Stories

August 1, 2016
June 10, 2014
March 25, 2014
February 5, 2014
December 4, 2013
August 1, 2013
April 20, 2013

Serving Those Who Have Served

smga_main.jpg

Cobbs Allen client, Seth Brown, is the CEO of Adacel, a leading developer of advanced simulation control systems for aviation and defense. Although his daily work is committed to Adacel, he has found great fulfillment through taking his leadership capabilities beyond the workplace. In his Leesburg, Virginia, community, Brown has partnered with the Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA)—a program which began nine years ago and strives to improve the quality of life for post-9/11 wounded war veterans through rehabilitative golf experience.
 
Brown’s involvement began through his neighbor, Brad Roberge, who worked alongside Jim Estes, founder of SMGA, to start the tournament. The SMGA sees golf as a physically and mentally rehabilitative experience for these combat-wounded veterans, and this tournament grew out of a desire from this close-knit community to give back to the men and women who have given so much in service to our country. The tournament has grown over the past nine years, and now hosts 32 foursomes, with more than 50 golfers on the wait list.
 
Hospitality and generosity are on display each year as Brown hosts the tournament after party at his home. A live band and bonfire set a lively atmosphere for the party, while four grills stay hot feeding the guests. Brown relishes his role of keeping golfers and supporters fed and entertained, as a joyous conclusion to a very special tournament. Brown tirelessly works to ensure that no detail is missed in creating a celebration for these strong men and women and their supporters, and he engages the goodwill of the community to get most of the items donated. The joyful festivities mark the yearly end to another great tournament and signify hope for the lives that SMGA touches.
 
Brown has always admired and respected the work of our country’s soldiers—their lives of leadership and sacrifice inspire him. For that reason, he remains compelled to invest himself in this tournament, and also to honor his father and his wife’s father who both served in World War II. His father was a disabled veteran, wounded in the Pacific campaign, and his wife’s father was a decorated war hero from across the globe in the European campaign, specifically the Battle of the Bulge. Both men gave generously to support wounded veterans, and Brown hopes to carry on that honorable tradition of giving. He is proud of this community event and the work this small but powerful group has been able to achieve.