This episode features a conversation with Chris Gaertner ’84, Partner at Integrity Partners and Co-CEO and CFO of DHC Acquisition Corporation.
Chris has 25+ years of experience in underwriting, advising, and mergers and acquisitions for some of the best technology companies in the world. He has been a lead advisor on over 100 equity and M&A transactions, including some of the largest deals in technology, and has led IPOs for companies such as Google and OpenTable. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Chris served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, and 1st Special Operations Command.
In this episode, Chris Gaertner talks about how as a first generation American, he felt a need to serve the country. He discusses his experiences in ranger school and serving in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Chris also speaks about his passion for flying and diving that has continued to this day since his time at West Point. In addition, Chris provides insight on moving from the military to civilian life, and shares advice on how to make the transition to business successful.
(02:05) Looking back on football in 2021
(03:38) Jeff’s improvements to come in football 2022
(05:12) Impact of the senior class on current team leaders
(07:08) Jeff’s transition from assistant to head coach
(07:54) Jeff’s perception of the Army job prior to becoming head coach
(08:22) The interview process for Army West Point head coach
(11:31) Jeff’s initial steps as head coach
(13:24) Biggest strides made early on in Jeff’s army football program
(15:49) Growing the army football program as a leader
(17:12) Impact of Senior classes on the program
(19:27) Jeff’s take on the value of feedback
(20:26) Impact of Mike Buddy on guiding the football program
(21:48) Michie Stadium Preservation Project