Eric Ranks is President and Executive Director of The Veterans Connection, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. He’s an author, self-made entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and corporate executive with over 24 years in sales training and leadership, and seven years in digital marketing working with some of the world’s largest digital marketing companies. Eric is also a Certified Health and Keto Coach, and CEO of GATA Travel.
Eric was raised in a military family. His father began his military career in the United States Army and later transferred to the United States Air Force where he retired as a Captain. Eric’s Grandfather served in the United States Navy. In 2011, Eric took a board position with a Florida based veteran organization who was trying to get their Non Profit started. During this time, he spoke with many military veterans about the struggles they were dealing with ranging from severe health issues around Agent Orange to mental health issues like PTSD and suicide.
Eric has a passion for helping others. In 2012 he co-founded The Veterans Connection to help with several issues military veterans face. The Veterans Connection programs focus on mental health issues via the Veteran Reflection channel, provides education for veterans transitioning to civilian life, and has a long-term goal of hiring VA certified representatives that can assist veterans with their benefit claims.
In August 2019 Eric’s father passed away. The flag given to his family sits in his office and is a reminder of the sacrifices of our great men and women who serve our country and protect our freedoms. This daily reminder continues to fuel Eric’s desire to give back to the veteran community each and every day.
The pictures shown above are to honor the service of Captain David M. Ranks.