About the Authors

Hon. Larry Wallace Jr., Ph.D.

U.S. Army (Retired)

Captain (Retired) Larry Wallace is the Director of Veterans Support & Leadership Programs at the University of Texas System Administration, President of Wallace Brothers & Associates, and former Executive in Residence for VETTED. Larry is a service-connected disabled combat retiree with multi-industry experience. In the military, he served in various leadership roles for Personnel Service Battalions, Initial Entry Training Centers, Infantry Task Force, ROTC, USA NATO, and Special Operations.  Within nonprofit, Larry served as President for 3 districts & 13 local bodies; a State Junior Vice President; Strategic Director for 4 states; and Chief Administrative Officer for 3 national staffs. Within academia, he served as an Adjunct Professor, College Proctor, Greek Life President, National Pan-Hellenic Council Community Services Director; Graduate Advisor, and University Mascot. Post military, Larry served as a radio personality for Blackberry Gospel Radio; former Vice Chairman & Strategic Planning Chair for C2 Change (mental health support to youth and their families); Employment & Training Advisory Committee Member for Texas Veterans Commission; Veterans Advisor to the Travis County (Precinct 1) Commissioner; National Association of Healthcare Senior Executives member, Ambassador to Travis County Healthcare Division (Central Health), Austin Mayor’s Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness member, Councilman and former Planning & Zoning Commissioner at City of Manor (7th fastest growing suburb in America – realtor.com, 2018), and 2019  Austin Under 40 Finalist for Youth & Education then subsequently Civics, Government & Public Affairs.

Heath J. Niemi

U.S. Army (Retired)

Colonel (Retired) Heath Niemi is Vice President of Global Sales & Development at Martin UAV. In this capacity, Heath is responsible for establishing global business development with emphasis on the U.S. Army and Special Operations Command. He is also responsible for capture and project management activities to include business-to-business research and development for the company while introducing the new V-BAT, ‘equipment independent’ VTOL UAS to global markets. Heath is a 1992 West Point Graduate and combat veteran of 20 combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Heath previously served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne), commanded and served in executive positions within the 160th Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne). Of interest, Heath was also the only World Helicopter Team Gold Medalist for the U.S. team in 1996 and a past U.S.P.F. nationally ranked power lifter. Heath is also known for his daily investment blog called Strategic Stimulus which correlates macroeconomics for day trading. He also writes academic works on future methods of warfare to include a published work on the future of technologically enabled leadership called ‘Flexive Command’.