Dave Cass, David Parker and Bo Bergstorm are the co-founders of Uvize, a talent development platform. Cass spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot, Parker spent four years in the Airforce and Bergstorm served seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Adapting to various environments, managing risks and being a leader led Cass to being a successful entrepreneur, he says. During his time in the Navy, Cass quickly understood that team came before him being a leader -- “military success would always be team victories,” he says. In that way, Cass viewed his position as a leader to be focused on building a strong team -- from training to deciphering roles to understanding the mission.
To Bergstorm, entrepreneurship and leadership share a lot in common. The USMC taught him how important it is to give people the right framework for success.
“The military draws from all walks of life and does an absolutely amazing job of taking those people, giving them a framework for evaluating situations and then empowering them to make decisions,” he says.
He finds that to be the same in business -- a combination of people, frameworks and responsibilities.