UMW VOBER Member Recognized as Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year

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Charles McCaffrey, Brian Baker, Crystal Wellman, Fred Wellman, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Susan Lee-Merrow, Jody Keenan

Mr. Fred Wellman, (LTC-ret.) CEO and Founder of ScoutComms B-Corp, was recognized for the Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year achievement at the 2016 Veterans in Business Conference. A graduate of West Point and the Kennedy School at Harvard University, Fred launched ScoutComms as a premier communications, advocacy and philanthropic strategy firm focused entirely on supporting veterans, military families and the organizations that empower them. He noted,”I wanted to make a difference. The way we approach advocacy for our veterans is made more real by our Benefit Corporation status. It represents a transparency and accountability that inspires how we do business. It is how we can influence a movement.” During his over twenty years in the Army, Wellman served as an officer in aviation and public affairs. He founded ScoutComms in November 2010 upon recognizing the lack of military veterans in the public relations agency sector. His professional clients have included, and include, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation ‘Hiring Our Heroes’, Wounded Warrior Project, The Home Depot Foundation, GE, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, BP America, Prudential, and many others.  Wellman is a member of the University of Mary Washington Veteran Owned Business Executive Roundtable. Information at http://economicdevelopment.umw.edu/ .

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