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.
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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