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Matt and Dynamite recap episodes 81 through 91 and provide some transition advice for the listeners.
Sean Karpf is a Strength and Conditioning Associate with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to that he was a Soldier in the United States Army, which he joined to help provide for his young family. During Sean's second deployment with the 82nd Airborne, he stepped on a pressure plate IED and was taken out of the fight. During his road to recovery he was faced with a difficult decision on whether or not to try and salvage his leg or become a below the knee amputee. After deliberation with his wife and a visit from another wounded warrior while he was in Walter Reed, he made the call to go through with the amputation. Sean recovered from surgery and was given the opportunity to intern with the Jacksonville Jaguars, his hometown team. Fulfilling multiple roles throughout his time as an intern, he was able to learn more about the organization and make long lasting relationships. After the Jaguars loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Sean went in to clean out his locker and say bye to everyone. But the team had bigger plans and Head Coach Tom Coughlin offered him a permanent position on the Strength and Conditioning staff. Sean has proven that hard work and discipline can carry you towards your goals and success.
Herb is the Best Selling Author of "The Transition Mission: A Green Beret's approach to transition from military service. He's also a former Army Drill Sergeant of the Year, Green Beret leader and is currently performing as a management consultant while completing his Masters of Business Administration from Cornell University.
Sandy works as an author, instructor, consultant, and willing contributor of expertise when it comes to helping people, start-ups, and structured organizations transform and transition in order to reach and exceed their goals. Sandy is a life-long learner and has been a consultant in various forms of Project & Program Management for close to four decades. She currently owns and operates Monster Smarts, dedicated to offering career coaching as well as helping small to medium organizations work to assess and deliver prescriptive recommendations for improvement on profitability, processes, efficiency, and employee health. Her volunteer focus has been primarily with the Project Management Institute (PMI), where she has been a member for over 15 years serving at both the chapter and global levels. She is a wife of a 30 year USAF veteran and spent 10 years as a DoD contractor at 2 Combatant Commands (US Central Command and US Special Operations Command). Sandy co-founded GR8Transitions4U with Jay Hicks, and together they are recognized throughout the U.S. as Military Transition advocates. To date they have written and published six books in the Military Transition series. With over 5000 books in circulation, the series is available to military members in transition around the world seeking a smooth transition, and the expanse is growing. Sandy and Jay were key influencers in the Project Management Institute adopting a National Military Liaison program specifically designed to help Veterans work to achieve a fulfilling career in Project Management. Sandy’s current book released on Veterans Day 2020 is entitled “The Transitioned Veteran: Success Beyond Service.”  It is a compilation of stories by Veterans sharing their journey of transitioning from the military to the corporate world. These are real stories from real Veterans revealing their own fears, successes, failures, resourcefulness, perseverance, and just-do-it attitude while working to find that next job in a culture foreign to what many had expected.
Mike Ergo served as a Marine rifleman with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines from 2001-2005 and deployed to Iraq twice. Coming home from combat was rough and his body returned, but his mind and spirit were still in Fallujah for many years. His story is truly inspirational.During the week, Mike works as a readjustment counselor and helps fellow combat veterans make positive changes in their own lives.  In his spare time, when he isn't being a father and a husband, Mike trains for Ironman competitions which he runs for Gold Star Families. He also hosts two podcasts, "Transitions From War" which is geared towards veteran transition and "AGE Groupies" which is for those interested in all things Triathlons. 
Eric Mitchell and an all-star series of guests who get straight To the Point every weekday, addressing the biggest stories in news, politics, pop culture, and entrepreneurship, now available through the C-Suite network nationwide. Now you can get directly To the Point every day.
Jason Murff is an Army veteran and the founder of Grill Your Ass Off, a spice and rub company that makes amazing products that elevate the taste of your meat.About them from their websiteGrill Your Ass Off has been sent on a mission to make your meat the best tasting thing you have ever put in your mouth. Owner, Jason Murff after spending time in the US Army as an Infantryman wanted a way to give back to the veteran community; so each one of our bottles of seasonings will proudly support a true non-profit veteran organization or event. Each of our products is designed with a military theme so it can give you and a friend a laugh or bring back a great memory. Every one of our bottles is made in Texas with pride so you can taste the freedom.
DISCLAIMER - This podcast is powerful, and the story within may bring up memories/feelings for Veterans and Service Members. If you ever need to talk please reach out to matt@vetpivot.com or dave@vetpivot.com - we've got your six.Ric Hannon is a Los Angeles native who joined the United States Army following the death of his brother, a Marine who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle. Ric sought answers to his pain and dives into that story on air, showing the courage and vulnerability of a true leader. Since leaving the military, Ric has dedicated himself to becoming the first member of his family to graduate college, which he achieved at UNC Wilmington. Since then, he has worked with the VA Administration in North Carolina, volunteered at the Physical Therapy clinic on the weekends and hosts a podcast with a fellow former Soldier called "Regular Infantry Guys".The RIG podcast is geared towards assisting soldiers in transition from the military to civilian life, and continuing the authentic conversations which inspire others to have the courage to seek help.
Eli Bravo is an active duty US Marine from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. His original songs are a combination of blues, folk, and rock & roll styles. The debut single “Carry me Home” is now available on all streaming platforms. Born in San Benito, Texas, he grew up listening to the regional sounds of Tejano, Country, Blues Rock, and Mariachi music. Although he learned how to play the guitar in high school having performed in mariachi and his local church’s praise and worship bands, he enlisted in the USMC and left for a military life in 2001. Throughout the years he has played for many of his friends from Iwakuni Japan, the Pacific Northwest, K-Bay, Cherry Point, and the in Low Country. Eli Bravo credits his ability to play guitar for keeping him grounded and optimistic when things got really dark. It was while he was stationed in Austin, Tx from 2009-2012 that he was inspired to begin writing his own words and music. “I just saw so many great artists come through SXSW, Austin City Limits, and other venues. They would tell me the same thing” he says. “If I have a passion for what I am writing, and a drive for putting in the work, I can do the same.” Now stationed in Okinawa Japan, Eli Bravo, armed with an arsenal of Japanese guitars, is bringing years of experience back to the very streets that shaped his growth as a young man. “I write songs about leaving for the travelers, workers, warriors, and scumbags that can’t always put their emotions into words.”
Errol Doebler joins the guys for a second hour of discussion picking up from Episode 79-------------------------Errol Doebler is a 1991 Graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. During his time as a Naval Officer, Errol served as Assistant Operations Officer onboard the USS Monongahela, Assistant Platoon Commander at SEAL Team FOUR, and a Platoon Commander at Seal Team ONE.After spending time in the private sector as a sales leader, Errol joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he investigated International Terrorist Organizations out of the FBI’s flagship office in New York City and also served as a member of the FBI’s New York SWAT Team. Because of his background and experience, Errol was attached to the United States Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment while serving as a Special Agent for the FBI. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Errol participated in extensive combat operations and was subsequently presented with the FBI’s second highest award for valor, the Shield of Bravery, for his actions on the battlefield.Errol left the FBI after 13 years of service to begin his leadership consulting firm, Leader 193, in 2016. Errol has worked with executives and teams from Fortune 100 companies, professional sports organizations, small technical startups, and individual executives across a vast array of industries around the world as the Founder of Leader 193.Learn More about Errol and Leader 193Find the video for this episode on the Vet Pivot YouTube channel.
In 2016, Kelsi started B&U to help save her fellow soldiers lives, or at least try to give them a second chance. After serving on the front lines in Afghanistan (Infantry & Artillery) at 18 years old and losing many of her friends during battle, she came home with severe PTSD. After 7 years of anger and pain Kelsi decided to use her struggle for good, and try to help others through their struggle.This episode dives into Kelsi the Veteran, the Mother, the Wife, the Entrepreneur and captures the depth of the person Kelsi Sheren. When we leave the military we are not defined by it, and she works tirelessly to help others in our community realize that through her beautiful jewelry and positive mindset. Kelsi is truly there to talk and will not disappoint!
Tom Connally, is an experienced leader, strategist, and change agent with provenperformance leading, building, and fixing organizations by creating a culture ofperformance. Raised in a Navy family with two WWII Veterans for parents, Tombecame a student of leaders at a young age. He followed his older brothers tothe Naval Academy and into the Marine Corps. As a young officer, he observedthat the performance of units was directly related to the culture, esprit, and workethic. The best units, including his, had an attitude of confidence that madeevery objective attainable and in which every Marine believed they were valuedand desired to excel. This culture of performance permeated every individualand started with the commander.As a senior commander and chief staff officer, Tom put all of these lessonsto work with exceptional results in combat organizations and staff agencies.After 30 years of applying these principles in the Marine Corps, Tom spentfive years observing their consistent results in the defense industry beforefounding Connally Consulting to help leaders and organizations improve theirperformance and success. Tom is also the author of the book Becoming a Leader:A Road Map for My Daughter and the Aspiring Leader.Learn More about Tom by checking out his website Check Tom out on Social MediaInstagram @connally_consultingFacebook /247LeadershipYouTube /TomConnally
Matt and Dynamite catch up on all things Season 2 The guys recap their Top 3 episodes so far and you will be surprised by who they pick. Then they jump into the leadership principles of Vet Pivot: Lead Yourself, Lead Your Family and Lead Your Community. As promised, there was a review of some Veteran News, including some information and buyer beware for GI Bill use. Matt discussed the employment opportunities that exist, dispelling the myth that the market is dry and minimizing the 6.4 percent Veteran unemployment rate at the end of September. Finally, Matt and Dynamite get into what to expect from the next ten episodes and shout out the best Dad Jokes provided on the Vet Pivot social media channels.
Errol Doebler is a 1991 Graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. During his time as a Naval Officer, Errol served as Assistant Operations Officer onboard the USS Monongahela, Assistant Platoon Commander at SEAL Team FOUR, and a Platoon Commander at Seal Team ONE.After spending time in the private sector as a sales leader, Errol joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he investigated International Terrorist Organizations out of the FBI’s flagship office in New York City and also served as a member of the FBI’s New York SWAT Team. Because of his background and experience, Errol was attached to the United States Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment while serving as a Special Agent for the FBI. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Errol participated in extensive combat operations and was subsequently presented with the FBI’s second highest award for valor, the Shield of Bravery, for his actions on the battlefield.Errol left the FBI after 13 years of service to begin his leadership consulting firm, Leader 193, in 2016. Errol has worked with executives and teams from Fortune 100 companies, professional sports organizations, small technical startups, and individual executives across a vast array of industries around the world as the Founder of Leader 193.Learn More about Errol and Leader 193Find the video for this episode on the Vet Pivot YouTube channel.
Space Force is an all veteran Hip-Hop trio composed of rappers D.Cure, The Marine Rapper, & Topher. The group has been on Vet Pivot before in their own separate episodes, however today they join Matt and Dynamite to talk shop. Check them out on SpotifyLink to World War CypherVet Pivot Episodes with TMREpisode 2Episode 33Episode 50Vet Pivot Episodes with D. CureEpisode 50Episode 53Vet Pivot Episodes with TopherEpisode 50Episode 67
Jon "JP" Farnam is a Marine Corps veteran and former Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. An FA-18 pilot, JP did 26 years before retiring from the Marine Corps. During his time in command of MCAS Miramar, he oversaw 2,500+ personnel and an installation plant value of $2.8 billion. Today he has transitioned into a Chief Operations Officer role for KAB Medical Group in San Diego, CA. In addition to his work, he is the Chairman of the Board for Support The Enlisted Project (STEP), a non-profit focused on the financial wellbeing of junior enlisted service members and their families in the Southern California Region. E-6 and below enlisted service members in Southern California live at or below the poverty level. STEP's mission is to rapidly respond in times of extreme financial crisis (eviction, repossession, food insecurity, etc.) to resolve the crisis with financial support and then provide a financial education and plan to avoid further crisis. Learn more about Support The Enlisted ProjectFurthermore, JP is a board member for Angels of America's Fallen, a phenomenal non-profit that is focused on the children of military members and first responders who have lasttheir lives. Angels of America's Fallen is focused on the Children of fallen US service members and first responders. In particular, Angels covers the expense associated with actives outside of the home such as sports, clubs, music lessons, etc. that allow the children to learn new activities, compete in healthy environments and engage with positive influencers outside of their home. Angels support these children until their 18th birthday. Learn More about Angels of America's FallenThis is a great episode which follows the threads of Vet Pivot transition principles: LeadYourself, Your Family, and Your Community.For video of this episode go to the Vet Pivot YouTube channel.
Andrew Beltran is a Marine Corps Veteran and Co-Founder of Original Grain - a badass watch company that uses sustainable hardwoods and stainless steel to create timepieces that stand out from the crowd. Andrew takes Matt and Dynamite through his story and shares some insight into what drives him to be successful.More from the Original Grain websiteAbout:Inspired by their Pacific Northwest roots - and trusting their instincts to trailblaze - brothers Ryan and Andrew Beltran set forth on a mission in 2013: Create an entirely unique timepiece out of wood and steel.The seamless fusion of all-natural, sustainable hardwoods and stainless steel proved to be an instant and enduring smash, both on Kickstarter and in the wild, but it was the bold stroke to use reclaimed wood - wood with a story - that redefined what one should expect from a watch.Painstakingly preserving the character and patterns ingrained in each piece of timber - be it from Kentucky Bourbon barrels or Yankee™ Stadium seats - means every timepiece is a one of its kind, born to chronicle your accomplishments and built to withstand them.With an unwavering commitment to authenticity, innovation, and next-level craftsmanship, Original Grain has emerged as a world-class creator of watches and accessories, advancing the limits of what wood and steel can achieve.Check out Andrew's Instagram @ajb_11 or @originalgrainSee video of today's interview on YouTube
Robin Kelleher currently serves as President and CEO of Hope For The Warriors®, the organization she co-founded in 2006. Robin’s entrepreneurship, leadership, and passion has led this highly successful once grassroots effort to national heights, raising over $53M and significantly impacting the wounded and fallen military communities. Robin is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the organization, providing budgetary and mission-focused guidance to the growing staff of Hope For The Warriors®. She works directly with the Board of Directors and plays a key role in developing the board, ensuring the future of the organization. She maintains complete oversight of all operations.Robin is a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and serves on their Membership Committee, Health & Wellness Solution Group, and Executive Leadership Committee, as well as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).  She also sits on the Military Family and Veterans Service Organizations of America (MFVSOA) Board of Directors, the Virginia Chamber’s Military & Veterans Affairs Executive Committee, and the Advisory Council of Blue Star Families. She is also a Charity Navigator Nonprofit Advisor. Robin has worked extensively with military families, caring for family units during multiple deployments as the wife of a Marine. Additionally, her experiences as the daughter and granddaughter of United States Soldiers (dating back to World War II) have given her a unique insight into the needs of service members and their families.Previously, Robin founded and operated two successful for-profit businesses and one nonprofit organization. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Randolph Macon College and Certificate in Executive Leadership from Duke University. Robin resides in Northern Virginia with her family.
Tommy is a former US Navy Diver and Founder of the popular lifestyle brand 15 Fathoms. He is also an alumnist of the Vet Pivot podcast and a blast to talk to. In this episode Tommy talks through lessons learned as his business hits an important milestone this week: 5 years in business. Go purchase your own 15 Fathoms gear Be sure to follow us on Instagram and YouTube!!!
Matt and Dynamite get to talking about education falacies among the military and working professional ranks, a theme of the next month or so of the show. ThenMatthew Mitchelson, President of Lazy Lab Hunting Club joins the guys to discuss the organization and some of the direction that they are taking.Help them raise $15,000 to support upcoming events for wounded heroes by donating directly through their website https://LazyLabHC.orgAs always - follow us on Facebook/Instagram and subscribe for new episode alerts on YouTube and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Dr. Shauna Springer, Psychologist and author of Warrior: How to Support Those Who Protect Us joins Matt and Dynamite to dive deep into what makes Warrior's struggle with seeking help. Dynamite is a former patient of Doc Springer and the conversation gets really good - don't miss it and tell your friends to tune in.Check out Doc Springer's website to stay up to date on everything she has going on!!!Get the video of this episode at the Vet Pivot YouTube channel!!!
Season 2 kicks off with a bang, as Dynamite Dave Cascante joins the studio as part of the Vet Pivot team. Matt outlines what listeners can expect for this year and dives into where he was for 6 weeks since the end of Season 1. Do not miss this!Lazy Lab Hunting Club seeks to help veterans and active service members heal through connection of the great outdoors and fellowship. Donate to their cause through their website https://lazylabhc.org/Follow us on social media @vetpivot
Andy Manzi is the founder and director of the Warrior Surf Foundation. They are a non-profit that is dedicated to changing the lives of Veterans and their families through connecting with the ocean by surfing and physical healing through surf and yoga instruction. In their 4+ years of existence they have impacted more than 400 veterans and raised over $400,000 to benefit the lives of those veterans and their families.Find out more through their websiteWARRIOR SURF MISSION: ENHANCING THE PHYSICAL  AND MENTAL WELLBEING OF VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH SURF THERAPYInstagram: @warriorsurf
John Hawley is a Navy Veteran and Facilitation Jedi who has helped thousands of organizations build strategic thinking power and team work. He also has a fondness for Express socks and has degrees and certificates from esteemed institutions such as Virginia Tech, Stanford, US Navy, US Air Force, and LEGO....boom!Find him on LinkedIn hereFacebook hereInstagram hereTwitter here
Tripp is a Marine Corps veteran, author of Smoke Pit Fair Tales and artist who brings his unique I don't give a damn about your sensitivities to everything he does. He is uniquely himself, and you get nothing less than that when you engage with him. Awesome conversation.Guest BIO from https://smokepitfairytales.comTripp, who sexually identifies as an American twin-engine attack helicopter, was genetically engineered in a laboratory in Florida. He cut himself from the womb with a rotary blade so he could put veteran's day on his birth certificate and forever have the day off work. He then ran away to be raised by badgers at the gates of Tartarus.After living by the mantra "If it bleeds, we can kill it," and watching the Battle of Fallujah on TV he promptly joined the Marine Corps as a combat cameraman so he could steal the souls of those killed by the Marines he was with. He deployed to Afghanistan with 2/7 and 3/4 in '08, and '09-'10 respectively, then went on a couple of MEUs so he could drink on the ocean and anger sailors by calling their ship a "boat."Tripp spent his decade in the Corps drinking rum, crushing the hopes and dreams of mortals, and chain smoking. He has multiple awards for books he hasn't even written, once deadlifted a battleship, outwitted a sphinx, knows Vicky's secret (it's that she has a penis), is an award winning photographer, and at all times has been the best guitar player in the barracks. Did I mention he's handsome and has a glorious mustache?​He's a great storyteller, specializing in fairytales and bullsh*t. About the only thing he doesn't have is a TV show based on his books (looking at you NETFLIX.) He hopes that you enjoyed this book, but if you didn't it doesn't matter. He already has your money and is currently spending it on strippers, cigarettes, and alcohol.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Matt Kuchera
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Nov 30th, 2020
Latest Episode
Nov 30th, 2020
Release Period
2 per week
Episodes
92
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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