Honoring Our Wounded Warriors
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John J. McDaniel served on active duty in the United States Army from November of 1987 to November of 2007. John is a decorated combat veteran, former Infantry Officer, Airborne Ranger, and Master Parachutist with a Special Operations background.
Shortly before his military career ended, John began taking wounded veterans on fishing trips in the Florida Keys and in Tampa Bay. What once was a grassroots initiative has now developed into an ever-growing national charity, the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation. Although retired from active duty, John says of his work, “I’m not done serving. We simply can’t do enough for these tremendous Purple Heart heroes.”
A Master of Business Administration, John is a successful entrepreneur, business developer, and former CEO in the private sector. In addition to his work with the Foundation, John is a certified US Coast Guard Captain, a senior certified USA Hockey coach, an outdoor enthusiast, avid sportsman and conservationist. John lives with his wife Lisa (nee Tobul) and their two sons, Dylan and Luke, in Apollo Beach, FL.
Veteran Business of the Week
Justin is a disabled combat veteran who honorably served for over six years as a Gunners Mate in our United States Navy. He is most known throughout our military and local communities for his gallant actions during the 2010 pirate attack on the amphibious dock landing ship, the U.S.S. Ashland. His valiant efforts led to the first judicial conviction for piracy in over 200 years, thus gaining the nickname “Pirate Hunter”.
Since transitioning out of the service, Justin has been solely focused on utilizing his military skill sets within the civilian business world to progressively develop into a Sales and Business Operations Professional. He attended Charleston Southern University, where he now serves on the Board of Visitors. To express his dedication to help veterans, Justin contributes to scholarships to aid in the transition for these students from military specialists to business professionals. He is now provides expert business advice and focuses on providing the tools for taking the skill sets developed inside the military and effectively applying them to not only the civilian business world, but to improve and develop one’s overall life. His self-proclaimed intonation, #ExcellenceExpected, is not just a hashtag, but is a mindset that helps support his dedications and wants for the rest of the world.
Justin is the former VP of TheSignChef.com, Inc., one of America’s most versatile online signage companies, providing top quality signage for many of the Fortune500 companies, as well as over 190,000 small business across the United States and Internationally.
In December 2017, Justin resigned from his position as VP to fulfill his life’s highest purpose: to develop the Veteran Community as well as those seeking to elevate their life.
In April 2018, he officially founded Signs By Veterans where his mission is to continue veteran development through selfless service for their clients. Justin believes that generating purpose in veterans will truly decrease the suicide numbers down from the current 22 a day.
Justin is recognized throughout the industry as a leading expert, and influencer. He has been featured in Signs of the Times and Sign Builder Magazine. He was Nominated for Forbes 30Under30, achieved top 3 finalist for Digital Output’s International Sign Application of the Year in 2017, and has appeared on over 30 different podcasts.