About Beyond the Uniform

Members of the Armed Forces take an oath to put the needs of the nation before their own. Whether they serve five years or fifty, these men and women eventually face a transition to a civilian career and life. This site is dedicated to providing the resources necessary to navigate this transition with confidence.

We will do this by:

  • Showcasing examples of veterans who have successfully made this transition, what they learned, what they wish they knew, and what advice they’d offer
  • Analyzing data to spot trends in career decisions
  • Illuminating ways in which military training is an extreme advantage in the civilian sector

Thank you to all of those who have and who continue to serve our country. Countless Americans have benefited from your service, and it is my hope that the information provide can benefit from the sacrifices you have made.

Justin M. Nassiri (Founder & Host)

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Justin is the Founder & CEO of StoryBox, and started Beyond the Uniform as a side project to help active duty military personnel. Justin is an ENFP who lives in San Francisco with his ENTJ wife (and inspiration) Rebecca and their ESFP dog Hemingway (Hemi).

Justin studied Electrical Engineering at the United States Naval Academy, where he received what’s been dubbed “a $200k education shoved up your [censored] a nickel at a time.” He also received the world’s finest education in leadership, serving as the Brigade Performance and Conduct Officer and the President of the Men’s Glee Club (note: as a result, Rebecca refers to herself as the First Lady).

Justin served as an officer with the incredible crew of the USS Alaska (SSBN 732) and for a far-too-brief time with the USS Chicago. This training was the single biggest asset to his experience as an entrepreneur, helping him break through walls, push himself beyond his limits, and occasionally fight giant squid and flirt with mermaids.

His life was forever changed when he attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. There, he learned that investment bankers weren’t tellers at a bank (true story), that ordinary people can start baby companies called startups, and that if you’re dressed in 70s attire on a flight to vegas you can get away with giving the safety announcement.

In 2009 he turned down an offer from McKinsey & Co. to start TheOneAbout, which became VideoGenie, which became StoryBox. Wackiness ensued.

Scott McKee

 

At 14 years of active duty service, Scott found himself with a challenge and an opportunity and it all boiled down to a familiarly question: stay in or get out? An economist at heart armed with an MA in Economics from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and a BS in Quantitative Economics from the Naval Academy; he started asking questions: What is my market worth? Am I constrained by location? What is the opportunity cost of staying in? What skills can I acquire that will increase my earning potential? What are the secondary effects? Where is the information to figure this out?

The initial answer was….maybe. The information landscape was abysmal. There was asymmetric information from “evil” recruiters and a disorganized array of Veterans employment websites. As luck would have it, an Entrepreneurial Ventures class project presented the opportunity to explore Justin’s idea.

Scott is an academic, Project Management Professional, and former MH-60R helicopter pilot. He studied in Malaysia as an Olmsted Scholar (olmstedfoundation.org) and has also lived in Japan. He is passionate about excellence, leadership, and how organizational culture impacts productivity and talent.

Kathleen Dillon (Editor)

 

Kathleen Dillon enlisted in the Coast Guard in 2010 after graduating from Tulane University. She served for two years as a search and rescue boat crewmember at Station Fire Island in Babylon, NY. She was then assigned to the Coast Guard’s First District headquarters in Boston, MA where she served as an enlisted aide to the Admiral responsible for all Coast Guard operations in New England. She was commissioned in May 2014 and was then assigned to the Atlantic Strike Team as a Response Officer, leading teams during responses to natural disasters, oil spills, and national security events. Kathleen separated from the Coast Guard in August 2017 and is currently living in Guatemala studying Spanish.