VETS 2020

Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS)

May 26 - 29, 2020 in San Antonio, TX, is a Business Development Conference created by Veterans for Veterans.

VETS2018 schedule of events will take place at

Williamsburg Lodge
310 South England Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185




Lee Ellis is President and Founder of Leadership Freedom® LLC and FreedomStar Media®, a publishing company that provides leadership resources and training. A popular media personality and high-profile human performance expert, Lee focuses on organizational integrity, operational effectiveness and personal accountability for enterprise, government and not-for-profit leaders. His prior experience was as a founding partner and senior vice president of a leadership assessment and human capital management consulting company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more than fifteen years he has served as an executive coach, leadership consultant, and keynote speaker in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and human performance.

His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors. His speaking and media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of speaking engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.

Early in his career, Lee’s interest in leadership was piqued when he served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. After the war he served as an instructor pilot, chief of flight standardization/evaluation, and flying squadron commander. Additionally he commanded two leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel. Lee’s combat decorations include two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and the POW medal. Lee is also a 2014 inductee into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame and the 2015 DAR Medal of Honor Recipient for a lifetime of patriotic service as a military officer and spokesman for leading with honor.

A prolific writer, blogger and thought leader, Lee's latest award-winning book, Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the HanoiLeeHero Hilton, shares his POW experience and the 14 leadership principles that helped him and his compatriots resist, survive, and return with honor. His previous book, Leading Talents, Leading Teams, was published by Northfield Publishing and shares in-depth team concepts on how to lead and manage based on individual, innate gifts and talents. Additionally, Lee co-authored three books and workbooks on career planning. He is a nationally-recognized presenter and expert on the subjects of leadership and performance, team building, mentoring, and career planning.

Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. Lee has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. He and his wife Mary reside in Atlanta, GA and have four grown children and six grandchildren.


Please find below the VETS'20 schedule of events. All activities will take place at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Agenda is currently being updated due to new venue.

Please find below the VETS2016 schedule of events. All activities will take place at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Based on our attendee feedback, VETS2016 features different levels of breakout sessions to help our Veteran small business owners make the best selection to fit their educational need. Session color indicates the intended audience (but feel free to attend any of them):

    • Start-up/Emerging Business Owners: For start-up/emerging Veteran small business owners with little or no experience in Federal procurement and/or business ownership.
    • Mid-Tier/Mature Business Owners: For mid-tier/mature Veteran business owners who have already broken into the Federal marketplace and are seeking knowledge to grow.

*Agenda subject to change.

VETS 2019 is focused on one thing—the success of your Veteran-owned Small Business. Will you be a part of the conversation?