Branden Marty - Baumhart Scholar
Branden leads Veteran Roasters Coffee, a mission-oriented, craft coffee roaster and distributor focused on employing, training and developing Chicago’s homeless and at-risk military veterans. He strategically launched and continues to further build the company’s start-up operations, effectively developing a multi-pronged local, regional, and national sales strategy, and cultivating strategic partnerships. Through the company’s success, they have hired, trained and managed a high-performing cross-functional team of nine veteran employees in various roles.
Veteran advocacy is Branden’s vocation, particularly veteran employment and wounded warrior support. This passion is reflected in the missions of the companies he is currently involved in leading, Veteran Roasters Cup O’ Joe Coffee and Bridge My Return (BMR.) Prior to his current roles and involvements, Branden spent thirteen years in the United States Navy in numerous roles and continued experience across a range of challenging environments: from the flight decks on naval vessels, to the corporate C-suite, and the boot-strapped startup.
An innate strategist, collaborator and motivated operator, every assignment throughout Branden’s career has been imbued with the same ingredients – a dedication to service and advocacy. When the Department of the Navy asked for Branden’s assistance in submitting a bid from the City of Chicago to host the 2017 Warrior Games, he voluntarily led the effort to build public and private sector support. He brought the Navy leadership to meet with Chicago leaders, ensuring successful execution of the Games in Chicago and the subsequent awarding. This commendable feat is a very fitting example of Branden’s dedication to service and leadership abilities.