There are numerous ways you can honor the veterans who have bravely served our country. Some include supporting local businesses owned by veterans, spending time at a military cemetery and placing flags on headstones, or visiting vets at your local VA. This Veterans Day, ICS will honor veterans who have done a lot on the battlefield of business.
Here's Some Noteable Vetrepreneurs
Every industry has a veteran that rises to the occasion. The following vets have made their mark in their respective fields and deserve respect with the rest of their ranks on this Veterans Day.
In IT, Greg Henderson (US Army, Infantry) has founded a company, ArxPax, which invented the patented SAFE Building System and Magnetic Field Architecture used in its Hover Engines. Founded in 2012, this Los Gatos, CA company has seen its share of success. The technologies they produce will alter the way people live their lives through dramatic savings on real-estate costs, evolved transportation, energy savings from frictionless motion, reduced costs of infrastructure, and a greater margin of safety during commuting. Henderson claims that his concept of duty from the Army translates over to the company's mission statement: "To build better for People, Property, and the Planet. It is our duty."
The world of accounting and finance has Chris Finan (US Air Force, Pilot and Intelligence) to thank for the startup called Manifold Technology. This company was founded in 2014 in Sunnyvale, CA and houses around 11 employees. Their claim to fame is their high-performance blockchain platform for enterprises. To perform real-time exchange and settlement of assets, global 15 financial institutions are using this platform in production. Finan says that his military background has helped him to "maintain a focus on attracting and continuously challenging great people in pursuit of our strategy."
When it comes to legal and compliance, cybersecurity is a big issue. Lisa (United States Air Force, IT Security Specialist) is the founder of Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu. This non-profit is one of the fastest growing organizations that helps and empowers women to succeed in the cybersecurity field through hands-on technical training and workshops that provide practical skills found in the real world. This is a great step for women in this field and also supports the growing demand for cybersecurity specialists. She began her career as an IT security specialist in the army and she uses that learning experience to support her present day success.
Jeremy Gocke (US Army, Signal Corps) has benefited the corporate support world with his company, Ampsy. Founded in Scottsdale, AZ, in 2015, it provides hyperlocal social analytics to brands, venues, and teams. They use a proprietary geofencing engine that surfaces and analyzes social content shared at specific events and business locations. Their clients receive information that allows them to know what content resonates, who is sharing it, and where. Gocke states that his time at West Point and as an officer in the U.S. Army has prepared him for "difficult missions with constantly-shifting parameters, which perfectly describes the day-in-the-life-of any startup founder."
You May Develop a Deeper Appreciation of Veterans Day
If you didn't realize it before, your world is shaped by all of these amazing veterans, and now you will likely have a deeper appreciation for Veterans Day. Please honor our veterans on Veterans Day. ICS appreciates everything that veterans have done for our country, and we will continue to support them as best as we can.