Denver ViR Members

Community, co-working, networking, learning, building.   

I am a West Point and Wharton MBA graduate and a veteran of the first Gulf war. After 25 years in the Energy sector, I have decided to pivot to my passion of helping others achieve. I am doing this through my advice and mentorship platform, TurtleWise. Our goal is to change the world, one great decision at a time. With years of corporate executive and board experience, as a tech founder, I have a unique perspective I am willing to share with veterans who might benefit. I am also moving my business and my family to Denver because of the authentic spirit of helping others that is on display there as well as the thriving tech community.

I am a West Point and Wharton MBA graduate and a veteran of the first Gulf war. After 25 years in the Energy sector, I have decided to pivot to my passion of helping others achieve. I am doing this through my advice and mentorship platform, TurtleWise. Our goal is to change the world, one great decision at a time. With years of corporate executive and board experience, as a tech founder, I have a unique perspective I am willing to share with veterans who might benefit. I am also moving my business and my family to Denver because of the authentic spirit of helping others that is on display there as well as the thriving tech community.

Kevin Walker

Military Affiliation: 
Army Veteran
Current Profession: 
Founder & CEO, Turtlewise

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Rubyist, Elixir wanna be and CTO of Operation Code

Rubyist, Elixir wanna be and CTO of Operation Code

Rick Rein

Military Affiliation:
Marine Veteran
Current Profession:
CTO, Operation Code


 

Born in NJ and graduated film school in 2014. Started my own video/photography business soon after and now building my book in Denver. Recently moved to CO and looking for opportunities to dig further into the city and surrounding area. Avid world traveler, novice foodie, lover of snowboarding and the great outdoors!

Born in NJ and graduated film school in 2014. Started my own video/photography business soon after and now building my book in Denver. Recently moved to CO and looking for opportunities to dig further into the city and surrounding area. Avid world traveler, novice foodie, lover of snowboarding and the great outdoors!

Julie O'Neil

Military Affiliation:
Military Spouse, AirForce
Current Profession:
Owner, Professional Video/Photography

USAF veteran, joined on 9/11. 2 tours in OEF, honorably discharged in 2007. Started a skateboard company that secured funding from Under Armour CEO. 6 yrs VSO experience. Fundraised more than $35M in last 8 yrs for various nonprofits. Built corporate partnerships with many Fortune 1000 companies. Now I consult in capacity building for NPOs and startups.         

USAF veteran, joined on 9/11. 2 tours in OEF, honorably discharged in 2007. Started a skateboard company that secured funding from Under Armour CEO. 6 yrs VSO experience. Fundraised more than $35M in last 8 yrs for various nonprofits. Built corporate partnerships with many Fortune 1000 companies. Now I consult in capacity building for NPOs and startups. 
       

Matt Colvin

Military Affiliation:
USAF Veteran
Current Profession:
VP, CauseEngine

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Lawrence Wagner is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Spark Mindset and an eight year veteran. Lawrence has a passion for helping others and creating community. Lawrence has an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys partnering with entrepreneurs, investors, and other organizations to strengthen the global entrepreneurial community. Lawrence is a huge fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and the 2016 NBA Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers.          

Lawrence Wagner is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Spark Mindset and an eight year veteran. Lawrence has a passion for helping others and creating community. Lawrence has an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys partnering with entrepreneurs, investors, and other organizations to strengthen the global entrepreneurial community. Lawrence is a huge fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and the 2016 NBA Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
         

Lawrence Wagner

Military Affiliation:
Army Veteran
Current Profession:
CEO & Co-Founder, Spark Mindset

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Bryan Sparling is founder of Sparling Enterprises, LLC - a leadership, strategy and technology consulting firm. Bryan is a retired US Army Colonel with expertise in international operations, strategic communications, Cyber operations, telecommunications, strategy, operational planning, federal/defense contracting and leader development. Bryan served over 3 decades in the Army with multiple operational deployments around the world. He has lots of degrees. Since leaving the Army in 2015, he has gained valuable experience working for two startup-ish software technology companies. Bryan and his wife Suzie are thrilled to be back home in Colorado after three decades in the Army. They live in Highlands Ranch, have 3 high school and college age kids and enjoy mountain biking and the skiing.

Bryan Sparling is founder of Sparling Enterprises, LLC - a leadership, strategy and technology consulting firm. Bryan is a retired US Army Colonel with expertise in international operations, strategic communications, Cyber operations, telecommunications, strategy, operational planning, federal/defense contracting and leader development. Bryan served over 3 decades in the Army with multiple operational deployments around the world. He has lots of degrees. Since leaving the Army in 2015, he has gained valuable experience working for two startup-ish software technology companies. Bryan and his wife Suzie are thrilled to be back home in Colorado after three decades in the Army. They live in Highlands Ranch, have 3 high school and college age kids and enjoy mountain biking and the skiing.

Bryan Sparling

Military Affiliation:
Army Retired
Current Profession:
Principal, Sparling Enterprises

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I'm a husband, father, and an entrepreneur. I worked in the Army for 5+ years and got out in order to build companies that allow people to thrive. I also love to be outside in the mountains. 

I'm a husband, father, and an entrepreneur. I worked in the Army for 5+ years and got out in order to build companies that allow people to thrive. I also love to be outside in the mountains. 

Cameron Smith

Military Affiliation:
Army, actively serving
Current Profession: Founder & CEO, SquirrelBox

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I'm an award winning content writer committed to beating deadlines and writing solid, compelling content that engages readers. I have experience writing for (plain language) government web sites, SaaS solutions, magazines, websites, newspapers, newsletters, corporate blogs, web collateral, annual reports and other business profiles and content. I'm a storyteller ...  I've written for The Atlantic, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Way Magazine, The New York Times, NBC, Costco Connection, USAA Magazine, CNN, Inc.com, University of Dayton Alumni Magazine, Parenting magazines, and others. I specialize in military, business, tech, entrepreneurialism, non-profits, travel and lifestyle.    

I'm an award winning content writer committed to beating deadlines and writing solid, compelling content that engages readers. I have experience writing for (plain language) government web sites, SaaS solutions, magazines, websites, newspapers, newsletters, corporate blogs, web collateral, annual reports and other business profiles and content. I'm a storyteller ... 

I've written for The Atlantic, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Way Magazine, The New York Times, NBC, Costco Connection, USAA Magazine, CNN, Inc.com, University of Dayton Alumni Magazine, Parenting magazines, and others.

I specialize in military, business, tech, entrepreneurialism, non-profits, travel and lifestyle.
   

Molly Blake

Military Affiliation:
Military Spouse
Current Profession:
Content Creator

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Craig Founded Micro Aerial Inspection and Mapping after years of collecting experiences and traveling the world trying to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up. He has settled down in Lakewood whit his wife and 5 year old son. He still enjoys many outdoor activities and takes every opportunity to get outside.

Craig Founded Micro Aerial Inspection and Mapping after years of collecting experiences and traveling the world trying to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up. He has settled down in Lakewood whit his wife and 5 year old son. He still enjoys many outdoor activities and takes every opportunity to get outside.

Craig Gallagher

Military Affiliation:
Army Veteran

Current Profession: Founder, Micro Aerial Inspection and Mapping

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Ten year Marine Corps veteran (financial analyst) with a masters degree in International Marketing from Boston University. Most recently held a COO position with an international marketing agency. Seeking new opportunities.

Ten year Marine Corps veteran (financial analyst) with a masters degree in International Marketing from Boston University. Most recently held a COO position with an international marketing agency. Seeking new opportunities.

Nigel Keyes

Military Affiliation: 
Marine Veteran
Current Profession: 
Seeking new opportunities

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Attorney and Marine combat veteran. 

Attorney and Marine combat veteran. 

Blake Hansen

Military Affiliation:
 Marine Veteran
Current Profession:
Strategic and operational leader

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