LEADERSHIP SUBMISSIONS

COL. JOHN BUCKLEY, U.S. ARMY (RET.) AND MILITARY RELATIONS MANAGER for KOCH INDUSTRIES

John joined Koch Industries in 2014 as the Manager of Military Relations. From day one has made it his personal mission to help every veteran in which he comes into contact, with the difficult transition from the military into the private sector.  

Below is the mission he established at Koch and he treats it as his personal mission as well. 

Create a sustainable recruiting and retention program for the military community (military veteran, military spouse and children) to advance Koch Industries, Inc.'s long-term business strategies, including current demand and future talent needs. 

Ultimately, attract, hire, integrate and retain well-qualified military veterans by: Leveraging mutually beneficial relationships; Increasing awareness of the internal Koch Vets program; Collaborating across all Koch companies; Improving consistency of effort and representation; Sharing best practices internally and with peer companies. 

ohn has personally mentored approximately 1,500 military veterans, primarily during their current or upcoming transition out of the military and into the private sector and preparing them for their first civilian job. He understands each individual and their situation is unique and treats them as such. It doesn't matter if the veteran is interested in being employed at Koch or not, he will never leave a comrade behind. 

For Koch industries he has:
- continued to increase military veteran hires within Koch and its businesses for three years in a row

- developed the Transition Guide, Transition Matrix, has written many articles and op-eds and produces many more marketing materials focused on transition, resume tips, acclimation, and more. 
- attends over 10 career fairs a year, solely focused on the transitioning veteran 

- taught many transitioning veteran classes and given many speeches on his transition and what veterans need to consider 

- Encouraged veteran advocacy in local communities resulting in partnerships between Koch employees and at least 6 veteran related organizations - Honor Flight; Passageways; Veteran Providers Coalition; Gallant Few; Wounded Warrior; Ride Home; and, Folds of Honor

- Provided coaching and mentoring to several peer companies and civic organizations which were interested in creating a military veteran hiring program: Cargill, Spirit, GM, Hy-Vee and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce

- Actively assisted in removing the certification barrier for veterans attempting the military-to-civilian transition, and initiated sponsorship with program having the same focus: Heroes MAKE America and Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship program.

- Change Agent for how businesses and corporations view veteran employees and educating them on the importance of veteran hires and what they bring to the team. 

And mush, much more. 

Links that you would like to share to make your case: 

https://www.kochind.com/veterans/

https://www.kochind.com/veterans/military_tips.html

https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/transition-challenge-tips-success-private-sector.html

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/americas-got-a-skills-gap-our-veterans-can-fill-it

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:linkedInArticle:6467389022028255232/

https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Journals/Military-Review/Online-Exclusive/2016-Online-Exclusive-Articles/Dance-With-the-One-Who-Brung-Ya/

https://news.kochind.com/news/2018/koch-industries-earns-silver-award-as-2018-military

https://militaryfriendly.com/employers/koch-industries-inc/

https://news.kochind.com/news/2018/veterans-filling-the-skills-gap-at-koch

https://www.kansas.com/news/special-reports/koch/article203820704.html

https://www.gijobs.com/employers-for-veterans/koch-industries-inc/

https://news.kochind.com/News/2018/veterans-military-experience-translates-success

https://www.facebook.com/gotursixtv/videos/2048957335317308/


DONALD R. BRAMER

Don serves as Chairman and Executive director at American Freedom Fund (AFF), a 501(c)(19) founded in 2016 by three combat veterans: LT Don Bramer, MAJ Rob Miller, and Petty Officer Gabe Stecker. After their individual tours of duty, they sought a way to continue serving their brothers and sisters in arms by providing the Veteran community the opportunity; the means to maintain the fellowship; and the support of the military as they transition towards their next career. AFF empowers Active Duty, Reserve and Separated Service Members through a mission of athletics, education, and advocacy. Annually, AFF’s teams from softball to competitive shooting go on to compete on the national level. In addition, each year, AFF’s Congressional Fellowship program places student Veterans with an interest in public policy on Capitol Hill to work alongside a fellow Veteran who now serves in Congress. The goal of AFF is simple: provide a place for active duty and Veteran service members to come together in a spirit of camaraderie to participate in recreational AND competitive sports; to afford the means and opportunity for student Veterans who seek a career in defense or public policy to achieve the next step in their goals; and to raise awareness and financial support for Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) that are providing crucial resources for Veterans in the community. Each year, AFF honors three outstanding VSOs for dedication and support to the Veteran community with an award at the annual Manhattans, Martinis and Mistletoe (M3) Gala in Washington, DC.

Don also founded the bipartisan Defend Our Nation PAC with one very simple goal: Get and keep Veterans in Congress. Defend Our Nation focuses on a few important pillars – National Security, Foreign Policy and taking care of our Veterans. To Don, national security and foreign policy goes hand in hand. Throughout his three combat tours Don saw the military advantage in arming our military with the very best tools they need to do the job done. It means building a strong economy in areas once a vital backbone now merely a drive-through on the interstate . It means taking care of our allies. Finally, Don believes in campaigning for the best care for the men and women who serve this country long after they take off their uniform. 

Don’s work back in his home state of Kentucky now partners with generational farmers looking to expand into hemp farming. He recently helped secure a $5 million investment in a state-of-the-art facility aimed to produce hemp-CBD products in rural Kentucky. Although hemp nor CBD have no psychoactive properties, similar to its sister plant cannabis, Don advocates for further research into both plants for their benefit in treating symptoms of PTSD, depression, stress, anxiety and sleep deprivation so commonly found in Veterans. 

After 9/11, Don left the political arena and enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he joined a family heritage of military service stretching back to World War II. From 2005–2007, Don operated throughout Iraq as an intelligence officer and senior interrogator for multiple deployments with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF). For his tours in Iraq, Don was awarded two Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Combat Action Badges, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars from the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2009, he received his commission as a Naval Officer and is currently attached to the reserve intelligence staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Don has been published in numerous academic publications for his research on the Repeal of DADT and Homelessness in our Veteran community. He is also acts as commentator on issues of national security and foreign policy, having been a regular contributor to BBC, CBS, and Fox News.  

Currently, Don serves as an advisory council member on the U.S. Veterans Initiative for Homeless Veterans; an advisory council member of Veterans Campaign; a policy advisor for the Trevor Project; and, as chairman of Bramer Group advocating on issues that relate to defense, intelligence, and veterans. Bramer is an active member of the National Defense Industrial Association.

https://bramergroup.com/our-team/donald-bramer/ 
https://www.americanfreedomfund.org/our-team/
https://www.americanfreedomfund.org/about-us/
http://defendournation.org/


AMY PALMER - SOLDIERS' ANGELS

Ms. Amy Palmer started her career in the military in the United States Air Force in 1991 and served until 1996 when she was honorably discharged due to a medical disability. Shortly after that, she became actively involved in the nonprofit arena to continue to serve and support military families in need. Amy was one of the two co-founders of Operation Homefront where she worked tirelessly for 11 years to support military service members and their families. In 2013, she became the President & CEO of Soldiers’ Angels. In her 16 years of non-profit work, Amy has raised over $100 million for military and veteran charities. 


Throughout her career, Amy has focused her objectives on assisting others, sharing her knowledge and expertise to help national organizations and other nonprofits focus on their strengths to succeed, and helping veterans obtain stable lifestyles to support their families. Ms. Palmer has done this willingly because she is a strong believer and advocate in helping others succeed. Amy maintains a high level of respect and excellence within Soldiers’ Angels. She has proven her ability to transform a fledgling organization into a strong sustainable organization serving veterans of all eras. She has succeeded through her drive and determination to serve all veterans who have fought so gallantly for our freedom. Amy has truly made a difference at Soldiers’ Angels and in the lives of so many in the military and veteran community. Without her leadership and business skills, many veterans would not have the additional services that they so desperately need. Because of Ms. Palmer’s hard work and dedication, Soldiers’ Angels is one of the few nonprofit agencies that started Post 9/11 that is approved to work within the VA Medical Centers. Soldiers’ Angels is a voting member of the national VA Voluntary Services Advisory Board and Ms. Palmer sits on the Executive Committee helping make decisions to improve the lives and health care for all veterans.


As a testament to her understanding of veterans transitioning to civilian life and her willingness to help, Ms. Palmer started a Veteran Internship Program at Soldiers’ Angels. When she heard of many veterans having difficulty finding employment or maintaining employment because of physical and mental challenges, Amy secured the funding to help veterans learn about nonprofit management, business practices, and life skills in an environment that would be supportive to them and understanding of their challenges. She mentors each veteran on a daily basis and helps them learn skills that will assist them in finding future long-term employment. Currently, Soldiers’ Angels has 9 veteran interns that are benefiting from the experience, expertise and compassion of Amy.  
Amy’s objectives are clear: help others; share your knowledge and expertise; be the catalyst for change so that veterans can succeed; and be the leader who provides vision, opportunities, and respect to your team.  

Amy joined Soldiers’ Angels when the organization was on the brink of closing its doors. At the personal request of the Soldiers’ Angels founder, Patti Patton, great-niece of General George Patton, Amy joined the Soldiers’ Angels team taking the organization from near closing and bankruptcy to a stable and well respected military and veteran organization. In the first two years under Amy’s leadership, the organization was totally debt free and since has quickly become the fastest growing organization serving veterans and VA Medical Centers, along with maintaining the original focus of supporting deployed service members, wounded heroes and their families.
At Soldiers’ Angels, Amy is the primary decision-maker and the “go to” person of the organization. Her responsibilities include: ensuring that the organization is financially stable, that programs and services provided to military personnel and veterans are of the highest quality and efficiently executed, and that staff and volunteers are trained and effective in carrying out the mission of Soldiers’ Angels. In addition, Amy takes an active role in many of our programs such as packing care packages for our deployed service members so that they have the support they need as they fight for our freedom; participating in our Mobile Food Distributions which serve low-income, at-risk, and homeless veterans with nutritious food each month by greeting veterans, directing traffic, and helping bag groceries; and serving lunch to veterans at the VA Hospitals so that they know Soldiers’ Angels is always willing to help and support them for their service and sacrifice. Through Amy’s vision, the pilot program of Mobile Food Distributions which started in San Antonio in September 2015 has now become a nation-wide program in 5 other locations (Detroit, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; Charleston, South Carolina; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA) with additional expansions slated for 2019. Soldiers’ Angels Mobile Food Distributions serve 200 low-income, at-risk, and homeless veterans every month with approximately 50 lbs. of food. Through her tenacity and drive, Amy has been able to create a program serving over 14,400 veterans and their families each year. If it were not for this program, many veterans (of all eras) would not be able to feed their families for the month. The impact on veterans’ lives has been tremendous -  
“I am so grateful to have been served by people who honestly care about you. Never once was I made to feel bad because of having used the food unlike other non-military related places. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“Soldiers' Angels has help me through some difficult times the last year and a half. After a job lost the mobile food distribution help me get through some tough times. If it wasn't for Soldiers' Angels, I don't know where I would be.”
What motivates Amy Palmer to be a change agent and a great leader? – her work ethic; her dedication and compassion; her willingness to see others succeed; and her ability to make a difference in the lives of so many. Amy’s fortitude will leave a legacy for years to come in the lives of our military service members, wounded heroes, veterans and their families.  
Additional Accomplishments – 
2017 – Amy received the Freedom Award – Tribute to Women Business Leaders sponsored by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Ford
2017 – Amy was awarded Non-Profit CEO of the Year by the San Antonio Business Journal

Soldiers’ Angels – Mobile Food Distributions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZVP_eC7bNc

Soldiers’ Angels – Mobile Food Distributions
https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/northeast/article/Serving-those-who-served-12799919.php

Houston Community Focus
https://www.click2houston.com/newsmakers/houston-newsmakers-for-sept-9-election-season-heating-up

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce – 2017 Freedom Award Winner – Amy Palmer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFFzsYbEeiA
https://www.sachamber.org/events/tribute-women-business-leaders-presented-ford/

San Antonio Business Journal – 2017 Non–Profit CEO of the Year Award – Amy Palmer
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2017/11/16/sabj-presents-the-winners-of-the-2017-corporate.html

National Association of Home Care & Hospice – 2012 Caring Award – Amy Palmer
https://www.nahc.org/2012/10/22/senators-dole-and-daschle-announce-2012-caring-award-winners/


BRYAN JACOBS

Bryan Jacobs started the nonprofit organizations, Vets2Success. The organization he started has the mission to inspire, mentor, educate, and change the lives of homeless and displaced veterans and impact the communities in which they live. 

This program was created after the loss of the founder’s younger brother to veteran suicide, as well as the founder’s personal battle with readjusting back into his local community. With food and brew as his guiding passion he shows veterans a path they to can share and have a new purpose in life through something they love.

After returning from his tours of duty in Iraq with the Marine Corps, Bryan fell victim to a hardship that a lot of veterans returning home from combat face. With PTSD and the emotional hardship of fitting in back home, Bryan found his calling after a stint with homelessness and numerous other rigors of life such as losing his brother (who was also a veteran) to suicide. He gathered the courage to go to culinary school where with his military training helped him succeeded quite well, getting several opportunities to work with some of the best chefs in the United States.

Bryan helps train transitioning veterans in the arts of culinary, baking and brewing, and helps them re-assimilate into civilian society. 

https://artiststelltheirstories.blogspot.com/2018/02/bryan-jacobs-chef-founder-of.html

http://connectingvets.com/articles/vets2success-cooking-careers

http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/veterans-turned-chefs-find-happiness-in-food

https://veteranconnections.us/2017/07/28/vc29-veteran-connections-with-bryan-jacobs/

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170702/culinary-program-helps-homeless-veterans-find-way-forward

https://patch.com/florida/bradenton/goodwill-veterans-program-staffer-speaks-entrepreneur-forum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OixfKN3XjKI

https://solvability.com/project/bryan-jacobs/


BLUE STAR FAMILIES

The families of our all-volunteer military make unprecedented sacrifices these days to serve our country. Blue Star Families was founded by military spouses in 2009 to empower these families to thrive as they serve. We're committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors – individuals and organizations – to create vibrant communities of mutual support. We believe we're all stronger when we take care of one another.

Our groundbreaking research is raising the nation's awareness of the unique challenges of military family life. With the help of neighbors across the country, Blue Star Families is overcoming the isolation and alienation of frequent moves, deployments, and reduced support from the government. Our innovative programs are solving specific challenges for military families, including fighting economic insecurity with resources that foster spouse career development, creating family strength with rich family programming, and providing critical peer support for caregivers, whose numbers are only increasing.

With more than 150,000 members in our network, including in chapters all over the world, Blue Star Families touches more than 1.5 million military family members every year. Through our research and program partnerships, Blue Star Families ensures that wherever American military families go, they can always feel connected, supported and empowered to thrive – in every community, across the nation and around the globe.

Kathy Roth-Douquet one of the founders of Blue Star Families, and is currently its CEO, leading the largest chapter-based nonprofit organization serving active duty of all branches, Guard and Reserve, wounded, and transitioning veterans and their families.  

Kathy is a well-known and vocal advocate for military families, appearing on the Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, and NPR to bring awareness to the obstacles military families face in a post-9-11 world. She is an author, most notably of “AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service and How it Hurts Our Country” (Collins, 2006). In addition , she is Co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center Defense Reform Task Force, has received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for her work on defense reform, is a recipient of President George H. W. Bush’s Daily Point of Light Award, and has received the Chief of Staff of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/author/kathy-roth-douquet
https://www.forbes.com/sites/manondefelice/2018/07/03/patriotism-at-work-why-companies-should-hire-military-spouses/#643ff89a16c8
https://federalnewsradio.com/defense/2018/02/senators-introducing-bills-to-help-military-spouses-with-employment-loans/
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/04/18/op-ed-farm-bill-proposal-gets-military-food-stamp-policy-wrong.html


CAMOUFLAGED SISTERS

Our mission is one of Sharing * Revealing * Healing.  


* Camouflaged Sisters is sharing the story of the Military Woman using multiple platforms. We use books, radio, magazines, virtual and in-person live events to share our stories.  


* Camouflaged Sisters is revealing the truth. The truth is that the story of the Military Woman is layered – the good, the not-so-good, and the downright ugly. In revealing our truth, we take back ownership in our stories.  


* Camouflaged Sisters is healing Military Women. As we share our stories, and reveal our truths, we are allowing military women to heal from the pain of their military service, make peace with their past, and find honor in their service.   

My name is Abeni C. Scott. I’m writing on behalf of Camouflaged Sisters, a series of books written by Military women. The Camouflaged Sisters brand was created by Visionary Author, CW4 (Retired) Lila Holley. 

All four books are Amazon best sellers and three are Award winning. The latest, Behind the Rank Vol. 1 were finalist in two categories for this year’s Indie Author Legacy Awards. The four books in the series are Camouflaged Sisters: Revealing Struggles of the Black Woman’s Military Experience, Camouflaged Sisters: Silent No More and Camouflaged Sisters: Behind the Rank Vol. 1 and 2.


Lila Holley has created multiple media platforms for women to share their stories and celebrates military women and women Veterans through her online radio show, bi-annual online magazine, virtual and live events, as well as her multiple book projects. The Camouflaged Sisters growing online community of over 1000 military women is where military women connect with each other, access resources, and share their stories. She has over 100 Co Authors, representing all of the services. Learn more at camouflagedsisters.org

http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Central-Texas-Heroes-Women-Veterans-Day-485187041.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_KWTX_News_10

http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Texas-observes-Women-Veterans-Day-485307751.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_KWTX_News_10

www.camouflagedsisters.com

www.publishyourgift.com


RAYMOND JARDINE JR.

Dr. Raymond Jardine Jr. is the Chairman & CEO of Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC. His overall objectives were to become one of the largest SDVOSB in the nation and in Hawaii. Be an advocate for Native American businesses and SDVOSB federal program and under his foundation provide programs for support and advance Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Native Americans and Gap Kids.

Dr. Jardine over the last 5 years has become the largest most successful SDVOSB in Hawaii and one of the most successful SDVOSB in the nation. Dr. Jardine over the last twelve years has been a champion for Service Disabled Veterans and Veterans Small businesses in Hawaii and the nation. His advocacy, mentoring, providing subcontracting to other SDVOSB/VOSB and help shaping regulations and law makes him a perfect candidate for Veterans Small Business Champion. Dr. Jardine was the Vice Chair for the National Veterans Business Development Corporation which was a presidential appointment, Chairman of the Veterans National Veterans Technology Consortium, Chairman, American Veterans, LLC for VET GWAC, VA Advisory for
Minority Veterans, American Legion Small Business Task Force, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Armed Forces Committee, Chairman of the Kina’ole Foundation, Director Area VI Representation for the National Guard Association of the United States, Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance Business Mentor Award, Asian Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year to name a few achievement for his work and support of SDVOSB/VOSB and Native American Companies. His selfless service to help shape regulations, laws, advocacy, has been instrumental to improving the quality of life for SDVOSB. In the last 8 years he was recognized with the following awards and accomplishments:

Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance Business Mentor - 2010
Hawaii Best Places to Work Hawaii Business Magazine - 2011
Hawaii National Guard Association Lifetime Award – 2013 
National SB Advocacy of the Year Runner Up – 2012
Pacific Edge Business Executive of the Year Runner Up – 2013 
Asian Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year – 2013
ESGR Pro Patria Award – 2013  
Hawaii Business New #1 Veteran Business in Hawaii – 2014  
Pacific Edge Business Executive of the Year Finalist – 2014 
Hawaii Business News #1 Veteran Owned Company – 2014
SBA Hawaii Veterans Small Business Champion – 2014 
DiversityBusiness.com #1 SDVOSB in Hawaii – 2014
Hawaii Business Magazine Top 250 Businesses - 2014 
Hawaii Business News FAST 50 - 2014 
#1 Native Hawaiian Owned Company – 2014
INC Magazine FAST 5000 - 2014 
DiversityBusiness #1 SDVOSB in Hawaii - 2014
DiversityBusiness #1 8(a) in Hawaii – 2014
Pacific Edge Magazine Business Executive of the Year - 2015 
Pacific Business News #1 Veteran Owned Business - 2015
DiversityBusiness.com #1 SDVOSB in Hawaii - 2015 
DiversityBusiness.com #1 8(a) in Hawaii - 2015 
INC Magazine FAST 5000 – 2015
Hawaii Business Magazine TOP 200 Businesses – 2015
#1 Native Hawaiian Owned Company - 2015
Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce O’o Award -2016
SBA Hawaii Business Leader of the Year – 2016
SBA National Business Leader of the Year Runner Up - 2016 
Pacific Business News FAST 50 – 2016 
Pacific Business News #1 Veteran Owned Business – 2016
DiversityBusiness.com #1 SDVOSB in Hawaii - 2016 
DiversityBusiness.com #1 8(a) in Hawaii - 2016 
DiversityBusiness.com TOP 50 – 2016 
INC Magazine FAST 5000 – 2016
Hawaii Business Magazine TOP 250 Businesses – 2016
Hawaii Business Magazine Most Charitable Companies – 2016
#1 Native Hawaiian Owned Company – 2016
Top Environmental Engineer Firm Hawaii – 2016
Hawaii Business Magazine Most Charitable Companies - 2017
Pacific Business News #1 Veteran Owned Business - 2017
Hawaii Business Magazine TOP 250 Businesses - 2017
Top Environmental Engineer Firm in Hawaii - 2017 
VOBC Veterans Small Business Advocate - 2017
VOBC Veterans Employee of the Year - 2017
#1 Native Hawaiian Owned Company - 2017 
INC Magazine FAST 5000 - 2017
USPAACC Fast 100 - 2017
Gordon Mansfield National Veterans Advocated Award - 2017
SBA Hawaii 8(a) Business of the Year – 2018

Dr. Jardine company, Native Hawaii Veterans, LLC has provided subcontracting opportunities to other SDVOSB. He is currently under the GSA Mentor Protégé Program mentoring a SDVOSB that just got their SBA 8(a) status. He has spoken at conferences in Hawaii and in the mainland and help other SDVOSB get work in the federal marketplace. He has provide, at a minimum four SDVOSB work directly from contracts he was awarded. He works with the Procurement Center Representative (PCR) in Hawaii to provide more SDVOSB set aside work and in the past worked with Frank Ramos, former Small Business Director for the Department of Defense to increase the amount of work being provided to SDVOSB. He worked with Tracey Pinson to add the SDVOSB to the DOD Mentor Protégé Program and got Senator Inouye to earmark more money into the DOD MPP to support adding the SDVOSB to the program. He is mentoring 4 companies of which 2 are SDVOSB. One company is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and the other under the GSA Mentor Protégé Program in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Dr. Jardine started a Veteran’s Entrepreneur Training Support (VETS) program at Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University helping Veterans and Disabled Veterans start, grow and sustain a small business in the federal marketplace. This will be the fourth year of the program and now he teaches this curriculum at Hawaii Pacific University. He developed the program of instructions (POI) and also teaches the curriculum. He is trying to develop the same program in Washington DC and San Antonio. 

He was recognized by the SBA Hawaii Veterans Small Business Champion in 2014 for his work on helping veterans and disabled veterans find employment and start a business.

He continuous to give back helping veterans in Hawaii and on the mainland as a teacher, coach, mentor and advisor.

Dr. Jardine speaks at a number of conferences in Hawaii and in the mainland on the SDVOSB program. He has spoken at the National Veterans Small Business Conference, Native American Contractors Association, Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, SBA hosted conferences in Hawaii, Hawaii PTAC conference, National 8(a) conference and the RES conference (Indian Country). His worked on the VA Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans is instrumental in bringing attention to the SDVOSB program.

Dr. Jardine advocacy on the VA Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans helps provide the Secretary of the VA and Congress with a report to outline issues and provide recommendations to assist Veterans.

Dr. Jardine was instrumental in getting Congress to reshape the National Veterans Business Development Corporation with the Senate voting 99 to 0 to approve Dr. Jardine recommendation.

Dr. Jardine was Senator Inouye’s and Senator Akaka’s subject matter expert when concerns for SDVOSB issues and challenges were raised to their offices. He was asked by both Senators office on a number of occasions to talk to veterans that wanted to start and grow and SDVOSB in Hawaii.

He was recognize and awarded the Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance Mentor of the Year for helping Native Hawaiians and Veterans start and grow a Small Business as well as the Hawaii SBA Veterans Small Business Champion in 2014.

Dr. Jardine has gotten Congress to reshape Veterans Small Business program. He has been ask and accepted to be on the American Legion Small Business Task Force and the VA Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans. 

Dr. Jardine is concerned the Subject Matter Expert in Hawaii when it comes to SDVOSB regulations and helping them start and grow a company in the federal marketplace.  

He has been ask to speak and a number of conference particularly on the SDVOSB program.

He is highly regarding by the American Legion and VETForce in Washington DC as the go to guy in Hawaii on SDVOSB issues. 

He is the SBA Hawaii Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year of 2014 and again in 2017.

Dr. Jardine in the Hawaii SBA Business Leader of the Year for 2016 and is a finalist for the National SBA Business Leader of the Year for 2016.

He is one of the founders of the Na Koa Wounded Warrior Outrigger Canoe Regatta with over 600 paddlers in four divisions:
• Combat Veterans
• Wounded Warriors
• Veterans
• Gold Star Families
Bring awareness to the Wounded Warrior program and comradeship to the many veterans that served our nation.

He started a nonprofit 501(c)(3), Kina'ole Foundation to help Gap Kids, Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Native Hawaiians in 2006 and over the last 12 years been recognized by the SBA and Veterans Organization for his continuous support to others.

His company, Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC is the largest Veteran Own company in Hawaii and hires more Veterans and Disabled Veterans in Hawaii. He was recognized for not only hiring veterans but the only company that give full salary while a member of the Reserves and/or National Guard that works for him. Hence recognized by the ESGR for the Pro Patria Award and nominated for the Eagle Award.

He also is a member of the American Legion Small Business Task Force for over 8 years now.

He has been recognized for his leadership for his service in the military of over 33 years with the following awards:

Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Order
Legion of Merit
Legion de Lafayette de la Garde Nationale
Meritorious Service Medal w/2nd Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Commendations Medals w/5th Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Achievement Medal w/2nd Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
HING Medal for Merit
Saint Barbara Medal - Artillery
Saint Maurice Medal - Infantry
HING Commendation Medal w/2nd device 
Hawaii Army National Guard Enlisted of the Year – 1973 
Hawaii National Guard Outstanding Officer – 1998, 2001, 2003
Hawaii National Guard Company Commander – 1988 
JTF Commander Operations KOKUA – Flooding on Oahu
Ground Forces Component Commander in Hawaii for 9/11
TF Commander, Hurricane Relief for the Island of Kauai
Developed the Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit
Developed Command Navy Region Hawaii Emergency Plans 
US Justice Dept. Hawaii Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council
Installation Commander, Kaleloa (Barbers Point)
Patrick Henry Award-Highest Civilian Award NGAUS -2005
Kuhina (Ambassador) Award Hawaii Visitors Bureau – 2005

Last year he was awarded the Gordon Mansfield National Veterans Advocated of the Year for his business leadership,
national veterans advocacy, teaching veterans how to start a business, mentorship of other veterans companies, hiring veterans, nonprofit programs support veterans and their families.

Lead the 29th Enhance Separate Infantry Brigade from the worst combat unit in the nation (39 combat brigades) to the #1 in the nation in 3 1/2 years.

Under his leadership, his units has won national awards for organizations readiness, leadership, marksmanship, CofS of the Army Connelly Award, CofS of the Army regional award for Maintenance and CofS of the Army regional award for Supply Management.

www.nativehawaiianveterans.com. 

www.kinaolefoundation.org. 

He is being recognized this year by the SBA as the Hawaii 8(a) Business of the Year.

Last year he was awarded the Gordon Mansfield National Veterans Advocated of the Year for his business leadership,
national veterans advocacy, teaching veterans how to start a business, mentorship of other veterans companies, hiring veterans, nonprofit programs support veterans and their families.


ROBERT ESKRIDGE 

Robert "Bob" Eskridge is a US Air Force Captain, and disabled veteran. During his military service, he was part of a team charged with the responsibility of the testing and evaluation of the reliability of the United States land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missile force at Vandenberg AFB. CA. Bob owns a company, Eskridge and Associates, that staffs physicians and other healthcare workers on behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Military Treatment Facilities. Bob's mission in life is to ensure the best care for our nation's warfighters, veterans and their families. Bob proudly places the best physicians in Veterans Affairs hospitals. His life's work, his background as a veteran has intersected, and he is proudly part of the solution when it comes to providing quality healthcare to his brothers and sisters in arms. Bob is highly respected within the healthcare staffing industry. His company was named part of the Austin Fast 50 in 2015 and American Staffing Association – Top 100 fastest growing companies nationwide. Bob now serves as the Chairman of Government Committee for the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO).

Bob left military service in 1992 and was introduced to the world of recruiting, hiring and staffing for various organizations. He found that he found joy in pairing the right candidate with corporate open jobs. Bob started his own business in 1999, and started to recruit for federal contract positions. In his position as Chairman of Government Committee for the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations (NALTO), he intends on putting forward an agenda to help reduce veteran wait times to see a medical providers. Bob gives back through several organizations, but demonstrates leaving the military is not the end of one's career. In fact he proudly mentors other veteran owned companies during their early start ups. Bob is a member of the American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America. He is involved in the Grace Lutheran Church, the Boy Scouts, and numerous community organizations like Rotary International and the Chamber of Commerce. Robert Eskridge has served his country, continues his service through support of medical providers to our nation's warfighters, and mentors small veteran owned businesses as they try to enter the market.

Eskridge and Associates: https://eskridgeassociates.com
Bob Eskridge, LinkedIn: So You Always Wanted to Be A Physician Recruiter: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Physician Recruiting by Bob Eskridge 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobeskridge/
https://www.amazon.com/You-Always-Wanted-Physician-Recruiter/dp/1434395928
Eskridge & Associates LLC VA CATALOG: https://www.va.gov/nac/Search/Details/V797D-30065
Veteran owned businesses: https://www.veteranownedbusiness.com/business/11414/eskridge-associates
50 of Austin's fastest-growing companies unveiled https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/at-the-watercooler/2015/08/50-of-austins-fastest-growingcompanies-unveiled.html