Today, as we pause to thank those men and women who have sacrificed to serve our great nation, we would also like to take a moment to recognize the individuals who committed themselves to serving our country prior to starting here at TRX. With a company heritage steeped in military tradition, it makes sense that we continue to attract people from those ranks to join us on a new mission: To deliver world class fitness and spread the word about TRX Training.
Leading the charge is Randy Hetrick. Randy spent 14 years in the US Navy SEALs before founding TRX in 2004. Whether serving as SEAL Squadron Commander or as CEO of TRX, Randy has always followed one piece of advice: Lead from the front. “I would never ask my team to do something I haven’t already done,” says Randy. And the team he leads today is proud to have the following vets in its ranks:
Ken Taylor retired in 2003 as a Senior Chief after 20 years of service as a Navy SEAL. He is experienced in all aspects of Naval Special Warfare, from field operations to personnel management to fitness training and programming. With his combat experience and expertise in small unit tactics, Ken planned and conducted personal protective details for high ranking U.S. military officers and dignitaries. Ken is experienced in free-fall jumping, combat diving, close quarters combat, urban warfare, marksmanship and small boat work. As a Master Training Specialist, he taught more than 2,200 SEAL candidates in SEAL operations, techniques, leadership, teamwork, small unit operations and physical fitness. Ken is Director of Business Development for the Government Segment.
Alex Roodhouse was a member of the Navy’s first Riverine Squadron since Vietnam. He trained at the Marine Corps School of Infantry and the Special Mission Training Center onboard Camp Lejeune, and led a Riverine Detachment Ground Team in combat operations throughout Iraq. He also helped lead anti-piracy and anti-smuggling boarding teams while serving on a Navy Destroyer, conducting numerous interdictions around the Horn of Africa and Somalia. Prior to joining the U.S. Navy, Alex was an honors graduate from the University of Notre Dame. Alex is our General Manager of the Government and International Segments and joined TRX in early 2009.
Mike Taylor graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was active in the U.S. Navy from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he served as a Riverine Detachment Ground Team Officer in the first Naval Riverine Squadron since the Vietnam War. He was deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the deployment, he conducted security patrols along the Euphrates River and assisted Multi-National Force-West in restoring security to Al Anbar Province. Mike is the Director of the Government Segment.
Mark Becker joined the U.S. Army in 1997 and was on active duty and reserve until 2003. Mark served as a Combat Engineer, Heavy Construction Platoon Sergeant, and as Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of numerous build projects around the world. As the unit Light Infantry Weapons Specialist, Mark was tasked with “disposing of excess ammunition,” which he considers a highlight of his military career. Mark earned an Associate's degree in Computer Aided Design from the College of San Mateo in 1994 and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from San Francisco State in 2000. He is currently the Senior Facilities Manager for TRX.
Bryan Studebaker enrolled at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina in 2000. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Exercise and Sport Science and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration. Upon graduation from The Citadel, Bryan was commissioned in the United States Air Force Reserves. His last assignment was as Captain, Squadron Commander in the South Carolina Air National Guard. Bryan is currently the Director of Key Accounts in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and some federal agencies for TRX.
After graduating from UC Davis in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology, Ben Carter enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and graduated from boot camp as the Company Honorman. He served as a Reconnaissance Marine with 3rd Recon Battalion in Okinawa, Japan where his team trained in a variety of locations across the Pacific Theater including Guam, The Philippines and Korea. In 2009, his unit deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was tasked with a variety of specialized missions that included Long Range Reconnaissance, High Value Target capture and anti-drug raids. Ben currently serves as the Western Territory Manager for the Government Segment.
Ronald "Griff" Gardner enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2003, completed boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey and then attended Operation Specialist “A” School in Petaluma, California in early 2004. He wore many different hats while enlisted in the Coast Guard from Personnel and Physical Security Officer, Lead Training Petty Officer, Lead Petty Officer, Cutter Radio Shop Chief and Assistant Command Watch Officer. Along the way, he was stationed at a communications master station, two different national security cutters and two Coast Guard cutters. Other highlights from his career include mission planning for anti-drug patrols and search and rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Griff left the Coast Cuard in 2011 as a First Class Petty Officer and is currently the Retail Manager and Marketing Lead of the Government Segment at TRX.
Patrick Kriske enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2003, completed boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey and then attended Operation Specialist “A” School in Petaluma, California in early 2004. His tours of service include a Coast Guard Cutter, Communications Master Station, Port Security Unit and most recently, a Strike Team. Patrick has held the titles of Command Security Officer, Technical Support Watch Officer, Local Systems Technician and Hazardous Materials Technician. In 2010 he transitioned into Coast Guard Reserve and was advanced to Chief Operations Specialist while recalled to active duty for the Hurricane Katrina response. He graduated from Golden Gate University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is currently working towards a Masters in Business Administration. Patrick joined TRX in March of this year as a Logistics Analyst.
John Langford, a 23-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, retired from active service in 2009 as a LtCol. Following his commission in 1990, he received his Naval Flight Officer wings and became a Weapons Systems Officer in the F-18D Hornet. John has served in a variety of operational and staff billets, to include combat deployments flying missions over Bosnia and Iraq. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School and Command and Staff College, and was both a designated Air Combat Tactics Instructor and Weapons and Tactics Instructor. Between 2007-09, John served as Branch Head for Semper Fit Programs at HQMC, where he was responsible for Marine Corps policy and plans for fitness, health promotion, sports, recreation and the Single Marine Program, among others. As a member of the USMC Combat Fitness Working Group, he led the effort for the introduction of a Combat Fitness Training Course across all Semper Fit fitness centers. Additionally, John served as liaison to the Wounded Warrior Regiment at Quantico, VA, advising on fitness and recreation programs to support wounded Marines and their families. John joined TRX in November 2013, serving as Director of Military Key Accounts for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Tim Donahue received his commission in the U.S. Marine Corps in May, 2009 as a Second Lieutenant. Upon completing The Basic School and Infantry Officer's Course in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion 4th Marines on the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California. He served as a Platoon Commander for his unit's deployment to Amman, Jordan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning, he served as a Weapons Platoon Commander, Executive Officer and the Battalion's water survival instructor. He transferred from active to reserve duty in January 2013 and is currently a Captain with 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is currently working as the Eastern Territory Manager for the Government Segment.
Mike Skaggs retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant in 2012 after 23 years of service, during which he served in the Services and Force Support career field. He specialized in fitness where he served as the Command Fitness Manager for Air Combat Command, overseeing 22 fitness center operations at 15 bases. Mike also co-authored and taught the Air Force Fitness Specialist Course, worked directly with the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research to develop their Military Exercise Leader course and served on the Air Force Fitness Advisory Board, which helps develop the Air Force’s fitness testing program, policies and implementation. He was even an on-air host for the Pentagon Channel Fit for Duty television program. Mike joined TRX in 2012 as a Force Level course instructor before coming on as the National Territory Manager for the U.S. Air Force in 2013.
Eric Shanley heads up the US. Army West Territory Sales, but is currently recalled to active duty for USAF flight training.
Thank you to everyone who has served and continues to serve. We owe you a debt of gratitude. From all of us here at TRX, Happy Veterans Day.