JDog Strategic Advisers
Kevin Lacz was born and raised in central Connecticut before enrolling in James Madison University in 2000. When the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 claimed the life of a good friend’s father, he decided to leave school in favor of military service. While visiting a Navy recruiter’s office, a SEALs poster caught Kevin’s eye and he decided to enlist in the Navy with the intention of going to BUD/S and becoming a SEAL. He started BUD/S in early 2003 with Class 245. A back injury meant he would graduate with Class 246 at the end of the year. Because he was a Hospital Corpsman, Kevin also attended 18D Special Operations Combat Medic School at Fort Bragg before checking into SEAL Team THREE in Coronado, California.
Kevin did two platoons at SEAL Team THREE (Charlie and Delta) as a platoon sniper, breacher, and combat medic, each with a deployment to Iraq (2006 and 2008). He was fortunate enough to work alongside many of the toughest frogmen to ever wear the trident, such as Marc Lee, Ryan Job, Mikey Monsoor, and Chris Kyle. His platoon’s 2006 deployment to Ramadi, then the most dangerous city in Iraq, has been discussed in several books, including Chris Kyle’s American Sniper. Kevin’s presence in Sniper led to his involvement in the production of and eventual casting in the Clint Eastwood directed Chris Kyle biopic by the same name (starring Bradley Cooper).
Upon completing his enlistment, Kevin was honorably discharged from the Navy. He was awarded a number of commendations for his service, including a Bronze Star with a combat ‘V’. He returned to Connecticut and enrolled at UCONN with the intention of continuing his career in medicine. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science in 2011 and began the application process for Physician Assistant School. While earning his undergraduate degree, he also got married and started a family.
In 2012 Kevin moved his family to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in order to pursue his Masters of Health Sciences at Wake Forest University. He graduated in August 2014.
Currently, Kevin lives in Florida with his wife, Lindsey, and two young children. He works as a Physician Assistant with Regenesis, LLC in Pensacola. He enjoys using his past experiences to facilitate his medicine and charity. In 2015, Governor Rick Scott appointed Kevin to the District Board of Trustees for Pensacola State College. Kevin’s past military service continues to influence him greatly as he seeks to actively support service members and veterans in his community. For more information please feel free to contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://kevinlacz.com/contact.html
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 please feel free to contact Alex at email@example.com or visit 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.
John DiNapoli has over 30 years of leadership experience that spans both the military and civilian sectors. Throughout his career, he has commanded units of various sizes including companies, battalions, and brigades. John retired in 2016 as a Brigadier General (BG) in the NJ Army National Guard. His civilian experience is centered on healthcare, with 25 years in positions of increased responsibility to include Sales Representative, Manager, Account Director and Vice President for Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply companies. These companies include: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Marion Merrill Dow, SmithKline Beecham, MEDecision, Blistech and Medical Action Industries. John is also an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. John has developed his skills as a leader through formal training as well as real world experience. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers University, a Masters in Strategic Studies from The US Army War College, and a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Gettysburg College.
He has completed and delivered multiple Values Based Leadership courses throughout his military career. Brigadier General DiNapoli offers a unique blend of direct leadership experience from both the military and healthcare sectors with the added benefit of classic training. His background has enabled him to teach, coach and mentor executives at various levels in diverse environments. As a helicopter pilot, John recognizes the importance of teamwork and strategic leadership to insure that the mission is accomplished safely and effectively. As importantly, he has observed the results of poor leadership which can negatively impact an organization by effecting morale, destroying unit cohesion and ultimately compromising success. Within the healthcare industry, John has been able to apply his leadership expertise to develop the talents of subordinates, peers and even many of his superiors, helping companies reach new heights.
John’s multi-dimensional experience as a leader differentiates him from individuals who may seem to understand leadership from a distance, but are limited by a one dimensional perspective. As a result, John is effective in developing programs that specifically enhance the leadership abilities of individuals and help them realize their full potential. For more information please feel free to contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org