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A tall fellow with a penchant for travel and good coffee.
Marty Skovlund, Jr. is an author, journalist, entrepreneur, independent filmmaker, and television personality.
Marty was born and raised in Huron, South Dakota. He grew up the oldest of five, spending his time as an avid outdoorsman and reader. He only had two goals growing up: play for the Los Angeles Lakers or become an Army Ranger.
After high school he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army, and accomplished one of his life-long goals by being selected for service with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
While at 1/75, he served in a variety of roles and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan a total of five times. After his fifth deployment, he volunteered for recruiting duty and was assigned to the Syracuse Recruiting Battalion as a recruiting NCO.
In 2012 he founded Blackside Concepts, LLC, a multi-media company and his first business venture. Shortly afterwards, in June 2013, he separated from the Army after eight years of service to run his business full time.
Marty left his company after its sale in the fall of 2015, which had grown to include six separate sub-brands, to travel the country with his family. He now focuses on his newfound interests in writing and filmmaking, while serving on the board of advisors for The Darby Project.
He is happily married to his beautiful wife, and is father to an incredible little girl.
A few accolades.
o 2013 Veteran Most Likely To Succeed (Syracuse University EBV Program)
o 2015 Richard L. Haydon Outstanding Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year (Syracuse University Walter J. Whitman School of Management)
o 2015 GI Film Festival: Founders Choice Award for Nomadic Veterans (Feature Length Documentary)
o 2015 South Dakota Film Festival: Excellence in Filmmaking Award for Prisoner Of War (Short Narrative)
o Selected for 2016 “The Mighty 25” (WeAreTheMighty.com)