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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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