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#3: A Unique Journey into Entrepreneurship with Rico Vaca

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Rico Vaca epitomizes what it means to transition out of a military career in an intentional way.


In 2022, Rico celebrates ten years of business success with his consultancy practice which serves defense executives and aerospace organizations. In this episode, he shares the lessons learned in his post-military life, offering vital insights for veterans. 

Episode Highlights

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00:00 Meet Rico Vaca, retired F16 fighter pilot.

01:29 A move to Congress; military service at a corporate level, and a different perspective on what it means to transition.

6:27 Being vulnerable helped to build a network

11:18 Figuring out your value proposition, discovering your unique worth in a corporate world. 

12:58 The move into entrepreneurship, launching a defense sales consultancy.

13:58 Seeking business success and passive income. Opening a restaurant and the impact of a global pandemic.

17:34 Challenges and opportunities of post-military life.

19:21 The one mistake that can affect your business success.

23:49 A critical piece of advice for an Academy Cadet, average versus exceptional. 23:03 Gene’s Business Tip: Write a professional article. Articulating the depth and substance of your expertise is a key skill all veterans can learn, and a worthwhile investment in your future success.

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Connect with Gene on linkedin.com/in/genemoran for more useful tips and proven strategies to maximize your post-military career success.

Connect with Rico on linkedin.com/in/santiagovaca

Coming Up In Episode 4: Listen to Navy veteran and retired Rear Admiral Sinclair ‘’Sinc’’ Harris as he shares the experiences of his long military career and his sometimes difficult transition into business success.

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Gene spent nearly 25 years in uniform, serving in six ships and more than ten duty stations, and visiting over 50 countries serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and retiring as a Captain. In corporate, he led legislative affairs for a large international defense company from the Washington, DC office. In doing so, Gene gained a detailed understanding of the defense industrial base and supply chains of myriad platforms, systems and capabilities. Then in 2013, he took the leap to start his own business, Capitol Integration. Since then Gene has helped scores of companies improve their federal positions.

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