Frank Strong is the founder and president of Sword and the Script Media, LLC, a veteran-owned business focused on PR, content marketing and social media for the B2B market space. His agency grew out of a humble marketing blog Strong started about a decade ago. Blogging provided both the opportunity to grow and experiment with emerging marketing techniques while also fostering a powerful online community and network. The trust and credibility he gained in the process naturally evolved into a platform on which to build a business.
Strong has held multiple PR, communications and marketing communications roles in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to the mid-market to global organizations, including LexisNexis Software, Vocus (NASDAQ: VOCS), and Managed Objects (acquired by Novell). He has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs with PR firms small and large, including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. He has primarily served B2B clients or employers in segments including enterprise software, SaaS, telecom, manufacturing, legaltech, martech, cybersecurity and a $180M venture capital fund.
A veteran, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. His deployments include Iraq and the Sinai. He served as a TOW gunner, rifleman, rifle platoon leader, infantry company commander (HHC), civil affairs officer, infantry battalion S3, and more. He retired from the service after having last served as the chief of operations (CHOPS) for the historic 29th Infantry Division.
Strong holds a B.A. in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University.
He is a dual certified SCUBA diver (PADI: MSD; SSI: L5) and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license and a USPA Coach Rating.
Episode 12: Uncommon Route to Self-Employment: How Army Vet Ruthie Bowles Turned Her MI Experience into a Marketing Career
September 16th, 2020 | 33 mins 51 secs
Uncommon Route to Self-Employment: How Army Vet Ruthie Bowles Turned Her Military Intelligence Experience into a Marketing Career
Episode 11: Veterans as a Source of Cybersecurity Talent; Tim Callahan, Air Force Vet and Aflac SVP and Global CISO
September 2nd, 2020 | 25 mins 32 secs
One source of cybersecurity talent is veterans because that have a natural inclination to protect information and gauging risk, according to Tim Callahan, SVP and global chief information security officer (CISO) at Aflac.
Episode 10: Entrepreneurship with Training Wheels: Bill Williams on Helping Veterans with Franchise Ownership
August 19th, 2020 | 26 mins 59 secs
Episode 9: Thinking of a Judge as the General; How Pair of Army Veterans Turned Lawyers – Husband and Wife – Opened their Own Practice
August 5th, 2020 | 26 mins 37 secs
Episode 8: Leaving the Army and Starting a Business During a Recession: Brian Butler of Vistra Communications
July 15th, 2020 | 20 mins 21 secs
Episode 7: Unbreakable Excellence: Army Vet Bob Eisiminger on Building and Selling a Company for $250 Million
July 1st, 2020 | 22 mins 37 secs
Episode 6: Tossing the Resume – a Match Making App for Employers and Veterans; Robyn Grable of Veteran’s ACSEND
June 17th, 2020 | 26 mins 32 secs
Episode 5: How to Come Back from a Kick in the Teeth; Dianne Falk an MI Officer Turned Management Consultant
June 3rd, 2020 | 21 mins 14 secs
Episode 4: Flying with G-Force: How an Army MP turned Air Force Pilot Built a Franchise Business to Employ Veterans
May 20th, 2020 | 20 mins 4 secs
Episode 3: Business is also about Mission and Troop Welfare; BJ Schaknowski, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Vertafore
May 6th, 2020 | 21 mins 12 secs
Episode 2: The Subtle Things you Learn in Uniform; Fred Wellman on Entrepreneurship and Veteran’s Advocacy
April 22nd, 2020 | 25 mins 4 secs
April 8th, 2020 | 27 mins 21 secs
February 5th, 2020 | Season 1 | 1 min