Inspiring People & Places: Episode 11

Title: Giving Transitioning Veterans a New Tribe, Purpose, and Voice in AEC Industry with Brian Zickefoose, Founder & CEO of the Valiant Group

Episode Summary: In this episode, BJ interviews fellow West Point Graduate and Army Veteran Brian Zickefoose, Founder & CEO of the Valiant Group, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small that provides general contracting and construction management services for commercial, healthcare, utility, and government clients throughout the eastern United States. Brian earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy. After spending six and half years on active duty, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Brian spent time in the private sector before founding Valiant group in 2017, focusing on a relentless commitment to building a better homefront, community, and customer experience through a relentless commitment to customer development. Brian is unapologetic about his commitment to serving transitioning veterans, which fuels his team’s passion for serving the AEC industry. This is an inspiring episode you don’t want to miss.

Host: BJ Kraemer, MCFA

Special Guest: Brian Zickefoose, Valiant Group

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Episode Resources:

The Valiant Group

The Outdoor Association of True Heroes (OATH)

The Heart of the Warrior: Before You Can Become the Warrior, You Must Become the Beloved Son by Michael Thompson

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential by John C. Maxwell

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Deliberate Discomfort: How U.S. Special Operations Forces Overcome Fear and Dare to Win by Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable by Jason B.A. Van Camp

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

What the Heck is EOS?: A Complete Guide for Employees in Companies Running on EOS by Gino Wickman

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger