Veteran Stories

Committed to Veterans

While AmeriVet is dedicated to providing innovative capital markets, public finance, and institutional agency trading solutions and services, we have never lost sight of our core mission: to engage with the local veteran community and connect them with available resources. For AmeriVet, this is part of our commitment to deliver results with integrity.

Veteran Focused Events

There are numerous non-profit organizations and/or veteran service organizations providing a variety of services to our returning veterans. It can often be difficult for veterans to either navigate through these resources or find the resource that is right for them. In addition, many organizations are looking to connect with veterans but do not know how or where to engage with them. At AmeriVet Securities, we pride ourselves on being the leader in veteran engagement. We do this by helping connect veterans to the resources available to them, while also helping organizations connect to the veteran community. This engagement ensures the personal and professional success of our transitioning veterans. Below you will find various events AmeriVet staff have dedicated their time and resources to.

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the

Veterans Day Ceremony and Luncheon

In conjunction with the Yonkers VFW Post 1666, the Women Marines Association NY-6 and Family Services of Westchester

United War Veterans Council Marine Corps Birthday Celebration

Staff from AmeriVet attended the celebration of the 245th United States Marine Corps birthday hosted by the United

USO Golf Invitational

Staff from AmeriVet attended the 2020 USO Golf Invitational, supporting the military’s continued COVID-19 relief efforts at Fiddler’s

9/11 Memorial Night Ruck March with The Black 6 Project

September 11th represents a day that affected numerous people throughout New York City, including many of our own

Operation Nourish with Randall’s Island Park Alliance

The Mission Continues recently launched OPERATION NOURISH – an initiative that prioritizes veterans’ mental health by mobilizing them

AmeriVet’s Mercedes Elias Appointed to NYC Veterans Advisory Board

 Mercedes Elias, our Head of Veteran Engagement, has been appointed to New York City’s Veterans Advisory Board. The NYC Advisory Board

AmeriVet Spring Internship Ends, Staff Activates to Support COVID-19

Today ends our spring internship program and we would like to thank Anthony Prado Neto for the incredible work he

NYC Veterans Alliance Veterans Mutual Aid Network

Since mid-March, the NYC Veterans Alliance has been helping veterans and their families with the realities they’re facing

#GivingTuesdayNow to Support Veterans During COVID-19

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity taking place today as an emergency response to the

AmeriVet’s Karanjit Paul Joins COVID-19 Frontline

During times of crisis, service members continuously step up and answer the call of duty — AmeriVet Securities?

An Evening with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

AmeriVet’s Mike Naidrich and Jason Pandak attended the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce Heroes of Service and

How Two Post 9/11 Veterans Raised Nearly $50M

Bunker Labs, a national non-profit supporting military veteran entrepreneurs, hosted a fireside chat for their monthly Bunker Brew

Lessons in Servant Leadership and Leading by Example with General Mattis

PwC hosted the 26th Secretary of Defense and retired Marine General James Mattis for a fireside chat on

AmeriVet Hosts the Travis Manion Foundation Operation Legacy Event with Story Pirates

We were glad to host the Travis Manion Foundation for the first Operation Legacy event for 2020 with Story Pirates!!

NYC Veterans Alliance “New Year, New You” Networking Event

Sponsored by NBCUniversal’s Veterans Network, the NYC Veterans Alliance hosted their second annual “New Year, New You” resource

Bunker Labs Northeast Region Muster Across America Tour

Bunker Labs, the fastest growing non-profit veteran service organization whose mission is to support veteran entrepreneurs, hosted the

Military Service Academy Interviews for Senator Gillibrand

Our Head of Veteran Engagement Mercedes Elias was invited to participate in service academy interviews for nomination by

Gold Star Families Gather for Thanksgiving in NYC, Honoring Their Fallen Loved Ones

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) ?The holidays can be hard for families who have lost loved ones.” One organization is

2019 New York City Veteran’s Day Parade with Bunker Labs and Blackstone

November 11, 2019 marked the centennial of the NYC Veterans Day Parade, formerly known as Armistice Day, held

Fox Sports & NFL Salute to Service with The Mission Continues

On November 10th, we had the privilege of attending the Fox Sports and National Football League (NFL) Salute

CFA Society of New York 5th Annual Veterans in Transition Symposium

The 5th Annual Thinking Beyond the Transition for Veterans event explored how veterans focused on financial fields can better

Employing U.S. Vets Conference featuring Bob Jones as Keynote Speaker

The Employing U.S. Vets conference is a semi-annual conference hosted by the Military Times and VETS Indexes.  The

Bunker Labs Inaugural Gala

Bunker Labs is committed to providing veterans access to rich entrepreneurial ecosystems facilitated through their programs, which include

Vets on Deck: Exploring Tech Careers in the Financial Service Industry

As part of our Vets on Deck event series, we hosted veterans to discuss tech opportunities in finance.

Air BnB Week for Good Service Project with The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues’ Bronx Platoon worked alongside employees of Airbnb, AmeriVetSecurities, and Starbucks at Green Patch on Walton Watch Video

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Supporters NYC Reception with Craig Newmark

Thankful to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) for inviting us to meet with Craig Newmark, founder

Veterans Future Lab Founders Lunch Guest Speaker

NYU Tandon Future Labs is New York’s first high-touch business incubator for military veterans. Supported by Barclays, the

Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run

Every year, the Travis Manion Foundation hosts a 9/11 heroes run to unite communities internationally with the goal

NYU Veterans Future Lab Launches the ProtoShop Lab

The NYU Tandon Future Labs, sponsored by Barclays, launched their ProtoShop Lab, a cutting-edge prototyping workshop dedicated to Watch Video

A Conversation with Jeremy Butler, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

New York State Health Foundation invited the newly appointed CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Heroes on the Hudson with Wounded Warrior Project

In conjunction with the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, Wounded Warrior Project hosted an adaptive sports clinic
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Our Veteran Stories

Jan 13

Petco Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc. (“Petco”), a complete partner in pet health and wellness, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 48,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $18.00 per share. In ad…

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Dec 2

AmeriVet’s Jim Glascott Joins Board of Directors

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — AmeriVet Securities, Inc (AVI), a service-disabled veteran-owned broker-dealer and Minority Business Enterprise announced today that Jim Glascott, Senior Advisor at AVI, has been appointed to the firm’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.  Mr. Glas…

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Nov 11

AmeriVet CEO joins Fox Business News on Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, our founder and CEO, Elton Johnson Jr., joined Liz Claman and Charlie Gasparino on The Claman Countdown to discuss AmeriVet Securities, bringing veterans to Wall Street and Elton’s background in the U.S. military. …

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Nov 9

NY1 New Yorker of the Week: Skylar Bonné

Skylar Bonné was always searching for more, more discipline, more ways to give back. As a teenager, he found it in the U.S. Navy. “I think I felt a sense of wanting to give back and wanting to do some for those who can’t do some for themselves,” said Bonné. The Bayside native served four years as…

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Oct 29

Leslie’s, Inc. Announces Pricing Of Initial Public Offering

PHOENIX, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leslie’s, Inc. (“Leslie’s”), the largest and most trusted direct-to-consumer brand in the U.S. pool and spa care industry, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 40,000,000 shares of its common stock at an initial public offering pric…

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Oct 20

Freddie Mac Prices $372 Million Sustainability Bonds Offering of Guaranteed Tax-Exempt ML Certificates

Offering Continues Support for Multifamily Affordable Housing Projects MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) recently priced a new offering of credit risk transfer securities backed by Tax-Exempt Loans (TELs) made by state or local housing agencies and secure…

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Oct 16

Royalty Pharma Announces Pricing of Secondary Offering of Class A Ordinary Shares by Selling Shareholders

NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Royalty Pharma plc (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: RPRX) announced today the pricing of the secondary offering of 17,343,037 shares of its Class A ordinary shares by selling shareholders in an underwritten public offering pursuant to a registration statement…

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Oct 13

PIMCO Dynamic Income Fund’s $92.6 Million Follow-On Public Offering

PIMCO Dynamic Income Fund executed its offering of shares of beneficial interest for total gross proceeds of approximately $92.6 million. The shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PDI.” Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, UBS Securities LLC and RBC Capital Markets, LLC …

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Oct 6

PIMCO Dynamic Income Fund Prices an Upsized Initial Public Offering of Common Shares

NEW YORK, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PIMCO Dynamic Income Fund (the “Fund”) (NYSE: PDI) today announced the pricing of its public offering of 3,750,000 common shares. In addition, the Fund has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 562,500 common shares …

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Oct 2

MC Credit Partners’ SPAC Atlantic Avenue Acquisition prices $250 million IPO at $10

Atlantic Avenue Acquisition, a blank check company formed by MC Credit Partners targeting the business and consumer-related sectors, raised $250 million by offering 25 million units at $10. Each unit consists of one share of common stock and one-half of a warrant, exercisable at $11.50.The company,…

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Sep 10

Tortoise Acquisition Corp. II Announces Pricing of Upsized $300,000,000 Initial Public Offering

NEW YORK, New York–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tortoise Acquisition Corp. II (the “Company”) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering (“IPO”) of 30,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. The units will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and trade under …

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Aug 17

RedBall Acquisition Corp. Completes $575 Million Initial Public Offering

NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RedBall Acquisition Corp. (the “Company”) today announced the closing of its initial public offering of 57,500,000 units, which includes 7,500,000 units issued pursuant to the exercise by the underwriters of their over-allotment option in full. The of…

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Jul 17

AmeriVet Appoints Donald Webbe to Board of Directors

AmeriVet Securities, Inc (AVI)., a service-disabled veteran-owned broker-dealer, announced today that Donald Webbe, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at South Street Securities Holdings, Inc. (SSSHI), has been appointed to the AVI Board of Directors, effective immediately.   “W…

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Jun 16

From a Desk in Midtown Manhattan to Checking in Patients at the Javits Center

AmeriVet Securities analyst Karanjit Paul was called up from the Navy reserves to work at the Javits Center during the pandemic. AmeriVet Securities Karanjit Paul, an analyst at broker-dealer AmeriVet Securities, walked Business Insider through what it was like to work inside the makeshift hospita…

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May 21

AmeriVet Honors Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to remember the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom. AmeriVet’s military veteran employees share what Memorial Day means to them. “Memorial Day is a time to honor and thank all those patriots who sacrificed their lives so we, as Americans, can enjoy the liberty …

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Apr 30

AmeriVet Continues Expansion, Appoints New President

AmeriVet Securities, Inc. (AVI), announced today that investor South Street Securities Holdings, Inc. (SSSHI), has committed an additional $2 million to continue supporting AVI’s expansion and veteran hiring efforts. This additional investment brings SSHI’s total investment into AVI to over $10 mi…

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Apr 9

AmeriVet Receives Opps4Vets Award

Although the Opps4Vets 9th Annual Veteran and Small Business Summit was postponed this year due to coronavirus, AmeriVet Securities, Inc., was honored by receiving the Opps4Vets prestigious “Skin in the Game Award for 2020. With this award, AmeriVet becomes the first Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned …

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Mar 13

AmeriVet’s Mercedes Elias Answers the Call of Duty on International Women’s Day

On Sunday, March 9, the world celebrated International Women’s Day and it had a very special meaning for one of our veteran employees.  Mercedes Elias, AmeriVet’s Head of Veteran Engagement, was recently selected from over 500 applicants to participate in the inaugural cohort for The Mission Conti…

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Mar 11

Veteran’s Business Enterprises: Spotlight on AmeriVet

AmeriVet Securities, Inc. was founded in 1993 by Elton Johnson. Location/headquarters: 1155 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor, New York, New York 10036 Any additional site: ?26550 Silverado Court, Moreno Valley, CA 92555 Elton served in the US Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR) and US Army Reserve (USAR…

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Feb 19

War and Peace: Helping Veterans Transition

Bob Jones, a member of AmeriVet Securities Board of Directors and a Vietnam war pilot, talks with Chip Barnett, Business Journalist from the Bond Buyer about his time in the military and his experience being held as a POW in Hanoi for 62 months. He discusses how he gives back today to fellow vets t…

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Feb 7

AmeriVet Securities, Inc. ‘Most Outstanding Veteran-Owned Financial Services Firm 2019’ – New York

FIGHTING FOR SUCCESS Elton Johnson, Jr., a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Retired Reserve, and a decorated combat veteran, is the driving force behind one of the first SDVOB broker-dealers and arguably one of the most successful. We spoke to him about how his loyal team at AmeriVet Securities is …

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Feb 4

AmeriVet CEO Elton Johnson Attends State of the Union Address

In keeping with our objective to be the leader among SDVOB broker-dealers in Veteran Engagement, AmeriVet Securities, Inc., is very fortunate to have our California office located in the Congressional District of Congressman Mark Takano, who is the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee.  …

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Dec 9

Heroes in the Workplace | Mornings with Maria | Fox Business News

Our Head of Veteran Engagement Mercedes Elias speaking on Fox Business News Mornings with Maria to discuss veteran’s issues and our commitment to veterans.? …

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Dec 2

Gold Star Families Gather for Thanksgiving in NYC, Honoring Their Fallen Loved Ones

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) ?The holidays can be hard for families who have lost loved ones.” One organization is making sure families of our country’s fallen military are not forgotten this Thanksgiving. Inside a ballroom near Times Square, you’ll find the families of some of America’s bravest…

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Nov 21

With Eye on Expansion, AmeriVet Hires Francis McKenna as Executive Director

AmeriVet Securities Inc. has hired municipal market expert Francis McKenna to be its executive director of public finance in a buildup that aims to reach out to veterans and clients across the United States.  The company is one of the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SD…

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Nov 6

U.S. Department of Labor Presents 2019 Hire Vets Medallion Awards

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded 427 employers from around the nation for recruiting, employing and retaining America’s veterans. The award recipients attest to hiring more than 52,000 veterans since 2017. The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Secretary of…

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Oct 23

Bob Jones, Vietnam POW Fireside Chat, Ep 8

Bob discusses the signing of the Geneva Convention and how the prisoners were identified to return back stateside.    Robert Jones, USAF(Major) shares his experiences with our Managing Director Michael Naidrich on his time at West Point, spending 62 months as a POW and his current projects. …

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Oct 16

Bob Jones, Vietnam POW Fireside Chat, Ep 7

In 1970, U.S. forces attempted to rescue Prisoners of War at the Son Tay POW camp.  Despite rescuing no prisoners, the raid caused North Vietnam to consolidate POWs to fewer locations to prevent similar raids while also making communication and organization between POWs easier.   Robert Jones, U…

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Oct 9

Bob Jones, Vietnam POW Fireside Chat, Ep 6

In this episode, Bob chronicles the torture he endured while being held captive as a Prisoner of War at the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam.  Robert Jones, USAF(Major) shares his experiences with our Managing Director Michael Naidrich on his time at West Point, spending 62 months as a POW and his current …

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Oct 2

Bob Jones, Vietnam POW Fireside Chat, Ep 5

In this episode, Bob talks about his sense of time while imprisoned at the infamous Hanoi Hilton, where he was captive over the course of 62 months.  Robert Jones, USAF(Major) shares his experiences with our Managing Director Michael Naidrich on his time at West Point, spending 62 months as a POW …

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