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Our Pledge

Infinite Hero’s pledge to those who have risked their lives is to reward their sacrifice and
bravery with support that articulates our gratitude. We partner with like-minded
organizations to provide access to innovative rehabilitation programs that
address the unique needs of veterans and their families.

The measure of our impact is positive outcomes, not merely gestures.
Like the heroes we serve, we refuse to shy away from a challenge.
Where boundaries exist, we will plow through them.
Where strategies and solutions have not yet
been found, we will create them.

We will marshal the resources of technology, community, medical research
and mental health care to foster collaborative innovation and
affect positive change for our heroes in need.

Foundation Inspiration

Some heroes do not come home to their families because they have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. Many more make it back but carry physical and mental injury.

It is the responsibility of us all to provide the therapies and resources they need to carry on with the scars of their sacrifice and experience the quality of life they deserve

Front Line Issues

Infinite Hero Foundation believes that the service-related mental and physical health challenges our military heroes and their families face are foundational issues. In the case of physical injury, the veteran family must undergo extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other mental injuries are much more insidious and can go undetected for several months or more before the symptoms drive the individual or family to seek treatment. Innovations are needed to develop more effective treatments and ensure accessibility for every military hero and family regardless of geography or resources.

Emblem Design Inspiration

The Infinite Hero emblem incorporates the color purple to honor those who have been wounded in battle, the Greek cross to signify aid, and the infinity symbol to represent the conviction that the sacrifices of heroes should always be remembered.

The Infinite Hero Foundation thanks our founding corporate partner Oakley for their leadership and guidance in creating the Infinite Hero logo.

The Infinite Hero Emblem

Infinite Hero Emblem

Infinite Hero Board of Directors

Colin Baden

Colin Baden

President & Director Oakely, Product & Innovation Consultant| Oakley, Inc

Colin Baden’s relationship with Oakley began in the early ’90s working on private and corporate projects for founder, Mr. Jannard. Mr. Baden advised Oakley on product development and company imagery. In 1996, he joined Oakley full time as Director of Design, and became the company’s VP of Design within a year. He was promoted to President in 1999. Mr. Baden became CEO in August of 2009.

Colin serves on the Board of the Medici Foundation, is a Founding Legacy Partner of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation and a Founding Society Member of Team Kids. Colin supports Wounded Warriors scuba diving program and many other non-profits such as Human Options, The Illumination Foundation, Orangewood Foundation, Working Wardrobes, and the Irvine Korean Parents Association.

Robert Coates

Colonel Robert J. Coates

Director U.S. Marine Corps Retired

A native New Yorker, Colonel Coates was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1977 upon graduation from the University of South Carolina. Colonel Coates is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School (1985-86) and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1990-1991).

Colonel Coates’ personal decorations include: Legion of Merit with Gold Star in lieu of 2nd award, Bronze Star Medal with Gold Star in lieu of 2nd award, Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars in lieu of 4th award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star.

Colonel Coates retired after serving 33 years active duty and is currently is enjoying life with his wife, Maidy, and his two sons.

Kevin Collins

Kevin Collins

Director Managing Partner, The Club at Ravenna

Mr. Collins became Managing Partner of The Club at Ravenna in September 2014. He has over 35 years of financial and operational experience with includes publicly traded and privately held companies.

Mr. Collins has extensive experience in senior level management within the energy sector including midstream and upstream energy companies. Previously, he was President and Chief Operating Officer at 3 Bear Energy, LLC, and Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Bear Tracker Energy, LLC. Prior to 3 Bear and Bear Tracker, Mr. Collins was the CEO and President of Evergreen Energy, Inc. (a publicly traded clean coal technology company) and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Evergreen Resources, Inc., (a NYSE traded company), from 1995 until the sale of Evergreen in September 2004. Mr. Collins has over 13 years of accounting experience as a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Arizona.

Tom Davin

Tom Davin

Director Chairman 5.11 Tactical Inc.

Mr. Davin is Chairman of the Board of 5.11 Tactical Series Inc. Mr. Davin has held senior leadership positions with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., private equity firm Brentwood Associates, PepsiCo, Inc. and Taco Bell Corp. Mr. Davin began his business career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an investment banker.

Mr. Davin is a former U.S. Marine Corps Captain. His military qualifications include US Army Ranger, Special Forces Combat Diver, Naval Parachutist and Jumpmaster.

Mr. Davin earned a MBA from Harvard University, with Distinction and a BA from Duke University, Magna Cum Laude. He is active with Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS and veterans charitable organizations.

Kimberly Mitchell

Kimberly Mitchell

Director President & Co-Founder, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services

Kimberly Mitchell is a vocal advocate for members of the military, veterans, military families and families of the fallen. She is President and co-founder of Easter Seals Dixon Center and is a spokeswoman for the Defense Department’s 50-Year Vietnam War Comemoration Committee. Mitchell served the U.S. Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard surface ships and at shore commands. Her last two years on active duty were as the Deputy Director for the Office of Warrior and Family Support. She has visited hundreds of communities and has assisted thousands of organizations, helping create a nationwide support network to address the challenges of transition and reintegration for our service members, veterans and their families. Mitchell has spoken at the YWCA of San Gabriel Valley Women of Achievement Awards Dinner; several events sponsored by Bank of America; General Federation of Women’s Clubs; Society of Fundraising Professionals Conference on Philanthropy; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Annual Father’s Day Ceremony at the Wall; and the first Vietnam Veterans Honor Flight in 2013.

Erick Poston

Erick Poston

Director, Military/Government, Oakley

Erick Poston’s relationship with Oakley began in the 80′s as a sponsored motorcycle racer. He joined the company in 1994 as the Regional Sales Manager for Motorsports and is currently the Director of Oakley’s Military/Government program. Mr. Poston has worked with Oakley’s military program since it’s infancy and has supported the military community and their families for over 20 years.

Erick has been involved with the Infinite Hero Foundation since it’s inception in 2011. The inspiration to make a difference in the lives of our military heroes and families has guided him and the foundation efforts to date. He was a key advisor in the development of Infinite Hero’s mission statement, unique point of view and goals. Erick also served as chairman of the grant committee for three cycles prior to his appointment to the board.

Lewis Runnion

Lewis Runnion

Director Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Director of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Military Affairs

Lewis Runnion is a member of the dedicated team within Bank of America Merrill Lynch which focuses on military service members, family support, and transition of veterans and their families back into the civilian sector. The BAML Military Affairs team focuses on the issues veterans face related to financial wellness, education, employment, physical/mental wellness and housing. Lewis engages daily with government agencies, and partners with non-profit organizations that fill gaps and support active duty service members, veterans and their families. In addition, Mr. Runnion serves in an advisory role to the Bank of America senior leadership for matters that involve active duty/veteran initiatives which include financial regulatory compliance, marketing, hiring, philanthropy and service member transition. Since 2012, Lewis has helped to build and execute programs that are responsible for employing over 10,000 veterans and their spouses and invested over $7mm in community programs that impact veterans across the country.

External to the bank, Mr. Runnion is an adviser for the Military Service Initiatives at the George Bush Institute, a think tank focusing on issues important to veterans and their families. He is a co-founder of Veterans on Wall Street. a Housing Policy Council’s Service Member Working Group and has been a featured panelist/speaker regarding veterans for the Veterans Administration, Congressional Black Caucus, Professional Golf Association, Housing Policy Council, Center for a New American Security and sits on the board of directors of the Infinite Hero Foundation, among others.

Lewis joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in February 2008 and in doing so brought his 12 years of financial services industry and management experience to the firm. Prior to taking on the Public Policy role, Mr. Runnion managed a group of ultra high net worth clients and was responsible for business development and engagement with select clients and businesses across the country.

Prior to beginning his financial services career, Lewis served as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer in the United States Army, attaining his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Following his honorable discharge from active duty Army, Lewis spent an additional five years in the United States Army Reserve.

Don Schumacher

Don Schumacher

Chairman and CEO, Schumacher Electric | Owner, Don Schumacher Racing

Mr. Schumacher is the Chairman and CEO of Schumacher Electric and the owner of Don Schumacher Racing. As a driver/crew chief/owner, Don won five NHRA national event titles, including the 1970 U.S. Nationals, through 1974. Since his return as an owner in 1997, Don has extended his resume to include 16 NHRA world championships.

DSR closed out 2016 with two world championships, and increased its total of NHRA event titles to 293 after winning 26 times and setting 27 of a possible 42 NHRA track records in nitro categories. DSR has started 2017 by winning each of four possible nitro titles to raise its total to an unprecedented 297 and holds all four NHRA world records.

Through the generous sponsorship of donor Terry Chandler, Infinite Hero Foundation vastly expanded its relationship with DSR in 2014. The Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car hit the track at the sixth event of 2014 in April near Houston with driver “Fast Jack” Beckman, and the former U.S. Air Force sergeant has been the pitchman for educating the NHRA community on the foundation and cultivating funds via the sale of Infinite Hero challenge coins.

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