TopVet: Artemis Astronauts & Navy Veterans Aim For the MoonNext fall, two veterans will take a mission to the moon. The commander and pilot of NASA’s Artemis II both served in the U.S. Navy. Artemis II will be the first moon mission since the Apollo program concluded lunar excursions over 50 years ago.
TopVet: Producers of the Movie "Jaws"Jaws burst onto the silver screen in June of 1975 and become a historical icon for many reasons. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie became the prototype for the summer blockbuster.
TopVet: Brian ArmstrongMarine Corps veteran Brian Armstrong is a transitioning veteran success story. From military recruiter to Lead Business Execution Consultant Program Manager for Wells Fargo, he has made the jump from service to success in the corporate world.
TopVet: Chris Perkins, Veterans on Wall StreetWhen Lehman Brothers collapsed at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, Marine VETERAN Captain Chris Perkins was on the ground floor unphased. “People were screaming and crying. I had just come back from combat - I had seen worse.”
TopVet: Dusty BakerThe Houston Astros have high hopes for capturing their second consecutive baseball championship. To get there, Astros fans have once again put their faith in baseball and military veteran, Dusty Baker, who proudly served as a U.S. Marine.
TopVet: Dr. Phillip ShinnickA world record holder, Olympic athlete, and Air Force Captain, Dr. Phillip Shinnick has an extensive track record of achievements But at 79 years old, perhaps his most admirable accomplishment is his tenacity.
TopVet: David SeymourWhat child hasn’t dreamed of being able to fly? Like many youngsters, David Seymour was fascinated with flying and airplanes. And today, he lives that dream as a top executive and Chief Operating Officer at American Airlines.
TopVet: Chuck ScarboroughAir Force Veteran Chuck Scarborough is one of the most experienced and successful journalists in the country. Over five decades, both in New York City and nationally, he's earned a total of 36 Emmys. Importantly, he credits his military service for the skills, education, and discipline to break into and achieve a remarkable career that continues today.
TopVet: Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas HurleyTwo military men made history last week with a rather unique mission: flying into space on the SpaceX Crew Dragon. NASA astronauts Air Force Col. Robert L. Behnken and retired Marine Corps Col. Douglas G. Hurley launched into space on May 30 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was the first time ever that NASA astronauts launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft.
TopVet: Dan Schultz, President of SikorskyEditor’s Note: Daniel (Dan) C. Schultz is President of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. In his role, he is responsible for leading the strategic growth and program execution of Sikorsky’s government and commercial rotorcraft platforms. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, as the program manager for the Joint V-22 Osprey Program, overseeing the program for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command. Given his lifetime of service both in and out of uniform, Veterans Advantage recognizes Schultz as a TopVet in April of 2020.
TopVet: James Hendon leads NYC’s Department of Veterans' Services“What can we do to help you help yourself to reach your fullest potential and do the things that you want in life?”
TopVet: Mark Maybury, Stanley Black & Decker Chief Technology OfficerMark Maybury believes in the power within all of us. Ever since he was an Air Force ROTC Cadet nearly 40 years ago, his vision of the future has focused on new technologies and human potential. At its core, this vision is rooted in military principles that require one to think outside of yourself and beyond.
TopVet: General (Ret.) Joseph L. VotelGeneral (Ret.) Joseph L. Votel has just come off one of the most powerful assignments in the U.S. Military, as the head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), capping a nearly 40-year career of military service. Looking forward, he is giving back, helping his fellow vets return home to a top college or university education.
TopVet: Matt MeekerEntrepreneur Matt Meeker is a digital pioneer and Navy veteran. He is currently Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bark & Co. and Barkbox, its subscription service that makes over 600,000 dogs happy each month with a box shipped full of innovative toys and treats.
TopVet: Bruce Whitman, FlightSafety InternationalEditor's Note: We were saddened to hear the news on October 11, 2018 of the passing of Bruce Whitman, president and CEO of Flight Safety International, and Chairman Emeritus of the Medal of Honor Foundation. He was an Air Force veteran, and dear friend, and he is already sorely missed. We honored Bruce with our TopVet award in 2011.
TopVet: John McCainSenator John McCain will always be remembered as a Vietnam War POW, Navy veteran, and statesman who rose to become his party’s nominee for president ten years ago.
TopVet: Richard C. HartnackRichard C. Hartnack, known as Rick, is the Non-Executive Chairman of Synchrony Financial, the recent spin out of GE Capital's consumer credit business, and a leading provider of credit cards.
TopVet: Jim A. Skinner, McDonalds & Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.Navy vet Jim Skinner’s story is an inspiring example of the American Dream. He began his career as a management trainee at McDonalds in 1971. Thirty-three years and plenty of hard work later, he took the helm as CEO, turning around falling profits and injecting new life into the company. In 2012, Jim retired from McDonald’s and his success at the iconic American company led him to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the nation’s largest pharmacy retail chain, where he now serves as Executive Chairman.
TopVet: Kurt Kane, Wendy's Chief Concept and Marketing OfficerKurt Kane's fondness for Wendy's dates back to when he was an Army 2nd lieutenant returning from deployment in 1995. Kane had just landed back at Fort Carson, Colorado, following a deployment to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he led a platoon responsible for helping run an immigration camp and, like most deployed troops, dreamed of home.
Happy Birthday Navy 2015: TopVet RoundupTo celebrate the U.S. Navy's 240th birthday this month, we're doing a TopVet roundup of some famous Navy veterans. We've profiled these three incredible Navy sailors before, but on such a momentous day, we couldn't resist reminding readers how influential and inspiring these individuals are, and how their days at sea shaped both their careers and lives. And if three profiles just aren't enough, you'll Briefly describe the changes you have made. be sure to enjoy our TopVet archive – a database of stories, images and inspiration for all things military.
TopVet: Alan B. Buckelew, Carnival CruisesA 25+-year veteran of the cruise industry, Buckelew brings great industry experience and expertise to the position. He is a proven leader, and can point to his U.S. Army years for getting him to where he is today.
TopVet: David Casey, CVS Health Chief Diversity Officer and U.S. MarineCVS Health Chief Diversity Officer David Casey's path has been an exciting one: he grew up in the Midwest, joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 19, and now he's part of a Fortune 12 company transforming before our eyes.
TopVet: Ken Hicks, Foot Locker Chief Executive"Veterans have the advantage in that they are more comfortable being leaders of people because they have done it before,” says Ken Hicks, a former Army artillery officer, now leading Foot Locker as chairman and CEO." I learned a heck of a lot in the Army about people and how to lead."
TopVet: Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach of the San Antonio SpursAir Force veteran and Academy graduate Gregg Popovich is a model of longevity and success. He has served as the San Antonio Spurs head coach for more than 16 seasons, longer than any other current head coach in the NBA. As he goes for his fifth NBA championship this week against the Miami Heat, he continues to pilot professional sports’ most successful team with his signature style of consistency and passion.