James Reese is an entrepreneur in the global crisis management and security industry. He is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Tigerswan. He served for 25 years in Delta Force and fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He established Tigerswan in 2007 after retiring from the military.
Tigerswan is a veteran-owned small business headquartered in North Carolina. It is a beneficiary of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) program, as James Reese is 80% disabled from his time in the military. When a major military contract is signed there is a set-aside for businesses like his to take part in them. Tigerswan has over 300 employees and has operated in over 50 nations around the world.
James Reese says that running a business is nothing like being in the military. When he served he was responsible for the lives of the people under him. He is now responsible for the lives of their families, such as having employees put their kids through college and paying their mortgages.
He’s put his assets into Tigerswan so there’s a lot of risk and liability. However, James Reese says that, on the other hand, it’s a great feeling to be an entrepreneur and build a company that grows and prospers. He has had employees from the start who understand what his company is about and have made great strides in their career.
James Reese says that the set-aside contracts that SDVOSB makes available were influential but not a deciding factor in starting Tigerswan. He came up with the idea of it while serving in Iraq before he knew about SDVOSB. His big break was providing translators to a major defense contractor who had signed a deal with the Department of Defense.
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