The After Action Review

Every Veteran business owner has a unique story to tell about their journey through entrepreneurship. Those stories can help inspire, educate, and motivate other Veterans who are either in the middle of their own journey or considering starting one. The After Action Review Podcast (The AAR Podcast) serves as a vehicle to create, promote, and support a network of Veteran entrepreneurs by capturing and sharing their stories with the Veteran community.

The AAR Podcast, is an audio and video podcast for Military and Veteran entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, and non profit organizations. We promote entrepreneurship and Veteran products, business, and service.

Episode 54 - Stephen Hopkins, Owner of United Martial Arts Academy

Thanks to the popularity of the UFC, BJJ is one of Americas fastest growing sports which means there are opportunities for entrepreneurs who are brave enough to jump into the not so proverbial ring.

My guest is a former Army Ranger and Special Forces Officer who shot in on the BJJ market. His school, United Martial Arts Academy in Fort Washington Maryland is carving out its own niche in the world of BJJ. Ladies and Gent, Steve Hopkins.

Links
Website: https://www.unitedmartialartsmd.com
Facebook: @UnitedMAAcademy
Email: umaafortwashington@gmail.com

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Episode 53 - RWB's Executive Director, JJ Pinter

RWB's Executive Director JJ Pinter is no stranger to the world of non-profits. In this episode we get into some of the nitty gritty that comes with starting a non-prof and it gets into some real talk folks. We also talk about the importance of community when it comes to fitness.

To learn more about RWB go: www.teamrwb.org

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Episode 52 - Matt Sapaula, The Money Smart Guy

Matt Sapaula is the Money Smart Guy! He's a former Marine turned insurance agent for PHP Agency. He's all over social media promoting his brand of entrepreneurship, inspiring others to take charge of their success. We sat down to talk at one of the newest PHP offices in Virginia. Also CONGRATS to Matt and his wife who recently announced, they're having a baby! 

LINKS
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MoneySmartGuyMattSapaula 
Instagram - @moneysmartguy
Website - www.phpagency.com


Episode 51 - Katelyn Miller

Katelyn Miller is making waves in the world of fitness through her social media platforms and encouraging women to take charge of their lives after sexual assault. This Navy Veteran and I talked about her own experience being the victim of sexual assault and how she's used fitness to put her life back together.

To learn more about Katelyn Miller check her out on Instagram and Facebook @womancrushweights 

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Episode 49 - Bennett Tanton of The Change Your POV Network

My guest today is Bennett Tanton. He’s a former recon Marine and Army Infantryman. Hes the host of the Change your POV podcast and Monday Motivation. He’s also Vice President of Battlesite Technologies and chief editor at the Change your POV Network! His new book Motivation Monday Volume 1  is now available from Amazon, the link is below!

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Episode 48 - Levi Rodgers of RE/MAX Military City

Happy 4th of July! 

In this episode I talk to Levi Rodgers, a former Green Beret who has become a leader in the real estate market. Levi has led RE/MAX Military City to the top of the Ranks, gaining National recognition from RE/MAX and National Real Estate leaders in the Industry. He has done all of this with his Mission in mind: to show the world that his fellow Veterans, his People, can accomplish amazing things in Civilian life.  In fact, Levi's multi-million dollar company is run predominantly by ex-service members and their spouses.

For more information on RE/MAX Miltary City visit them on Facebook by clicking HERE or call his office at (210) 331-7000

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Episode 47 - Bunker Lab's Leadership Summit / Joshua Wathen

Leadership means something different to every leader. I talked to the leaders at Bunker Labs about what leadership meant to them during their Leadership Summit right here in Washington D.C. 

Then I talk to the man that helped make all those interviews possible, US Army Green Beret turned entrepreneur Joshua Wathen. We talk about transitioning from Special Forces to becoming a Freshmen in college, the world of entrepreneurship, and of course Bunker Labs.

To learn more about Bunker Labs go to www.bunkerlabs.org
You can reach Joshua Wathen at joshua.wathen@bunkerlabs.org

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Episode 46 - Tom Smoot of the Lift and Shift Foundation

Tom Smoot is the CEO of Lift and Shift, a foundation dedicated to helping Veterans with PTSD through alternative therapies based in science and technology. Tom joins me in perhaps the loudest Starbucks in Maryland to talk with me about challenges of starting a non-profit and how his passion for engineering lead him to this innovative approach to tackling the problem of PTSD.

To learn more go to www.weliftandshift.com and be sure to visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weliftandshift

We all hit hard times, don't give up and don't give in. If you feel like your considering suicide call 1-800-273-8255
You can always DM me on Facebook @theaarpodcast 

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Episode 45 - Mikal Vega of Vital Warrior

My guest is the Founder and CEO of Vital Warrior. He is a 22 year combat Veteran and retired Navy Seal. He has personally walked the tough road from trauma to recovery after suffering a combat-related injury from an exploded IED that went untreated for many years. Through a series of healing modalities that became the basis of his recovery, my guest realized he could help his fellow veterans and their families with this unique system of recovery.  Vital Warrior's Mikal Vega!

To learn more about Vital Warrior visit www.vitalwarrior.org
Also check out their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/vitalwarrior.org

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Episode 44 - Fernando Torrez

This was recorded in January 2018, so you understand some references to the political atmosphere at the time.

In this episode of The AAR Podcast, I talk to Fernando Torrez.

A native of La Paz City, Bolivia, Fernando and his family migrated to Washington D.C. at an early age for the opportunity of achieving the American Dream. Learning from his father the qualities of a self-driven entrepreneur, Fernando founded the highly successful technology firm Nanotech. 

Fernando Torrez is an Air Force Veteran, entrepreneur, and local political leader. He is a board member of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office's Correctional Services Advisory Board, the Government Relations Committee for the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the first Latino Commissioner to serve in the Alexandria Commission on Employment, Department of Community and Human Services & Center for Economic Support. Fernando is a proud family man, resides in Alexandria with his lovely wife Kamila, his two kids Alexandra and Fernando Jr. and their golden retriever Conan.

For more information on Nanotech or to reach out:
www.nanotechcomputers.com

Episode 43 - Patriot Boot Camp's D.C. Hackathon

This is episode is a snapshot of a three day event, a Veteran Hackathon put on by Patriot Boot Camp here in Washington D.C. This event was incredible, the amount of time and dedication by these Vets, Vet Spouses, and Civilians was intense. Don't know what a Hackathon is? Listen and find out!

For more information Patriot Boot Camp and the next Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp in Denver Co visit www.patriotbootcamp.org. You can also learn more about the next Hackathon in Seattle, WA October 19-21 at http://vethacks.org.

Participants:
Sam Altman - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-altman-8427384/
Bernhard “Ber” Kirchner - https://www.linkedin.com/in/bernhard-kirchner/
Jameel Matin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameelmatin/ or learn more about Operation Code at https://operationcode.org
Michael Irtmer - https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelertmer/
Kerri Leigh Grady - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerri-leighgrady/
Kimberly McCaffrey - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-m-mccaffrey/
Justin Johnson - https://www.linkedin.com/in/elofjohnson/
Yool-Bin U. - https://www.linkedin.com/in/yool-bin-u-31b0b688/

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Episode 42 - Eric Mitchell of Life Flip Media

Eric Mitchell works with the very biggest names in Veteran business so he's seen it all and in this interview he shares some of the most valuable insights into business I've heard in awhile. One look at the list of companies Life Flip Media represents and you know that what Eric shares on this episode is fire! 

To learn more about Life Flip Media go to www.lifeflipmedia.com
and be sure to follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifeflipmedia

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Episode 41 - John Valentine of Operation Phantom Support

John Valentine is helping to feed the Fort Hood community, Veterans and servicemembers alike. His nonprofit Operation Phantom Support (OPS) does more though than just feed the community, they support it through a variety of programs that manages to help while maintaining the dignity and respect of those that need assistance. I had an opportunity to talk with John over Skype about how OPSis changing the face of Fort Hood and the city of Killeen. 

To learn more about Operation Phantom Support, go to:
www.phantomsupport.org

And visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/OPSFortHood

 

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Episode 40 - Tim White of Stafford Food Security

Every day kids go hungry right here in the United States. 1 in 6 children don't know where their next meal is coming from. Former Marine Tim White is tackling that problem right here in Virginia. I sat down and talk with this amazing Veteran who is changing the lives of children every day. This is an interview you don't want to miss!

To learn more go to https://staffordfoodsecurity.org

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Episode 39 - Vincent "Rocco" Vargas

Episode 39 – Vincent “Rocco” Vargas

You know him from Range 15, the Mat Best crew, and his numerous YouTube videos. This fall he’s looking to conquer the world of television in the new series Mayans MC, a spinoff of the highly popular Sons of Anarchy.

In this episode we get very personal with the man behind the characters we know in film and the internet. Rocco talks about priorities in his life, career, and his family. The ups, the downs, and how it’s all played a part in who he is now. An amazing interview with someone who is truly the future of the Veteran resurgence in the Hollywood scene.

Check out his website and podcast at https://vinnyroc.com/

He’s also on Facebook @vincentroccovargas
and on Instagram @vinnyroc

Don’t miss Mayans MC this Fall on FX!


Episode 38 - Interview with The Marine Rapper

🎙The Marine Rapper (TMR) brings his experience as a combat Veteran to life through a unique blend of rap and rock. Using a variety of rap styles from old school to new, TMR is blazing a trail in the music that is all his own. Now that he's launched Ninja Punch Music, he's helping other Veteran musicians launch their careers.

TMR and I talk about rap, the Marines, and being a different kind of Veteran than what most people expect. Great conversation with a truly talented musician.

⬇LINKS BELOW⬇

Website: www.themarinerapper.com https://ninjapunchmusic.com/about

Download TMR's latest album!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1311772776?ls=1&app=itunes

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/The_Marine_Rapper?id=Aliasdoxwqrxwunk6fme7vufwhe&hl=en

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/themarinerapper

Follow The Marine Rapper on Facebook and Instagram @themarinerapper


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Episode 37 - Bunker Labs at Capitol Post D.C. Muster 2018

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The Bunker Labs D.C. Muster 2018 took place on March 8th 2018. It was a one day experience designed to showcase military Veteran and spouse entrepreneurs connecting them to their future investors and customers. The event provided the perfect environment for veterans to share their businesses with local experts, investors, and connectors to get feedback and create relationships with the Washington DC-area's business community and impact the region's economic growth.

If you want to learn more about Bunker Labs visit https://bunkerlabs.org and if you’re in the D.C area be sure to check out https://bunkerlabs.org/washington-dc

Be sure to visit the Veteran and Veteran Spouse businesses featured in this episode.

Their links are below:

Matt Lembright - https://www.enabldsecurity.com

Rennet Dallas - https://www.dallaspopcorn.com

Tina Claflin - https://halcyonreflections.com/

Lily Dagdag and Patricia Talavera https://sytbiz.com

Anda Greeney - https://www.almokha.com

Angela McConnell - www. http://novavets.org

Episode 36 - Kyle Chesnut of Kilo Charlie Clothing

Kyle Chesnut decided to enter a market that has seen a flood of competitors over the last couple of years. What sets him apart from much of his competition is a genuine love of design and a steadfast attitude for success. Although he's relatively new to business he's not letting that slow him down one bit. In this episode we talk about what brought him into the Veteran apparel industry and where he's planning to take it.

Visit Kilo Charlie Clothing at www.kilocharlieclothing.com and at Facebook at www.facebook.com/kilocharlieclothing


Episode 35 - Capitol Post's Emily McMahan and Bunker Labs D.C.'s Seda Goff

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Photo credit goes to the amazing Sniper Eye Chris McPhee (https://www.greenberetmedia.com/)

Emily McMahan of Capitol Post and Seda Atam Goff of Bunker Labs DC join me to talk about Veteran entrepreneurship, what to know before starting a business, and the 2018 D.C. Muster. These women have been immersed in the world of entrepreneurship for more than awhile and in this episode they drop some serious knowledge you can't afford to miss!

Bunker Labs - https://bunkerlabs.org

Emily McMahan launched Bunker Labs DC and is the Director of Capitol Post. After graduation from West Point, Emily was commissioned as a military police officer, and her military experience includes combat deployments supporting Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Noble Eagle. Emily holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Seda Goff is the Director of Bunker Labs D.C. Prior to that, through Seda’s company Lighthouse Global Business, she worked with Bunker Labs companies as a consultant teaching lean startup and helping start founders map out their business ecosystem. Seda is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds an MBA from American University in Washington D.C. 

The Muster DC 2018
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