Businesses Focused on Veterans

The individuals in this category are the leaders and founders of businesses created with veterans in mind. They offer services and provide resources and solutions that benefit veterans and military service members. The companies’ efforts work to strengthen the community by directly supporting veterans through unique and diverse initiatives. This category includes the more traditional and long-standing supporters of veterans, to the newer, veteran-founded businesses, both of which are focused on bringing relevant tools and resources to the veteran community.

Mark Rockefeller, Street Shares

Mark L. Rockefeller is the Co-Founder & CEO of StreetShares, a startup that uses technology and social loyalty to improve financial services for the military and veterans community. Founded in 2013, StreetShares has funded 1,000 veteran-owned and mainstreet small businesses and built a military finance community with more than 30,000 members. The head of the national military banking association calls StreetShares “The most interesting thing to happen to the military finance space in decades.” He is also a contributor to Forbes, writing on fintech and veterans entrepreneurship.

Carolyn Petschler, Vice President at DKC Public Relations

As Vice President at DKC Public Relations in New York City, this Navy veteran and mother of two is busy keeping the nation’s largest corporations, manufacturers, and the general public connected to the veteran community through media. Through her tireless efforts Carolyn has placed veteran and military pieces with the best known news outlets in country, to include TODAY and NBC Nightly News. Most importantly, there is even a t-shirt commemorating Carolyn’s influence in producing a fashion show during 2014 NYC Fashion Week that highlighted women veterans.

Most recently, Carolyn has been working ardently with Ken Burns/Lynn Novick for the release of their new 18-hour documentary film: THE VIETNAM WAR coming to PBS September 2017.

Harriet Dominique, USAA

Harriet began her career on the front lines at USAA in 1989 answering phone calls as an entry-level member service representative. She has since served in a number of USAA locations including Virginia, Florida and Arizona. Today Harriet is responsible for leading USAA’s philanthropic strategies, engagement and communications. She leads a team whose purpose is to “lead and inspire actions that improve lives in the military and local community.”

Terry Howell,

Terry Howell is a 20-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard and  the Sr. Director for Strategic Alliances and Editorial Operations for Over last several years Terry has worked with the DoD to create content for their online transition assistance program known as TurboTAP and led the team of subject matter experts that developed the skills matching tools for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA for Vets website.

In addition, Terry is the author of The Military Advantage, an annually updated guide to help service members, veterans and their families take full advantage of their benefits. The Military Advantage is published by the US Naval Institute Press and available on Amazon.

Brian Hawthorne, PenFed

Brian Hawthorne continues to keep hitting the long ball. A former senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Strategic Messaging and White House Liaison with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Brian was most recently selected to serve as the PenFed’s director of communications and development.

Hawthorne currently serves as a master sergeant in the United States Army Reserves in the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), located in Riverdale, Maryland. Hawthorne joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 2003, and is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, and the Combat Action Badge, among other decorations. He deployed twice as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lauren Jenkins, Vice President and Managing Director ScoutComms

Lauren Jenkins joined the ScoutComms team in 2012 bringing with her a wealth experience in international nonprofits and NGOs. Recently, Lauren assumed the helm of Scout Insight, the newest branch of ScoutComms focused on magnifying the voices of their client and providing with up to date analysis of current trends and how those trends impact veterans and their families.