Veteran’s Passport to Hope (VP2H) is a Veteran Friendly 501(c)3 founded in 2012.
VP2H’s mission consists of three main focus areas: Awareness, Fund Raising, and Cooperation.
AWARENESS: VP2H’s Primary mission is to raise awareness within the Colorado area about the issues Veterans face: Multiple tours in combat zones, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), high unemployment rate, high homelessness rate, high divorce rate, and a record high suicide rate. As the military mission winds down in Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans reintegrate themselves into civilian society, we believe that this awareness will foster an understanding of their efforts and compassion for their struggle.
FUNDRAISING: VP2H’s secondary mission is to raise money for Veteran friendly non-profits. Through due diligence and research, we organize fund raising events which support local, Veteran friendly non-profits. We only support high quality charities that maximize their accountability to veteran’s causes and are transparent in their fund raising and giving practices.
COOPERATION: VP2H’s tertiary mission is to act as a rallying point for other veteran friendly non-profits. Our goal is to organize and conduct meetings with the leadership teams of these groups within the Colorado area with the goal of finding ways for us to work together more efficiently. We believe that by working together and by sharing ideas, we can reduce competition between non-profit groups and more efficiently and more effectively help veterans. We also consolidate information about resources that are available at no charge to veterans and families by keeping our veteran’s resource website (www.veteransresourceportal.com) up to date and relevant. The Veteran’s Resource Portal is a list of resources utilized as an online resource center where veterans and their families can search for and rate available resources.
Veteran’s Passport to Hope Board Members:
Dave Fingers, Board President
Dave Fingers is the President of Source Pointe, Inc. Source Pointe is an Executive Search Firm that specializes in direct recruiting of Sales Professionals and Sales Leaders nationally. Dave is an Army Veteran with 10 ½ years active duty. His military career included a tour supporting the 5th SFG & 10th SFG. Additionally, Dave was assigned to the 8th ID 4th Aviation Brigade in Wiesbaden, Germany and spent time as an Army Recruiter in Kansas City. Dave left the Army with an Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant. After the military, Dave started his sales and marketing career in the IT consulting industry where he helped lead a company from $4 million in annual revenues to $30 million in annual revenues in just over four years exclusively through organic growth.
Shane Schmutz, Founder, Board Member, Past President
Shane Schmutz works in the private aviation field as the Director of Sales for Starbase Aviation, LLC. He is responsible for private jet and helicopter sales and acquisitions within the Rocky Mountain Region. Before joining Starbase Aviation, Shane was the Founder and Executive Director of Veteran’s Passport to Hope (VP2H) – a non-profit founded in order to help our nation’s veterans. Prior to assuming the Executive Director role with VP2H, he held a financial advisory position with Bernstein Global Wealth Management, working closely with high-net-worth individuals and family offices to help achieve their financial goals. Previous careers include a bariatric account manager for Ethicon Endo-surgery and a Captain in the United States Army. As a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, Schmutz served three combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during which he received the US Army’s Bronze Star. Shane continues to serve as a board member with VP2H, holds a board member position with Project Sanctuary, and is a proud a supporter of Cancer League of Colorado.
Paul Schnell, Board Member, Secretary
Paul Schnell is a retired US Air Force Major. Paul started his AF career as an enlisted man, pursued and achieved his BS in Computer Science and subsequently entered Officer Training School. As an officer, Paul led teams in all manner of IT and Telecommunications efforts from networking through software development and wireless communications through video teleconferencing. Since leaving the military, Paul graduated with honors obtaining his MBA with a Minor in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management (DeVry University). After graduation, he pursued work in the IT field as a contractor to Microsoft and as a Government Contractor (EXN Engineering) and helped private individuals and small businesses through his consulting business, Walkin2Axum. In addition, Paul worked part-time for REI Denver and Roggen Telephone and volunteered for Colorado Technology Association’s C-Level networking events and the Healing Warriors Program. Paul is recently employed by LINX as a Project Foreman in the multimedia division.
Timothy Kitt , Board Member
Tim Kitt is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 23 years leadership and management experience with assignments in the US, Germany, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. He has a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. After completing his military service he owned printing business for 4 years. After turning it into a profitable business by increasing sales 75% over four years, he sold his business. He then was employed by Sun Microsystems Learning Services Division for over 8 years, initially as a web project manager and then as a web program manager. He is also a real estate investor with numerous rental properties in Wyoming.
Trudy Kennedy, CPA, Board Member, Treasurer
Trudy is a CPA with 12 years of experience with nonprofit organizations Her background includes 501(c)(3) applications, 990 tax filings, nonprofit accounting and management, budgeting and compliance, staff supervision, marketing and networking, board development and liaison, and strategic planning. She is a highly motivated individual who enjoys challenges, problem solving, and collaboration in the accounting and business world. Trudy brings to the table the desire to enhance the effective and efficient use of community resources and support the development of charitable projects and nonprofits in the veteran community. She currently serves as the CFO for Employer Essentials which is a professional services company offering payroll, human resource, accounting, and staffing services.
Conor Overstake, Board Member
A Colorado native, Conor joined Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.(Denver Colorado Office) in 2014 shortly after the doors opened as an Account Executive and Assistant Vice President. Today, he focuses on both Commercial Lines and Employee Benefits. Prior to joining the Insurance Industry, Conor was an Officer and Pilot in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently a Major in the USMC Reserves. Professionally Conor assists organizations with developing and implementing insurance/risk management strategies aimed at finding a unique and balanced approach to risk management/transfer. He predominantly consults with middle-market enterprises broadly engaged in Technology, Medtech, Biotech, and Healthcare industries. He is also involved in consulting with startup businesses in high growth industries. Conor is passionate about lending his experience in a meaningful way to help enable and empower Veterans because he believes that Veterans are one of our countries greatest resources.
Conor graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Scott MacDonald, Board Member
Scott MacDonald is an ex-Infantry officer with the Fourth Infantry Division and was stationed at FT. Carson Colorado during his career. He is currently the Vice President of Client relationships at enVision Business Consulting a regional Management consultancy with a national reach. His responsibilities include maintaining client connections, developing strategy, expanding business, acquiring talent, and the overall growth at enVision. Scott comes from a military family having spent his early childhood in military installations in the United States, Germany, Scotland, and Greece. His father retired as a senior NCO from the USAF, after splitting his career between the Army and Air Force. His mother served in the USAF until marring his father. His two bothers served In the USMC and USAF and his sister is a retired LTC from the ARMY.Scott earned an Executive MBA from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science from North West Missouri State University where he attended on a Basketball scholarship.
Scott brings 20+ years of operations, consulting and business development experience to his clients. He has provided business transformation services including developing strategic vision, managing growth, reducing operating expenses, deploying large technical systems, process optimization, and developed human capital solutions through proven methodologies and experience. Scott partners with senior management to understand their unique needs and challenges which allows him to provide the best possible solutions. Whether it’s leading large or small teams, being out front or behind the scenes Scott understands how to make his clients successful.