Dylan Newman was selected as Top Inspirational Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year.
Dylan Newman, Military Veteran, Founder/Owner of Dart Wars – Indoor Nerf Battle Arena in Colorado Springs, was recently selected as Top Inspirational Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the industry.
While membership in the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in and of itself, only a small number of members are chosen for these special distinguished awards. These special honorees are honored based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP's annual awards gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. www.iaotp.com/award-gala
With over two decades of professional experience as a Military Officer and Entrepreneur, Dylan has proven himself as an accomplished professional and expert in many different fields. He is a dynamic, results-driven leader, who has demonstrated success in his 20+ years in Special Operations, Portfolio Program Management, and as a Special Agent in the United States Air Force. Currently, Dylan is the Founder/Owner of Dart Wars, the Nation's premier indoor Nerf battle arena located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dart Wars has generated over $1.5M in revenue since only March of 2019. Furthermore, Dart Wars drives a culture of diversity and inclusion, and the business has survived two COVID shutdowns and severe operating restrictions. Dylan found a way to thrive, but not without assisting local foster children.
Dylan and his family dedicate their time to giving back to the community, integrating a solid social impact program at Dart Wars. Dart Wars employs and aids foster, group-home, and military-dependent adolescents as they age out of their support programs to their "permanent" home sites. Dart Wars hires foster kids to guarantee they learn life skills by working as part of a team, and Dylan supervises and trains his Dart Wars crew to ensure they are ready for the next stage of their lives. Dylan is significantly affected because he is a foster father. Dart Wars has collected thousands of dollars for foster children and organized toy drives that resulted in over 500 gifts delivered to local foster agencies in Colorado Springs. Dylan hosts Foster Family Nights once a month and provides free birthday parties to Foster children. Seeing the joy on the children's faces while they play Dart Wars makes his job worthwhile.
His impressive repertoire of prior roles includes his honorable service in the United States Air Force, serving as a Federal Law Enforcement Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). For the next 16 years, Dylan planned and executed more than 100 complex Special Operations missions as a Special Tactics Combat Controller. He also served as the lead Portfolio Program Manager for the Air Force Special Operations Portfolio worth over $1.5 Billion dollars. When Dylan retired from the military, he was hired as a Race Director for Spartan Race, Inc. Dylan worked in a Senior level leadership and operations position and worked for a Fortune 100 company where he led multi-million-dollar telecommunications projects as a managing Project Manager.
Dylan's areas of expertise include Program Management, Law Enforcement, Leadership Development, Operational Planning, Military Training, Human Resources, Research and Development, Financial Analysis, Cross-Functional Team Leadership, Strategy Execution, Logistics Management, Event Planning, Public Safety, Public Speaking, Leading Meetings, Acquisitions and Recruiting.
Before Dylan chose his current career path, he attended the United States Air Force Academy, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. He rounded his studies at the University of Oklahoma and earned his M.A. in Political Science and Government. Dylan is currently working toward his MBA through the Jack Welch Management Institute.
In addition to his successful career, Dylan is an active member of his community and devotes a significant amount of time to giving back. He has donated blood to the Red Cross for over 25 years. He is a long-time member of his local Catholic Church and maintains his role as a Support Worker for Habitat for Humanity International. Moreover, Dylan makes monetary donations to Operations Smile and proudly helps foster Children as a Foster parent for his Foster agency - Hope and Home.
Dylan has received awards accolades throughout his illustrious career and has been recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry. Dylan will receive his Top Inspirational Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year on stage at IAOTP's 2022 Annual Awards Gala at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in December 2022. This year he will be considered for a feature article in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. Dylan was awarded his Top Veteran Business Owner of the Year IAOTP's 2021. In 2020, Dylan earned the Berry Law Veteran Business Owner of the Year Award and was chosen by the Gazette News "Best of the Springs" 8 different times as a winner for Dart Wars.
The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated "Choosing Dylan for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. He is brilliant at what he does, has tremendous foresight, and contributes all of his passion to his business endeavors. Dylan is humble, gracious and we felt he would make an amazing asset to our organization. We are looking forward to honoring him at the Annual Awards Gala."
Dylan credits his success to his dedication, training in the United States Air Force, exceptional leadership talents, and business experience. When he is not working, he likes spending time skiing, hiking, and traveling with his family. Dylan's objective for the future is to continue pushing the development of Dart Wars and build it into a national brand and expand the Social Impact purpose for Foster Kids and Families.
For more information on Dylan please visit: www.dartwars.com
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