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Chad Storlie


Role and Company

Digital Strategy Director, Emerson Automation Solutions


22 years experience in marketing, advertising, & communications


Minneapolis, MN

About Chad

CHAD STORLIE has had a distinguished career in both military Special Operations and civilian service. Chad is a retired US Army Reserve Special Forces officer with 20+ years of service in infantry, special forces, and joint headquarters units. He has served in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and throughout the United States. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Special Forces Tab, and the Ranger Tab.

Chad is a mid-level marketing executive and has worked in marketing and sales roles for various companies, including General Electric, Union Pacific, Comcast, and Manugistics. Chad has been published two books, over 300 articles in 180 different publications including the Harvard Business Review blog,, and the Oxford Leadership journal. He has been featured in news stories in Inc, Business Week, the New York Post, Federal Computer Weekly, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In his spare time, Chad has taught marketing at Creighton University, developed Combat Analytics—a counterinsurgency assessment process—and written articles that have been published in several military journals. Chad holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University. Chad lives in the Midwest with his wife and children.

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Articles by Chad

3 years ago

A “Ready-To-Go” Career Improvement Plan For Military Veterans

“As an employee, you must be exceptionally dedicated and rigorous in order for both yourself and other veterans to maintain...

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10 months ago

11 Career Planning Tips

1. What do I Bring to a Company?

Too often, veterans only consider their technical skills and do not leverage their...

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10 months ago

Walt Disney – Learning from the Military

The New York Times ran a detailed story on a new attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The...

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10 months ago

A Valuable, Career Advancing Skill Combination Veterans Bring to Employers & Their Career

One of the most underappreciated and undervalued skill sets that veterans possess for civilian employers is the ability to combine...

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9 months ago

How Military Quality Processes Add To The Skill Sets Veterans Bring To Organizations

Military organizations understand the difficulty and maintaining of quality in their operations. After all, in Afghanistan, how do you ensure...

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Chad's Recent Answers

7 years ago

Soldiers only following orders?

Chris, Military experience is incredibly valuable to business when it is translated, applied, and implemented to make the business better. ...

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7 years ago

What would be a good approach to meeting new professionals/networking?  

Samuel, Here are some resources on Networking. (1) (2)

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7 years ago

Does anyone have any advice on how to make the transition easier?

Please look at the free resources at Also, please send an email to

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7 years ago

Do you have any great books about the transition, or transition resources?

Please try "Combat Leader to Corporate Leader" and "Battlefield to Business Success". The website is I also...

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