SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) APRIL 06, 2021

GovX Raises Over $5,700 For Semper Fi & America’s Fund and Military Families

The latest Patch of the Month supported The Fund dedicated to wounded, ill, and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

“Even in the face of a pandemic, Semper Fi & America’s Fund has never stopped caring for our nation’s military and their family members.”

– Alan Cole, GovX CEO.

A fundraising effort organized by GovX—the online shopping site exclusively for current and former military, first responders, and federal employees—has raised $5,744 for Semper Fi & America’s Fund, dedicated to providing urgently needed resources and support for wounded, ill, and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. SF&AF offers comprehensive, proven programs that deliver long-lasting impact on service members in communities nationwide.


The amount was raised by sales of the March entry in the GovX Patch of the Month collection, generating $5,250 for the Fund. An additional $494 was raised by orders on PatriotX.com through the 1% Supports Heroes giveback program, bringing the total donated to Semper Fi & America’s Fund to $5,744.

“We are extremely grateful to GovX and PatriotX.com, and their customers, for the many years of support of Semper Fi & America’s Fund,” said Mirka Young, Event Manager. “This donation will ensure the Fund can continue to serve our critical mission.”

Semper Fi & America’s Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for veterans during their time of recovery and transition back into civilian life. Since 2004, the Fund has issued $241 million in assistance to 26,000 service members, with an unprecedented 24-to-72-hour turnaround for funds to be issued after a grant is approved. Case managers work one-on-one with service members and veterans to understand and support their individual needs now and throughout their lifetimes. The Fund keeps its overhead low in order to have the greatest impact on the lives of veterans and their families and has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: A+ from CharityWatch (one of only two Veteran nonprofits to receive their highest rating), a Charity Navigator 4-Star rating for ten consecutive years (an achievement attained by only 2% of rated charities), and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.


The ongoing pandemic has not dimmed the Fund’s effort to support veterans and families under their care. Despite reductions in events and travel, the Fund nevertheless increased their charitable contributions by 20% to servicemembers, veterans, and their families in 2020—increasing to nearly 8,000 grant recipients in the year. The dollar amount of individual grants also jumped by nearly 60%, and the number of those assisted increased by over 70% compared to the same period in 2019.


“Even in the face of a pandemic, Semper Fi & America’s Fund has never stopped caring for our nation’s military and their family members,” said Alan Cole, GovX CEO. “I want to thank everyone in the GovX community who showed their support for this incredible cause.”

Learn more about Semper Fi & America’s Fund by visiting their website.


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 http://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.