Last week I had the opportunity to take a cruise on the Carnival Cruise ship Breeze out of Galveston, TX for a 7 day Caribbean cruise that was fantastic! The staff, the weather, the excursions all were outstanding! What I found to truly be amazing though was that Carnival conducted a Veteran Appreciation Event on Friday – that was truly moving and amazing! Carnival had an hour Veteran Appreciation Event at the main Ovation Theatre led by Mike Pack the Cruise Director and it was again – outstanding!
Veteran group picture – Carnival Breeze 12 Nov – 19 Nov – 2017
From Korea to Afghanistan, to Vietnam, all periods and all services were recognized. So I wanted to say Thank You – Carnival Cruise Lines and President Christine Duffy, from all of us Veterans, from Elite Leader and spouses and family members, we really appreciated the ceremony and the thank you! You really touched a lot of Vets and it will be remembered for a lifetime! Thank you.
Today, Forward March Inc, an industry leading talent management and leadership training company that specializes in veteran talent and corporate-military hybrid style leadership training, and Socialeo LLC, an innovative online marketing and content management startup, announced a strategic partnership between the two companies in which Socialeo will support Forward March’s online sales and marketing efforts.
About the Partnership
The partnership will afford Forward March Inc with a more robust online presence and powerful marketing solutions to grow their business while expanding their national footprint. In addition, FMI’s partnership with Socialeo will provide FMI’s customers and target markets with more readily available information about FMI’s military talent management services, Elite Leader training events, corporate conferences, career advisement programs, and more. The partnership is a tremendous opportunity for FMI to provide expertly-trained veterans with post-service employment while filling a void in the corporate space for highly-qualified professionals.
“FMI is very excited to announce our partnership with Socialeo. They have an outstanding reputation of excellence in social media and marketing. FMI is ready to grow in 2018 with Socialeo taking point. Because Socialeo’s founder, Rhiannon Beard, has connections to the military and those that serve, her company knows what it will take to help FMI grow and convey the essence of what military service is all about as well as the impact military members and those that serve can have on employers in various industries and society as a whole,” said Paul Volpe, President and Partner of Forward March Inc
“I am excited to work with Paul and the highly-qualified team at Forward March in such an innovative capacity. Socialeo’s mission is to expand FMI’s national footprint via inventive online marketing campaigns and strategies. Together, our companies will partner to provide valuable resources for both veterans and corporations while positively impacting FMI’s clients and talent pool members,” said Rhiannon Beard, President and CEO of Socialeo LLC
About the Industry
As a whole, the unemployment rate in the United States is declining due to many factors like an aging workforce. As a result, the number highly-qualified employees that are available for hire is also declining. In fact, one study of the coming shortage of skills and talent in America found that “nearly 7 million people in key managerial, professional, and technical jobs are expected to exit the workforce.” This trend is making experienced professionals harder to find for corporate America than they have been in decades. However, Forward March Inc offers a valuable solution to the talent and leadership dilemmas that are facing businesses and corporations in the United States today. For this reason, communicating the value of post-service veteran employment and providing invaluable leadership training to employers in the U.S. is essential to foster economic growth for individual companies and the country at large.
About Forward March Inc
Forward March, Inc. (FMI) is a Service Disabled Veteran-owned small business based in San Antonio, Texas. FMI was formed in 2013 by highly successful retired US Military Members and business professionals. FMI is committed to providing companies with outstanding military talent solutions and military styled leadership training that are unique in the industry.
Rhiannon Beard founded Socialeo LLC after her mother opened a small business in Central Arkansas. Rhiannon’s mother was great at managing the business, but needed help desperately with online marketing and strategy. Unfortunately, other full-service solutions were too costly and the affordable solutions were not comprehensive. There is a need for a low cost, but quality solution to social media and online content management for small businesses. Socialeo LLC is here to fill that need!
Forward March Inc – Elite Leader Training partners with Sierra 3 Consulting – Providing outstanding Leadership, Team Development, Sales, and Team-building training.
Forward March Inc and Sierra 3 have come together to provide and expand our one of a kind Elite Leader Training and provide the best qualified instructors as we grow our training nationwide. With such a diverse group of talented instructors and experience both companies expect grow our impact on the Leadership Training market.
Our high impact, high energy military infused training will help companies grow teamwork, productivity and ultimately bottom line. We look forward to helping grow your organization or company with outstanding Leadership, Sales or Team-building training.
Forward March, Inc. Making the world better helping one Veteran at a time. (FMI) is a Service Disabled Veteran-owned small business based in San Antonio, Texas. FMI was formed in 2013 by retired US Military Members and successful business professionals with offices in San Antonio and Houston, Texas. We are Veterans serving our military members and corporate America.
FMI is an industry leader in client partner relationships and training offering second-to-none consultative expertise at an effective cost, making us a premier choice. We provide our clients with highly qualified Veteran Talent and Military Hire Programs that will impact your business. FMI is Elite Leader Training is military style leadership, sales, and team-building customized and scalable to the client for a one of a kind training experience.
Sierra 3 & Associates is an international consulting company that was established back in 2004. We are committed to mitigate, guard against terrorism and all forms of criminal activity. We set out to achieve this by offering our clientele competitive and practical solutions to these real-life threats. We are happy to provide you with a diverse set of services. Our combined professional backgrounds include: Special Operation Forces, Law Enforcement, Security Specialists and Corporate Security/Safety Management. We take great pride in maintaining a team-based work environment. We are dedicated to help our communities, country and the world a safer place through education and implementation of experienced wisdom.
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Much of my leadership perspective is drawn on my military experience. In the military, I acquired my first leadership role as a commander and was able to learn firsthand that people will do best what they “want to do” and not what they “need to do.” People will operate best from knowing “why” they do what they do, and not just “what” they need to do.
Having an effective leader in place to assist people with visualizing the end goal is key, and there are several aspects from my experience in the military that enable me to lay this vision out for my team. There are six essential traits of an exceptional military battalion, and through the years of leading my own troop at Menchie’s it has become more and more clear that these same qualities make up successful businesses and the team members who comprise it.
In the military, everything is a team effort. If one individual is not pulling his or her weight, the implications will dramatic. While serving, I gained a deeper understanding of the importance of teamwork and working well with different personalities, and in turn this has allowed me to build a winning team. Selecting the right people to join the team is instrumental to achieving high quality teamwork. The right selection leads to winning teams.
While serving, you are pushed to obtain the unreachable. You have to be willing to get your hands dirty and do tasks sometimes outside of your scope.
Being a part of the military, one is intuitively engineered to strive for the best results. The level of accountability that comes from military experience provides the ability for an organization to preserve resources and time. I believe in holding myself accountable to the highest standards and in leading by example.
In the military, when a system does not exist, you create one. The common goal is to create a fail-proof system, much like creating systems to streamline efficiencies in business.
While serving, I observed anatural determination in myself and those around me to exceed yesterday’s results every single day. It is this “can do” attitude and energy that makes everyone strive to push themselves that much more.
6. Higher purpose
A large part of being part of the military is wanting to assist others and make a difference in the communities in which you serve. At Menchie’s, we strive to improve the lives of others on a daily basis. A higher purpose provides inspiration for people to persevere through the various different challenges in the business world.
The frozen yogurt marketplace is extremely saturated and there is competition everywhere we go. I have come to learn that a true leader always puts his team before himself, and in our case, I put our people before profits. We bring food trucks to the office to celebrate milestones, offer a buffet lunch every Friday and take the time to bond as a unit at company-wide events throughout the year.
The needs of my team come before my own and it is this kind of culture that builds camaraderie, tenacity and drive – necessary qualities to not only survive, but also thrive in a crowded marketplace.
Strong leadership cannot happen if people do not follow and believe in the common mission you lay out and cultivate. From my military service, I learned people need to see and visualize the end game in order to walk the lengthy path, and laying a vision is critical.
Author: Amit Kleinberger – CEO Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
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