The mission of Stampede’s Board of Advisors is to help us become an “Employer of Choice” and a “Best Place to Work” for veterans leaving the Service, as well as military spouses and their families. Our goal is to provide a professionally rewarding safe harbor for those veterans not yet certain about which path to take long term, but who need to make money to provide for their families. We also want to provide spouses with a means to bolster family income. We want all military family members to feel valued and appreciated and for them to feel our gratitude for their Service and their sacrifice. We’ve built Stampede for them and we want it to work for them.
Krystal Geist has a heart for helping others. She currently serves as Vice President and Co-Founder of the Shadow Warriors Project (shadowwarriorsproject.org), which she started with her husband, Mark, after he was seriously injured in Benghazi as a member of the Annex Security Team there in September of 2012. That incident became the basis for the best-selling book and related film, 13 Hours. Krystal is a fierce advocate for the military family.
Rob Kirila retired from the United States Army in 2016, after having served for nearly 27 years and culminating as the Deputy Group Commander for 7th Special Forces Group. Rob currently serves as Managing Director at the Kirila Group, a holding company that acquires businesses in the lower middle market and, along with his team of former special operators, grows and scales them for greater performance. Rob was appointed by the President of the Florida Senate to serve on the Board of Veterans Florida in 2018 and he continues to serve there.
Carter Page graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy, where he was a Trident Scholar. He served our country for five years as a surface warfare officer, an arms control action officer and a UN military observer. After his Service, he co-founded Global Energy Capital, an investment firm. Carter is the author of the new book, Abuse and Power: How an Innocent American Was Framed in an Attempted Coup Against the President, which details his story of being surveilled by the federal government.
Amber Smith authored the best-selling book, Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan detailing her service in the 2-17 Cavalry Regiment, where she rose to serve as Pilot-in-Command and Air Mission Commander. From 2017 to 2018, she served as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Outreach) at the Pentagon and is currently President of Beacon Rock Strategies. Amber’s an active duty Army spouse as well and travels the Nation as a professional speaker.
Chris Coghlin commanded multiple U.S. Army Special Forces Detachments, as a Captain in the Green Berets, including a highly specialized team within the Crisis Reaction Force. He served in environments ranging from combat operations in Afghanistan to hostage rescues and disrupting terrorist attacks in Central and South America. Chris currently serves as President of Field of Lions, an HR consulting firm helping companies attract top tier talent.
Jason “Gunny” Willette is a classic “work harder, not smarter” Marine, who served twenty years on active duty, logging serious time downrange, including a deployment to Marjah, Afghanistan, during a highly kinetic period of the war. His role on the Board is to represent those who work at Stampede. He is a long-time employee of the firm. He’s led our Quick Reaction Force (QRF). He knows Stampede inside and out and exemplifies everything that is good about our company and our Country.