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.

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

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

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
($10 off General Admission with Promo Code: AARMuster)
https://nvite.com/MusterDC/32dgow

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HUGE thank you to Green Beret Media for the photos and video!
Check them out at https://www.greenberetmedia.com


Episode 30 - Chuck Luther of Disposable Warriors

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Chuck Luther is the Executive Director of Disposable Warriors, a non-profit organization that exists to help Active-Duty service members, Veterans, Retirees, and Reservists who have been inappropriately, unethically, or illegally discharged from the military under false pretense and without any of their rightfully-earned military benefits so that they may regain these earned benefits and, more importantly, so that they may regain their reputations and their honor. Through their subsidiary programs, they also assist homeless veterans, actively work to reduce veteran and service-member suicides, and we work with local law enforcement to provide resources and train responding officers in how to handle VIC (Veterans in Crisis) calls involving service members or veterans so that they avoid escalation and potential negative outcomes. 

In this episode Chuck talks about the personal story that lead to his founding of Disposable Warriors as well as his insight into the murky world of Veteran non-profits.

Links
www.disposablewarriors.com
www.facebook.com/disposablewarriors
www.noapologytees.com

 


Episode 24 - Combat Flip Flops, CEO Matthew Griffin

Combat Flip Flops has been featured on Shark Tank and their CEO's Matthew Griffin delivered one of the most memorable TED Talks in recent history.

One of the most remarkable things about Combat Flip Flops is the way they created a successful business around helping people. 

Check out 3 Take Aways in less than 5 minutes to get an idea of what's waiting for you in the full interview.

Griff will take you through the challenges of starting a business in a war zone and how they made it all work.

 

*Every product Combat Flip Flops sells puts an Afghan girl into secondary school for a day.*Each

*Peacemaker Bangle or coinwrap sold clears 3 square meters of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from a region rocked by long-term war - saving lives and providing economic opportunity. 

Visit Combat Flip Flops and pick up some really cool flip flops, awesome stuff, and learn how you can help their cause!

https://www.combatflipflops.com

https://www.facebook.com/combatflipflops/


Episode 22 - Yves Domingo, CEO of MYKE Media

Yves Domingo is a US Marine Corps Veteran and CEO of MYKE Media, a company specializing Internet marketing for the food and beverage industry.

In this hour we talk about the power of social media, emotional intelligence, and what takes to go from Military mindset to Sales mindset!

Wanna skip my intro and get to Yves, just go 0:07:24

You can also check out "3 Take Aways" from this episode BUT believe me there's so much more here than I could condense into three takeaways! "3 Take Aways" is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYZRtrJ4ZxA&t=21s

 

You can find Yves Domingo and MYKE Media on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mykemedia
Be sure to visit MYKE Media at www.mykemedia.com to find some awesome opportunities to sign up for free webinars and learn more about MYKE Media.


Episode 21 - Jon Santana, CEO of Iron Age Productions

Jon Santana DELIVERS for you Veteran entrepreneurs who want to get into the comic book industry BUT I have to emphasize here there are GOLDEN NUGGETS of info in this episode for ANYONE interested in starting a business. Do NOT miss this interview because you're not into comics! Trust me on this, you will NOT be disappointed. 

Iron Age Comics is an independent comics publisher producing dynamic titles featuring various genres to include super heroes, science fiction, and supernatural thrillers. 

Reach out to Jon and Iron Age Comics!
Website: https://www.ironagecomics.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/IronAgeProductions
Instagram: Iron_Age_CMX
Twitter:  @Ironageprod


Episode 19 - Menehune Soaps LLC, CEO Leinani Davis

Navy Veteran Leinani Davis of Menehune Soaps LLC joins me to talk about Soap, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and the challenges of that come with starting and running a soap business! It's a slippery slope as we talk soap on Episode 19 of The AAR Podcast!

Menehune Soaps will leave you clean and feeling as fresh as the island breeze!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/menehunesoaps/

Squareup: https://squareup.com/store/menehunesoaps

Instagram: Menehune_Soaps


Episode 18 - Regroup 4 Vets, Founders Antonio Ruiz and Stephanie Solton

Antonio Ruiz and Stephanie Solton, founders of Regroup 4 Vets join me to talk about some of the amazing changes that their non-profit organization has undergone since last year when I last spoke to them.  Visit their links below and stay tuned for their crowdfunding campaign coming soon where you can help support this amazing organization.

ROI for watching this video is learning more about the non-profit process and how Regroup 4 Vets dealt with some of the challenges that arose as not only the organization grew but so did the scope of the mission. We also talk about the value of project management and how that applies to non-profits.

You can learn more about Regroup 4 Vets at:

Website
https://www.regroup4vets.com

ReGroup LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/company/regroup-foundation

ReGroup Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ReGroupFoundation/?fref=ts
 
Instagram  
https://www.instagram.com/regroup4vets/
 
ReGroup Twitter
https://twitter.com/ReGroup4Vets


Episode 17 - Daisson Hickel, CEO of The Java Can

Daisson Hickel is an Active Duty US Army Special Forces Soldier and CEO of Java Can. The Java Can is the first all in one espresso kit which fits in a military ammunition can. The idea for The Java Can was conceived of on the dangerous and rugged mountain tops of Afghanistan and now The Java Can can go wherever your adventures take you. In this interview Daisson talks about what The Java Can means to him, his challenges and successes as a small business owner while also being an Active Duty Servicemember, and what lies ahead for his company.

If you want to learn more about The Java Can visit:

www.thejavacan.com

www.facebook.com/thejavacan

and follow the Instagram account at @thejavacan (http://instagram.com/thejavacan)


Episode 8 - Jamey Gadoury of Outsider Consulting

Jamey Gadoury is a full time graduate level Christian Counseling Student and consultant in both the public and private sectors. He particularly enjoys working with organizations to problem-solve, build healthy teams, and develop leaders. 

Jamey’s first career was as an Army infantry officer, where he experienced the challenges of crisis management and operating with ad hoc teams in Iraq and Aghanistan. After leaving the Army Jamey spent six years in the human capital development / talent management industry. He’s worked program management, curriculum development, creation of multi-media case studies, executive coaching, hiring panel consultation, developmental workshops, and longitudinal organizational interventions.

Jamey Gadoury can be reached at: jamey@outsiderconsulting.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameygadoury

Episode 7 - Antonio Ruiz and Stephanie Solton of Regroup4Vets

Antonio Ruiz and Stephanie Solton are the founders of the Regroup Foundation which is dedicated to creating self-sustaining ranches where Military Service Members/Veterans can live while they “ReGroup” to successfully reintegrate into civilian life. We talk about the challenges faced by Veterans during their transition period from the military, their organizations efforts to make their vision a reality, and how to come back from life's toughest challenges. 

Learn more about the Regroup Foundation at www.regroup4vets.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReGroupFoundation

Special Shout Out to:  www.facebook.com/zerofoxtrot/(Check out their mugs!)

Episode 6 - Anna Baker and Casilda Clarich of Your Smart Closet

Anna Baker is a Texas native and former US Air Force cryptologist.  In 1997, she got her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Schreiner University and in 2012 received her MBA from Baylor.  After 17 years in the corporate world, she co-founded Your Smart Closet with Casilda.  Anna is also the Manager of the Women Veterans Program at the Texas Veterans Commission.

Casilda (Casi) Clarich is a Texas native and a University of Texas alum.  She received her MBA from Baylor in 2012.  With her extensive background in marketing and her life-long entrepreneurial spirit, Casi  is the founder and CEO of Your Smart Closet.  She also serves as Director of Marketing and Membership for the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Visit: www.yoursmartcloset.com