In February 2020, when former Army Capt. Joe Quinn began to hear about a new virus dubbed COVID-19, that could lead to a global pandemic, he went shopping. Never mind stocking up on toilet paper or hand sanitizer; Quinn was after a bigger purchase — a bulk order of beef from a meat processor.
While “no pain, no gain” is a well-worn adage among athletes, Born Primitive co-founder and CEO Bear Handlon launched his patriot-inspired fitness apparel company with the opposite goal in mind. Handlon created Born Primitive’s signature Snatch shorts while training for the 2013 Crossfit Games. The purposefully padded compression shorts solved a long-standing problem for weightlifters mastering the snatch that can be described in delicate terms as pain when the barbell meets the hips.
Adams, then 16 years old, and her family were living in a homeless shelter in Virginia. Hanible, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant, showed up one day as the founder and CEO of Operation Heroes Connect, which pairs active-duty military members and veterans with at-risk youth.
Writer, producer, and former Navy SEAL Remi Adeleke doesn’t fit into molds. His life has been filled with a gamut of opportunities for which he didn’t qualify. But with help from a recruiter and the voice of his mom in his mind reminding him of excellence, he proved that he would overcome the bad choices he’d made as an at-risk youth to master his future.
The government buys almost every product and service you can think of, they always pay their bills, and just like in the traditional sales world, relationships are the key to success. Military-affiliated entrepreneurs already have those relationships built over years of service.
When you think about leaders in your industry, what goes through your mind?
If you’re anything like most people, you probably look up to them, respect the hard work they’ve put in, and admire the knowledge they’ve earned. And if we’re being completely honest, you probably dream about having that status yourself — for your ego and because being a leader helps you get more media coverage, attract more clients, and earn more money.
Evans, 30, has been on WWE’s main roster for two years. It has been a rapid rise in the decade since she enlisted at 19 years old, a young woman desperately seeking the structure that the military provided. As Evans moved around the South as a child, she could not escape the torment caused by her family’s addiction and mental-health issues.
A Navy veteran is teaching others how to stop waiting for permission to pursue their dreams. Former naval officer Todd Connor knows what it means to hustle. He’s the CEO of Bunker Labs, co-founder of The Collective Academy, and runs a B&B with his husband.
On any given weekday, you can find Army Sgt. Keyon Dunston at Fort Drum as a motor transport operator. But when he goes home and peels off his uniform, his life is much different from the average active-duty soldier. Dunston is a verified artist on Spotify with a Billboard platinum single and over 100,000 monthly listeners who know him as Iamkeynotes, or just Key Notes.