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35 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Being an Army Ranger and a Real Estate Investor with Jessie Futia
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! Today's episode has Jesse Futia, an active-duty Army Ranger and real estate investor.Jesse Futia shares his experience of how he got involved in the military. Growing up as a New Yorker and remembering his experience 20 years ago during 9/11 has always made serving in the military vital to him. Jesse also shares his experience of how he got into real-estate investing in college. Although times were different in 2015 with his first investment, he knew this would be a significant investment for his wealth creation. Jesse also shares the importance of taking advantage of the VA Loan to help other veterans gain wealth creation. Tune in to hear Jesse's advice on getting into real-estate investing, and check out his website below!https://www.execequityinvesting.com/home
46 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Using the Bro Call to get my Translator out of Afghanistan with Randall Parkes
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! Today's episode has Randall Parkes, a former Marine and Real Estate Agent for Compass.Randall Parkes shares his experience servicing in Afghanistan and helping to escort people out after the invasion of the Taliban. His first deployment was in 2007, and this was one that stuck out to him the most. During this time, he was also able to meet his interpreter, who he helped escape through using the "bro call." Along with that, Randall also dives deeper into the relationship between the military and their interpreters, as well as the Afghan citizens. Tune in to listen to Randall's humbling experience. Link in bio for the full episode! Make sure you give it a listen.
25 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Gearing Up For Special Forces with Cam King
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! Today's episode has Cameron King, Active Duty Army, and Digital Market Specialist. Cameron King shares his story about entering the military later in life than initially expected. Although he knew he wanted to serve since 18 years old, his path took him down a different avenue of traveling abroad, working in advertising, and successfully establishing a career for himself. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Cameron's path changed once again and allowed him to live out his goal of serving in the military. Check out this episode to hear more about Cameron's unique journey.
39 minutes | Aug 28, 2021
Insight on Afghanistan with Kevin Key
It is Friday, and we have a special episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! Today's episode has a special guest Kevin Key, a college friend of mine and an Army Special Forces Veteran. Kevin served in Afghanistan and is currently helping Interpreters he worked with in getting them out of harm's way as the Taliban are taking over the country. This topic is not easy for any of us to wrap our heads around, but we must discuss the constantly developing situation in Afghanistan. Please tune in to Kevin's humbling story of his deployments and his personal feelings toward the situation. If you have any questions or would like to get in contact with people that might be able to help or contribute in any way, please feel free to reach out to me on my website at valoanguy.us
17 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
From MARSOC to Running a Coffee Company with Derek Mensen
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! Today's episode has Derek Mensen, MBV, Marine Veteran and Director of Operations at Trident Coffee.Derek Mensen shares his dedication to serving his country and his experience of joining the marine corps. He also shares his experience of transitioning out of the military and diving deeper into his own passions, along with his position at Trident Coffee. Link in bio for the full episode! Make sure you give it a listen.
24 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Coffee and Tea with Eric Johnson
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! Today's episode has returnee from season one Eric Johnson, Navy Veteran and CEO of Trident Coffee Roasters.Eric Johnson shares his experience developing his business idea in the coffee industry after being overseas. He emphasizes how coffee and tea are a communal experience we all share and incorporates his passion for health and wellness into Trident Coffee and Roasters products. Thank you for Eric, for sharing your passions! Check out this Armed & Ready podcast episode and be on the lookout for Trident Coffee Roasters throughout Southern California!
44 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Brian Arrington, founder of Vets2industry
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! In today's episode, we have Brian Arrington, an Air-Force Veteran. Brian Arrington shares his story behind why he went into the Air Force, his experience teaching at the Ravens School, and then being stationed in the Cannon Air-Force base in Mexico. After the Air Force, Brian went to work with nonprofits a year after his transition out of service. Tune in to hear about Brian's transition and how the Linkedin group, Veterans Mentor Network, aligned him with his career potential and helping other Veterans in their transition process. Thank you, Brian, for sharing your inspiring story!
41 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Flying Helicopters over the Horn of Africa with Knight Campbell
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! In today's episode, we have Knight Campbell, a navy veteran. Knight Campbell shares about his experience getting into the naval academy and his experience there. Knight had started as a student and later went on to teach at his alma mater. He explains the growth in himself the academy brought along with his positive experiences there. Knight also talks about his experience flying and the remarkable things he could experience throughout his journey. Knight shares his advice to those transitioning out of the military and the importance of following your passions after leaving the service. Listen in to find his biggest takeaway throughout the process. To end the episode, Knight talks about the importance of leadership throughout every experience. Thank you, Knight, for sharing your influential journey!
41 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
Armed & Ready Best of 2021
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! In today's episode, we created a recap of our favorite episodes of 2021 so far! Tune in to hear the experiences of military veterans like USMC Veteran and Jedi Daniel Lane. Army Vet and Black Rifle Coffee Company Marty Skovlund, and more! A special thanks to all those who have been a part of the Armed & Ready Podcast! What has been your favorite episode of 2021?
31 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Dodging IEDs to Recruiting Veterans with Nick Busse
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! In today's episode, we have Nick Busse, a former army vet of 13 years. In today's podcast, we discuss Nick Busse's experience in the army, the path that led him here, and why serving the country has been an essential journey to him. Nick also discusses his transition when leaving the army and starting his professional career at Lee Filters. Here he has been able to bring in military culture to the company while building new VA programs and incentives for the company. To end the episode, Nick discusses his plans for an upcoming book, Changing Cadence, to help former military personal transition back into reality.Thank you, Nick, for sharing your inspiring journey!
54 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
From Earbuds to Sentry Residential with Dan Deville
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! In today’s episode, we have guest Dan DeVille, CEO of Sentry Residential. In todays podcast we discuss Dan’s entrepreneur background and how it all started! Dan shared his first temp job at Sony and after two months he was promoted into a manager role at just 23 years old. Dan also explained his true passion in business was serving people with a purpose which lead to him launching his headphone company in 2008. Dan shares his trials and true passion with now being the CEO of Sentry Residential.Thank you Dan for sharing your entrepreneur experience!
27 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
USMC to Founder of Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children w/ Ricky Ferran | Armed & Ready Podcast
It is Friday which means a brand new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast is out for you to listen to! In today’s episode, we have guest Ricky “Tank” Ferran, USMC Veteran, and now Founder of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children.In this episode Tank shares he was born in Cuba came to the US at the age of 13. Tank had many family members he looked up to that were in the Marines so he decided to followed their footsteps in joining as well. We also discuss Tank’s plans and goals for when he got out of the Military. Tank also explains his work experience after the military and how it set himself up for creating Uncle Sam's Misguided Children in 2009. I really appreciate what Tank and Uncle Sam's Misguided Children’s mission is all about for our military community, so make sure you give it a listen!
35 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
The Latest Updates in Real Estate After Covid
51 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Jr. USMC Veteran Turned Management Analyst - Hiram Figuerora
Friday is here, which means a new episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast! In today’s episode, we have guest Hiram Figueroa Jr, USMC Veteran, and now a Management Program Analyst.Hiram shares his story on growing up in Brooklyn, NY, and why he chose to join the USMC. We discussed Hiram’s Marine path into becoming a Drill Instructor in the early 80’s, and highlighted the importance of utilizing resources around you when transitioning out of the Military. Hiram also shared how all his work and life experiences have helped him become the person he is today. Thank you Hiram for sharing your story with our listeners!
58 minutes | May 28, 2021
From Submarines to Military Social Work - Tony Teravainen
It is Friday, and we have a brand new episode out of the Armed & Ready Podcast! In today’s episode, we have guest Tony Tervainen, Navy Veteran, and now non-profit CEO of STEP. We discussed Tony´s experiences in the Navy, what it was like going to Nuclear Power School, his Submarine life, and his deployment overseas. We also discuss a common interest, the lack of support and resources veterans receive when transitioning out of the military. Tony also explained how volunteering for military families got him into non-profits, and finally his own organization, STEP. I really respect what Tony and STEP are doing to help our military community, so make sure you give it a listen!
42 minutes | May 14, 2021
Marty Skovlund - From the Army to the Competitive Coffee Industry
This week's guest is Marty Skovlund; Army Veteran now Executive editor at Coffee or Die Magazine from The Black Rifle Coffee Company. We sit down for a great discussion in marketing and the importance of a sharp online presence, and how staying up-to-date widely can increase engagement. Marty also shares his experiences with launching a magazine from online to print and working in the competitive coffee industry. Finally, we share our opinions on the current crazy real estate industry and the opportunities that come with “the new normal”.Make sure you give it a listen!
39 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Kevin Welch - Tracking a Pandemic in Real Time
We have Kevin Welch on this week's episode, which also happens to be our producer`s brother. Kevin has an impressive story to share, having previously served in the US Peace Corps and now specializing in epidemiology. Kevin is a public health doctor, who, ironically, graduated right before the Covid-19 pandemic, now working in global health and investing in real estate. During his graduate education, he served in the US Peace Corps in Malawi where he was involved in Ebola prevention with the WHO. Like being a public health doctor was not enough, Kevin also invest in real estate and gives us advice on how to start making a passive income. Make sure you tune in!
28 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
From Mine Waste to Solid Gold - Dennis Amoroso & Jim Shumard
In today´s episode of the podcast, we have Air Force Veteran Dennis Amoroso and his COO Jim Shumard of Advanced Materials Processing Inc. After sharing a bit about the mining industry, we broke new ground describing the science behind their mining operations and how they convert mine waste into environmentally friendly fertilizer. If there's one thing for sure, this episode is a gem!
38 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
John Vallas - Submarines, Scuba Diving, and House Flipping
On today’s episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast, we have guest John Vallas, former active duty navy, now entrepreneur. John shares his experiences from his 10-year navy career as a diver, submariner, and chief. We learn how he through personal development courses found his passion, opened a coffee shop, built a multi-million dollar coffee roasting facility, and started Vallas Construction & Development. John also tells us more about the house flipping business and his advice on smart investment opportunities for active-duty military and veterans. You definitely do not want to miss this episode!
27 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
From Boot Camp to Hollywood... to Colorado? Hank Braxtan, Army Veteran & Filmmaker.
In today’s episode of the Armed & Ready Podcast, I chat with Hank Braxton, former U.S. military intelligence analyst, now movie producer.Make sure you give it a listen to hear about how Hank went from making movies with his buddies during deployment in Korea to working with A-listers in Hollywood and much more.
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