Redefining the Influencer

A podcast & blog dedicated to the people who have inspired the Service First brand.

“Redefining the Influencer” introduces you to exceptional people who have dedicated their lives to service. Their stories inspire, remind and reaffirm the power and importance of service. These are the stories that need to be shared because these are the everyday heroes that truly change the world. Through their stories we learn what it means to truly live a life of service first.

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Stories of Service

Amy Heller

Amy Heller

Army Wife & Volunteer (Florida) “Service means, as a spouse, that you are making a positive impact for a greater being—for those who serve—and always putting yourself second.”

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Nikki McCraney

Nikki McCraney

Army Wife & Volunteer (Florida) “Service means, as a spouse, that you are making a positive impact for a greater being—for those who serve—and always putting yourself second.”

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Kristina Libby

Kristina Libby

Chief Science Officer at Hyper Giant “We only have this one precious life, and if the global pandemic hasn't made this abundantly clear, our time here is short and not...

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Neal Conlon

Neal Conlon

“And what I've realized over time is that the biggest struggle for veterans is that when they come out with having this big, massive purpose, a purpose they never had...

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Kara Ross

Kara Ross

“I think service comes in lots of different ways. I mean, to me, whether it's giving of your time, your creative spirit, your energy, your money. I mean, all of...

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Panagis Galiatsatos

Panagis Galiatsatos

“I get asked the question constantly, ‘why did you want to become a doctor?’ I’ve realized over time that this isn’t the question to be asking. It doesn’t get to...

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John Hartsfield

John Hartsfield

Serial Non-For-Profit Founder (Texas) “I believe that everyone is an icon and achieves success every single day—regardless of their education, profession, location or background. People are pillars within their community...

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Oliver Libby

Oliver Libby

Managing Director and Co-Founder (New York) “Sainthood is not a requirement, but what is, is if you embed service into your strategy, operations, and tactics, then you will be able...

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Aralyn Hilliard

Aralyn Hilliard

Aspiring Doctor (Texas) “To me, service means doing whatever it takes to put others above yourself. It means to play a role in someone's life. To make things better. That's...

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David Forman

David Forman

Naval Officer (Pennsylvania) "We all imagine what service is when we're kids. Watching movies, seeing the action on TV—there's an idea in your head. I have come to realize there's...

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Brittany Forman

Brittany Forman

Director & Government Official (Pennsylvania) “Every Sunday, we would drive to church. From West Chester to West Philadelphia. I'd look out the window and wonder why the landscape would change...

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Lisa Jaster

Lisa Jaster

Military Officer (Texas) “A quote that I've lived by is "a ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for." This has motivated...

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Casey Hayward

Casey Hayward

Teacher (New York) “The most empowering thing you can do for someone else is help them learn. I love showing someone that if you work hard enough, you can achieve...

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Nicole Glick & Jennifer Grossman

Nicole Glick & Jennifer Grossman

Co-Founders of Whole Family Mental Health (Maryland) “We saw a need in the community and felt a genuine desire to take action—not just subscribe to a norm that in our...

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Mike Burns and Al Vallejos

Mike Burns and Al Vallejos

Redefining the influencer, one story at a time.

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Manny Diotte

Manny Diotte

Founder of The Ferrari Kid (Texas) “I want to leave a legacy with the @theferrarikid. That happens when you decide your work is not about you—when it truly becomes for...

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Jessica Feingold

Jessica Feingold

Chief Strategy Officer of CommonFuture (New York)  “We only have this one precious life, and if the global pandemic hasn't made this abundantly clear, our time here is short and...

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