Doug Spitz - US Army Chemical Corps to i2Pure CEO
When Doug Spitz took on the challenge of going through VMI, little did he know how difficult it would be. He suffered a serious injury late in the first semester of the Rat Line.
"I went home with a broken sternum and I did the worst thing I could have possibly done - laying down for two weeks. And because I was breathing very shallow, I developed pneumonia and I couldn't return."
So he had to start all over ...walking the Rat Line twice.
Spitz credits the Spartan experience and the full day for his drive, work ethic and stamina.
After graduation, he chose the Army Chemical Corps, in part because chemical weapons were becoming the 'third world nuclear arsenal." And he learned many lessons in the military that have served him well in business.
"I think that the military education and military experience gives you a degree of confidence, capability, and a stick-to-it-iveness that I don't believe our peers in the civilian colleges possessed."
Venture Capital and Techstars
Spitz has been an advisor to Bay Area venture capital firms and an advisor to Techstars. Focused on startups selling to the Federal Government, Spitz believes there is a lot of money on the sidelines for the right technology and the right business model.
And now he serves as the CEO of i2Pure, which is manufacturing and marketing products internationally using molecular iodine to solve the toughest anti-microbial problems. And though not available yet in the US, i2Pure products are very effective in Covid-19 prevention in three foreign countries including India.
So we asked Doug Spitz to step into the Spotlight on the VeteranCrowd Network.
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Bob Louthan is a VMI Graduate, Army veteran, and executive with over 25 years of experience in mergers, acquisitions and private capital formation. He founded the VeteranCrowd Network to bring veterans and veteran-led businesses together with each other and the resources they need to prosper.