Determined, Centered, Thoughtful, Loyal, Team-oriented, Resilient
Developed detailed action plans and guided teams in the execution of groundbreaking organizational objectives. Resourceful, adaptable and exercised superb leadership with every assignment.
A superior leader who performs in high-pressure environments. Improved team performance through training and a consultative style. Emphasize active listening and buy-in.
Problem-Solving & Analysis
He consistently implements a keen analytical abilities and a proven team-based work dynamic with a systems-oriented approach to facilitate great, efficient and effective solutions.
Jesse is a leadership consultant, advising company executives who want to build a winning culture. He has a strong background offering leadership in high-stress environments, boosting organizational morale, coaching and counseling for top performance, and developing innovative solutions to complex problems.
Jesse served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, primarily in infantry and special operations units. He was deployed in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 15 total combat tours. In the course of his Army career, he held a variety of leadership roles with the 75th Ranger Regiment, including Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant Major. In these roles he controlled costs, increased efficiency, and identified uncharted opportunities.
Because of his own experiences recovering from a combat injury and his concern for the problems faced by wounded veterans, Jesse was selected to work with Camp Patriot, a non-profit organization that empowers disabled vets through outdoor challenges and referral services. He now serves as the National VP of the HOOAH Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for veterans in need of financial support and behavioral health treatment. He is also an advisory board member of American Dream U – an organization supporting entrepreneurship among active duty service members, veterans, and their family members – and is considered a thought leader in helping fellow veterans transition to the private sector.
Jesse has been awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star for Valor, five Bronze Stars for Service, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Order of St. Maurice, and the Legion of Merit. He lives in Columbia, South Carolina with his family, where he is on the executive board of the Palmetto chapter of the Association of the United States Army.
Leadership: As Company First Sergeant, Jesse led four teams with a total of 160 special operations personnel around the world. In this role, Jesse says that his goal was to let the “men to know that they came first, that they were our most precious resource and that they worked in a professional organization that was not going to leave them out in the dark to defend themselves.” During his 3-years in this role, organizational retention increased by 75%. One recommender states that in “combat, under stress and duress, Jesse is calm, collected, and a moral “rock” that can hold teams together, inspire greatness in people, and and move organizations to reach both individual and organizational potential.” Another recommender noted, “ A top 1% leader within the Ranger Regiment. Respected and adored by his subordinates, peers, and superiors. His reputation for courage, sound judgment, and fairness while expecting high standards was unmatched in my battalion. Congrats. You are getting a hero.I still wish he was on my team.”
Perseverance: Jesse noted, “being part of something daring, complicated and intriguing is what I have dedicated my life to up to this point. When I was a young soldier in the regular Army, I knew I wanted to be around people that wanted to carry a heavier load, take it farther, and carry it into the unknown environment to accomplish the mission; thus it is no surprise that I found my place in the 75th Ranger Regiment.” After a nearly fatal injury sustained in combat, Jesse was offered the chance to retire at 12 years of service or transfer to a less demanding position. He decided against both. Four months after surgery, he demonstrated his readiness to go back to the field after successfully summiting Mt. Rainier. As a result, he was offered the position of Rifle Company First Sergeant. Jesse noted, “Frankly, I was not going to be defeated. I knew I had more to give and higher goals to achieve in Ranger Regiment.”
Collaboration: One recommender states that from “complex military operations to problem sets, Jesse could always figure out the best way to identify root causes, build a team to collaboratively solve it, and align resources against the well defined problem set. His ability to lead collaborative efforts was his greatest strength in problem solving.”