Veteranology #3: Dustin Batson
In this episode I have the honor of interviewing Dustin Batson, a Marine Corps veteran, squad leader, entrepreneur and business owner. The West End Elixir Company opened its doors on September 10th of this year and business has been overwhelmingly good for Batson. With half of his staff being veterans this should come at no surprise.
Episode three contains too many nuggets of wisdom to put them all into the show notes. Here are a few parts to listen for:
Using the reserves as a stepping stone out of the military. (Throughout)
2nd Battalion, 7th Marines leading the way in Afghanistan. (6:50 mark)
The biggest challenge he faced moving into the civilian world. (15:50)
His rise through the bar ranks and leadership as a bar’s general manager. (19:30)
He explains the fear and liberation of starting his own business. (28:32)
His future plans for success and where he is taking his business. (41:06)
You can find the West End Elixir Company website here. There was also a recent news article about Batson and his bar. Read it here to see how he is helping veterans start new jobs as bartenders.
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