Valerie Lavin – Retired Army First Sergeant & CEO of Luminary Global
An epiphany while watching Private Benjamin originally led Valerie to enlist in the Army. Little did she know it would turn into a 21 year career. Retiring as a first sergeant, the Army taught her many life lessons and helped her become the entrepreneur she is today. Upon leaving the Army the transition was hard, it was through the struggle that Valerie started working with many organizations that help veteran entrepreneurs. Valerie’s passion led to to co-founding Action Zone, an organization that provides education and advocacy for Veteran entrepreneurs. It doesn’t end there, Valerie also works with Bunker Labs, another organization that helps military businesses grow and thrive. Though all of that she started her own entrepreneurial journey with Luminary Global.
Luminary Global was founded in 2016 because Valerie saw a need and wanted to continue to serve those that serve. Its mission is “to provide Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Fire Law Enforcement, Military personnel and Citizens with the equipment and supplies they need to save lives at home and abroad”. They provide emergency tactical gear, prepper gear and more to law enforcement, first responders, military and everyday people. Their specialty is in customized kits.
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