Dan Anton: His American Dream
Hey, Y’all! Today, Cait, from Cait’s Cozy Corner is joining us to talk about something near and dear to me, our military veterans. With my husband being a veteran and current member of the National Guard, I know first hand how hard military life is both on and off active duty. Dan Anton is a veteran who used his experience from his time in the military and applied it to his life outside the service to create a successful career for himself! It wasn’t without sacrifice or trial, but he persevered and created the life he wanted for himself and ultimately achieved his American Dream.
Hi, Everyone! I’m Cait and I blog over at Cait’s Cozy Corner! Today, I wanted to share a story about Dan Anton and his journey from war vet to successful entrepreneur!
Coming home from war is never easy. You left as an innocent individual to coming back a soldier changed by the war. For some soldiers, you don’t talk about the war and what you saw. For some, it’s therapeutic to share their experience with strangers and friends. For Dan Anton, he wants to share his military views with everyone. So who is Dan and what is his story?
Dan was born in New Jersey, the oldest of three boys. Dan’s parents were very involved with their kids to help them pave the way for success. Dan began to find his passion with boxing but with too many blows to the head, his father thought it would too much for his son to endure with only being a sophomore in high school. He decided to pursue a creative passion elsewhere.
One of his younger brother’s Matt asked Dan “Why would people buy from you and not direct?” This was a question that Dan had explained about a large community of people online who were searching for video games. They would pay for someone to find the particular game and have it shipped to them. He began to purchase popular video games like World of Warcraft from local stores and sell them online with a markup. Dan started to make thousands of dollars while in high school part-time and really enjoyed it until the Twin Towers fell.
Alongside thousands of other men and women, he signed up to fight for his country without a second thought. He put off his career as an internet entrepreneur and enlisted to go to basic training once he graduated with honors from Montclair State University. He then became a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.
After his first deployment, Dan once again began to find an interest in internet marketing. He once again talked to his brother Matt about building a social network for gamers, which was similar to the popular MySpace back in 2006. Dan had a deep passion for everyday life and the risk he took was beginning to take place in his work ethic. Dan and Matt began learning every aspect of the internet marketing including EMail Marketing, SEO, PPC, Social Media and more! The video gamer trader now was envisioning a more stable and secure business for himself and his family.
Matt and Dan began getting clients locally and from business forums. He began to notice that many of them didn’t have the desire to market their own products or service themselves online and that’s where they wanted to help. Matt came on as the online marketing manager for Liberty Travel while Dan worked on complicated computer systems and solutions as well as problem solving what was plaguing small business owners. His computer science background was helpful as he kept seeing inefficiencies in human-based tasks and in turn, developed a software to assist in the process of increasing ranks in Yahoo, Google and Bing. The military had taught him the importance of small details which served him well when working with creating his software.
After years of living stateside and building up a profitable business, Dan had to mentally shift gears back to being a leader and officer in the United States Army, and put aside private sector aspirations.Through a sub par internet connection Dan would help forget the burdens of the day by going over marketing strategies for a few minutes at a time, only to be rushed off the phone by an emergency, lack of internet, or the need to prepare the men for a combat patrol mission.
The strain of two deployments had impacted Dan’s marriage, and a divorce was set in motion again. The mental burden of leading men into life and death, running a business, and holding together a family can take its toll. Dan had received 2 Bronze Star Medals in addition to multiple honors and military achievements up to this point, one for each deployment; but his personal life and career began to unravel slowly and he didn’t know what to do.
A few years later he met his fiance Allison while in Atlanta and he began to feel whole again both spiritually, mentally and physically. He began to again find a solution to problems and helping others succeed online. Today, Dan runs RankCrew, a successful software program and manages a team of developers and marketing specialist. His products and services are used by thousands of businesses each day, and as a byproduct he has become a multi-millionaire! Dan’s success story is one of thousands of other military vets who are wanting to live the American Dream just like him. With putting yourself into a project keeping yourself grounded and making sure that you continue to move forward with your goals, you will be successful in your dream and achieving it just like Dan!
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