“I am living the dream!”
That’s a saying I used countless times while serving in the Army.
I used it to put a positive spin on an adverse situation — like in Iraq where I served with 2nd Cavalry Regiment, or after some crazy operation with the Afghan National Police with whom I served as an advisor, or when maneuvering my tank company in the middle of the freezing cold Korean winter where I commanded a tank company in 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment.
Those were good times, and I was always surrounded by others I served with, who were all great Americans.
I spent many years in the Army defending the dream, through time spent in Iraq, Korea, Afghanistan, and numerous other countries. In the Fall of 2015 I transitioned from the military to start living the dream I had defended for so many years.
Living the dream
I spent the first two years out of the military working as the Executive Director of Leader Development at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. It was a great experience where I was able to follow my passion for developing leaders. I worked with some incredible people and built some great relationships that last until this day. But I felt the call of entrepreneurship and decided to leave and start Bridge 3 in the Fall of 2017.
My first July 4th as an Entrepreneur and business owner
This July 4th has a special meaning for me, because I truly feel that I am living the dream that I defended with my soldiers for so many years.
Bridge 3 was founded on the premise that if an organization focuses on the development of its people to their full potential, aligned with the goals of the organization, the organization itself will reach its full potential and achieve positive business outcomes.
That is a belief based on my leadership experiences in combat and the incredible performance of my Cavalry Scout Platoon on Bridge 3 in AL Kut, Iraq on April 9th, 2004 when under very adverse conditions we accomplished our mission because of outstanding human performance at the individual and organizational level.
Once again, I have an incredible team of people around me, and as we scale up operations at Bridge 3, American businesses will benefit from our experiences and what was learned fighting for this Nation’s freedom, as we bring human-centered programs to organizations across the workplace landscape.
It is accurate to say that we as a Nation need more of that right now.
This July 4th, as I reflect on my journey, I am proud to be an American and I look forward to what the future brings, as I continue to Live The Dream.