Over the course of his 22-year commitment to the U.S. Army, Brian Butler commanded troops through combat, served on the Homeland Security Council in The White House, and visited 68 countries.
Butler retired as a lieutenant colonel but still applies the guideposts of dedication, teamwork, and integrity that were fostered in the military to a different assignment.
As founder, president, and CEO of Vistra Communications – a full-service marketing, communications and consulting agency – Butler leads a staff of 90 outside of Tampa, Florida. And his 12-year ascent to leader, small-business owner, and philanthropist almost didn’t happen.
“So when I retired from the Army, I actually didn’t have a job lined up,” he said. “I looked for a job and there was not one to be had, so we …