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Recently, TigerSwan had the honor and privilege to help some of our former colleagues pull off a surprise “Alive Day” celebration for a wounded marine. Marine Lance Cpl. Tim Donley celebrated the year anniversary of his survival after losing both his legs in Afghanistan with a 10,000-foot tandem jump at TigerSwan’s Range Complex outside of Fayetteville, N.C. The celebration was inspiring to all who attended and a testament to the spirit of the warriors who serve our country.
Marine Lance Cpl. Tim Donley Takes Jump During Alive Day Celebration
The Mansfield Connection – How one alum gives back!
When John Golden was looking for an educational summer employment opportunity, he never imagined he’d get the chance to work for an international security and global stability firm. But thanks to 1989 Mansfield graduate Jim Reese he did just that.
Reese, a 25 year veteran of the US Army who retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, founded TigerSwan in 2008 and serves as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.
When he returned to Mansfield to speak at Commencement in May 2015, Reese spoke with President Fran Hendricks about finding students who could benefit from a hands-on opportunity at his firm. “After my retirement from the Army and the Delta Force, I knew that one day I wanted to support some of the institutions that helped me along my path, and I believed providing opportunities to students at Mansfield would be a great way to show my loyalty and commitment to a University that helped me achieve my goals,” Reese said.
Golden, a History and Political Science major from Bradford, PA was identified by his Political Science Professors, Jeff Bosworth and Jonathan Rothermel, as an ideal first candidate to take advantage of Reese’s offer. He spent the summer working at TigerSwan headquarters in Apex, NC. “It was something different,” Golden said about first learning about the opportunity. “I wasn’t really interested in international security at the time.”
That changed once Golden got on the ground at TigerSwan. “Mostly what I did was research and writing for the company for different ventures and business opportunities all around the world,” he said. “I had the opportunity to sit in on some business meetings with potential clients, both foreign and domestic. I got to work with the Guardian Angel program, which is TigerSwan’s largest brand, and involves conducting real time integrated surveillance for clients all around the world.” “I learned a lot about international business, which was really interesting for me since I do not have a business background,” Golden added. “I was flattered by being assigned such an important task because research, writing and contracts are a big bulk of their business.”
Golden made a definite impression on his supervisors. When summer ended and he headed back to Mansfield, he was offered a job as a research analyst and continues to work as a consultant for TigerSwan. Once he graduates in December, Golden plans to explore opportunities in international business or global security analytics. All because he made a Mansfield connection.
“It was definitely interesting to see where Mansfield students can go after they graduate,” Golden said. “Colonel
Reese is a perfect example of that and this is also a great example of how alumni can give back to the university.”
For Reese, the results of this first experience couldn’t have turned out better. He hopes to make the summer work program an annual opportunity. “I encourage other alumni who are in a position to assist in a similar program or internship to do so,” Reese said. “Many alumni, once they leave MU, never look back as they start on their next journey. It took me 26 years to return after I walked across the stage for my diploma and my military commissioning from MU. Those 26 years put me in a position to assist John and others to have an opportunity to spread their wings prior to graduation and have a glimpse out the window into the next frontier.”
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