Welcome to “The Horse’s Mouth” with Tom McManus, a cool, unique talk show where Tom’s guests sidle up to his bar to discuss sports, business and life. Today, Tom sat down with Kim Bynum, Calvin Dawson, and Sherman Williams.
Operation New Uniform™ (ONU), founded in 2014, has established itself as a trendsetter in the veteran service organization space.
To learn more, visit https://onuvets.org.
What branch of service were you in and for how long?:
21 years (1991-2013)
After your service ended, how did you spend your time? Did you go back to school? Immediately enter the private sector?: Straight to City of Jacksonville
What has been your career after your service came to an end?:
A journey to best understand what my career needs to look like to be meaningful and impactful.
City of Jax
Wounded Warrior Project
Started my own business
Professor at JU and various colleges
Director of Training and Transition for Operation New uniform
Are you a member of any veteran organizations? If so which ones?:
The Fire Watch
Wounded Warrior Project
Was there anything or anyone that helped you during the transition from military to civilian life?: Sandler Training / ONU
The LVA Jets are a flag football league exclusive to young women. Using the great sport to teach confidence trust self love and teamwork
To learn more, email Calvin at email@example.com.
How do you define success?: It’s what you decide to make it. Integrity
What Branch were you in and how long?: Navy 10 Years
After your service ended, how did you spend your time? Did you go back to school? Immediately Enter the private Sector?: Attended school
Body Aqua is a beverage created by a disabled veteran that was birthed during a combat tour in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom).
To learn more, visit https://drinkbodyaqua.com.
Short company description: Body Aqua is a beverage created by a disabled veteran that was birthed during a combat tour in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom). My name is Sherman Williams and I am the veteran in question. During my tour I witnessed fellow soldiers dying from overhydration and overconsumption of energy drinks on the battlefield. As well as experiencing skin complications from extreme weather changes, ranging from scalding hot to freezing cold temperatures. These experiences changed my outlook on beverages deemed healthy or nutritional based on how tragically misleading many beverage companies tend to be in their advertisement strategy.
How do you define success?: Success to me is being in a position to provide a healthier beverage World Wide.
What Branch were you in and how long?: Served in the United States Army for 24 years 9 months.
After your service ended, how did you spend your time? Did you go back to school? Immediately Enter the private Sector?: After my service ended, I continued working on branding bodyaqua, being at one time in whole foods for over 2 years, I built sales in that arena, but failed to get support from distributors and whole foods regardless of increased sales.
Are you a member of any Veteran’s organizations? If so, which ones?:
The American Legion