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Honesty and advice to help veterans crush it at grad school, in entrepreneurship, and in professional careers. Humor and language often not as professional.

The Veteran (Semi) Professional Mark

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 119 Ratings

Honesty and advice to help veterans crush it at grad school, in entrepreneurship, and in professional careers. Humor and language often not as professional.

    Ep. 220: Running a Financial Services Business to Connect with Your Community and Contribute to Veterans with Brian McCarver

    Ep. 220: Running a Financial Services Business to Connect with Your Community and Contribute to Veterans with Brian McCarver

    Brian left the army and moved back home, eventually buying a small financial services firm and growing it.  We talk about how that helps tie him into his local community and how he uses his network and business to give back to other veterans. 

    Brian McCarver, CFP®, CIMA® | Stonebridge Financial Group (stonebridgefg.com)
    DOD SkillBridge Program (osd.mil)
    Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania | Harrisburg PA (veteransoutreachofpa.org)
    Tunnel to Towers Foundation (t2t.org)

    • 41 min
    Ep. 219: Using Military Experience to Consult with F500 Companies and Build in Private Equity with Afterburner, Inc. Founder and Chairman Jim Murphy

    Ep. 219: Using Military Experience to Consult with F500 Companies and Build in Private Equity with Afterburner, Inc. Founder and Chairman Jim Murphy

    Afterburner Fighter Pilots - Motivational Keynote SpeakersDown Range: A Transitioning Veteran's Career Guide to Life's Next Phase: Murphy, James D., Duke, William M.: 9781118790151: Amazon.com: BooksGet Expert Advice Instantly - Minnect

    Jim "Murph" Murphy, the Founder and Chariman of Afterburner, Inc., has a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. He has logged over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and has accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance jet aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing's Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph's job was to keep 42 combat-trained Fighter Pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours. As a flight leader, he has flown missions to Central America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East. 

    After years in the military, Murph returned to his love of business. Prior to his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murph had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company's sales by 500%. Years later, Murph became Director of Sales for a small paint company. Realizing that the concepts of the Flawless Execution model could be applied to business, he engaged the proven model — "Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief." — and increased his company's sales from $5 million to $52 million. Realizing that many companies could benefit from these same concepts, Murph started Afterburner in early 1996. 
    Through his leadership, Afterburner has landed on Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List" twice. Murph has been regularly featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg news to name a few. He has also been named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led over 1 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry through Afterburner's Flawless Execution Model, and its unique, high-energy programs. Afterburner notable clients include the Who's Who of the Global 1000 list of companies. Murph's groundbreaking book Business Is Combat, is now in its third printing, and his latest book Flawless Execution was released May 1st, 2005 by Harper Collins publishing. Murph has spoken at the world’s notable business schools to include Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, and Duke. 

    • 40 min
    Ep. 218: Former Marine to 22% Lifetime Returns Investing In Stocks with Erik Smolinski

    Ep. 218: Former Marine to 22% Lifetime Returns Investing In Stocks with Erik Smolinski

    Erik is the first stock trader I've had on the podcast and he talks about how he got started in investing and why he loves this path for building wealth.

    CORE Leadership Program | Deloitte US
    The Intelligent Investor Rev Ed.: The Definitive Book on Value Investing: Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig, Warren E. Buffett: Amazon.com: Books
    esInvests | Investing without the BS
     esInvests - YouTube
    Erik @esInvests (@esInvests) / X (twitter.com)

    • 53 min
    Ep. 217: Air Force Veteran Jon Stoddard on Buying Businesses

    Ep. 217: Air Force Veteran Jon Stoddard on Buying Businesses

    Jon is a prominent voice in the business acquisition community and got his start in buying businesses after leaving the Air Force. 

    Resources Mentioned: 

    Ep. 150: Enlisted Marine to Working at the VA, Supporting Veteran Entrepreneurs, and Founding a Veteran-Focused Marketing Firm with Barrett Bogue (buzzsprout.com)
    Ep. 154: Working in Finance, Taking the Leap, and Connecting Veterans with Capital: Bill Militello from Localvest (buzzsprout.com)
    Ep. 120: Army NCO to Business Owner by Acquiring a Small Business with John Hubbard (buzzsprout.com)
    Buy and Sell Online Businesses & Websites - Empire Flippers
    Jon Stoddard | LinkedIn

    • 44 min
    Ep. 216: The Art of the Career Pivot with Kathy Borkoski (Ex- Stunt Performer, Big Tech, Gov, Con, and Navy EOD)

    Ep. 216: The Art of the Career Pivot with Kathy Borkoski (Ex- Stunt Performer, Big Tech, Gov, Con, and Navy EOD)

    Kathy has QUITE a story.  She's bounced around from industry and industry and mastered the art of changing careers.  Listen how this Navy EOD veteran went from the military to being a stunt performer to names like Facebook and Crossfit. 

    • 45 min
    Ep. 215: Navy SEAL to Private Equity and Launching a Search Fund with Jack Ogden of Island Search

    Ep. 215: Navy SEAL to Private Equity and Launching a Search Fund with Jack Ogden of Island Search

    I've had a lot of people on the show talk about buying businesses and have tangentially mentioned the traditional search fund model before, but Jack Ogden is the first guest on the show who is currently running a search fund. 


    Resources mentioned:
    The COMMIT Foundation | Veteran Transition Assistance
    With Your Shield: A McMorrow Veterans Initiative | USC Military & Veterans Initiative
    Home - The Honor Foundation
    FourBlock – Veteran Career Readiness

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

nate_rp ,

Must-listen if you’re on the fence

Been listening to this podcast for well over a year- the content that Mark creates is fantastic and is only getting better over time. The podcast provides an eye-opening amount of diversity of thought that any military member thinking about separation should consider hearing out. On a personal note, the podcast also helps me by providing the sounding board that vets can actually be successful in the “civilian world,” which is a message that isn’t heard nearly enough in some circles.

Thanks Mark, keep crushing it!

Rent The City ,

5 Stars!

Excellent podcast, can’t wait to be featured in it myself!

Blakefla239 ,

Outstanding

This podcast is very insightful even if you are not getting out. You can still learn a lot about the real world, your options in it when your ready, and broaden your bubble to just Ranger things so when you get out it’s a much less steeper hill to climb. Great stuff!

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