Born in the spring of 1988 as the first of three siblings, Greg had a fairly typical childhood. Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where he was born and raised has been recognized multiple times for being one of the best cities in America to raise a family, as well as being known as a significant source of “weird news.” At seven years old, when his parents separated, Greg took on a substantial amount of responsibility, helping to care for his two younger sisters. He also participated in mission trips through his local church, traveling throughout the U.S. to help rebuild homes. These formative events, as well as his time in the Boy Scouts as a youth helped to cement his desire to help others. He competed with his local YMCA swim team, and spent summers at Camp Y-Koda.
After he enlisted in July 2006, shortly after graduating from North High School, he was deployed to the Al Anbar province in Iraq, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his deployment he conducted over 400 mobile combat patrols, resulting in a multitude of Direct Action raids and capturing numerous High Value Targets. During this period of immersion in a new culture, Greg learned the importance of cooperating with individuals from different walks of life, as well as communicating despite language barriers. He developed key skills in leadership, management, and key operational skills, as well as gaining an appreciation for recognizing the commonality that all people share, despite cultural differences. This only increased his resolve to help and protect others, understanding that on a basic level, we all share very ubiquitous motivations.
Greg’s USMC deployment ended February 2008, and his Marine Corps enlistment ended in January of 2010. After being deactivated, he attended a two day seminar to prepare him for his return to civilian life. Without any direction of what he should do after his time in the service, he returned to Sheboygan, the only destination he knew outside of military life. This began a cycle of depression, feelings of being lost, and drug use. Without the auspices of his fellow brothers, or orders to follow, he felt as though he no longer belonged in civilian life, even going through a bout of homelessness, in which he relied on the generosity of friends for a place to stay. Living on an air mattress, down to the last few dollars in his pocket, desperation and depression had become a day-to-day reality, when he saw a hiring ad for an international security firm called Triple Canopy. Less than 24 hours later, received an offer letter that would begin a 4 year career as a high-threat Security Contractor.
During his time as a contractor, he worked throughout Kuwait, Afganistan, and Iraq. Known for his trademark Hawaiian shirts, Greg provided training and security services to local and international personnel, identifying and mitigating potential threats, and honing methods to assess and expand intel that directly contributed to the safety and efficiency of operations.
It was through these experiences and skills that he realized how he could best help others avoid the turbulence that he went through. Recognizing that active service members could be better served by utilizing their skills of planning and efficiency, as well as information gathering, Greg decided to create a platform with which they could successfully manage their own transition back to civilian life. Through working with recruiters, educational organizations, local businesses, and health providers his goal is to create a platform that will help veterans and their families plan a successful and meaningful life after service.