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Success Factors for Veteran Entrepreneurs Research Results Webinar

April 9, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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What makes veteran entrepreneurs successful? 
To learn the answer, the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) partnered with Purdue University and assembled an amazing Steering Committee of stakeholders from the service provider, corporate, nonprofit, government, investor and academic communities.

The goals of this project were:

  • To generate actionable insights using empirical data;
  • To increase awareness and understanding about needs and determinants related to the success of veteran-owned businesses;
  • To promote collaboration among organizations that promote and support veteran entrepreneurship; and
  • To identify action steps toward accelerated success

In this webinar, we'll share our research insights surrounding veteran entrepreneurs. Sign up to hear key insights identified for veterans, service providers, policy makers & investors alike. 



Chris Ford

Todd Connor
Bunker Labs
Kevin Eckert
Task Force X Capital

Chris Ford 
Chris Ford currently serves as Executive Director of Stop Soldier Suicide. He is also the Founder of the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO). His entrepreneurship, leadership, and passion moved NAVSO from theoretical concept to public launch in 2014 and have positioned NAVSO to answer the long-demanded call for a national collaborative association for the Nation’s 40,000+ veteran-/military-serving organizations. NAVSO serves as a trusted, neutral convener stitching together like-minded public and private organizations seeking to deliver more effective and efficient services to veterans and military families where they need them most. Chris has developed and implemented the strategic direction of the organization in response to evolving and often complex needs of veterans and military families.

He is a 20-year Air Force veteran retiring in 2014 from the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served in the Chairman’s Office of Warrior and Family Support. In this role, Chris leveraged his broad and deep perspectives on veteran reintegration to assist communities across eighteen states seeking to improve their support for military families.  He previously served in nearly a dozen countries around the globe supporting Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and two Master’s Degrees: one from the University of South Carolina and one from the Naval Postgraduate School.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the Air Force’ Squadron Officer School, the FBI’s National Academy, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and Syracuse University’s Boots to Business Program.

Todd Connor
Todd Connor is the CEO and founder of The Bunker Labs, an organization that helps military veterans start and grow businesses, and Co-Founder of Flank 5 Academy. A Navy veteran who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard the USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52), Todd has held senior leadership roles in the public and private sector.  The Bunker Labs is a chapter organization in cities across theU.S. that supports the creation of a local ecosystem for veterans pursuing entrepreneurship. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Kevin Eckert
Kevin Eckert joined the TFX team in February 2018 with over 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, operations and investments. A veteran and start-up advisor, Kevin initially got involved in TFX as an investor in Fund I and has supported TFX with deal execution and assisted at major conferences since the firm launched in 2016.
Prior to joining TFX, Kevin spent over a decade as a Managing Director for Stephens Capital Partners LLC and Stephens Inc. where he was responsible for originating, analyzing, managing and advising on transactions ranging from early stage opportunities to leveraged buyouts. He began his career as a member of General Electric’s Corporate Audit staff where he worked across a variety of GE’s global businesses to execute financial audits, lead operational reviews, and drive strategic corporate initiatives. After Audit Staff, Kevin joined GE Capital as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, leading and mentoring numerous operational improvement projects as well as co-founding a new insurance business. Following his time with GE, Kevin continued on the entrepreneurial path and founded a management consulting company that advised companies and government agencies in the defense sector.

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