Follow Your Passion: How One U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Became a Battle-Tested Entrepreneur

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This week on The FourBlock Podcast, it’s an honor to welcome two members of the leadership team from Battle Tested Security, a company that provides innovative event solutions and proudly employs over 800 veterans: U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Founder and CEO Casey Holiday, and U.S. Army Veteran and VP of Military Strategic Partnerships Robert Cox.

In a candid conversation with hosts Lindsey Pollak and Mike Abrams, Casey shares how he went from feeling lost after transitioning out of active-duty service to founding a premiere live event security company that aims to improve the lives of veterans. Casey also provides actionable advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and invaluable lessons learned from his personal experience.

Rob shares the challenges he faced finding his way in the civilian workforce and provides empowering advice for fellow service members preparing to make their own military transitions.

With personal stories military members can relate to and helpful guidance throughout the conversation, this episode is a must-listen for veterans and entrepreneurs alike.

Founded in 2016, Battle Tested Security is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business committed to employing as many veterans as possible.

Casey is a visionary entrepreneur and leader in the event security industry. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina and outside of Baltimore, Maryland, Casey honed his discipline and leadership skills as a United States Marine Corps veteran. With a distinguished career as an 0311 in 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Casey served two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Since transitioning out of the military, Casey has established several successful companies and currently serves as the CEO of Battle Tested Security.

Casey is continuously seeking new challenges and opportunities to serve and empower veterans. He is currently in the process of creating his latest venture, BTG Development Group, a company dedicated to providing effective workforce placement, entrepreneur development, and benefit support to our nation's veterans.

Rob has more than 11 years of experience in the U.S. Army and two years as Battle Tested Security’s VP of Military Strategic Partnerships.

As a Certified Mindfulness Instructor and the Founder/CEO of, Rob is also dedicated to helping people improve their mental and emotional wellbeing through customized meditation practices. He is always looking for opportunities to grow and make a positive impact in his community and beyond.


Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace. General Charles Krulak coined the term “Three Block War” to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat. But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block.

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers.

Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective. Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue.

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