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Support for our military veterans has never been higher than it is today. Many businesses have an interest in employing veterans, but they don’t know how to connect, and they don’t really understand the skills veterans can bring to their business. Something similar can be said about veterans in transition and their understanding of the business world.
Hi, I’m Frank Strong, I’m a veteran, I’ve worked in businesses of all sizes, small-, medium and large, today I’m a business owner and I’m hosting a new podcast coming soon the PodCo Media Network called “Boots about Business.”
We’re going to interview business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs that all started their careers wearing boots in service of the US armed forces. This podcast will be equal parts about sharing great stories, helping veterans, helping businesses and ultimately helping them both understand each other.
The show will be available soon on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Keep an eye on the show’s website for the launch details.

Boots About Business Frank Strong

    • Entrepreneurship
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Support for our military veterans has never been higher than it is today. Many businesses have an interest in employing veterans, but they don’t know how to connect, and they don’t really understand the skills veterans can bring to their business. Something similar can be said about veterans in transition and their understanding of the business world.
Hi, I’m Frank Strong, I’m a veteran, I’ve worked in businesses of all sizes, small-, medium and large, today I’m a business owner and I’m hosting a new podcast coming soon the PodCo Media Network called “Boots about Business.”
We’re going to interview business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs that all started their careers wearing boots in service of the US armed forces. This podcast will be equal parts about sharing great stories, helping veterans, helping businesses and ultimately helping them both understand each other.
The show will be available soon on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Keep an eye on the show’s website for the launch details.

    Episode 14: Setting Up Military Affairs Programs in Business; Former Marine and Public Defender, Joshua Wilson Now Advocates for America’s Warrior Partnership

    Episode 14: Setting Up Military Affairs Programs in Business; Former Marine and Public Defender, Joshua Wilson Now Advocates for America’s Warrior Partnership

    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 military affairs programs.


    Military affairs programs are designed to help businesses attract and retain veteran employees. In addition, they also help attracted military spouses, which is an untapped source of talent.


    Josh is especially well suited to the job. He is a former Marine that later went on to earn JD and an MBA – and then went on to work as a public defender. Another veteran recruited him to America's Warrior Partnership. He joins us on this episode to share what he’s learned and provide some ideas for businesses interested in establishing such a program.


    Links:



    Joshua Wilson on LinkedIn
    Contact Josh by email: jwilson -at- americas warrior partnership -dot- org
    America’s Warrior Partnership
    Corporate Veteran’s Initiative
    Capital One Military Careers (mentioned on the show)

    • 29 min
    Episode 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

    Episode 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

    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 the Colonel to sign off on his paper work, and he didn’t quite see the opportunity the same way.


    But in some, way, shape or form, that experience meant Mr. Eaton was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and today he’s the CEO of TeqTouch based in Chattanooga, TN. TeqTouch provides a patented wearable stylus that fits on your finger – that will prevent you from having to “touch” all those point-of-sale (POS) screens at the gas station or self-checkout line in the grocery store.


    Links:
    Gable on LinkedIn
    Gable’s business website
    TeqTouch on Facebook
    TeqTouch on Instagram
    TeqTouch on Twitter
    Bunker Labs is "a 501(c)(3) non-profit – is a national network of veteran and milspouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military connected community start their own business."


    Below is a look at the wearable stylus -- there are many more on the Instagram account above.

    • 25 min
    Episode 12: Uncommon Route to Self-Employment: How Army Vet Ruthie Bowles Turned Her MI Experience into a Marketing Career

    Episode 12: Uncommon Route to Self-Employment: How Army Vet Ruthie Bowles Turned Her MI Experience into a Marketing Career

    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 contractor doing much the same thing.


    Still, she wanted something more and one thing the Army taught her it was to perform analysis, conduct ‘audience’ identification, and write and publish ‘content.’ So, while she didn’t have marketing experience per se, much of what she learned was certainly related. Today, she’s parlayed those skills into a civilian career and a business that’s made her – her own employer.


    Links:
    Ruthie’s business
    Ruthie on LinkedIn
    Ruthie on Twitter

    • 33 min
    Episode 11: Veterans as a Source of Cybersecurity Talent; Tim Callahan, Air Force Vet and Aflac SVP and Global CISO

    Episode 11: Veterans as a Source of Cybersecurity Talent; Tim Callahan, Air Force Vet and Aflac SVP and Global CISO

    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 because they have a natural inclination to protect information and gauging risk. That’s according to Tim Callahan, a 23-veteran of the Air Force, who today serves as the global chief information security officer (CISO) at Aflac. That idea is a big part of the conversation in this episode.


    See the show notes online at www.bootsaboutbusiness.com.


    Links:
    • Tim’s employer Aflac
    • The Aflac Careers site
    • Tim’s 2017 RSA Conference presentation, where in part, he talks about veterans as a source of cybersecurity talent: An Aflac Case Study: Moving a Security Program from Defense to Offense
    • Find Tim on LinkedIn

    • 25 min
    Episode 10: Entrepreneurship with Training Wheels: Bill Williams on Helping Veterans with Franchise Ownership

    Episode 10: Entrepreneurship with Training Wheels: Bill Williams on Helping Veterans with Franchise Ownership

    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 they decide to leave the service and transition back to civilian life. He runs a small company that helps "corporate refugees" and veterans, especially retiring military, move into franchise ownership. He calls franchises, “entrepreneurship with training wheels.”


    See the show notes online at www.bootsaboutbusiness.com.


    Links:



    Bill’s business: Axxiom Franchise Advisors
    Find Bill on LinkedIn

    • 26 min
    Episode 9: Thinking of a Judge as the General; How Pair of Army Veterans Turned Lawyers – Husband and Wife – Opened their Own Practice

    Episode 9: Thinking of a Judge as the General; How Pair of Army Veterans Turned Lawyers – Husband and Wife – Opened their Own Practice

    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 beyond the service when the pair went into business together and opened up a law firm.


    Today, Steve and Patty Shewmaker are partners at the Shewmaker & Shewmaker, a law firm outside of Atlanta focused on family law, criminal law and military matters. On this episode they tell us about that journey which provides service members considering a career in law with some ideas to ponder.


    See the show notes online at www.bootsaboutbusiness.com.


    Links:



    Shewmaker & Shewmaker Website
    The law firm’s blog
    Patty’s bio
    Steve’s bio

    • 26 min

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