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TigerSwan is a North Carolina-based security and consulting company that helps companies effectively manage risks. James Reese, the founder and CEO of TigerSwan, created the company with the goal of providing veterans with an opportunity to utilize their valuable leadership skills to make contributions in the private sector. When James Reese retired from the military in 2007 he was in that same position of having exceptional skills that now needed to find useful space in civilian life. Reese had reached the pinnacles of the military profession as a decorated combat leader, a Lt. Colonel, and a member of the famous “Delta Force”. Reese considers himself a “Servant leader”, which he defines as someone who uses his leadership skills to serve others. This philosophy guided his approach to becoming a small business owner.

James Reese came up with the concept for TigerSwan in 2007 while finishing his final rotation in Iraq. He launched the company, using his own capital, and soon received a major contract from the United States government. TigerSwan was selected as part of a program to support Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned, Small Businesses (known as SDVOSB). This much-needed influx of capital was then re-invested into the business, allowing TigerSwan to grow to the mature company of today. With 300 employees and projects in 40 countries, TigerSwan is now a significant force in the lives of many people.

James Reese Tigerswan
James Reese Tigerswan

When Reese reflects on the many differences between being part of the military and being the owner of a business, he points out leadership is easier in the military. Military leaders are given a team that has already been vetted, developed and is ready to perform at a high level. By contrast, leaders in the private sector have to make tough decisions about what qualities they need and what they can realistically afford to pay for those qualities. Reese argues that finding a balance between getting the best people and not going over the budget for payroll is only the beginning. Business leaders also have to mentor each member of the team to help them develop the qualities they need to succeed. Reese is motivated by feeling personally responsible for the success of every member of his team. Employees depend on TigerSwan to help them pay their mortgages, put their children through college and meet other financial obligations that will hugely impact their lives. Reese observes that navigating these challenges is actually harder than being part of Delta Force, but also that it’s his military background that makes him uniquely prepared for tackling the challenges of running a business.

TigerSwan gives former military members the opportunity to thrive in the private sector. Reese believes his business has benefitted from the sense of “Mission First” that former military members possess. This culture of cohesive teamwork is uniquely effective at accomplishing important tasks, to the benefit of clients who rely on TigerSwan to help them manage risks. Ultimately, James Reese considers it a privilege to be able to watch his business grow and make a positive difference for so many people.

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Kisling Nestico and Redick (KNR) is one of the largest personal injury firms in Ohio and comprises over 100 staff and 10 locations. KNR has advocated for victims of negligent driving and recovered more than $450 million in settlements and verdicts since the law firm’s start in 2005.

The firm has personal background in the industry, which is based on a near-fatal traffic incident suffered by founding partner Rob Nestico at the age of 15. Kisling Nestico and Redick also has the advantage of professional background in the insurance industry, which allows it to outmaneuver insurance companies who often work against KNR’s clients. This has contributed to Kisling Nestico & Redick’s track record, for which it has been recognized in the industry by Super Lawyers and for which it has eared a place in the Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio.

In 2019, Kisling Nestico & Redick was also recognized in the 23rd Webby Awards, a panel of media judges on visual, audio and digital communications, for its website design. KNR prides itself in creating an easily managed site for background and information on KNR and for getting answers to legal questions. The award was in the legal category, which was regarded by The New York Times as the highest honor on the Internet.

Based on its concern for distracted driving and consequent accidents caused by negligence, Kisling Nestico & Redick has launched a Stop Distracted Driving Scholarship, which awards a $5,000 scholarship to a high-school student who can propose the best solution to distracted driving. The 2019 scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design went to Elianna Norin who created a public service spot comparing driving blindfolded to a driver’s similar lack of awareness while texting.

Kisling Nestico & Redick also carries on its purpose of personal injury advocacy to charity work and public involvement, such as participation for six years running in the Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump with an accumulated amount of $138,000 raised for charity. KNR also recognizes a need for adequate nutrition in Ohio, noting that one child in five in Cleveland requires assistance and that 83,000 have no means of replacing free school lunches during summer breaks. In response, Kisling Nestico & Redick initiated the KNR Cares organization which sponsors shopping for staple foods distributed by the school system. KNR is also involved in Thanksgiving programs and makes contributions to the Ronald McDonald House and to the Akron Rotary Camp and has raised more than $300,000 for food and charity in the state of Ohio.