Business name: Patriotic Excursions
Owner: C. James “Jay” A. Leach IV
Month and city where founded: May 2018 in Virginia Beach
What’s the big idea? Capt. Jay Leach, a former political science teacher at Norfolk Academy, a lifelong Volunteer EMS provider and staunch supporter of the U.S. armed forces, created Patriotic Excursions as a means to educate the average citizen on how our military, especially the special operations community, along with public safety members, work to keep us safe at home and project our country’s strategic abilities abroad. Leach traded the traditional classroom for the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Riding aboard authentic former Navy SEAL team boats, customers can pick from three different adventures while having the time of their lives and walking away with a better understanding and appreciation for our country’s heroes and what happens along the shores of coastal Virginia.
Do you remember the moment you decided to start your business? Leach decided to launch this business after having numerous social and political discussions with his office mate, a former SEAL team commander, about how the average American does not accurately understand how the military works and why the special operations community and local public safety resources are so important in keeping us safe at home and throughout the world.
What has been the biggest challenge so far? Getting the word out has been our biggest challenge so far.
How do you define success? Success can be seen in the smiles of our customers and the follow-up questions they have after seeing what goes on around our local military installations.
Contact: Capt. Leach at firstname.lastname@example.org