Milspo Monday: Brittany Pieper of Arminabella

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Milspo Monday: Brittany Pieper of Arminabella

 What holds me back in business is questioning if others really understand the vision. I strongly believe that life is about helping others and being of service to others. Sadly, our world does not always share the same mentality and others feel you are trying to get something from them. It is sad when you have to assure someone that you truly want to help them and have their best interest at heart.

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Lindsey Germono | Board of Directors

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Lindsey Germono | Board of Directors

Lindsey Germono is a leading expert in traditional and new media advertising for Hampton Roads businesses, with much of her focus on new companies entering the world of advertising. With over 7 years of television advertising experience in both broadcast and cable advertising sales, she has concentrated on the advancements in new media and stays up to date on trends within the online, mobile, and digital platforms. 

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ABC's Shark Tank | Interview with R. Riveter founders Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse Part 2 | The Milspo Project

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ABC's Shark Tank | Interview with R. Riveter founders Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse Part 2 | The Milspo Project

The company is only as good as the individual members. As we are building this network, I am mindful that I only want to bring in people that are positive and that I want to be around. I want people that as they're walking down Broad St. with their R. Riveter bag on their shoulder, they are going to give the community a very positive impression. Keeping that company culture is what will take us from small to big while maintaining a happy and positive place to work.

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Introducing, Seanna Asper | Board of Directors, The Milspo Project

At The Milspo Project, we truly believe we have the BEST team and members within our community. Our suspicions of this were confirmed when we were lucky enough to bring Seanna Asper onto our Board of Directors!

Seanna comes from a family of entrepreneurs, so it was a natural choice when she decided to open her own business, Asper Accounting.   Seanna’s passion is working with small business owners because she believes that small businesses are the heartbeat of America.

Prior to venturing out on her own, Seanna gained experience in public accounting and also spent some time helping run her family’s utility construction company.  She even holds contractor’s licenses in a couple of states.

Seanna was honored as a university valedictorian upon earning her bachelor’s in accounting and received a fellowship to complete her master’s in accounting, both from North Carolina State University.

When she isn’t focused on helping grow businesses, Seanna loves to spend her time outdoors with her husband and dog.  She jokes that she and her husband’s hobby is having hobbies.  They love hiking, camping, paddle boarding, sailing and so much more.  However, if the weather is bad you’ll find Seanna with a good cup of coffee enjoying great conversation with friends and family.  

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Milspo Monday: Claire Yanta-O'Mahoney of Fleur de Lis Fitness

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Milspo Monday: Claire Yanta-O'Mahoney of Fleur de Lis Fitness

To me, having control of my time, my goals, and my destiny is very important. I have enjoyed working for companies in the past and have had wonderful experiences but I figured that if I was willing to work that hard for someone else, I would be even more motivated to work for myself to fulfill my dreams. Military life can mean that plans can change in an instant, so having flexibility is key. Entrepreneurship seemed like the answer to my lifestyle needs.

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Milspo Monday: Seanna Asper of Asper Accounting

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Milspo Monday: Seanna Asper of Asper Accounting

I come from a family of entrepreneurs and have been working in my family's businesses since I was in middle school. I have always had a mindset for business and enjoy being able to have my hands in multiple aspects of a business. However, I never really considered entrepreneurship with my accounting degree until my husband decided to join the military. When he first joined I panicked for a while about my career. I turned down my great job offer after grad school to embark on this wild journey and at first that was a really big blow. Once I got settled into our first base I eventually got a job with a local accounting firm, but after six months there I was tired of being pigeonholed. I wasn't learning or growing as a professional and I knew I wanted to do more as a professional. Selfishly I also wanted the flexibility to set my own schedule so that I could spend time with my husband on his random days off and take my work with me to travel and see family.

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Ashley Matejka, Director of Programs

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By following her entrepreneurial spirit, Ashley gained fulfillment and flexibility conducive to the transient military lifestyle. She is the founder of Wellevance, a social venture connecting people, community, and products to inspire others to live a balanced lifestyle and create positive change in the world. Ashley graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Central Florida and in 2007 with an
M.B.A. from Saint Leo University. She was selected as 1 of 24 social entrepreneurs from around the world to attend Global Social Impact House 2016.  The 7-day residential program provided an opportunity to explore advanced concepts in business models, design thinking and leadership, while building meaningful, global connections.

Ashley is delighted to join The Milspo Project team to help educate and support fellow Military Spouse Entrepreneurs.  

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Introducing, Marshall "Will" Williams | Board of Directors, The Milspo Project

The Milspo Project is honored and thrilled to announce the placement of Marshall "Will" Williams to the Board of Directors! As a veteran himself, Will knows about the capabilities and strength of the military spouse first hand through his relationship with his own beautiful wife. Will says, "I saw first hand how important the military spouse is in insuring family cohesiveness and direction. I also saw some of the most talented people in our society go through so much hardship with deployments and moving locations so often that they could never get their proper recognition if they worked outside of the home."

Marshall M. “Will” Williams is a highly skilled executive and principal advisor with a demonstrated record of leading large scale projects from inception to successful completion. Will currently serves as the Executive Director of Military Affairs for Home Savings and Trust Mortgage, a principal VA loan mortgage bank. He was most recently the Chief of Staff and Director of Sector Operations for the Support Solutions (S2) Sector at BAE Systems, a global Aerospace and Defense Company. As a direct report to the Sector President, he assisted in the strategic development and operational performance of this $4+ billion business as part of his daily responsibilities.

Will gained extensive experience in marketing and corporate communications while working for BAE Systems and earlier in his career, he mastered Congressional engagements, Pentagon senior leader engagements, project management and campaign plans while working at General Dynamics corporate headquarters in its Government Relations department.

Before this, Will served as an Army Sergeant Major serving in a multitude of jobs with increasing responsibilities. In his final assignment, Will served in the Pentagon as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the 19th Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry and then again for the 20th Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.

Will holds a bachelor's degree in Management, a master’s degree in Management, and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development, all from National-Louis University. He obtained each with honors.

Will is a member of several professional and military-related organizations, including the American Legion (Post #177), the Association of the US Army (AUSA), the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and the US Black Engineers Association. He is Chair of the Programs and Operations Committee, World Board of Governors, Board Member for Pets for Patriots LLC, United Service Organization and currently serves as a member of Vets for National Security Foundation, The Fisher House Foundation, and National Defense Industrial Association.

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Milspo Monday: Daniela Woerner of AddoAesthetics

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Milspo Monday: Daniela Woerner of AddoAesthetics

AddoAesthetics is a coaching and consulting company for those in the health and beauty industry. Addo in Latin means to inspire and that is exactly what I want to do for my clients. My specialty is showing spa owners and aestheticians how to increase retail and service sales by building patient trust, improving patient communication, and using proven spa best practices.

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Introducing, Adrianna Domingos-Lupher, SoFluential and NetGen Milspouse | Board of Directors, The Milspo Project

When The Milspo Project first became acquainted with Adrianna through NextGen Milspouse, there was no doubt that a collaboration between the two would be dynamic. Adrianna agreed to be a keynote speaker for EMBARK 2015, and within hours, was asked to join the Board of Directors. The Milspo Project is so excited to have Adrianna and her creativity and business leadership, and we know that 2016 will be better than ever with her as part of Team Milspo Project!

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Introducing, Foster Sayers III - Vertex Railcar Corporation | Board of Directors, The Milspo Project

The Milspo Project is pleased to introduce to you our new member of the Board of Directors, Foster Sayers III! Long before his official induction into The Milspo Project, Foster has been giving of his time and resources to propel The Milspo Project forward. "The Milspo Project is a great platform to help business owners and I'd like to see it reach its full potential," says Sayers. "I'm inspired by its mission and feel that I can make meaningful contributions given my background in entrepreneurship and business law." We are thrilled that he has chosen to continue on in this new capacity.

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Introducing, Erin Voirol from Military Spouse Corporate Career Network | Board of Directors, The Milspo Project

introducing Erin Voirol, our newest member of The Milspo Project’s Board of Directors! Erin was one of the earliest supporters of The Milspo Project opening doors for TMP to speak at a conference by Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) and later to join the Spouse Ambassador Network - part of the DoD's Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP). Additionally, Erin serves as a chapter leader in the Virginia Beach area challenging other military spouse entrepreneurs to start and grow their own businesses. Erin's support of The Milspo Project has already propelled us far, and we look forward to this coming year with her on our Board.

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Introducing... Chris Cancialosi, PhD from GothamCulture | Board of Directors, The Milspo Project

We are so honored to have Dr. Cancialosi join The Milspo Project's Board of Directors. Chris recently learned of the The Milspo Project at Inc 5000 where he was honored as CEO of one of the fastest growing companies in America and where he was also serving as a volunteer mentor for new military entrepreneurs. Recently, Chris wrote an article about The Milspo Project's work that was featured on Forbes. We are excited for the leadership and experience that Chris is bringing to this team.

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Milspo Monday: Zureena Curlee of LeilaCakes

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Milspo Monday: Zureena Curlee of LeilaCakes

Military spouses have to be creative and flexible because a lot of times, we are juggling business, families, deployments, and cross-country moves. We have to continually re-invent ourselves and our businesses to keep up with our changing clientele, as well.

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Milspo Monday: Kristen Smith of If the Saddle Fits

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Milspo Monday: Kristen Smith of If the Saddle Fits

 I've always known that my definition of success is different than most. I enjoy learning more than mastery, and needed the freedom to travel and pursue my hobbies. Entrepreneurship allows me to live a life that I've designed, where I can allocate my time and energies according to my priorities.

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Milspo Monday: Lily Dagdag of Save Your Time Biz Solutions

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Milspo Monday: Lily Dagdag of Save Your Time Biz Solutions

I want to be remembered as someone who cared about helping the community, especially wounded veterans. In addition to my business, I have a passion project that is geared towards business owners in the military community and half of the proceeds are donated to non-profits that benefit veterans.

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Shiang-Ling Bissonnette, Advisory Board | The Milspo Project

I am The QueenB, I am a visionary and self taught either by lessons learned, research or simple discussion among my peers. I believe that if you want it enough you push past your fears and go for it.

I have 4 children 8 & under with my husband and best friend. He has been enlisted in the Marines since 2009, currently serving as an Operator with in the MARSOC Command. Even though all of those are defining roles, I needed something to help define me further. I am a woman, wife, mother and an entrepreneur. I am the founder & owner of The Hive & Co. a small business resource blog and management service. We cater to smaller businesses that need help building their businesses. I also own Queen B Studio, Wilmington NCs premier boudoir studio. I hold the PR & Marketing title at Raising Raiders, a local non- profit organization serving the families of the Marine Special Forces Command (MARSOC) and am the local chapter leader for The MilSpo Project. 

I love creating the life that I love and helping other realize their potential and push towards their dreams! Our life consists of constant sacrifices and balances but mostly laughter  and love, we live for the adventure our lifestyle brings!

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Bianca M. Strzalkowski, Advisory Board | The Milspo Project

Bianca Strzalkowski is a technical writer and freelance editor.

A proud Marine Corps wife of 14 years, she has experience in news reporting, social media management, and content marketing. As a mother of three, Bianca has spent her time volunteering with various military service organizations, such as the Marine Corps’ Family Readiness program and the Homefront United Network. Because of her volunteerism, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Amos, awarded her with a Certificate of Commendation.

Throughout her role as a military wife, she has watched as the face of the spouse community has evolved. There is no longer one cookie cutter mold of what a military spouse should look like so Bianca is proud to partner with the organizations strengthening the community’s will to pursue their dreams.

Prior to her freelance writing career, Bianca was the Deputy Director of Membership for Blue Star Families and former Managing Editor of The Onslow Times. She is media trained and has appeared in interviews for television, radio, and print to include Fox News, CNN, and Oprah.

Currently, Bianca resides in Jacksonville, NC where her husband is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River. She is a member of the Military Reporters & Editors Association and joins The MilSpo Project as an advisor.

Connect with Bianca on Twitter or via email at Bianca.Strzalkowski@gmail.com

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