Rob Barr is the Executive Director for the A Hero Foundation, co-founder of Hire A Hero and has worked with transitioning military for over 13 years.
Rob started his career working for Diamond Blade Warehouse (DBW) as the Sales Support Manager where he gained exorbitant knowledge of the construction industry. Outside of supporting sales Rob was in integral part of helping DBW transition from a paper system to modern day technology which helped build business processing for sales, credit and accounting departments which are still in use today.
In 2003 Rob took his knowledge of the construction industry and took a position as the Customer Relations Director for Helmets to Hardhats(H2H), a non-profit organization that helped veterans find careers within the construction industry. Rob’s helped build the business logic with technology to expand upon the different department he created to support those who were looking for work and those who had the career opportunities. Rob’s input helped H2H grow 400% each year helping the program gain national recognition.
In 2006 the Executive Director of HQ Group, Dan Caulfield, came to Rob with an opportunity to build Hire A Hero (HAH) in which Rob took his knowledge from H2H to create a national media website to help US veterans and spouses to connect with employers looking to hire them, thus A Hero Foundation, 501 (c)(3) non profit, was born. Since launching in 2006 The Flagship program Hire A Hero has been recognized by both Time Magazine, for being one of the top 21 ways to “Fix America” and Infoworld Magazine as one of the top 100 websites in the world for creative and effective merging of business and technical solutions for veterans.
Today and A Hero Foundation is working to build a one stop community to help veterans and their families, find the best resources to help them through transition and building more programs such as Staff A Hero and Educate A Hero to fill in gaps to what is currently offered to our heroes.
Rob has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Illinois State University and currently resides in Moraga, California with his wife and two children. In his spare time Rob likes to play guitar, sing and write music and from time to time you will see him playing a show or two in the San Francisco bay area.
Danny Hughes is one of the most sought after and in-demand strategic business advisors – consulting, coaching and guiding numerous founders, CEO’s, business owners and start-up entrepreneurs to accelerate revenue and drive growth.
He helps improve their sales messaging and processes, develops channels and partnerships, implement technologies to build target lists, integrates search and social strategies to drive client acquisition, and teaches leaders to listen better to their prospects, clients, peers and relationships.
In 2003, he co-founded Broadlook Technologies and in the span of a decade, tens of thousands of global users recognized Broadlook as an innovation leader in real-time data crawling, parsing and aggregation to power leading recruiting and HR, B2B sales and marketing, and data service operations.
Today, Dan is active on boards of non-profit endeavors; A Hero Foundation and Hire A Hero, and directs his active consulting practice towards social entrepreneurship; helping our Military Veterans identify the resources they need to transition after service, healthcare professionals learning the life and business skills they need to succeed in their career in medicine, along with coaching local and small business owners and operator in building a smart, competitive and sustainable business.
Sandeep Kesiraju(Technical Advisor) formerly worked at Microsoft as a Sr. Program Manager for enabling Microsoft to sell XBOX and other Devices to enterprises and retailers (Best Buy, AT&T, etc). Currently, Sandeep is a Product Manager at automotiveMastermind doing Behavior Prediction Software to enable car dealers to retain their customers and provide exceptional customer service.
Sandeep has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras, India and currently resides in Moraga, California with his wife and two children.
Being from India and as a American Citizen, I appreciate the importance of how US military works with various military forces around the world to protect and recognize the importance of freedom. I am honored to work with an organization that supports veterans and their families.
I am honored to be part of A Hero Foundation that enables Businesses and Veterans connect when a helping hand is required.