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.
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.
As a teacher early on in her career, military spouse Laura Briggs said she quickly realized moving her certifications from duty station to duty station wasn’t going to work. After nine moves in 10 years, eventually learned how to become a freelance writer and shifted to a career she could pick up and take with her anywhere.
When Cassondra Preer Taylor retired as a Navy Commander in 2008, she quickly felt the anxiety of finding her way into a civilian job market.