VetXpo 2021 Keynote Speakers:
LTG (R) Ferriter
Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired) serves as President and CEO of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. In his role, Lt. General Ferriter leads the development of a national community and funding base for the Museum. He communicates the mission and vision to Veterans, active military, donors, partners, and other key constituencies. Lt. General Ferriter strives to create a community gathering place where the general public can join Veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces in celebrating the service and honoring the sacrifice made by Veterans.
Roy Hall founded the Driven Foundation NFL and Ohio State University football teammate Roy Hall and Antonio Smith in 2008. The Driven Foundation has provided over 1,000,000 pounds of free food to over 8,000 families, distributed 2,500 backpacks with school supplies to students in need, and leads 12 youth development and character-building programs throughout Ohio. Roy is a powerful speaker helping audiences reach their goals and add value to their teams through Driven’s ELITE leadership and discipline strategies. Driven partners with leaders and innovators in every industry, from Fortune 500 companies to youth groups to make a difference.
Army Ranger Veteran with ten years experience leading and training combat soldiers in the US Army, including three years as a personnel and planning officer in the 1st Ranger Battalion. Founded GallantFew, Inc – a nonprofit serving veteran to reduce suicides and increase employment. “Common Sense Transition” 2017. Owner/Principal of Transitur, LLC – helping corporations hire and integrate military veterans into their workforce; and helping small businesses start up and grow (especially veteran-owned). Post-military, successful management, sales management, and personal sales experience in the construction equipment industry. Identified and implemented jobsite security initiatives that greatly reduced theft loss, and outside-the-box business opportunities added over 30% to annual revenues. Two years experience running local non-profit Big Brothers mentoring agency.
LTC (Ret) JC Glick is a leadership consultant who advises at the strategic, operational, team, and individual levels. He has a strong background in leadership development, executive personnel assessment and selection, strategy, coaching, counseling, and developing innovative solutions to complex problems.
JC served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer for 20 years, primarily in special operations and special missions units with more than 11 combat tours. Since retiring from the military, JC has brought his innovative and unconventional thoughts on education, leadership, and resiliency into the private sector, consulting with Fortune 500 companies, the NFL, and professional sports teams including the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.
JC recently wrote and published the thought-provoking, groundbreaking book titled “A Light in the Darkness: Leadership Development for the Unknown”, which has been implemented by major corporations including the NFL and Microsoft, and endorsed by leaders in the field of education, business, and the military.
Over the last decade and a half, Columbia University developed the most sophisticated and successful program at an Ivy League or highly selective private college or university for service members transitioning from the military to undergraduate and graduate education, the workforce, and civilian life.
During this time, Columbia has successfully enrolled more student-veterans than all other Ivy League schools combined, while maintaining a graduation rate above 90% and a record of job and graduate school placement that equals Columbia’s non-veteran graduates.
Columbia University launched the Center for Veteran Transition and Integration to have a direct and lasting impact on the issue of veteran transition and upward mobility by creating and providing access to the best-in-class tools and programming veterans need as they transition from active service to college and the workforce.
In 2013, Phil Randazzo started American Dream U ADU), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping our military get the education and access to resources they need to find their dream job or start a business of their own. Since its inception, ADU has helped more than 16,000 people and remains committed to providing services, inspiration, and guidance each and every day.
Phil’s dedication extends to the literary space as well. He has authored three books to date, including: “Mission Next,” an outline of more than 85 interviews with veterans who parlayed their military training into civilian success, “Funding Your Bigger Future,” an inspirational and educational financial planning guide, and “Shark Talk,” a step-by-step guide for future entrepreneurs to succeed in the hot seat of pitching venture capitalists. Phil has accepted an invitation from the White House to speak and testify in front of Congress, sharing his experience of the military transition.
With two grandfathers that served in World War II, Adam Stalnaker grew up with a deep respect for the military and those who dedicate themselves to defending our country. Adam has built a financial services firm that meets the full spectrum of his client’s financial planning needs – including the unique needs of today’s Army Rangers. He holds a Series 7 registration and insurance license.
Boone Cutler is an author and the first nationally recognized on-air personality who is also a Warfighter from the current war. Boone approached Fox News Radio 99.1 FM Talk with the concept of a new show that focuses on national and international events based on the Warfighter’s perspective. Boone’s raw Paratrooper, the no-holds-barred style has become a hit over the airwaves and online with ‘Soccer Moms’ and his fellow Warfighters that are still deployed in combat zones worldwide.
His book ‘Voodoo in Sadr City’ was written during his tour in Iraq in 2005 – 2006 with boots-on-the-ground and later through his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during the Neglect Scandal of 2007, where he was treated for injuries that resulted from a blast injury sustained in Iraq. In 2010, Boone founded the National Warfighter Symposium to bring attention to Warfighter issues like the alarming Warfighter Suicide and homeless rate.
Our VetXpo 2020 Keynote Speakers were:
Nicholas Koumalatsos is a Marine Special Operations veteran and the emcee for VETXPO Dallas/Fort Worth. Nick is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, producer, and father.
Army veteran Nick Bare is the CEO of Bare Performance Nutrition, founder of Embrace The Suck Training, host of The Bare Performance Podcast, and author of 25 Hours A Day.
Vincent “Rocco” Vargas
Army Ranger veteran Vincent “Rocco” Vargas is a writer and actor known for Range 15, The Long Way Back, John Came Home and Dads in Parks.
Dr. Kirk Parsley
Navy SEAL veteran Dr. Kirk Parsley, or “Doc”, is a physician to the SEALs, a health & sleep optimization consultant, performance enhancement coach, and author of the international best seller, Sleep to Win.
Annette Hill, LCP, is a psychotherapist and former clinical director and program author for Warriors Heart. With more than 15 years of experience, Annette works with first responders and veterans in her private practice and formerly through Operation Freedom Bird as the lead volunteer therapist and Board Member.
Making a special appearance at VetXpo 2020, Boone Cutler is an author, columnist, music video director and Warfighter Rights leader. He holds the distinguished honor of being the first nationally recognized radio talk show personality who is also a combat veteran from the current war.
These patriotic organizations allow us to host VetXpo. Each of them shares an immense passion for supporting our military community.