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Spiffy Veterans Day Blog Series: Wrap-up of Interviews

posted 10 November, 2017 by Morgan Metzger
Education

Over the past week we had the honor to interview several entrepreneur veterans about their service, business experience, and how these two aspects have shaped them. Spiffy is a veteran owned company and we feel strongly about honoring and supporting veterans in any industry. This series has been eye-opening and rewarding for us at Spiffy headquarters!

See below highlights from the five different interviews conducted.

Interview with Greg Ferguson, Principal Owner of Victory Contracting, LLC.

Q: What was your transition like from the military to the corporate world? What challenges did you have to overcome?
A: The two biggest challenges were the cost of haircuts and health care in the civilian world! It still is, 22 years after we got out. 

Interview with Wally Dawson, Regional Managing Principal of OneDigital Health and Benefits.

Q: What are some skills you gained while serving that help you with your consulting, public speaking skills, etc?
A: Some essential skills I gained from the military are self confidence, ability to focus, and being relentless in my pursuit of my goals.

Interview with Randy Nelson, CEO of Gold Dolphins LLC.

Q: How do you think your experience in the military plays a role in how you run your business?
A: The military is well-known for producing leaders, and for the discipline that it instills in all of us who are active or former members of the service. Business needs both. Leadership and discipline. I would go back to the statistic of over 40,000 veterans placed into business since our inception. Why did they get hired? Loyalty, integrity, maturity, discipline, leadership skills, trustworthiness, technical skills, work-ethic… and the list goes on! 

Interview with David Jones, Co-Founder and General Partner of Bull City Venture Partners

Q: How do you think your experience in the military plays a role in how you run your business?
A: My experience in the military was a great lesson to thrive on the unknown and the chaos of working around the clock to complete a mission in peace time and in war. An entrepreneur starting a company faces these similar unknowns and has to be able to stomach the chaos of what it takes to make all these decisions in building a company. 

Interview with Karl Murphy, Co-Founder and President of Spiffy

Q: What was your transition like from the military to the corporate world? What challenges did you have to overcome?
A: The military to civilian transition for me was pretty hard. I went into technology sales. In the Army if I asked to see someone they would see me. No questions asked.
As a sales person I very quickly became aware of the fact that I was no longer the "officer in charge." The incredibly difficult task of prospecting was a hard adjustment. Not the actual work but the brutal math of making 100 calls and getting one meeting then getting rescheduled 3 times..... It took me a few years to figure out how to translate my personal and professional skills into successful sales skills. The big switch was when I stopped taking the objective math personally and I began to treat it like a daily goal.

Thank you for following this series! Look for another blog series next year. Click below to see our Veterans Day special!

Veterans Day Car Washing 

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Written by Morgan Metzger

Lover of coffee, the Wolfpack, and all things Spiffy. Spreading happiness and clean cars through each tweet, blog and Instagram post.