Freddie Kim, MBA

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Freddie founded MilSpec Capital Partners with two objectives: 1) to help Veterans find their passion and purpose post military service and 2) facilitate companies to have access to these High-Impact Veteran talent with proven performance histories in both the military and the private sector. 

Freddie is a Kellogg MBA and West Point graduate with 14 years of service in the Army. During West Point, he was a 4x West Point Boxing Champion and 4x All-American, and after graduating, he served as an Airborne Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division and a Special Forces (Green Beret) Commander in the 1st Special Forces Group. Throughout his Active Duty career, Freddie served for over 33 months in five different combat and training tours to Afghanistan, Nepal, South Korea, and the Philippines to conduct operations ranging from Foreign Internal Defense to Unconventional Warfare, and advising foreign leaders on national security strategy.

Upon discharging from the Army in late 2013, Freddie worked with a recruiting firm to join a year-long Leadership Development Program at a private specialty construction company, and soon accepted the role as President of a fiberglass insulation manufacturing subsidiary in Indiana. After two years he brokered the sale of that subsidiary and relocated to Chicago, to attend the Executive MBA program at the Kellogg School of Management.

Freddie recalls seeing a huge gap in Leadership in the private sector and was terribly disappointed with his experiences in dealing with recruiters trying to fill that void. Instead of focusing on roles where Veterans were able to realize their passions and purpose, most were just round pegs shoved into square holes! To make matters more complex, many Veterans simply didn’t know where their passions were in, due to their lack of exposure and understanding of the corporate world. From these experiences, Freddie saw that there was an opportunity to “re-transition” these experienced professional Veterans into careers they found interest, curiosity, and maybe even success in — after a period of time learning from their initial experiences — to ultimately help fill that Leadership gap in the private sector.