Former Marine Uses Lessons He Learned in the Military to Thrive in the Business World

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang
Medill Reports

Before starting 3rd Coast Imaging, Inc., veteran George Chrisopulos was an electronics communications technician in the Marine Corps. His time in the military prepared him for life after the Marines.

“When I was a marine, everything was on paper, and we had to have three copies. And every single file cabinet had to match the other file cabinet exactly,” said Chrisopulos.

That attention to detail has served Chrisopulos well in his printing and imaging business. And he’s not alone. According to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau in April 2017, 2.52 million businesses were majority-owned by veterans, and the top service for veteran-owned firms was professional, scientific and technical service.

“Being a business owner requires a certain level of independence. Being in the military requires a person who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Those two things go hand in hand with being a business owner,” said Chrisopulos.

Photo at top: Veteran George Chrisopulos believes his time in the military has helped him to thrive in the business world. (Xinyi Jiang/MEDILL)