Bunker Brews: Advocacy Through Business Photo Re-cap

Last night's event was a great outcome and was filled with Q&A and engagement. This recent Bunker Brews was focused on 'Advocacy Through Business' When is it appropriate? How can it help grow your business? How do you manage internal and external supporters of and detractors from what you advocate for? 

The event was hosted by: Marcus Bolen and guest speaker, Eric Dayton.

Marcus Bolen is the Managing Director at Paveway, a firm focused on new venture design, multi-party innovation, and research and development (R&D) partnerships for military, federal, academic and private sector clients.Formerly, Marcus was instrumental in building Lumium Lighting, a lighting design, and manufacturing company. He held the role of Operations Manager and built the company’s operational infrastructure from client facing operations to supply chain strategy and logistics to support the rapid growth from pre-revenue to multi-million dollars in a very short time. In his non-client work, he is a mentor for frontier technology startups at LightSpeed Innovations, an aerospace, and defense accelerator.

Marcus began his career as an active-duty officer in the U.S. Marine Corps serving as a helicopter pilot over multiple combat deployments to the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan. He has led large scale multinational operations, trained and mentored pilots in austere conditions, and served on the Marine Corps’ strategic planning team which developed plans for rapid withdrawal of all resources from Afghanistan, at a moment’s notice. He holds BAs in Computer Science and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.

About Eric Dayton: Born and raised in Minneapolis, Eric Dayton graduated from Williams College with a degree in English and later received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was a member of Arctic Transect 2004, a six-month, 2,000-mile dogsled expedition led by legendary polar explorer Will Steger. 

In 2011, Eric and his brother co-founded Askov Finlayson, an outdoor clothing company inspired by year-round exploration with the mission to Keep The North Cold. The company measures its own carbon footprint and then gives away 110% of that amount annually to support leading-edge climate change solutions. Askov Finlayson has committed $1 million over the next five years to fund some of the world’s most innovative climate action organizations. 

Eric and his brother also own North First Hospitality, which includes The Bachelor Farmer, named one of Bon Appetit’s top ten new restaurants, and Marvel Bar, a three-time James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program in America. 

Eric is the co-founder and board president of The Great Northern, an annual 10-day winter festival that celebrates Minnesota's signature season. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two sons. 

Bunker Brews is our monthly meet-up or happy hour where the Bunker Labs community — veterans, military spouses, and civilians alike can network with subject matter experts, investors, thought leaders, and more — creating a robust environment for growth and development.

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