At a time when the world is in need of real leaders who are willing to step up and manage through the chaos, we were thrilled to be able to bring together some of the most revered warriors in the history of our nation for a powerful and immersive day of team building and leadership training.
It was truly humbling to spend time with our incredible Team Leaders, who included: Carter Clapham, Tex Lindsey, Jesse Boettcher, George Gubler, Jeffery Slusser, Rick Lofton, Scott Neil, Troy Eden, James R. Cook, Curtis King, Chris Fleming, James Tipton, Kyle Lamb, Craig Palmer, Tram Holland, Charlie Novotny, Yancy Baer, Kevin Holland, and Greg Platt.
We were overjoyed to have new and returning veterans show up to provide a unique experience for our participants. Being able to interact with the team leaders, follow their lead and hear their stories firsthand was inspirational for everyone involved. Lasting partnerships were certainly built as a result of this very special day. We are forever grateful for the service and sacrifice these veterans have made for our country, and there’s not a better crew out there to teach us all about operating under extreme stress, making split-second decisions, and leading teams through uncertainty.
A big thank you goes out to Sig Sauer’s Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer & EVP, Commercial Sales, Steve Gilcreast, Sig Sauer Academy Director, and our respective teams — who put an incredible amount of time and energy into making this fundraiser a huge success. The money raised at our CTD will benefit the Light Foundation and HAVA – Honored American Veterans Afield – and will go a long way towards supporting both missions.
We couldn’t have done it without our event sponsors: Victoria Bondoc with Gemini Industries, Michael Hayes, and Winchester Ammunition.
A huge round of applause to all the Range Safety Officers, Range Assistants, and volunteers from Haynes Group who kept the venue safe and the rotations moving along on time. Thank you to Jack O’Brien and the staff at Addieville East Farm for their hospitality, and to Paul Malloy of Feeney Brothers Utility Services for making sure the grounds were ready for all the madness and machinery.
We are also grateful to Kawasaki and Team O’Neil for showing up to create a truly memorable experience for our guests. The team at BENRUS also provided a generous donation to our Team Leaders and guests. Lastly, a big thanks to our beverage partners, Coke, Talking Rain/Sparkling Ice, Rosenblum Cellars, Harpoon and Horse Soldier Bourbon, and our food partners, James’ Breakfast and More, Perry Rasso and Matunuck Oyster Bar, and incredible chef, Nick Calias, and his team who whipped up a delicious lunch, and also served a five-star dinner for everyone onsite.
To end the day, we enjoyed a fireside chat with General Michael Flynn about leadership lessons from his long military career.
Finally, we’d like to recognize artist Brian Fox, who continued the launch of the ‘Warrior Series’. Last year, he presented the military-inspired paintings at this event with an amazing portrait of Kevin Holland. He returned this year with portraits of Scott Neil – a former Green Beret and Special Forces Veteran. It’s a joy to watch him continue his work through this series and utilize his talents for two worthy causes. There are a few left here for purchase — ctd23.givesmart.com
To our guests, who came back in force this year to support this innovative event…we hope that military-inspired lessons taught that day translate to future success in business and life.
Thank you again to everyone for rising to the challenge and for making an investment in both the Light Foundation and HAVA!
Matt & Susie Light
The Light Foundation