Last week we celebrated National Military Spouse Appreciation Day and recognized 10 influential military spouse business owners. We’re continuing to honor military members this week during National Military Appreciation Month through our joint campaign with iHeart Media, Highlighting Our Heroes.
Our heroes this week include members from all branches of service including military spouses who have also sacrificed for our country. StreetShares members include veteran small business owners who have taken a veteran business loan, line of credit or received government contract financing, or every day investors in the U.S. who are supporting these veteran small businesses with their investments.
Tune in to BIG 100 in the Washington, DC metro region each day this week a 5:00pm Eastern or stream online at iheartmedia.com to hear their stories. Subscribe to the StreetShares blog to be the first to know who is featured each week at highlightingourheroes.com.
Peter Somerville, Marine Corps Veteran
Peter Somerville served as an infantry Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He led a platoon of 44 Marines in combat in Ramadi, Iraq and served as the personal aide to the Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division. Peter graduated from Yale University and serves the military and veteran community today as Director of Investor Relations at StreetShares. He encourages everyday Americans to get involved in the military community by helping them invest in small business loans to growing veteran small businesses.
William Hefty, Marine Corps Veteran
Major William Hefty is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Infantry officer and combat veteran who served nearly 23 years, including multiple deployments to the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Asia. While on his last tour, William was introduced to and fell in love with Veteran-based nonprofit work. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Hire Our Heroes (HOH), a veteran-owned small business dedicated to helping veterans overcome obstacles to employment. StreetShares and Hire Our Heroes are proud partners who are striving to serve the veteran community.
David Kramer, Marine Corps Veteran
Marine Corps Second Lieutenant David Kramer is currently a flight student in Pensacola, Florida. Second Lieutenant Kramer graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2016 and spent six months at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia before moving to Florida. David is a proud StreetShares member and enjoys the high yield investment opportunities offered as well as the opportunity to help veteran-owned small businesses as he saves money for his family's future.
Jason Campbell, Army Veteran
Jason Campbell, also known as “Jay Camp,” is an Army veteran who served in Iraq. Currently Jason is the founder and lead roaster of Campbell Family Coffee Roasters, also known as Camp Coffee. Jason was introduced to roasting coffee in 2003 from another veteran in downtown Boone, North Carolina. A decade later, he and his business partner, his wife, Amanda, are going full steam ahead toward creating amazing coffee. Last year, James received business funding from StreetShares that helped him purchase a six-pound San Franciscan roaster, to help him increase coffee roasting production.
Frederique Irwin, Navy Military Spouse
Frederique, or "Fred" Irwin, Navy military spouse, is the founder and CEO of Her Corner, Inc., a global community of women business owners committed to growing their small businesses. She is also a professor at the Kogod School of Business at American University where she teaches entrepreneurship, business management and organizational behavior. Fred holds an MBA from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary and a BA in International and Russian Studies from Davidson College. She is a dual citizen of the United States and European Union, is fluent in English, French, and Spanish, and conversant in Russian and Italian.
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Over several weeks, we’ll feature highly impactful veterans and StreetShares members on iHeart Media’s BIG 100 radio station and on our blog. Be the first to know who will be featured each week by subscribing to our blog. StreetShares provides veteran business funding such as small business loans, lines of credit and government contract financing.