Thank you for visiting and welcome to OPPS4VETS, Handshakes not Handouts® a registered trademark of TheARRC®.
My entrepreneurship spirit began November 5, 1974 when I signed my very first contract to serve our Nation. Followed with my first orders directing me to take charge of fellow Marine recruits to report to Marine Corps Boot Camp on November 8, 1974.
My older Brother Joe, also a Marine told me (when i visited him at Camp Horno, Camp Pendleton, CA shortly after my military training in 1975) "Learn the tricks of the trade and what strings to pull". I took that to heart and still today I do just that. After reaching my highest rank of Chief Warrant Officer-4, it was clear to me how those tips served me well.
One of the most important projects I engaged in was being part in deploying the Total Force Administrative System (TFAS) moving the Marine Corps from paper to paperless environment. What prepared me for this project was my tour in the 1991 Gulf War and awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for developing and deploying a system to account for our deployed forces. It is this work ethic we offer to all those we serve.
I retired April 1, 2000, and founded two all volunteer national non-profit organizations (Operation Interdependence and Southwest Veterans' Business Resource Center) fully operational today. The skills in strategy and logistics stem from my successful military career. In conjunction with this success I built my firm The ARRC a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business that funded both national non-profits.
I developed a keen sense on how to leverage resources generating the greatest results with the least cost. It is my intent to offer this expertise to you. With me, my team includes my two sons Albert Jr. and Daniel, they bring with them current generational ideals and perspectives. Together our team will deliver and exceed your expectations.
Any idea requires exposure and outreach strategies and how it is delivered requires a sound logistical plan.
OPPS 4 VETS was created due to the need of a true Veteran organization that provides real results for the Veteran and civilian population. Our tagline, “Handshakes, Not Handouts” is aimed at non-profit organizations that put an emphasis on a ‘wounded warrior’ when in reality, all Veterans are better trained to survive in any situation, even in the economic jungle. By providing resources, matchmaking, training and marketing tools to our Veterans and civilian counterparts, we are geared to make a difference. I know, i have done just that and if you learn anything about a warrant officer, we are all trained to deliver.
What We Do
I was in Okinawa Japan when this picture was taken September 9, 1999, with MSgt Folsom and BGen Mary F. Wilson, Commanding General 3rd Force Service Support Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, japan. And less than a month prior is when Public Law 106-50 was Legislated August 17, 1999 (Veteran Entrepreneurship). I was prompted to retire to engage in this Law on April 1, 2000.
OPPS 4 VETS understands the business landscape and all the available opportunities and the roadblocks. We have dedicated years of our lives supporting entrepreneurs in their endeavor to sell to both the private and government sectors. We take businesses that gets stopped in its tracks before it can even get started due to difficulty in navigating roadblocks and matched them with solutions to traverse the most treacherous roads.
We have created a team of both Veteran and non-Veteran business leaders and experts to not only guide our members toward opportunity, but to introduce businesses directly to decision makers.
We want you to get your first contract. We will connect you with government and private contacts so your business gets found. We will help you succeed we will deliver.
Warrant Officer (W1) Level
Chief Warrant Officer-4 (W4) Level
Delivering results with a targeted audience.
Chief Warrant Officer-5 (W5) Level
Serious brand/marketing buyer. Making a difference.