Veterans Mean Business!

The veteran community has only grown stronger with the development and progress of veteran owned and operated businesses. These businesses are either founded by veterans, founded with veterans in mind, or are being operated at a senior level by these veterans and offer insight into the leadership and entrepreneurial talent that exists within the veteran community. As these businesses continue to grow, it will mean more opportunities for veterans employment and their families as we know veterans hire veterans.

Kate Kohler, Korn Ferry

Kate Kohler is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of Korn Ferry, where she co-leads the firm’s Impact Investing Practice, serves as a specialist in the Financial Services Sector, and leads the firm’s relationship with the World Bank Group. Previously, Ms. Kohler served in business development roles at Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC and Morgan Stanley.

Ms. Kohler has worked as an executive in the financial services industry, most recently at the PenFed Foundation, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet financial needs of active duty, veterans and their families. She is a US Army veteran, with command experience in Kuwait, Bosnia and South Korea, culminating in the leadership of United States and South Korean soldiers as a company commander.

Ms. Kohler holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor of science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point. She is also an Ironman finisher.

Vincent Viola

President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Vincent Viola for the position of Secretary of the Army though he later dropped out to continue operating his business. He started the electronic-trading firm Virtu Financial in 2008 and took the company public in April 2015, touting its can’t-lose business model and the fact that it turned a profit on 1,484 of its first 1,485 days in operation. He also owns the NHL’s Florida Panthers.

Mr. Viola is known for his philanthropy, most recently providing a donation to Fordham University to establish the Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology and following the events of September 11th founded and financed the Counter-Terrorism Center at West Point. He created a technology company, Rowan Technology Solutions, to support cadet education in the areas of military history, military science, and leadership, and supports the Army Cyber Institute, the Modern War Institute, and Army athletics.

Mr. Viola is an Army veteran having served as an infantry officer in the 101st Airborne Division. The son of a truck driver from Brooklyn, graduated from New York Law School in 1983 and West Point in 1977.

Francis Hoang, Mag Aerospace

Twitter: @francehoang

Francis Hoang currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Momentum Aviation Group a privately held, private-equity backed company that operates planes, helicopters, and UAV’s that provide and enable real time situational awareness to government, international, and commercial customers. He is also a Partner at Fluet Huber + Hoang,  a values-based law firm focused on middle market companies with a nexus to international trade, defense, and national security.

Mr. Hoang has previously served in every branch of Government: as law clerk to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit clerkship, and was appointed by President George W. Bush as an Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to the President in 2007. An Army veteran, he mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Executive Officer of a US Army Special Forces Company in Southeast Afghanistan in 2009.

Mr. Hoang graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, received a masters in criminal justice from Washburn University, and was among the top of his class at West Point. He has also passed both Ranger School and the CPA Exam. He was born in Saigon, Vietnam, immigrated to the United States at the age of 2, and was raised in Tumwater, Washington.

Mr. Hoang has previously served in every branch of Government: as law clerk to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit clerkship, and was appointed by President George W. Bush as an Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to the President in 2007. An Army veteran, he mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Executive Officer of a US Army Special Forces Company in Southeast Afghanistan in 2009.

Mr. Hoang graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, received a masters in criminal justice from Washburn University, and was among the top of his class at West Point. He has also passed both Ranger School and the CPA Exam. He was born in Saigon, Vietnam, immigrated to the United States at the age of 2, and was raised in Tumwater, Washington.

Kimberly Jung

Twitter: @kimboleek

Kimberly Jung is the founder of Rumi Spice a company that imports saffron directly from Afghan farmers, giving them access to markets and an alternative to growing opium. Rumi Spice is carried proudly by four Michelin-starred restaurants, and was featured in six dishes at the James Beard Persian New Year Dinner. Most importantly, Rumi Spice is laying a foundation for peace through economic empowerment: the company established its first processing facility in Herat, Afghanistan, and hired 75 Afghan women, who are paid direct wages.

Ms. Jung served as a US Army Engineer Officer and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with her construction-turned route- clearance soldiers to clear roads of IEDs and ambushes in the Wardak, Paktika and Ghazni provinces. This deployment would lead to a deep love and admiration of Afghanistan and its people that later shaped the foundation of Rumi Spice.

Ms. Jung is a 2014 Tillman Scholar, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Fellow, West Point graduate, ultra-marathoner, former Girl Scout troop leader, and volleyball player and coach. She loves to cook.

Dick Leinenkugel

An heir to tasty beverages a Marine Corp Officer, a politician and businessman. Dick Leinenkugel has long been working to help his veterans and was most recently spotted in Washington in support of hiring veterans into the Miller-Coors empire.  He was the Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce, and was vice president of sales and marketing for the Chippewa Falls Beer Company, which is a subsidiary of MillerCoors LLC. He was also group manager for specialty and craft brands of Miller Brewing Company. In 2010, he briefly ran for the United States Senate.

His brother Jacob was recently appointed to join President Donald Trump’s administration as an adviser on veterans issues.