Former Special Forces and Business Leaders Join Green Beret Foundation as Board Members

The two new board members, former Green Beret and entrepreneur Jason McCarthy and business leader Mark Copeland, are uniquely aware of the sacrifices made by Green Berets and their families.

The Green Beret Foundation is enthusiastic to welcome two new board members who bring leadership, Special Forces combat experience and private sector accomplishments to a non-profit organization aimed at supporting Green Berets and their families.

The two new board members, former Green Beret and entrepreneur Jason McCarthy and business leader Mark Copeland, are uniquely aware of the sacrifices made by Green Berets and their families. They both express tremendous honor and humility upon accepting their new role with the Green Beret Foundation (GBF).

The foundation’s outgoing Chairman of the Board, former Green Beret retired Maj. Gen. David Morris - and Executive Director Jennifer Paquette – have expressed gratitude for the arrival of McCarthy and Copeland to GBF.

 “We connect Green Berets with the resources they need to succeed in the mission ahead. This is not just a military mission but something that includes Green Berets who are injured, or decide to leave service. For example, if a Green Beret needs to retire due to medical injury, we help with that transition. We help Green Berets and their families prepare for the next mission ahead, which often is civilian life,” Morris said.  “US Army SF has the highest casualty rate per capita of any unit in the US military.”

The foundation has a particular focus upon helping Green Berets with casualty support, transition support and family support.

Jason McCarthy

Jason McCarthy is the Founder and CEO of GORUCK, a US-based gear manufacturing organization which leads more than 900 endurance events per year for civilians and combat veterans of Special Operations.

Jason draws upon his combat experience as a Green Beret and private sector accomplishments to regularly help retiring members of the Special Forces community transition to civilian life.

The GORUCK company website features inspirational messages from Jason about the value of harnessing the community, expertise and sacrifice of the Green Beret experience for application in the civilian world.

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Jason holds a B.A. in Economics from Emory University in Atlanta, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a two-time Academic All-American for Tennis. He is a 2006 Graduate of the Special Forces Qualification Course and recipient of a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device earned while serving on ODA 042 during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007. After founding GORUCK in 2008, Jason got his MBA from Georgetown University in 2011, where he was a John F. Connelly Scholar.

“I am who I am because of my time in Special Forces, so it's an honor to serve our Regiment as a board member for the Green Beret Foundation. My goals are to help aggressively expand fundraising opportunities while further explaining the vital importance of the Green Berets to a grateful American public,” Jason said.

He lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida with his wife Emily, their three kids, and celebrity rock star dog, Monster.

Mark Copeland

Mark Copeland is a financial expert, transaction specialist and business executive who brings substantial expertise to the Green Beret Foundation. Based in Dallas, Texas, Copeland now serves as a Transaction Advisory Services Managing Partner. He helps oversee a team of 250 professionals based in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Denver and Phoenix.

Copeland specializes in the execution of buy-side and sell-side due diligence and advising clients throughout the lifecycle of a transaction. He has extensive experience with purchase price adjustments, transaction structuring and analysis of business plans and forecasts.

Prior to relocating to Dallas, Mark served as the Office Managing Partner for EY (transaction firm) in Charlotte. The Charlotte office consisted of approximately 700 team members providing our clients with advisory, assurance, tax, and transaction advisory services.

Mark has approximately twenty years of public accounting experience, including more than sixteen years of transaction-specific experience. He has gained extensive transaction knowledge from providing advisory services for over 300 transactions.

Mark coordinates domestic and international projects relating to multinational companies and serves Fortune 1000 clients including Bank of America Corporation, Nucor Corporation, SPX Corporation, Snyder’s-Lance, Inc., Sysco Corporation, Apollo Education Group, Inc. and Koch Industries, Inc.

He is a CPA in the State of North Carolina and the State of Texas.  He received his bachelor and master degrees in accounting from East Carolina University.

“It is an honor to be part of an organization focused on assisting the members of the Green Beret community. This elite group has made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our freedom with unwavering commitment and strength; therefore, the opportunity to play a small role with these families in humbling,” Copeland said.

Morris and Paquette emphasized that the two new Board Member arrivals are expected to have a unique and powerful impact upon the operations of the Green Beret Foundation – which continues to offer emotional, financial and career support to transitioning Green Berets and their families. The foundation, and the new Board Members, expressed admiration for the sacrifices, patriotic actions and combat heroism exhibited by Green Berets, known as “Quiet Professionals.”

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Morris added that the GBF is uniquely positioned to understand – and support - the unique missions embraced by Green Berets and their loved ones.

“An SF soldier can expect to have repeated deployments for at least 6-months to a number of forward locations including Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, the Philippines or the Horn of Africa. In the last 15 years, a Green Beret has spent more time with his unit than he has with his family. They are either deployed or getting ready to deploy,” Morris said.   

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