TEMPE, Ariz., May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), a national nonprofit foundation supporting the veteran and military community with free event tickets, is excited to announce that Marine Corps Reserve Colonel Steven Weintraub has accepted a position as the Chief Strategy Officer. Leveraging nearly three decades of leadership and strategic planning in the military, coupled with his extensive background in the business and non-profit sectors, Weintraub will be focusing on formulating and executing organizational strategic initiatives that will enhance the growth of Vet Tix.
Weintraub has a strong connection to the military community, and will bring immense knowledge through past experiences in assisting veterans, service members and their loved ones in the areas of education, transition assistance, workforce development and benefits, wellness, homelessness avoidance, suicide awareness and prevention, veterans court and resiliency programs. Weintraub’s military career spans both enlisted and officer ranks on active duty and a reserve capacity; he is currently assigned to the First Marine Expeditionary Force.
“Steve’s personal and professional relationship with the military will serve as a rewarding asset to the foundation,” said Mike Focareto, founder of Vet Tix. “He will have a significant impact on driving home the mission of Vet Tix and developing programs to further help veterans and their families reconnect with each other and their communities.”
Weintraub most recently served as Vice President of Outreach and Vice President of Alumni Relations for Student Veterans of America, a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC that advocates for student veteran success in higher education and beyond. In his role, he grew the presence of Student Veterans of America chapters on college campuses at an average of 15 per month and created a greater awareness among potential corporate funders and college administrators.
The Spring Valley, N.Y. native enlisted in 1987 and served as a Combat Engineer. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in 1989 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and designated as a Logistics Officer. Throughout his tenure in the Marine Corps he has been deployed to many locations throughout the world including the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Mongolia and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Vet Tix is ranked as the 2016 Top-rated Nonprofit in the United States by GreatNonprofits.
About Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix)
Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation supporting our military community. Vet Tix has provided over 2 million free event tickets to currently serving military, veterans and family members of those killed in action to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities. Our military and veterans experience many difficult transitions as they reintegrate into their families, communities, and eventually, into civilian life. Attending events improves morale, strengthens family bonds through shared interests and encourages service members to stay engaged with local communities and American life. In gratitude for their service and to support their reintegration, Vet Tix is dedicated to giving back to those who gave us so much. Donations are eligible for tax deductions. Please visit our web site at www.VetTix.org Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.