SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) DECEMBER 15, 2021

GovX Gives Back Raises Over $24,000 for Team Red, White & Blue

GovX breaks charitable record with total donation to the nonprofit dedicated to American military veterans.

“We are grateful to our GovX for recognizing the crucial importance of improving health and wellness outcomes for veterans.”

– Mike Erwin, Executive Director of Team RWB.

A fundraising effort organized by GovX, the online shopping site exclusively for current and former military and first responders, has raised over $24,000 for Team Red White & Blue (Team RWB), a nonprofit organization forging America’s leading health and wellness community for veterans.

Community members raised the GovX Gives Back funds through sales of the November 2021 Patch of the Month and orders of GovX’s own line of athletic apparel and products. GovX Gives Back also raised a portion of the funds through STIPE’S CORNER, with 5% of proceeds from MMA champ Stipe Miocic’s product-of-choice from the GovX catalog directly supporting Team RWB. The combined effort resulted in a record fundraising month for GovX Give Back.

“The funds raised will directly support our mission and strengthen our programs and chapters,” said Mike Erwin, Executive Director of Team RWB. “We are grateful to our GovX for recognizing the crucial importance of improving health and wellness outcomes for veterans.”

With over 200 chapters nationwide and nearly 200,000 members, Team RWB is one of the largest veterans’ organizations in the country.


Every year, more than 250,000 active-duty service members transition out of the military, joining the 3.5 million post-9/11 veterans already living in communities nationwide. They face many challenges including isolation, weight gain, lack of purpose, and other health issues. Team RWB aims to address those challenges by reinvigorating the sense of community and camaraderie that many veterans lose when they leave active duty or return home from deployments. Through consistent and inclusive activities, whether it’s a run, functional fitness workout, biking, yoga class, community service, or a meet-up over coffee, Team RWB’s activities facilitate veteran engagement that result in genuine relationships and connectedness with each other which assists them in transitioning back into private life as civilians.


Team RWB also sponsors Eagle Expeditions, epic adventures to national parks and the remote lands in between. On Eagle Expeditions, veterans embark on journeys that challenge the body, humble the spirit, and encourage camaraderie to last a lifetime.


Approximately 30% of Team RWB members are civilians, reducing the divide that exists between the military and the public whom they serve. Team RWB chapters and events seek to establish dialogue and interaction between veterans and civilians to find common ground.


“We’re proud to once again support Team Red White & Blue,” said Alan Cole, GovX CEO. “Fostering that special sense of community that’s unique to the American military way of life is critically important to us, and I want to thank the GovX members for enthusiastically supporting it for another year.” 


Sign up here to become a member of Team RWB.

To find a Team RWB chapter located near you, click here.


ABOUT GOVX

GovX.com is for men and women of service. A members-only online destination for military and first responders, the site offers thousands of products from hundreds of brands at exclusive, below-retail pricing. Members include active and veteran U.S. military, firefighters, law enforcement officers, federal agents, healthcare workers and personnel from related government agencies. For more information, visit https://www.govx.com.

CHRIS BOHNERT - VP PRODUCT

Chris joined GovX in 2015, bringing more than 15 years of product, marketing and general management experience in the consumer internet space. As SVP of Product at GovX, Chris leads product management, design and business intelligence for the entire product portfolio.


Chris began his career at Active Network in 2002 and helped grow the company from start-up to a successful IPO in 2011. During his time at Active Network, Chris managed several teams and product-lines, including the flagship media property, Active.com and the eCommerce division.


In 2012, Chris joined Takelessons, an online education marketplace matching students with qualified teachers. As VP of Product and Technology, he led a cross-functional team, including engineering, product management and design.


Chris earned a BA from the University of Arizona and an MBA from San Diego State University.

ADAM HOMZE - VP ENGINEERING

Adam joined GovX in 2014 as the Vice President of Software Development and is responsible for leading the software development group, how our applications are built, and scaling the GovX tech stack.


Since 2005, Adam has actively participated in the growth phase of several startups; holding multiple technical and leadership positions. Over that time, he has developed a wide range of skills to tackle the challenges inherent in building technology companies.


Adam earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.

AARON PELANDER - VP MARKETING

Aaron leads the marketing team at GovX, and is responsible for communicating the value of GovX to military, first responders and government employees nationwide. He works closely with all areas of the GovX business, including the Creative, Merchandising and Product teams, to ensure that the GovX member experience is world class.


Before joining GovX, Aaron held senior marketing and management roles at Provide Commerce and the Active Network. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona and his MBA from San Diego State University.

AMBER MILLER - SVP E-COMMERCE

Amber joined GovX in early 2014 to head up marketing and member acquisition. She has been leading the Ecommerce efforts since 2016 focusing on the 2 most important customers at GovX: our deserving members and the brands that provide outstanding products to members.


Prior to GovX, Amber worked at Active Network for close to 10 years developing a business unit responsible for selling and fulfilling advertising for some of the world’s top endurance events.


Amber holds an MBA from University of San Diego and a B.A from University of California, San Diego.

JOEL PASION - CCO

As Chief Creative Officer, Joel oversees all branding, web, print and other design requirements of the Company. Prior to joining GovX, he served as Chief Creative Officer for AnyArt, Inc., which operates the AnyArt e-commerce website. Before that, he served as Creative Director for ClosingCorp, a real estate data provider serving large banks and real estate companies. Prior to ClosingCorp, Joel was the Creative Director for Epic Cycle Interactive, a San Diego web and design agency working with major league sports teams.


Before relocating to San Diego, Joel taught web, multimedia and technology courses at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned a B.A. in Biology from St. John’s University.

ROB MORRISON - CTO

Rob serves as CTO for GovX and oversees all software development associated with the GovX.com Web site as well as integrations with Vendor-Partner ERP/ecommerce platforms.


Prior to joining GovX, Rob was a Partner with Kore Technologies, where he architected and developed the company’s ecommerce web platform used by large institutions to facilitate transactions through integrations with large enterprise systems.


Prior to joining Kore Technologies, Rob was a technical lead with Intuit, which owns Quicken, QuickBooks and other financial and accounting software applications.


Prior to his work at Intuit, Rob was Manager of Advanced Product Development for Epicor where he managed a large-scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system designed for Microsoft BackOffice.


Rob received a B.S. in Computer Sciences from East Carolina University.

CAROL SCHNUGG - CFO

Carol serves as Chief Financial Officer for GovX and oversees all financial, accounting and administrative matters for the Company as well as negotiating and administrating Brand-Partners’ wholesale pricing. Prior to joining GovX, she served as Controller for Billabong’s Sector 9 company, where she oversaw its acquisition by Billabong and was recruited to oversee all financial and accounting matters along with managing its e-commerce site.


Carol previously owned and operated her own accounting and tax practice and was an accountant with Deloitte & Touche.


Carol received a B.S. in finance from San Diego State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

ALAN COLE - CEO/PRESIDENT

Alan began his career as co-founder and President of DELTYME Corporation, a San Diego-based web services firm working with national clients including Target, Cisco Systems, Costco and Garden Fresh.


After stepping away from an operating role at DELTYME, Alan attended business school at the University of Texas with a focus on entrepreneurial management. During his time in Austin he took on due diligence responsibilities at Gefinor Ventures (an early stage venture firm) and worked in marketing and business development roles in several Austin-area startups including Convio and Metreos.


Alan ultimately moved back to San Diego to join Active Network, where he held executive responsibility for the company's $50M Media + Marketing division. After six years with Active Network, Alan moved on to serve as COO of TakeLessons, an online education marketplace connecting students with qualified teachers. In late 2016, Alan joined GovX as CEO.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.