My Life on a Page: Lock 17, OH – Born – Son – Brother – Little Leaguer – Weird Kid – Poor Student-Kart Race Champion – Truant – Teenager – Drunk - ‘D’ StudentHigh School Graduate – Marine – Parris Island – Shitbird - Jail – Escape & Evade-Three Days in the Swamp – Apprehended -Big Break – Change - Graduate Boot Camp-Land With Marines in Dominican Republic – First Combat - Wounded - NATO Cruise-Drunk - AWOL – Busted – Volunteer for Nam - Become Scout-Sniper – Atheist - Sniper-– Force Recon - Wounded - Lead Special Sniper Team – Become an Agnostic-Two-Years Nam – Return Stateside – Strange Place - Drunk – Conduct Military Funerals-Discharged Sergeant - Mercenary Wannabe - Meet Wife-To-Be – Makes Me Work-Mechanic - Married By Woman JP - Winchester, VA – Husband - Akron, OH-Truck Driver - Drunk - Terminal Manager – Camden, NJ – Strikebreaker – Quit-New Philadelphia, OH - Full Time Student - Kent State – Shootings – Quit After 2 Years-Work - Sell Life Insurance -Safety Manager - North Canton, OH – Terminal Manager-Suffield, OH - Son Born – Father – Quit Drinking – General Manager – Uniontown, OH-Sell Motorcycles – Start Business – Sell Racing Lubricants-Vice President & General Manager – Akron, OH – Sell Tapes & Records-Get Religion, Become a Christian – Daughter Born – Career Search – Join Frito Lay-Detroit, MI – Traffic Manager – Promoted – Distribution Manager – Promoted-Moved – Dayville, CT – Plant Startup – Regional Distribution Manager – Lay Minister-New England Strike Coordinator – Promoted – Move – Dallas, TX-Distribution Engineer – Travel US – Industry Speaker – Frito Lobbyist - Promoted-Group Manager – Start New Frito Business – Daughter Born - Promoted-Move – Williamsport, PA – Area Logistics Manager – Lay Minister – Decertify Unions-Negotiator – Getting Older – Fall Out of Favor – Fight Back - Demoted-Area Tech Manager – Start Chain of Weight Loss Centers – OSHA & Safety Manager-Fired – Lose Everything But Weight in Weight Loss Centers - Take Job With Pepsi Cola-Move – Baltimore, MD – Area Distribution Manager - Merge Acquisitions – Success-Promoted – Director of Distribution – Move - Danbury, CT – Live on Plane – Promoted-Director of Reengineering - Takeover Huge Change Project-Tell Emperor He Has No Project – Disaster - Get Attaboys for Truth – New Job-Good Money – Informed Never Be a VP, Too Old – Quit – Take Job with Compaq-Move – Houston, TX – Promoted – VP Worldwide Logistics - One of the Boys-Growth is Astounding – Speaking - Soon Find the Crooks - Try to Change-Boardroom Sucks – Become a Chameleon or Else - Wrong – Big Fight – Daughter Raped-Tough Times – Counseling – Big Fight Continues – Walk Out-Daughter Attempts Suicide – Start Consulting - More Counseling - Write First Book-‘Dead Center’ – Ballentine Buys - Establish nomoreBS - Contract Work With Telxon-Become VP of Distribution - Daughter Getting Better-Tell Telxon They Don’t Need a VP of Distribution-Promoted to Senior Vice President of Truth – No Kidding – Consulting-My Business Grows – Write Pocket Change & Loose Change – Publish-Move – Big Arm, MT - Publish my conversion story - a couple other books - Happily Married 43 years & Counting - Three Kids – Four Grandkids - a little PTSD from the BS in Iraq (think Vietnam) and Afghanistan - work with current Marine Snipers - Fully Alive - gave up on Corporate America – Excited – Having Fun - Going strong and Continuing To Write Everyday! Kug
Ed Kugler - Bio
Ed has been called a Renaissance man, America's Change Agent and a few other things not printable. One CEO named him his Senior Vice President of Truth. Whatever you call him he is the guy who makes change happen. He is a former Vice President of Worldwide Logistics for Compaq Computer and after 3 years he left Compaq to get his life back. He then started his own consulting firm, Direct Hit, Inc.
Ed learned the foundations of change during his days as a young Marine sniper serving two consecutive years in the Vietnam War. He is the Author of Dead Center - A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War, Poems of a Rogue and My Vietnam. Ed returned and began his working career as a truck driver, mechanic, dispatcher and eventually Vice President and General Manager of a one hundred plus truck fleet.
After ten years in trucking Ed joined Frito Lay where he was promoted five times in six years and spent thirteen years with the company. He then transferred to Pepsi Cola, where he became Director of Distribution. His last position with Pepsi was Director of Reengineering, the beginning of his formal change work. He left PepsiCo to become Vice President of Worldwide Logistics for Compaq Computer, where he led the reorganization of their logistics function. He spent a year with Telxon, his last real job, where he was Senior Vice President of Operations and Quality. He did it all with no college degree. He accomplished it all with just with just his Marine Corps education.
Ed led operational turnarounds America's top companies. His clients include Pepsi Cola, Caterpillar, Ryder, PepsiAmericas, DHL, Schluberger, Chef Solutions, APL, General Bottlers, Unisource, Ropak Southwest, Genco, Restoration Hardware, and many more. Ed is a frequent guest speaker and has addressed the US Marine Corps on many occasions, the US Army, the Alaska Governors Conference, Colorado District of Attorneys Association, APL, Utah Rural Teachers Association, Pepsi Cola and many others.
Ed is the author of eight books with more on the way. He is retired except for writing. He is the father of three, Grandfather to four more and has been married to his wife Gloria for forty three years and counting. They live on a peaceful mountainside in Big Arm, Montana.