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Announcing the 2015 Top 40 Under 40 Military
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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The influence of the veterans and service men and women who are part of this year’s Top 40 Under 40 Military has a wide global reach, ranging from the boardrooms of America’s top businesses, to the theatrical stages of Las Vegas, to hospital rooms and remote tropical villages. No matter where they find themselves, the “Top 40” are setting themselves apart for ongoing acts of service in local communities and by advancing their employers’ organizations.

Humanitarian aid and community assistance are high on the priority list for many of our honorees.

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Also, veterans are making strides in the corporate arena and in business self-ownership.


While at his last duty station at Ft. Carson, CO, former Army SFC Travis McNeil became a part-time salesperson for Saladmaster Inc. Today, he works as an Executive Trainer on the Saladmaster staff. His wife maintains their Saladmaster dealership in Colorado Springs.


“Saladmaster is honored to support the Top 40 Under 40 Military class, all of whom have sacrificed to serve our country,” said Ryan Reigle, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Saladmaster, presenting sponsor of the 2015 Top 40 Under 40 Military. “We look at all of our military recruits as our leaders of tomorrow and pledge to continue helping them serve their community as Saladmaster dealers.”


Another of the Top 40 recipients, Joe Haury, works at a company that is one of the most recognized brands in the world: Mercedes-Benz USA. And at age 34, the former Air Force Maj became the youngest General Manager in the company.

“Joe is not afraid to question others to aid in his understanding of a challenge, can rally together teams and keep them on target, and possesses a perfect combination of empathy and discipline. He truly embodies our core principles, which include passion, respect, integrity, drive and excellence,” says Robert Moran, Director of Corporate Communications at Mercedes.


Awardees also can be found in unique places, showcasing their talents.

You know what they say about what happens in Vegas? It doesn’t always stay there, if you’ve been selected as a “Top 40” awardee. Air Force Capt Ryan Hess is active duty, assigned to Creech AFB, NV as a Flight Commander in the 42nd Attack Squadron. But “in my free time, I am heavily involved with the Las Vegas Theatre Community and have appeared in several shows here in Vegas, both professionally and as a volunteer,” he says.

And in the classroom, veterans are making strides to shine and have big dreams. Take Air Force SrA Jimmy Santos, a law school student at Suffolk University Law School. Upon graduating in May 2017, Santos wants to practice international dispute resolution. His goal is to work for a large firm, “assisting multinational corporations in contract negotiations with foreign partners.” Beyond that, he’d like to work for either the World Trade Organization or World Intellectual Property Association.


The Top 40 Under 40 Military issue would not be possible without the hard work of an extended team at Military Transition News, not the least of which includes the panel of distinguished judges:

William W. Basnett, Brigadier General (Retired), USAFR, Past Commander of the 94th Tactical Airlift Wing (TAW), Past President and Membership Director for the Reserve Officers Association (ROA); he is currently an active real estate agent with Georgia Elite Realty in Kennesaw, GA.

Steve Clarke, Captain (Retired), USN, Strategic Adviser and Business Leader.

Kenneth A. Konstanzer, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), USAR, Aviation, Chairman, U.S. Service Academy Selection Board for the Office of U.S. Senator David Perdue, Past Commander, U.S. Military Academy Admissions Field Force, State of Georgia.

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Heidi Lynn Russell writes about employment and business issues.

 

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