School. Streets. Military. In 1996, Curtez Riggs graduated high school and those were his options in Flint, Michigan. By that time, the auto industry that built “Buick City” had moved away. As a kid, Curtez picked up bottles, turned in cans and always had a side gig to bring in extra money. When it came time to make the decision, Curtez figured the Army was the best way to start his future.

His entrepreneurship did not stop when he joined the Army. Curtez continuously started businesses outside of his day job as a career recruiter. In this episode, you will hear how Curtez prepared for his military transition – years before he ended his active service.

Currently, Curtez is the CEO of the Military Influencer Conference (MIC). Started in 2016, the conference is a community of entrepreneurs, influencers, creatives, executives, and leaders who are connected to the military community. Curtez said he sees the conference as a mentorship and connection hub for future and current military Veterans looking to make the military transition with an entrepreneurial mindset. This year’s conference is in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8-10. Starting in 2020, the conference will be placed in a different region each year.

The conference has certain tracks attendees can follow:

  • “Going Live” – Podcasters and Video
  • Real Estate
  • Founders and Innovators
  • Social Impact
  • Content Creators
  • Empower – Milspouse Track
  • Workshops
  • Mighty Talks

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Published on Aug. 21, 2019

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  1. Arthur Yogy Weinberger August 21, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Cortez Riggs you have a lot to be proud of I do not know you personally but am proud of you.

    My job before the Navy was headed nowhere and I come from rather humble means. Like yourself I

    strove to be the best I could be in the Navy and as a civilian. Retired now, just turned 76. Have a good

    life thanks to my upbringing and work ethic. Needless to say; the USN was of the utmost assistance.

    From 81-84 I was also a Chief Recruiter. It’s awesome to have a job where you make life better for an


    Respectfully submitted by MSC(SS) Arthur Yogy Weinberger, USN Retired

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