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Sun 10/11/2020

Merica Bourbon – Derek Sisson

2020-12-21T22:49:26-07:00October 11th, 2020|

Merica Bourbon Founder Derek Sisson warns aspiring entrepreneurs “When you decide to make that leap into starting your own business, brace for impact.”  Nonetheless he has great advice to share in our latest Veteran Entrepreneur segment. Derek served five years as a Force Recon Marine and compares the Special Forces to the “entrepreneurs” of the military world. After leaving the Corps he was forced into entrepreneurship because he needed to make a living but “..there weren’t a lot of companies [...]

Sun 8/16/2020

AZ Shooter’s World – Phillip Roux

2021-01-10T18:19:24-07:00August 16th, 2020|

AZ Shooter's World CEO Phillip Roux thought they had a pretty diverse customer base – until the COVID Crisis hit. This Veteran Entrepreneur feature explores doing business in the time of crisis – in an industry that has seen a tremendous impact. Phil had a number of family members who served in the military so joining the Army reserves seemed a natural path. He volunteered for a special assignment supporting various agencies doing drug interdiction along the US-Mexico border. When [...]

Sun 8/2/2020

Battle Bars – Ian Sparks & Alex Witt

2021-01-10T18:20:58-07:00August 2nd, 2020|

Battle Bars was inspired out of a family tragedy. Now this Veteran owned and operated company is making waves in the protein bar industry and giving back to their communities along the way. Company co-founder and Chief Operations Officer Ian Sparks (Army Combat Engineer) and CEO Alex Witt (Navy Master-At-Arms) join us for a Veteran Entrepreneur feature. Like many entrepreneurial efforts, Battle Bars initially capitalized the company by going the “standard” route of talking to family and friends about their [...]

Thu 12/5/2019

Riton Optics – Brady Speth

2020-12-21T22:48:35-07:00December 5th, 2019|

Riton Optics Founder and CEO Brady Speth is featured in our Veteran Entrepreneur segment.  Brady is an Air Force Veteran and also a former member of the US Capital Police. BBG with Riton Optics CEO Brady Speth After serving as an air traffic controller, he returned to college to complete a business degree.  However, Brady missed the comradery he had in the military so when the opportunity to join the Capital Police came up he moved to DC. [...]

Sun 9/2/2018

Martial Sciences – Johnny Linebarger & John Viol

2021-01-10T13:02:17-07:00September 2nd, 2018|

There is a critical distinction between the Martial Arts and Martial Sciences.  Today’s guests clarify the differences and teach us more about the science of protection. Johnny Linebarger is the CEO and Director of Training for KoSho Martial Training Institute. He spent 9 years in the US Air Force as a specialist in aerospace security. He is a three time All-American and holds nine world titles in sport karate competition. John Viol started training in martial sciences 1967. He was [...]

Mon 3/19/2018

Peter Sherayko – Veteran and Western Expert

2021-01-17T09:23:57-07:00March 19th, 2018|

Peter Sherayko volunteered for the Air Force just as the Vietnam War was getting started.  He then volunteered to go to Vietnam. (L-R) Peter Sherayko, BBG, John Eslinger Upon returning home he continued his college education but was becoming disillusioned with his field of choice. Following a fluke conversation with a radio show, Peter decided he wanted to become a radio disc jockey. Coincidentally, the commander of the local Air National Guard squadron owned the local radio station. [...]

Sun 1/21/2018

Freedom Blues – Hank Robinson

2021-01-17T09:16:19-07:00January 21st, 2018|

Hank Robinson, Hanro Studios Freedom Blues is Hank Robinson’s monument of honor to his fellow warfighters and Veterans. He is our first featured Veteran Entrepreneur story for 2018. Hank is a Veteran of three deployments himself; Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined right after the 9/11 attacks. During his 9/12 Army career he earned a Bronze Star with Valor and an Army Commendation Medal with Valor. But when he separated, he found himself unable to find work, getting [...]

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