Meet Us

The Team

Ben Peterson

Chief Evangelist Officer


Ben spent 8 years in the Army while deploying to Iraq during the surge in 2008-09. His time in a Combat Aviation Brigade was challenged by fellow soldiers killed in action, suicide, and tragic civilian casualties.

Education / Professional

Upon returning home, Ben completed his bachelors in Music and Biblical studies. After graduation, Ben became the sales director with a startup creative agency and in over 3 years acquired clients such as the Minnesota Vikings, Polaris, and Sleep Number.


In the beginning of 2016 he felt the call to start a mission to help veterans and their families heal from their experiences. Ben travels the country speaking in businesses, non-profits, churches, military installations and schools about his time in the military and the journey of coming home. After battling post traumatic stress, alcohol dependency and family issues, Ben turned to his faith, community, counseling and recreation to recover from the traumatic experiences of combat. The power of Ben’s story is his ability to bring authenticity and honesty while breaking down the of core principles of resiliency. He is an inspiring speaker who will greatly bless any audience of leaders, military, veterans and their families.

Armin Assadi

Vice President
Serial Entrepreneur, tactician, strategic thinker, problem solver, relationship builder, connector, mobilizer, podcast enthusiast, speaker and a grateful recipient of freedom thanks to the service of all who have served and currently serve the military.


Began as an intern for two years before stepping into a full time role. Started full time in Children’s Ministry then stepped into different roles that allowed me to have oversight of 1300 volunteers and operations of four different locations in the Twin Cities. Also shared responsibilities in scouting future campus locations, outside consulting, launching intern program, new initiatives, event planning/project management, leadership development and initiated and managed small variety of Vendors.


Armin Co-Founded Position Intel in May of 2014. Position Intel specializes in: providing custom location devices for customers who require specific solutions for their niche markets. Our customers range from small location services companies to Fortune 500. Whether a company has sophisticated Corporate Security needs or basic vehicle tracking, we provide an intuitive platform.

Isaiah Maring

Director of Fundraising
Isaiah served our country faithfully in the Navy SEAL teams from 2005-2010. After multiple tours into combat zones he then became a skydiving specialist for the SEALS training and performing all over the world. Upon leaving the military Isaiah founded the Patriot Parachute team which executes performance jumps into major events.

Isaiah oversees EYD’s fundraising and training as we continue to grow as an organization.

Board of Directors

Jason Livingston

Jason Livingston is a seasoned business and sales professional with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and Leadership with a focus on Cyber Security and IT Operations. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Livingston has spent over a decade creating and managing startups. He recently completed a Master’s Degree in Security Technologies at the University of MN.

Chet Funk

Chet Funk is an active investor, manager and owner of multi-family real estate and small trade companies focused on servicing real estate.

Dave Melin

IP Founder / Biochemist by training / Biopharma executive at early stage, mid-size and multi-national public companies / Expertise in Market Access, Commercial and Business Development, Market Research and Data Analytics / Passion for building trusted partnerships / Non-profit Founder and Board Member / Believes in giving back / Enjoying life’s journey with his wife of nearly 25 years

Ty Adams

Former president of Legacy Restoration LLC. Founder and Current President of Adams Results providing expertise, guidance and support to business owners and mid to upper level managers in any size construction business concentrating in the insurance restoration space.

Jason Weimer

Jason is the founder and managing partner of Gratus Capital Properties, a private equity company based out of St. Paul MN offering qualified investors access to alternative equity, debt and real estate investments.
At GCP we believe that servant leadership through business has the power to revolutionize the world.
Jason, his wife and daughter call St. Paul their home.

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