I am proud of my father and thank him for his service and sacrifice. Chad Pollitt, @chadpollitt, VP of Audience, Co-Founder of Relevance chad-pollitt“My service in the US Army and a stint in Iraq taught me life's most valuable lesson – how to 'Kiss it Suck'. Details can be found here. Besides learning to embrace the suck, my service tour in OIF3 (2005) introduced me to a love for writing. I read every book I could get my hands on and magazine covers. In between, I spent time writing to newspapers around the world about my thoughts in Iraq. By the time I got home, my articles had been published dozens of times around the world. Advertising Continue reading below Soon after, I started blogging about my civilian passion: digital marketing.
Ten years and nearly 900 articles later, I am fax list featured in this article. Without my service period, I don't think I would have ever started blogging. I owe my entire civilian career to Uncle Sam. Michael Donnelly, @MichaelDonnelly, SVP and Head of Global Digital Marketing at MasterCard michael donnelly“I was given a long set of officer before and during Desert Storm which allowed me to communicate with others on this thing called ARPANET which later became better known as the name of email on the Internet ... I was fascinated and became addicted to life. Drew Sanocki, @drewsanocki, Founder of Nerd Marketing drawn-sanocki"I was an intelligence officer, so it taught me how to conduct good analysis."
Advertising Continue reading below Ana Hoffman, @AnaTrafficCafe, Founder of Traffic Generation Café ana-hoffman“Traffic Generation Café would not have existed today without my husband's Air Force service. As you may know, military personnel move every 2-3 years. When you're a military wife, you have to learn to do the following two things and do them really well: stretch your budget (you know… too many months at the end of the money?…) and find a way to top it off. Advertising Continue reading below A traditional career is out of the question for most of us. But an online career that goes where you go, that fits your lifestyle, that can be done in the middle of the night when everyone's asleep. That's how I ended up in online marketing and then blogging in particular.