Vice President Military Spouse Programs / Victory Media
As an Air Force spouse, Suzie Schwartz has long been a champion for military spouses and families. She has worked tirelessly to support military spouses and families, helping them achieve their goals by promoting teamwork and a special sense of military community. Suzie joined Victory Media as its Vice President of Military Spouse Programs in 2013. In this role, she provides high-level strategic guidance for Military Spouse magazine, militaryspouse.com and the Military Spouse of the Year program. She is a vital part of the development of the burgeoning Military Spouse of the Year program®. Suzie writes regularly for Military Spouse magazine and also serves as one of its national spokespersons for media appearances on matters relating to military spouses.
Suzie is active in numerous military-related charites, including the Fisher House Foundation. While at Scott Air Force Base, she worked unwaveringly to obtain a Fisher House for the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Louis. Suzie has also served as an Air Force Aid Society board member and on the Air Force Charity Ball Committee. The Air Force Aid Society is the Air Force’s official charity. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Suzie worked as a special education teacher, affirming her belief in the critical importance of education.
She is a passionate supporter of the Military Child Education Coalition and worked hard to inform the U.S. Air Force on the benefits the Coalition can offer to military communities and families by increasing awareness of the challenges facing the highly mobile military child, and implementing programs to meet these challenges. Suzie is the wife of recently retired Air Force Chief of Staff General Norman Schwartz.
Editor-in-Chief / Military Spouse magazine, Victory Media
Kate Dolack is the Editor-in-Chief of Military Spouse and a Marine Corps spouse. In her role, she oversees the brand, develops and executes the monthly magazine, oversees militaryspouse.com and manages the MSOY Program. She is passionate about addressing the most pressing issues that military families face today by providing resources, fostering an inclusive community and offering support. Prior to joining Military Spouse, Kate was a writer and an independent documentary television producer with a focus on crime and science programming and later the Director of New Series Development for Bill Kurtis Productions in Chicago. She has created programs for A&E, CNBC, MSNBC and PBS, including developing and managing a the series, Escaped!, for the premiere of the Investigation Discovery network in 2009. Kate holds a BA from The University of Notre Dame. She and her husband have two daughters, with a third on the way—they’re taking bets on which day during MSOY the baby is born.
Digital Marketing Coordinator and MSOY Program Manager / Military Spouse & Victory Media
Kariah is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Military Spouse. In this role, she manages the editorial writers and digital content, executes all digital initiatives and campaigns, and strategizes to make Military Spouse the best resource for military spouses and their families. Kariah is also the MSOY Program Manager and works behind the scenes to make it all come together each year. Kariah loves pursuing her passion to serve others and give back to those who have given so much. She was drawn to this organization by the inspiring and brilliant individuals involved and thoroughly enjoys helping to further the mission and engage with this vibrant, military community. After being a part of the 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year events, Kariah is truly inspired by the spouses the program recognizes and is so excited to make it even better in 2016 and beyond. She looks forward to growing the MSOY program and encouraging military spouses to be influential in their own communities. Kariah holds a BS in Business Management with an emphasis in Marketing from Grove City College and currently lives in Cleveland, OH with her husband Ben.
Chairman & Co-Founder / Victory Media
Chris Hale is a nationally recognized thought leader, writer and speaker in matters relating to veteran employment, education, entrepreneurship and the military spouse community. The G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Employer® (MFE) list he created in 2003 flourishes today as corporate America’s benchmark for military hiring practices. Since then, Chris has extended the Military Friendly® rating program to benchmark schools, franchises and employers for military spouses. All four lists serve as the gold standard in their spaces today. Chris is a pioneer in the veteran-owned business community.
He created the Vetrepreneur of the Year program in 2006, the National Veteran-Owned Business Association in 2007 and a national “Buy Veteran” campaign in 2011. Building on the success of Vetrepreneur of the Year, Chris created the Military Spouse of the Year® program in 2008, which provides a representative democracy for the nation’s 1.1 million military spouses. As Chairman and cofounder of Victory Media, Chris oversees the strategic direction of the company. Under his leadership, Victory Media has grown revenues 15x in the last twelve years and now employs over 50 people full-time. Chris also serves as NaVOBA President, sits on the Military Affairs Council of Western Pennsylvania Board of Directors, and has taught entrepreneurship classes to veterans through Robert Morris University. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 1991, Chris graduated first in his Naval Flight Officer class and served four years as a P-3C Orion Mission Commander, where he was selected as the VP-5 “Naval Flight Officer of the Year.” He then served three years in Navy recruiting, where he won national performance honors. He was awarded three Navy Commendation Medals and one Navy Achievement Medal during his nine-year Navy career and logged over 1,500 flight hours in the P-3. Upon leaving the Navy, Chris worked as a financial analyst for Point Venture Partners, a Fortune 50 sales executive and co-founded two companies prior to co-founding Victory Media in 2001. Chris holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
President & Co-Founder / Victory Media
Rich McCormack’s entrepreneurial drive, technology acumen and love of the military community has created infinite value for our nation’s troops over the last 15 years. As Publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, Rich is an expert in building communities and content in print media and on the Internet. He has a 15-year history of enabling TAP programs to offer real-time, corporate-facing assistance for transitioning veterans and military spouses. Rich was asked by the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to sit on U.S. Department of Labor’s ACVET Committee. From 2001 to 2008, Rich created and grew G.I. Jobs magazine, which serves today as the premier resource assisting veterans to successfully transition into the private sector. Rich also created Vetrepreneur magazine and The Guide to Military Friendly Schools and was the key driver in the advancement of Military Spouse magazine, which serves today as the preeminent voice for the nation’s 1.1 million military spouses. As President and cofounder of Victory Media, Rich focuses on digital product development. He has guided Victory Media’s digital transformation over the last five years creating militaryspouse.com, gijobs.com, buyveteran. com and countless digital tools. His unique perspective of the military community, technology and media enable him to improve military lives through rich and unique Internet-based experiences, social networks, tools and content. Upon graduation from Virginia Military Institute in 1991, Rich spent four years at Rodman Naval Base in Panama as a Navy Supply Corps Officer. After leaving the Navy, he joined International Paper Company in its executive development program. Rich left International Paper in 1998 and cofounded two companies where he served as VP of Product. In that role, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Validity, a magazine for military spouses, and as Director of mshq.net, an online community for military spouses, from 1999-2001. He holds a BA in Political Science from Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from The University of Georgia.