Vince Leone knew from childhood that he wanted to be a soldier. He spent eight years in the U.S. Army, and that season of Vince’s life has shaped the man he is today. The structure, training, and guidance he received allowed him to discover and live into his innate creativity, finding innovative solutions to strategic challenges.
Vince served as a commanding officer in the Gulf War, and that experience has shaped his leadership and character – and his second half mission.
Shortly after he returned from the desert, Vince resigned his commission and looked ahead to God’s next assignment. One thing was clear: his time in the military had given him a calling to somehow help military veterans. “As a combat veteran I’ve always had a deep heart-felt passion for the welfare of our country and the veterans and their family members who have sacrificed so much.” However, Vince was struggling so profoundly with re-acclimating to civilian life, he needed help. He had a brutal wake up call that forced him to seek help.
Vince went through an intense season of healing and transformation during his halftime journey. His Halftime Coach helped him piece together the roadmap for recovery and ultimate impact. Today, Vince uses the Halftime Roadmap to help veterans develop a new plan and a path once they return home through VetStarts and Halftime for Veterans. This process helps veterans to untangle the confusion of re-integration and step into a new life, giving them structure, hope, and renewed purpose.
About VetStarts and Halftime for Veterans:
“VetStarts is a veteran operated nonprofit direct service provider of vet-to-vet identity coaching and career training designed to empower transitioning veterans to start new lives, new careers and new businesses. We believe that business, not the government, offers the effective and sustainable solutions to many of the hope-crushing challenges our veterans are facing. Meaningful new careers and strengths-based entrepreneurial opportunities can provide veterans an authentic identity and purpose outside the military, financial stability, healthcare benefits and confidence for a hopeful future.
VetStarts also equips businesses, churches and communities to attract, retain and develop veterans through education, training and entrepreneurial support programs.
Halftime for Veterans equips veterans and their families to discover their identity and purpose outside the military, and start meaningful new lives, rewarding new careers and new startup businesses.“
We feel blessed to be a part of this ripple effect of Halftime alumni who come from a place of “smoldering discontent” to purpose, joy, and impact.
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Director of Alumni Engagement & Chief Philanthropy Officer
Tim Dammon serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer and Director of Alumni Engagement at the Halftime Institute. He provides coaching and encouragement to Halftime clients whose calling is around using their financial resources to make a measurable, lasting impact and work to build the investment community of committed and generous partners who recognize and fund Halftime’s high impact work around the world. As Director of Alumni Engagement, he works to deepen relationships with graduates of Halftime programs to insure their sustainable and effective engagement in their second half calling.
Tim has a a Master’s Degree in Engineering Psychology and Human Factors from Houston’s Rice University. His career has focused primarily on technology, which included stints at Compaq Computers, Gateway Computers, ideaEDGE Ventures, Entropia Distributed Computing, and finally the Iomega Corporation where he was Global GM for a $5-700mm consumer product line. Since Tim left the technology sector, he has served in various leadership roles in the non-profit sector. Tim was the Chief Relationship Officer for The Seed Company, an affiliate of Wycliffe Bible Translators focused on building translation teams with mother tongue translators around the world and developing financial investors in the United States to support translation projects. Most recently before joining the Halftime Institute team, Tim served as President/CEO of Angel Flight South Central, a helping ministry comprised of more than 1,200 volunteer pilots and aircraft owners participating in entrepreneurial philanthropy by using their skills and resources to provide free air transportation for people in need of medical care not available to them locally. Tim is also a sommelier and enjoys travel. He lives in Dallas with hi wife, Lisa. They have three daughters.