Veterans Day, originating as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, was celebrated for the first time on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance. However, Veterans Day was not officially recognized as a national holiday until the beginning of 1938.
Veterans Day originated and is still observed today as a day to honor and respect the men and women who dedicated their lives and made unbelievable sacrifices to fight for the freedom of America, this beautiful country we call home.
At PeakActivity, we are very proud of our veterans and the sacrifices they made for our country. We are honored that they chose to become part of the PeakActivity family after dedicating their time to the service of our country. Like all veterans, they have helped mold and shape America into its current glory, and we are privileged to have them as part of our team.
This Veterans Day PeakActivity is honored to recognize our team members that served our country.
Kim Nalepka, our Social Commerce Specialist, dedicated 12 years of her life to service in the Marine Corps. During her time in the Marines, she was stationed in North Carolina and had 5 active tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The military provided experiences that shaped Kim to be the strong, hard-working, and confident person she is today.
“My military experience instilled courage and self-confidence to overcome fear in the face of adversity and to accomplish goals in stressful environments. It gave me the opportunity to build strong leadership, critical thinking, and decision-making skills during combat situations. The way my military experience affects my life today is understanding the importance of teamwork and understanding people and their personalities, to be able to work through complex situations and resolve conflict. Solid leadership, good judgment, and integrity are necessary to build a strong foundation for any company or business.” – Kim Nalepka
Mathew Vermilyer, our A/B Testing and Optimization Lead, is originally from Chicago, Illinois, where he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18. He served as an Ordnance Technician from 2009 to 2013, with one tour to Afghanistan in 2011.
“The military provided me with some of the most impactful years of my life. I was molded by my experiences, changing my outlook on hard work and dedication. The military taught me the true meaning of a team and inspired me to lead by taking ownership. I am grateful for my time spent in the military, and while challenging, I would not change a single moment”. – Mathew Vermilyer
Joey Collins, a full-stack engineer, devoted four years of his life to service in the army. During his time in the service, he was stationed in Fort Bragg, NC as a part of the 82nd Airborne division.
“During my time in the Army, as part of the 82nd Airborne Division, I jumped out of more planes than I landed. My experiences were life-changing and I have been forever impacted by the time that I served our country. I went into the Army as an introvert, and during my time of service, quickly became an extrovert. With a job of interrogator, it is almost impossible to be shy. The time that I spent in the Army gave me the confidence to chase after everything I have ever wanted out of this life. I have been forever changed and I am very grateful.” – Joey Collins
We, at PeakActivity, are honored to have Kim, Joey, and Mathew on our team. We are very proud of the time they spent serving our country. As we continue to grow our team, we would be honored to add more veterans to the PeakActivity family.
On this Veterans Day, we want to thank all of the veterans who served our country. We are truly grateful for the sacrifices you made during your time of service.