Patriot Boot Camp is excited to be entering its sixth year as the premier organization helping veterans and military spouses scale and grow their technology startups. From a simple conversation between Taylor McLemore and Techstars founder David Cohen, PBC has grown to support over 700 companies in 9 cities around the United States. This growth has fostered a community of incredible people building extraordinary companies.
2018 is already shaping up to be PBC’s biggest year yet. With the upcoming three-day program in San Antonio and the new VetHacks hackathon in Washington DC this spring, along with another three-day program scheduled for the fall, we are working towards building our programming in new and exciting ways. Through our growing partnerships and alumni, we are excited for what is in store for the remainder of the year and are already looking to 2019. We also are looking at new ways we can add value for PBC alums once they complete the three-day program. This is key because we recognize the real work begins once our attendees complete a PBC program. We believe that we need to be increasingly attentive to those that have gone through the program even as we are recruiting more companies to join this incredibly valuable community.
As our growth trajectory increases, we are excited to be adding broader experience to the PBC team. We are thrilled to announce that retired Vice Admiral John Bird is joining the PBC Board of Directors. Mr. Bird has had a distinguished military career that has included leading the US Navy’s 7th Fleet as well as serving as Director of the Navy Staff. His experience and leadership will be a huge asset to PBC and its community and we look forward to working with him.
At the same time our CEO Charlotte Creech, will be joining PBC’s Global Partner, USAA in a full-time technology innovation role. Charlotte’s new position will allow a deeper relationship to continue to grow between PBC and USAA. This is a great next step as we look to expand our programming, experiment with new events, and look at ways we can be more valuable to our overall community.
Charlotte’s tireless support of our military spouses and veterans has led to the growth of PBC and allowed PBC to help those we serve to take their businesses to the next level. Her guidance, leadership, and sacrifice on behalf of this community over her three plus years at PBC are unmatched and will be missed. Whether it is her steadfast dedication at the three-day events or her ability to connect people and businesses that create opportunity, Charlotte’s impact will be felt for a very long time.
Charlotte’s new position at USAA means that I will be stepping up in an interim basis to take over leadership of PBC. I look forward to working with our dedicated board of directors to drive our mission forward and continue our impact within the PBC community and beyond. When I was first introduced to PBC I was still struggling to figure out my own entrepreneurial journey. Taylor McLemore, Dave Drach, and especially Charlotte Creech, were key in helping to guide my business idea and to push my company through important milestones. And even though my business was just another statistic in failing, the journey has been an incredible one and has been a catalyst for me in helping others. Now I find myself helping to lead an organization I have such a deep connection to and which has helped me personally in such a profound way.
As we look to the future, all of us here at PBC will be working hard to ensure we continue to improve and grow the organization. I am extremely excited for the future and look forward to ways we can add value, foster innovation, and show the world that the veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs are the best business leaders on the planet.
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