Helping American Heroes

Successfully transition from special operations careers into the civilian business community.

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What is STAR?

SOF Transition Assistance Resource

Connecting Special Forces Operators with Local Business Leaders

STAR is a unique network of American patriots focused on helping American heroes successfully transition from their special operations careers into the civilian business community.

The term “Special Operations Forces” or “SOF” refers to our nation’s most elite group of warriors, a select group of men and women who possess invaluable leadership skills and have exceptionally high degrees of integrity, self-motivation, creativity, focus, discipline and drive.

These premier traits, honed by careers of training and experience, are highly valued in the business world. The one thing operators often lack, however, are the network connections needed to translate these skills into successful second careers. STAR aims to bridge this gap by connecting these elite Operators with business partners, in order to open doors for them in the Tampa, Florida local area.

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I can't say enough about what the STAR program is doing for transitioning senior leaders in the Special Operations community or what it has done for me in the process.

Shawnretired Colonel, Army Ranger

I'm a recently retired Green Beret Colonel with nearly 3 decades of experience in global special operations and commanding bases overseas. The dedicated mentors at STAR opened doors to opportunities I wouldn't have had access to. Transition was challenging, but through STAR I found a VP role shaping the operations and strategy of a Tampa Bay Times Top 20 Workplace.

Edretired Colonel, Army Special Forces

I'm a retiring SEAL Captain with a 29-year military background that has included various leadership roles throughout the SEAL Teams. My next chapter is the result of working with STAR, which helped me focus on “what’s next” by introducing me to key community members in several industries.   As a result, I have taken a path I would never have considered before STAR.

Johnretired Captain, SEAL

I am a retired Army Special Operations Aviation Colonel with a diverse background in operations, resourcing, and acquisition. Through STAR I discovered how to market my passion for leader development, resulting in multiple academic and commercial business opportunities.  Ultimately, I found a role working with high net worth individuals to develop strategies to achieve personal and financial goals for a leading financial group based in Tampa.

Joelretired Colonel, 160th SOAR (Night Stalker)


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