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Defense Mobile (MVNO)

As the co-founder of Defense Mobile Corporation, Brendan served as the Interim CEO for the first two years and through the launch of service. His main focus was on building a world-class management team of telecommunications and service experts with military backgrounds. He also focused on what would be a $20M Series A capital raise and creating strategic partnerships with organizations like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Apple, RadioShack, the VA, Samsung, T-Mobile and others. Under Brendan’s leadership, Defense Mobile Corporation built a management team that included Peter Lurie (former co-founder of Virgin Mobile with former American Express President and PayPal CEO Dan Schulman), General Peter Pace (16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), and advisors including Hon. Tidal McCoy, retired Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force; Admiral Eric Olson (Bullfrog 14) former Commander of the U.S Special Operations Command and retired U.S. Navy SEAL; retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Theodore G. Stroup, Jr.; retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Richard West; retired U.S. Navy SEAL Captain Peter Wikul (Bullfrog 13); retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Wood; Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr., retired U.S. Navy; former Sergeant Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley, Medal of Honor recipient Col. Donald “Doc” Ballard, and former U.S. Army Captains Dan Rice and Tom Dyer; as well as retired U.S. Navy Commander Vince McBeth.

Brendan’s ability to forge significant partnerships with major industry players like Apple and leading network providers such as Verizon and AT&T not only enhanced the company’s market reach but also solidified its credibility and brand value within the telecommunications sector. These partnerships were essential for providing Defense Mobile’s customers with high-quality service and support, leveraging the advanced networks of established players. Defense Mobile successfully launched as a specialized mobile services provider catering to the U.S. military community, including veterans and their families.

Brendan turned over the CEO leadership role to military veteran Anthony Montoya when his wife and mother of five was diagnosed with breast cancer. Defense Mobile was forced into a sale by the lead venture firm at the dismay and objection of management and investors.