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68: The Head vs The Heart – With Jim Young

Jim Young, a U.S. Army veteran, recounts his active-duty years and the injury he sustained while patrolling the East-West German border, which led to his military retirement. Today, he thrives as a successful entrepreneur. Coffee enthusiasts, you’re in for a treat in this episode!


Jim Young, initially courted by the Marines, chose instead to enlist in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman at the young age of 17. His military journey took him to Europe, where he patrolled the border between East and West Germany in 1987. Unfortunately, an injury from this tour quashed his aspiration to continue in the military. As a result of a medical board decision, he transitioned out of the Army at the end of 1988 and ventured onto a new path in civilian life.

Embracing hard work and manual labor, Jim initially began working in the heating and air conditioning industry. However, a desire to work independently soon gripped him. This led him to transform his love for music and electronics into a business opportunity. With determination in his heart and freshly printed business cards in hand, he ventured into the niche of building speakers. Fast forward 34 years, his electronics venture still thrives.

But Jim’s entrepreneurial spirit didn’t stop there. His second love, coffee, led him to launch the Salvation Coffee Company in 2018. Here, he and his family roast and serve award-winning coffee. The tale of how he persisted amidst the pandemic is a testament to resilience.

Gene’s business tip: 3 things that shouldn’t be allowed on airplanes.

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        01:13 – 08:40 Jim Young’s active-duty service

          08:41 – 26:21 Jim’s post-military career path and entrepreneurial spirit

     26:22 – 36:39 Work-life balance

34:10 – 40:56 Follow your passion

 39:40 – 38:14 Gene’s Biz Tip

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  • Learn more about Salvation Coffee here.
  • Learn about Command Sergeant Major Patrick Gavin Tadina here.

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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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