Hi, I’m Wes O’Donnell

I work with companies to help them hire the most amazing human resource in the 21st century: the U.S. Military Veteran.

Military veterans have the stomach to take risks. They have the ability to deal with ambiguity and have composure and creativity under extreme pressure. This makes the veteran one of the best-kept secrets in business; and why your competitors have been hiring veterans as fast as they can.

So who is Wes O'Donnell? I am a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, serving on active duty from 1997 to 2007. I have an MBA with a focus on IT Management and I am an entrepreneur having successfully started 3 profitable companies. I am a professor of applied leadership, predictive analytics, and public speaking at Baker College in Michigan. I currently travel all over the country coaching companies on establishing a solid veteran-hiring program or coaching employees on veteran cultural competency, ie. how to interact with veteran co-workers.

I want to help your company reach the next level by tapping into this resource: recently separated servicemembers. Reach out now for a free consultation!


Wes is a highly sought after presenter who has recently spoken at TEDx on Data Visualization and at the US Air Force Academy on Leadership as well as numerous corporate clients. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes. Wes educates companies and government organizations on a number of topics ranging from emerging technology and big data visualization to veteran’s issues and leadership.

  • Information packed practical training in a 2-day workshop.
  • Practical learning experience with live project work and examples.
  • Practical assignments at the end of every session.
  • Keynote speaking
  • Licensing my workshop to companies that want to perform it in-house










Wes has been writing for a decade, covering some of the most timely topics in the veteran community. Wes’ articles appear on Warrior Lodge, InMilitary, InCyberDefense, US Patriot Tactical, and CNN. In addition, Wes has written one book and is working on his next two books concurrently for release in 2018.

  • RISE: The Veteran's Field Manual For Starting Your Own Business, 2014
  • A Cowboy Without A Coat: A Texas Exile Stuck in Michigan, 2018
  • The Vicodin Diaries, 2018

Veteran Entrepreneur

Wes has started numerous profitable companies. He is a serial entrepreneur who loves starting companies but hates running them.

  • MD-Advantages, Customizable Medical Carts
  • Modern Workspace Technology Furniture
  • Warrior Lodge Media
  • Best Michigan Magazine & Directory
  • Sunset Kingdom Outdoor Gear

Wes on Veterans In Media and Entertainment

Wes on IMDB for producing and hosting Heroes From History

Wes O’Donnell Hosts Heroes From History

PTSD PSA produced by Wes O’Donnell

Motivation with Wes O’Donnell

West Michigan Commercial produced by Wes O’Donnell

Wes Speaking at the Military Influencer Conference

Hire Wes

When selecting a veteran hiring partner to help you target all segments of the recently transitioned service-member demographic, Wes O'Donnell is the clear choice. Wes has been marketing to veterans for a decade and is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

Wes is a professional speaker and trainer who helps companies tap into this amazing human resource, the U.S. military veteran.

Wes is an expert at getting veterans hired! Whether it's a keynote presentation, a two-day workshop or an audit (and recommendations) of your company's veteran hiring program, Wes can help your company gain a competitive edge.

Wes can also train your employees on how to interact with veteran coworkers through his Veteran Cultural Competency program. Becoming VCC Certified is a badge of honor among Fortune 500 companies.

Let's discuss what Wes can do for you -  wes@warriorlodge.com or (214) 838-6213.