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James Reese on the challenges of Tigerswan

James Reese, a former commander with the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, who served 25 years with the Army and, sustained combat wounds, retired as a Lt.Col and since 2008, the founder and CEO of TigerSwan, a global security and protection firm for high-value clients is a man who has had to transition from the rigid demands of the military to the perhaps even more rigid demands of private business.

Reese, who was once described as one described by the commanding general in charge of the coalition forces for both Iraq and Afghanistan as “as one of the finest special operators in the modern military,” Admits that there were many new challenges to master when he formed Tigerswan in 2008.

He reflects that under the structure of the military, and in particular the Delta Forces, commanders are relatively free from worry about getting the best-qualified troops, nor concerns about how they will be paid or taken “It’s more difficult on the business side. Because now you have to take into account the financial apparatus.”

Reese explains that in the private sector, costs are an issue, and you can’t always afford to recruit every rock star you’d like to have on your team, and have to prioritize how to recruit talent. He mentions in particular, a Vice President at the company who started out as a lowly intern but was kept on because he seemed to have real potential, which in fact, was born out over time.

James Reese is particularly thankful for the set aside for companies that have majority ownership in a company run by a disabled veteran.

Qualifying with an 80 percent disability rating by the VA, Reese and his company TigerSwan, was awarded part of a major defense contract to supply translators for the Department of Defense.

Reese reinvested the profits from this contract into the business, and as a consequence, Tigerswan grew to become a 120 plus security force dedicated to protecting both military and civilian executives, on a 24-hour-per-day, 365 days a week basis.

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James Reese-From a Disabled Veteran to Being an Outstanding CEO

After 25 years of dedicated service as a commissioned and non-commissioned officer, James Reese finally retired from the US military in 2007. During his tenure as a commander, he became a distinguished combat leader and was consequently dubbed one of the best special operators in the history of the American military.

 As CEO of Tigerswan, a private security firm, Jim Reese has demonstrated a go-getter mentality and a knack for professional leadership. His company has over 300 employees and it operates in more than 50 nations worldwide. He admits that running a veteran-owned business is much similar to being a baby that wakes up crying after every two hours. He further acknowledges that being responsible for the lives of many people can be such a huge burden. Also, James Reese notes that there is plenty of liability and risk involved with running a veteran-owned business. On a positive note, the retired military personnel notes that running his business gives him a great feeling of freedom. It further allows him to create something that keeps on growing.

James Reese developed the idea of starting Tigerswan on his last rotation in Iraq. After returning home from Iraq, he talked with his friend about starting a business one morning as they were having coffee in his friend’s kitchen. Despite being a veteran with 80% disability, this didn’t stop him from starting Tigerswan. James Reese was always eager to start a company of his own to put his fellow veterans to work. Unlike when he was given some of the best soldiers to work with him when he was in the military, running Tigerswan means that the veteran must pick his team. Today, James Reese has a cohesive and effective workforce, something that has consistently propelled his firm to greater heights.

About James Reese

James Reese is the CEO as well as the founder of Tigerswan, which is global crisis management and privately owned security firm. He is a disabled veteran who served in the military for 25 years and retired in 2007 after a decorated career with the military. He started Tigerswan with his fellow disabled veterans. Tigerswan has operations in over 50 nations worldwide.

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