Boots About Business

Boots About Business

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.... Show More

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September 16, 2020 33 min
https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bab_012_ruthie_bowles.jpeg 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 ...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bab_011_tim_callahan.jpg 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 accordin...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/bab_010_bill_williams.jpg 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 compa...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/bab_009_steve_patty_shewmaker.jpg 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...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/bab_008_brian_butler-scaled.jpg 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 promotion to colonel (O6). And yet, after 22 years in uniform, he decided to do something els...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/bab_007_bob_eisiminger.jpg 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 bigger.” The former Army officer and West Point graduate would subsequently form a team and t...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/bab_006_robyn_grable_-scaled.jpg 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 technology company. Today, she’s combined what she learned in the service and business t...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/bab_005_dianne-falk-scaled.jpg 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 re-assigned to another position. That was a “kick in the teeth” that made her question her abiliti...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Jack-Child-and-Gordon-Logan.jpg 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 airlines took a hit and he started looking around for career options. That lead him down a p...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/bab_003_bj_schaknowski.jpg 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 and mission accomplishment. Third, the ability and desire to put in the work will pay off b...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/fred-wellman-veteran-advocate-scaled.jpg 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 been a spokesperson for Generals David Petraeus and Martin Dempsey. He once ran...
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https://www.swordandthescript.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/podcast_tom_deierlein.jpg 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 a charity that helps other veterans in need, and he’s the co-founder and CEO of a company cal...
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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 the US armed forces. This podcast is about helping other veterans advance their business careers and helping businesses to better understand the value veterans can bring to their tea...
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