What do a former Army Surgeon General, an executive coach, a customer service expert, a strategic planning expert, and a former Navy SEAL have in common? The answer is military and veteran wellness. And this is exactly why these five world-renowned experts have joined the wellness advisory committee for Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.
“I am honored by the involvement and leadership from our wellness advisory committee,” says Ken Falke, chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat. “As a former bomb disposal specialist, I value the importance of having access to some of the brightest brains in the business. Our mission at Boulder Crest is all about wellness, customer care, and posttraumatic growth. We are building a team that is second to none. Adding Patty, Brian, John, Rick, and Randy is a great step for us.”
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the first woman and nurse to serve as a military surgeon general, served as the 43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General and commanding general of the US. Army Medical Command. In her 33-year career with the Army, Horoho held every level of leadership in Army Medicine and served as commander of Western Regional Medical Command, based in Fort Lewis, Wash.; Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash.; Walter Reed Health Care System in Washington, D.C.; and DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Va. She also served as the special assistant to the commander for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan.
“I have always embraced the belief that a collaborative approach for caring for our warriors that leverages the tenets of health, wellness, sleep, activity, and nutrition are fundamental to improving the health readiness of those that have given and are continuing to give so much to this great nation of ours,” says Horoho. “I look forward to serving with the Boulder Crest team as we leverage the diverse expertise on the team.”
Brian Gast is a former CEO of several public and private companies in the telecom industry has been an executive coach to senior leaders at Fortune 1000 companies, as well as private companies across the US for over 15 years. Brian works with leaders and their teams who are committed to growing their executive and personal capacity and living fulfilling lives. He is a certified facilitator for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), is a member of YPO Gold, has a Masters in Business Administration, is a long-time Zen student, is a certified clairvoyant, has received a Certificate in Positive Psychology from Kripalu/Tal Ben-Shahar, and is a graduate of The Rohr Institute’s Living School, a program for aspiring modern-day mystics.
“Medication and therapy are not the most sustainable approaches to addressing life’s struggles. Highly effective people take responsibility for their lives, establish actionable goals and build support systems to help them navigate life’s journey,” explains Brian. “BCR helps men and women heal and become more conscious, as well as and providing them with tools that allow them to implement an inspiring life plan.”
Keynote speaker, international customer experience consultant and best selling author of three books, John DiJulius, works with world-class companies like the Ritz-Carlton, Lexus, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Nestle, Marriott Hotel, PwC, Cheesecake Factory, Progressive Insurance, Harley Davidson, State Farm, Chick-fil-A, and many more.
John isn’t just talking about it, he lives it, as a successful entrepreneur of two businesses, including John Robert’s Spa, a chain of upscale Cleveland locations, repeatedly named one of the top 20 salons in America, and The DiJulius Group, a customer experience consulting firm that uses the X-Commandment methodology to providing a world-class customer experience.
“I am very impressed by the commitment to quality customer experience by the team at BCR. We know for sure that ‘the experience’ is the key to any human interaction. I look forward to bringing lessons learned from the best organizations in the world to the already five-star quality that Boulder Crest offers,” says DiJulius.
Rick Houcek is the president of Soar With Eagles Enterprises, a company with a singular purpose: To provide high-octane, world-class strategic planning systems for business and life —helping ambitious leaders, teams and individuals achieve extraordinary results. He is creator of the Power Planning™ Strategy system that helps leadership teams of growth-oriented organizations drive peak performance, has led more than 300 high-stakes planning retreats himself, teaches his proprietary Passion Planning™ personal life goal system to ambitious achievers, and has delivered more than 600 high-energy keynotes speeches and presentations to audiences world-wide on leadership excellence, goal setting, high performance, and winner behavior themes. Additionally, he has led CEO advisory boards for mid-market companies for 10 years, has coached more than 300 CEOs in over 85 industries, worked with 500 advertising clients over an 18-year marketing career, and is author of 22 books, e-books and audio books on self-motivation, team excellence, and peak performance topics.
“There is no greater need facing our nation than the dignified return of our fighting men and women to healthy, productive lives back home. The ravages of fighting and war zone living – not knowing if today is your day – take a huge toll on the mind, body, and spirit. We owe it to our brave warriors to return them to complete wholesomeness,” explains Houcek. “No organization does it like Boulder Crest Retreat. I have proudly been working with Ken and his leadership teams for the last eight years, and specifically the last three years, at BCR. The commitment to an accountable strategy at BCR is unlike anything I have seen before in the nonprofit world. With a son currently serving in the U.S. Army – and an Army dad who received the Bronze Star for valor in World War II – there is no mission I am more passionate about.”
Randy Hetrick is founder and CEO of TRX, one of the world’s leading training brands, and creator of the Suspension Trainer®–perhaps the most prolific piece of exercise equipment in history. Over the past three decades Randy’s unique resume includes: collegiate athlete, 14-year Navy SEAL Officer, bootstrap entrepreneur, multi-patented inventor, and growth company CEO whose company earned multiple placements on the rosters of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies and Outside Magazine Best Places to Work. Randy holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he is a contributing lecturer on entrepreneurship, branding and leadership and is a regular keynote speaker to corporations and non-profits alike. He recently added television to his resume as host of Spike TV’s reality series “Sweat Inc.”
“Fitness is what keeps us ready to fight in the military,” says Randy. “As a longtime Navy SEAL, I understand what keeps us ready for life as veterans, too. Our world-class Suspension Trainers make in-home fitness possible for everyone without the expense of gym memberships. I am honored to be able to provide these systems free for every veteran that attends the Warrior PATHH program at Boulder Crest Retreat.”
Patty, John, Brian, Rick, and Randy will serve on the advisory board with long-time board members, Dr. Rich Tedeschi, Dr. Bret Moore, and Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen.