My fellow Navy vets call me “straightedge,” but that’s a story for another day. My civilian friends ironically have their nicknames for me as well but will spare you the details for now. From an early age, the entrepreneurial spirit burned inside of me as I watched my father work his magic in many business ventures. I wanted to be like him, so I followed in his footsteps by starting a car detailing business at age 14, and eventually my own software company in my late 30’s.
I’ve had lots of help and amazing mentors along the way, but my military career instilled the values of hard work, dedication, discipline, and a commitment to always do your best and never give up. Our motto as a rescue swimmer was “So Others May Live.” I never really knew the true meaning of that mantra until we saved 12 crew members from a sinking cargo vessel during my last deployment in the Persian Gulf while battling 15-20 foot swells. Or when we helped the coalition forces find and destroy hundreds of Iraqi underwater mines to clear the shipping lanes into Kuwait and Iraq.