Alex Archawski is a military veteran, social entrepreneur, and sales trainer/coach with Sales Evolution (www.salesevolution.com). His mission it to help organizations achieve outstanding sales success. Through his experience of transitioning twice out of the service, he also created a thriving nonprofit, Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network (GPVN) whose mission is to provide empowerment tools for local Veterans seeking employment, leadership skills and Entrepreneurship success. The organization also provides support services to companies seeking to hire local Veterans. GPVN’s motto is “Out Tolls, Your Mission”. For more information – www.gpvn.org / www.veteransharktank.com
Justin Constantine retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is now an inspirational speaker and veteran advocate. He speaks at numerous corporate, educational and military institutions about leadership, the upside of change, teamwork and overcoming adversity. Justin is also a Senior Advisor at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. And as a consultant with Military.com, Justin assists corporations with all aspects of their veteran hiring initiatives.
Justin deployed to Iraq in 2006, serving as a Civil Affairs Team Leader while attached to an infantry battalion. While on a routine combat patrol, Justin was shot in the head by a sniper. Although the original prognosis was that he had been killed in action, Justin survived thanks to risks taken by his fellow Marines and a courageous Navy Corpsman. For his service in Iraq, he earned the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
After recovering from his injuries in 2007, Justin worked at the U.S. Department of Justice and then as Counsel for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In 2011 the Secretary of Defense appointed him to a four-year term on the Task Force for Recovering Warriors. Justin also worked for several years with the FBI as an attorney on a counterterrorism team.
He recently completed his first book, My Battlefield, Your Office, which applies military leadership skills to the private sector. His writing on military and leadership issues has been featured in such outlets as CNN, Time, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Forbes magazine, USA Today, Business Insider, Stars and Stripes and the Huffington Post. Justin is also a co-host of the weekly Internet program, Military Network Radio, and a weekly guest on the Internet radio station All Marine Radio.
Justin graduated from James Madison University in 1992 with a double major in English and Political Science and a minor in German. He joined the Marine Corps while in law school at the University of Denver School of Law, and graduated from there in 1998. Justin was the Honor Graduate of his class at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2009. In 2015, he graduated on the Dean’s List from Georgetown University with a Master of Laws degree focusing on National Security.
In 2012 the Virginia Legislature passed a commending resolution highlighting Justin’s continued support of veterans and other wounded warriors. Justin is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, has been named a Champion of Change by the White House, and also was awarded the prestigious inaugural 2014 Lincoln Award recognizing his outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families. To learn more about Justin, please go to www.justinconstantine.com He can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.850.5647
Ralph Galati was born and raised in Philadelphia and Delaware County, PA. He is a graduate of St. James High School (Chester, PA) class of 1966; and he received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) in 1970 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. As a member of the Air Force ROTC, he was a Distinguished Military Graduate, President of the Arnold Air Society, and recipient of the St. Joseph’s University Dean’s Award.
Ralph attended USAF Flight Training in 1970, and received his Wings in 1971. He was a Weapon Systems Officer in the F-4 Phantom aircraft, and was assigned to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand in the fall of 1971. Ralph qualified as a Laser Guided Bomb lead, and was soon elevated to the role of Forward Air Controller. On February 16, 1972 he and his pilot were shot-down over North Vietnam and were immediately captured and taken to Hanoi. He spent the next 14 months as a Prisoner of War. Ralph was repatriated on March 28, 1973.
Ralph served as an Officer in the USAF for eight years – as a Flight Instructor, Curriculum Developer, and at the Pentagon with the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison. During this time he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. Ralph completed his Active Duty in 1978, and continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve until 1981. Ralph’s military awards include:
- The Silver Star
- The Bronze Star with Valor w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster
- The Air Medal w/4 OLC
- The Air Force Commendation Medal w/2 OLC
- The Purple Heart w/1 OLC
Ralph was hired by IBM in 1979, and retired in 2007 after 28 years of service. He was a Certified Client Executive and Global Account Manager in the Industrial Sector, developing solutions for large, global enterprises. He was the recipient of numerous Leadership and Sales awards. After his retirement from IBM, Ralph was employed by SAP Americas Headquarters in Newtown Square, PA – and worked in their Education and Training business.
Ralph has also served as a University Adjunct Faculty member and Academic Advisor at Widener University, Cabrini College and St. Joseph’s University from 1982 to 2012. His focus is the Business Value of Information Technology, Organizational Leadership and Managing Dynamic Change.
Ralph served as the Veterans Liaison for Delaware County, PA from 2011-2013. His role included outreach efforts across the county, as well as ensuring that all Delaware County veterans and their families receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Ralph is presently the Director of Veterans Services at St. Joseph’s University. His office is responsible for: Developing and implementing Entrepreneurship Programs for veterans, with specific focus on disabled veterans; coordinating campus-wide programs for veterans and dependents; and Designing Career Development initiatives for veterans.
Ralph has been married to Rosemary for 45 years. They have two grown children – one with a Master’s Degree in Journalism, and the other is a Medical Doctor. Ralph and Rosemary live in Wallingford, PA. He can be reached at 610.999.4609 and email@example.com.