In your role at Empower AI, how do you use the skills you learned as a military leader?
During my 20-year career in the U.S. Army, I adopted the Army values – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. I carry those values forward in my new career at Empower AI. I believe people want leaders who lead by example, and my values are displayed in my leadership style.
What inspired you to get involved in innovation?
I’m a competitive person who believes winning matters. Challenging the status quo, finding efficiency, and creating solutions to problems are sure ways to win.
During your career, what are some specific challenges or obstacles you have faced along the way, and how did you overcome them?
One of the more difficult challenges I faced throughout my military career was uncertainty. While I could not change the overall uncertainty we were facing, I always worked hard to provide my team with predictability through planning and communication.
Based on your training in the military, what are some of the key achievements or milestones in your career that you are proud of?
Early on in my career, I was fortunate to have a mentor that stressed the importance of developing short-, mid-, and long-term goals. The goals I set for myself created a pathway for me to become a subject matter expert in my field and retire at my desired rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 with a bachelor’s degree in management.
From your experience in the military, why is responsible AI important to the future of the military and the nation?
It all goes back to values. Our adversaries are constantly working to undermine our national interests. We must leverage every tool available to maintain our competitive advantage while protecting human rights and our God-given freedoms.
What motivates you to continue pushing boundaries and striving for excellence in your work?
Competition. Having served an entire military career during a time of conflict and war, I know firsthand the importance of pushing the boundaries and striving for excellence. When lives are on the line – nothing less is acceptable.
In your view, why is it important that we celebrate Military Appreciation Week?
Our all-volunteer military is made up of people who have chosen to selflessly serve the people of the United States of America. It takes a special type of person to decide to commit themselves to defending our freedoms. I am thankful for everyone who has the courage and dedication to put it all on the line to protect the Constitution of the United States.
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you or your work?
I am grateful to work for an organization that supports the Department of Defense and our armed forces.