Brian's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Operation Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Atlanta, GA

BRIAN STANN

President / CEO
Hire Heroes USA

“You cannot expect your first employer or the people that you’re interviewing with to know everything about you and understand your value right off the bat. You’ve got to go in there and show them—you’ve got to compete.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment Goals Opportunity Transitions Acceptance Experience Choices Community Support & Encouragement Focus Individualism Perseverance Family Negativity Courage Fear Success Beliefs & Faith Pride Education Dedication Hard Work Planning Desire Hobbies & Pastimes Talent

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

asking for help, baby, balance, control, expectation, experience, job, life, mentality, military, MMA, mood, motivation, negativity, networking, nonprofit, opportunity, perspective, positivity, wife

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He’d never been someone to sit on the sidelines—when he saw conflict, he wanted to jump in and help to solve it—so after 9/11, he knew he wanted to join the Marine Corps.
  • Says he’ll never be as good at any job as he was at being an infantry officer.
  • At one time, he was in command of nine hundred and fifty other people; he was also awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor in combat.
  • While he was on active duty, he became a professional MMA fighter to help pay the bills.
  • After getting out of the military, he took a job with a medical IT company and spent his time looking through spreadsheets.
  • Calls that job a waste of his military experience, but also says that it helped him see that employers weren’t going to naturally understand his unique skill sets.
  • As a result, he decided to use his platform as a well-known MMA fighter to help build Hire Heroes USA from a start-up nonprofit into one of the top veteran organizations in the nation.
  • The nonprofit pairs veterans with career counselors and transition specialists for one-on-one mentoring and personalized advice.

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