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Our Company


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It all started when...

Early 2016, Lonnell McCall hired Jeff Shuford (a freelance developer) to develop a digital event flyer and mobile application for a family member's birthday party. As they started working on the project together, Lonnell asked Jeff if he would consider turning his passion into a business. Jeff decided to bring on his wife and partner with Lonnell to start a business they named "Tech From Vets" short for Technology From Veterans.

As they started working together the company grew and the two military veterans developed a growing client base and following. Since its inception in 2016 Tech From Vets has earned the following accolades:

  • Jacksonville Business Journal 2017 BizTech Award
  • Florida Fallen Heroes Gold Star Recognition Award
  • Best Veteran-Owned Tech Startup of 2016
  • Named The Future of Veteran Owned Tech Companies
  • Most Innovative App - Kellum Real Estate
  • Android App of the Day – Brentwood Golf Course
  • 2x Technology Award Winner
  • Best Real Estate App
  • Business App of the Week - Courtyards At San Jose
  • Technology Business of The Year 2016 Award
 
 
 

Our Founders


Development and innovation are only a small part of Tech From Vets' social responsibility. Our mission is to serve the public good through innovative technologies and partnerships and to deliver on our business responsibilities of growth and value to our customers, shareholders, and employees. Tech From Vets has grown from being technology originated from veterans of the military to incorporate technology from veterans of the NFL. Our objective is to engage, empower, and educate military veterans, disabled citizens, and disenfranchised youth through technology. 

 

 
 
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Jeff Shuford, Forbes Coaches Council Official Member

President

Named number 1 on the list of The Top 5 Emerging Tech Founders of 2017 by The Huffington Post, Shuford remains focused on acceleration and innovative development. Shuford is a 6-Time published author in Barnes & Noble, a decorated Iraq War Veteran, and recipient of the Community of Heroes Award from the Disabled America Veterans. Shuford's work has been featured in publications such as Business.com, Tech.co, Edgadget.com, EvanCarmicheal.com, Florida.com, Buzzfeed, Business2Community.com, University of Southern California, Executive Lifestyle Magazine and many others. Earning a Masters and Doctoral Degree from EIT Seminary in addition to earning a Combat Action Badge in Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-07 Dr. Shuford knows what it means to serve.

 

Lonnell McCall

Vice President

20 year Navy Veteran Lonnell McCall has led Tech From Vets from its inception. Graduation from Florida State College of Jacksonville with a Bachelor's Degree in Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Lonnell utilizes his management skills to assist in the growth and development of staff as well as the overall company.

 
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Angel Shuford

Chief Financial Officer

Angel Shuford is a Licensed Real Estate Professional and a graduate of The Florida Real Estate Institute. Accumulating more than $2.1 Million in projected sales in just her first few months as a Realtor, Angel strives to help her clients make wise real estate decisions. Angel also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Tech From Vets and is in charge of their developmental and financial strategy.


Our Team


Drayton Florence Drayton serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Tech From Vets. An 11 year NFL veteran, Drayton utilizes his professional connections and business knowledge to accelerate Tech From Vets' growth both technologically and financially. Drayton is a graduate of The University of North Florida.

Drayton Florence

Drayton serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Tech From Vets. An 11 year NFL veteran, Drayton utilizes his professional connections and business knowledge to accelerate Tech From Vets' growth both technologically and financially. Drayton is a graduate of The University of North Florida.

Brandon Sugar A graphic design major from Jacksonville University and disabled veteran Brandon serves as Tech From Vets' Chief Technology Officer. Deploying to both Afghanistan and Iraq, Brandon understands the meaning of selfless service. Brandon's expert opinion has been featured in 11 major publications (Business.com, Florida.com, Jacksonville Business Journal, The Huffington Post).

Brandon Sugar

A graphic design major from Jacksonville University and disabled veteran Brandon serves as Tech From Vets' Chief Technology Officer. Deploying to both Afghanistan and Iraq, Brandon understands the meaning of selfless service. Brandon's expert opinion has been featured in 11 major publications (Business.com, Florida.com, Jacksonville Business Journal, The Huffington Post).

Lt. Colonel Rickey Pope (Retired) Serving 28 years in the U.S. Army and over 20 years at the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department as an Engineer, Rickey exemplifies a man of honor. Serving as Tech From Vets' Public Affairs Officer, Colonel Pope's influence and expertise has led to the companies accelerated growth in the technology sector. Rickey is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Lt. Colonel Rickey Pope (Retired)

Serving 28 years in the U.S. Army and over 20 years at the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department as an Engineer, Rickey exemplifies a man of honor. Serving as Tech From Vets' Public Affairs Officer, Colonel Pope's influence and expertise has led to the companies accelerated growth in the technology sector. Rickey is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

 
Mario Butler Mario is an active NFL player and Technologist. Serving as a Strategic Partner, Mario's addition to the Tech From Vets team was essential to the companies success. A Georgia Tech graduate, technology is Mario's passion. Launching One Stop Digital Marketing, Mario continues to make a huge impact in the tech space. Mario has been featured on Florida.com, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and The Jacksonville Business Journal.

Mario Butler


Mario is an active NFL player and Technologist. Serving as a Strategic Partner, Mario's addition to the Tech From Vets team was essential to the companies success. A Georgia Tech graduate, technology is Mario's passion. Launching One Stop Digital Marketing, Mario continues to make a huge impact in the tech space. Mario has been featured on Florida.com, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and The Jacksonville Business Journal.

Celeste McPhaul   Celeste serves as Chief Technology Officer. Celeste is an Iraq Veteran and a award-winning technologist. Celeste's education includes American InterContinental University Master of Science (MS) Degree, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Computer Information Systems Degree from Jones College.

Celeste McPhaul

 

Celeste serves as Chief Technology Officer. Celeste is an Iraq Veteran and a award-winning technologist. Celeste's education includes American InterContinental University Master of Science (MS) Degree, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Computer Information Systems Degree from Jones College.

Linda Pope Wife of Lt. Colonel Rickey Pope, Linda helps execute Tech From Vets' strategic social policies. Linda serves as the Assistant Public Affairs Officer. Linda is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Linda Pope


Wife of Lt. Colonel Rickey Pope, Linda helps execute Tech From Vets' strategic social policies. Linda serves as the Assistant Public Affairs Officer. Linda is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.