Former Special Operations Commander of the US Army turned CEO and currenlty TigerSwan’s founder and current chief executive by the name of James Reese truly leads an interesting life that has the capacity to educate, influence and inspire others because it is all about never giving up to successfully reach and achieve goals. A decorated combat leader in a special branch of the Army, it is not surprising how he excelled and continues to excell in his business ventures and his community after he left active duty and retired into civilian life.
Wired for excellence, James Reese says that the number one lesson he learned from the military is to be a good leader. In order to be one, a person has to be a good and active listener. On top of that, if one is assigned to be in charge, he must do it to the best of his abilities. It is not surprising that he is now a good mentor and leader to his over three hundred employees with his TigerSwan business in 50 countries all around the globe.
He takes his role in TigerSwan seriously because people depend on him, and he feels responsible for his people. They have families, kids to send to college, mortgages to pay, among many other things. Owning TigerSwan comes with back breaking responsibilities that he cannot afford to bungle, but in the same token, he feels that what he has been blessed with is truly rewarding. James Reese noted that it feels great to have the freedom of time and the ability to watch his business’ continued growth. On top of that, he appreciates his TigerSwan employees who have remained loyal to his company through the years as they continue to work together to carry out the company vision and achieve company goals.
Reese shared that he came up with the TigerSwan concept in his last tour of Iraq. When he got home, he couldn’t forget about the idea so he designed a plan with the help of a friend. He noted that back then, he had not outside capital and the only thing he had going for him was his disabled status. Thus, they were chosen as the service disabled veteran owned company (SDVOSB) to partner up with a major defense contractor to serve the Department of Defense.
A company that has the SDVOSB tag has a majority ownership by a disabled veteran. However, James Reese pointed out that this was not his reason for establishing TigerSwan. His primary motivation in starting the company was to have veterans working together to help do something nice and positive for the world so that it can be a better place for everyone to live in.
Reese noted that he felt lucky when his TigerSwan company was awarded their first contract, which almost seemed like it was by fluke and a whole lot of luck. But this gave him the working capital to continue to grow the business. From the profit earned in the very first contract, he reinvested it to the company, so they could acquire better business systems and hire more employee to help TigerSwan grow.
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