. Matt serves as the Dominion Energy Military and Recruitment Program Coordinator. Dominion Energy, a veteran friendly company, historically hires 1 of every 5 employees with a veteran background. Dominion Energy has been in the top 10 of veteran friendly employers since 2008. Matt talks eloquently and with vulnerability about how he strengthens his mental fitness and how committed he is to help Dominion Energy take great care of veterans, their families, and create partnerships with the communities they serve.

Matt's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-kellam-178013b/

Dominion Energy: https://www.dominionenergy.com/

Troops to Energy Jobs: https://www.troopstoenergyjobs.com/

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0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:42 Lee introduces Matt Kellam

02:22  Matt describes how his service in the Marine Corps shaped him

10:26 Lee reinforces the value of military service

15:12  Matt shares his experiences and stories about transition from the military and his experiences and struggles as a student veteran

26:55 Matt describes how he began to work with Dominion Energy and his family’s history with the company

32:24 Matt explains how Dominion Energy created strategic partnerships with the communities they serve

40:17 Howie and Matt talk about the Dominion Energy leadership team’s commitment to helping veterans

1:00:44 Matt describes the Troop to Energy Jobs Program which helps other employers build a military veteran friendly transition and hiring program

1:03:40 Matt shares Dominion Energy’s charitable commitment to veterans with a partnership to host an annual senior PGA tournament in the Richmond area

1:07:00 Lee gives Matt his book title

1:08:03 Matt defines what mental fitness means to him, personal challenges he had and what he does to strengthen his own mental fitness

1:20:02 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - Tony Crescenzo


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In this episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie talk with former Marine, Tony Crescenzo. Tony currently serves as the CEO of Intelligent Waves and is highly engaged with the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Veteran Employment Initiative which has helped over 18,000 veterans find employment in the last eight years. Tony provides sage advice, guidance, and entertaining stories about his time in the Marines, providing leadership in corporate America, and how he wrestled with and strengthened his own mental fitness.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonycrescenzo/

Intelligent Waves: https://intelligentwaves.com/

Northern Virginia Technology Council Veterans Employment Initiative: https://www.nvtc.org/NVTC/Insights/Veterans_Employment_Initiative.aspx

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0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:42 Lee introduces Tony Crescenzo

02:15 Tony describes how his service in the Marine Corps shaped him

29:34 Tony shares his experiences and stories about transition from the military and between several corporate positions

43:19 Tony talks about the need for business leaders to teach, coach, and mentor their teammates

50:06 Tony describes his experience as a strategy consultant with Achievance, LLC

59:50 Tony talks about leadership and the four pillars of his leadership philosophy

1:03:28 Tony talks extensively about the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Veterans Employment Initiative which has put over 18,000 veterans to work in 8 years

1:12:43 Tony provides insights for business owners into the value of hiring veterans

1:25:22 Lee gives Tony his book titles

1:33:05 Tony defines what mental fitness means to him, personal challenges he had and what he does to strengthen his own mental fitness

1:51:21 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - David Tenenbaum


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In this episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie talk with former Air Force Officer, David Tenenbaum. David currently serves as a Director for Heroes Linked, a nonprofit that connects those serving, veterans, their spouses and Gold Star families with a national network of volunteer Advisors for professional and career development, as well as educational, employment and VSO resources. David is also the Founder and CEO of Honor Media, a nonprofit media production organization and publishing platform for and about the veteran community.

Heroes Linked: https://heroeslinked.org/

Honor Media: https://www.honormedia.org/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidtenenbaumla/

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0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:40 Lee introduces David Tenenbaum

2:30 David shares how his military career impacted him

8:53 David describes his experiences and challenges with transitioning from the military

25:44 David talks about his experience working with a Department of the Veteran Affairs Federal Advisory Board located in Los Angeles, California

31:09 David talks about veteran suicide and his personal experience with suicide

32:00 David shares his perspective about the challenges that non-profit Veteran Service Organizations face

41:16 Lee tells a story about his personal perception on suicide changed

47:00 David talks about how he helped veterans and their families when working with Bunker Labs to foster entrepreneurship

51:57 David describes his work with HeroesLinked – a veteran version of LinkedIn

1:03:41 David talks about his vision behind his non-profit organization, Honor Media

1:09:34 Lee gives David his book title

1:11:39 David talks with vulnerability about his challenges with mental fitness and what he does to strengthen his own mental fitness

1:21:18 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - James Jordan


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In this episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie talk with US Army Command Sergeant Major (Retired) James Jordan. James served for over 31 years as a noncommissioned officer and leader in the US Army Signal Corps. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the Charlotte Hornets. James shares insights about transitioning from the military; the need to develop and maintain strong effective teams in a corporate setting; and his commitment to teach, coach, mentor, and give back to those around him.

James' LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-jordan-90010743/

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0:00 Lee opens the podcast

0:37 Lee introduces James Jordan

2:35 James talks about his military career and how his experiences shaped him

12:20 James talks about how he prepared for and executed his transition from the military and his position with EPS as a government contractor

28:17 James describes how he applied his military leadership experience to develop a strong team in a corporate setting

33:43 Lee and Howie provides tips to veterans who are interviewing for a job

37:50 James describes the importance of having a plan when transitioning from the military

42:43 James talks about his experience running operations for the Charlotte Spectrum Center and the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets

49:27 Howie talks about the quality of James’ family

53:42 Howie and James talk about Howie’s parting gifts to the 35th Signal Brigade – the Lion Brigade

1:00:24 James talks about how he teaches, coaches, mentors and gives back to others around him

1:08:57 Lee gives James his book title

1:09:50 James defines mental fitness and shares ways that he strengthens his own mental fitness

1:18:07 Lee closes out the episode


Life After The Military - Mark Clifton and AC Coley


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In this episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie talk with US Army Command Sergeant Majors (Retired) AC Coley and Mark Clifton. AC and Mark share valuable perspective about how to effectively transition from the military to government service, working in government contracting, and how to be successful thriving in a small business setting. They talk about their commitment to help others transition as their company, Spathe Systems, actively supports the DoD SkillBridge Program.

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0:00                Lee opens the podcast

0:35                 Lee introduces Mark Clifton and AC Coley

2:30                 Mark and AC describe how their military experiences shaped them

9:19                 Howie shares some stories about his military assignment with both Mark and AC

14:46               Both Mark and AC talk about their transition from military service to government and corporate positions

23:10               Mark describes his experiences with Arma Global, a service-disabled veteran owned small business

33:10               AC shares his experiences working with the United States Special Operations Command J6 and their Center for Special Operations

41:15               Marks talks about the experience of going through the company acquisition of Arma Global by General Dynamics Information Technology

48:08               Mark describes the capabilities of Spathe Systems, the minority-owned, service-disabled veteran owned small business that he stood up

56:52               Mark and AC talk about how Spathe Systems supports the DoD SkillBridge Program to help veterans transition to life after the military

1:06:20            Lee gives AC and Mark their book titles

1:07:40            Mark and AC give their definitions of mental fitness and how they work to strengthen their mental fitness and resilience

1:12:16            Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - Darrell Williams


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In this episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie talk with US Army Master Sergeant (Retired) Darrell Williams. Darrell serves as the Chief, Military Human Resources, for the Defense Information Systems Agency. Darrell, a Master Certified Life Coach and Inspirational Speaker, started Alliance Seminars Coaching as a veteran-owned, faith-based organization that provides keynote speaking, certified workshops, and life coaching services to clients. Darrell provides excellent advice and mentoring for veterans seeking to work with the government and how to find and pursue your purpose.

Alliance Seminar Website: https://www.allianceseminars.org/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrellwilliams/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darrell.williams.1426

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0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:40 Lee introduces Darrell Williams

1:59 Darrell describes how his military career impacted him

6:04 Darrell describes supporting Vice President Cheney with communications support

13:13 Darrell provides excellent transition advice: “finding a job is a job”

20:19 Darrell talks about navigating the process to seek government service

27:16 Darrell describes how he helps others through Alliance Seminars, a faith-based life and relationship coaching organization that he and his wife, Veronica, started

35:18 Darrell discusses the need to find your purpose and how that led him to seek and attain professional certifications to help others

41:50 Darrell strongly advises others to seek certifications that align with the area you want to work in

44:10 Darrell highly encourages veterans to get a degree to make them the most competitive for job selection and compensation

47:30 Darrell describes his role as a relationship coach and how he prepared himself to help others in this area

52:50 Darrell provides excellent advice and insight for veterans who want to seek government employment

1:01:30 Darrell discusses how he successfully runs a business with his wife, Veronica

1:07:00 Lee gives Darrell his book title

1:07:50 Darrell defines mental fitness and shares ways that he strengthens his own mental fitness

1:17:54 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - Jeremy Moulder


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In this Life After the Military episode, Lee and Howie interviewed Army Combat Medic Sergeant Jeremy Moulder. Jeremy treated over 150 casualties in combat during his eight years of service until his medical separation due to being diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Jeremy speaks candidly about the challenge of transitioning from the military with only 90 days to prepare and how his support system helped him succeed. Jeremy also talks proudly about his life’s mission to serve and help others which led to the launch of USA Flagworks. He launched a Spotlight Veteran of the Month Program where he recognizes and rewards a deserving veteran with one of his magnificent handmade wooden flags. Jeremy is a courageous, authentic, caring young man who is building a successful business with his wife, Madeline, and son, Jake.

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0:00 Podcast Intro

0:38 Lee introduces former Sergeant Jeremy Moulder

2:04 Jeremy describes how his military experience as a Combat Medic shaped him

6:13 Jeremy talks about the challenge of going through a medical retirement board separation from the military

12:34 Jeremy describes the Critical role his wife, Madeline, played in working through their situation

17:36 Jeremy shares the challenges he had working through the Department of the Veterans Affairs to get support

20:30 Jeremy talks about the medical retirement compensation he receives for his military service

22:22 Jeremy advises others facing a medical retirement board separation process

25:30  Howie talks about the value Veteran services Organizations may bring to military members to strengthen their transition support systems

30:02 Lee and Jeremy talk about Jeremy’s business, USA Flagworks, Incorporated (insert link)

48:06 Jeremy describes his Spotlight Veteran of the Month Concept to recognize and thank veterans for their service (insert link)

57:13 Jeremy talks about his challenges with memory loss resulting from his military service

58:36 Lee gives Jeremy his book title

1:00:56 Lee talks about the staggering veteran suicide statistics and how Jeremy and USA Flagworks take action to address this issue

1:06:48 Jeremy talks transparently about his mental fitness struggles and how he deals with them

1:15:45 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - Randy & Lorie Moore


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In this episode, we talk with US Army Master Sergeant (Retired) Randy Moore and his wife, Lorie. Randy, CEO and Founder of RLM Communications, Incorporated, and Lorie emphasize the value of using your personal and professional network, seeking out business mentors, and creating a small business family to drive entrepreneurial success.

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0:00     Lee opens the podcast

0:44     Lee introduces Randy and Lorie Moore

1:55     Randy describes how his service in the military shaped him

5:00     Randy talks about the support he provided in multiple Special Operations Forces assignments

9:33     Lorie shares her perspective as a military spouse in a highly deployed environment

14:40   Randy describes how he prepared for and executed his transition from the military

16:58   Howie reinforces the value of developing a network contact list to assist with your transition

20:41   Randy shares his experience working as a government contractor for 3 years and how he used that information to start his own successful business

26:48   Lorie talks about how she handled Randy’s transition from the military

29:05   Randy describes how he grew RLM Communications, Incorporated and the value of leveraging the guidance of other trusted business owners

32:38   Howie discusses the different classifications of small businesses and the mentor-protegee relationship and their advantage when competing for government contracting support

36:30   Randy advises potential business owners to use the Small Business Administration website to stay current

37:50   Lee describes the value of seeking out mentors

40:28   Lorie shares why she decided to work full-time with RLM Communications and how she helped the company grow

45:12   Randy and Lorie define mental fitness and the things they do to strengthen their own mental fitness

48:41   Lee gives Randy and Lorie their book title

 


Life After The Military - Laurie Moe Buckhout


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In this Life After the Military episode, Lee and Howie interviewed Army Signal Corps Colonel (Retired) Laurie Moe Buckhout. Laurie, a graduate of James Madison University and their ROTC program, served for over twenty years in the military. Laurie shared stories and experiences from her military and corporate career. More importantly, Laurie spoke transparently and courageously about her challenge with post-traumatic stress and depression after commanding a Signal Battalion in combat. Laurie’s willingness to be completely open and vulnerable about the challenges she faced will resonate with many men and women in uniform and those who served before them. We laughed, we cried, and we spoke candidly and honestly about this topic – our best episode yet!

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0:00           Introduction

0:44           Lee introduces Laurie Moe Buckhout

1:54           Laurie shares how the military impacted her personal and professional growth

8:35           Laurie talks about her transition from the military and the mistakes she made

14:11         Laurie talks about dealing with fear, Post Traumatic Stress, depression, and no longer being in a high operations tempo environment

18:20         Howie thanks Laurie for her transparency and vulnerability and applauds her for her inner strength and courage

20:12         Laurie talks about the physical and mental challenges she overcame; how her chain of command supported her; and the tough, courageous career decisions she made to support her family

33:40         Laurie shares her insights about starting her own business, Corvus Consulting, and about being the “most dangerous woman in the Pentagon”

43:05         Laurie talks about the business acquisition of Corvus Consulting by Castellum, Incorporated while persevering through Lyme’s Disease

54:24         Laurie talks about how her education helped her military and post military career

1:01:40      Lee offers a recommended book title for Laurie’s book

1:05:48      Laurie defines mental fitness and how she strengthens her own fitness

1:09:45      Howie thanks Laurie for being so courageous and vulnerable

1:11:02      Lee closes the episode

 


Life After The Military - Ed Abner


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In this Life After the Military episode, Lee and Howie interview Ed Abner, a retired United States Naval Officer and graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Ed shares his broad and deep experiences working in federal contracting in business development; holding executive leadership positions in a number of federal contracting organizations; consulting with other businesses to make them more successful and profitable; and, his extensive experiences as an effective teacher, coach and mentor.

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0:00 Lee introduces the podcast

00:40 Lee introduces Ed Abner

1:45 Ed talks about how his military experience shaped him

6:00 Ed describes his baseball playing and coaching career

8:48 Ed explains how he learned to do federal contracting business development. Lee shares his experience with sales.

25:01 Ed shares about his federal contracting experience and work withFedSources

35:50 Ed talks about how he helped Howie transition from the military and to his corporate position, add value, and achieve success

44:00 Howie talks about the lack of corporate leadership and the need to help veterans transition into their organizations

47:30 Ed talks about the need for leaders to pay attention to what is going on in their organizations

49:00 Lee, Ed, and Howie talk about the need to ask for help if you are struggling with how to do your job, your mental fitness/health, or anything that cause you to feel stress

58:40 Ed describes how he joined the Achievance team as a leader and consultant

1:05:02 Ed talks about his athletic coaching experiences

1:16:00 Ed defines what mental fitness means to him and how he strengthens his own mental fitness

1:24:34 Lee suggests the title of Ed’s book if he were to write one

1:24:52 Lee closes out the episode