Rich McCormack has served as President and co-founder of Victory Media since 2001. Rich is responsible for all of the company’s media brands, with a focus on digital product development and platforms. Under his direction, Rich has expanded the reach and influence of Victory Media’s brands within the military community and government agencies, and more broadly with HR, admissions and workforce development professionals nationwide. He has guided Victory Media’s transformation from print to digital, creating numerous online resources designed to improve military lives through rich and unique experiences, social networks, transition tools and content.
Rich has an 18-year history of building and optimizing workforce development resources for transitioning veterans and military spouses. He created and grew the G.I. Jobs® brand that serves today as the premier resource assisting veterans in successfully transitioning into the private sector. Among his many recognitions for this work, Rich was asked by the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to sit on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Employment and Training (ACVET).
He also created Vetrepreneur® magazine for veteran-owned businesses and the Annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools for service members considering post-secondary education options and current student veterans. Rich was the key driver in the advancement of Military Spouse Magazine, the voice and one-stop resource for the nation’s 1.1 million military spouses.
Prior to forming Victory Media, Rich spent four years at Rodman Naval Base in Panama as a Navy Supply Corps Officer and then joined International Paper Company’s executive development program. He left International Paper in 1998 and co-founded two companies where he served as VP of Product. During that time Rich also served from 1999-2001 as Editor-in-Chief of Validity, a magazine for military spouses, and as Director of mshq.net, an online community for military spouses.
Rich holds an MBA from The University of Georgia and a BA in Political Science from Virginia Military Institute. Rich resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and four children.
The cars I have owned the last 10 years: Many
Guilty pleasure: Taking sample SAT math tests on the weekend.
Favorite movie: Gladiator
Favorite celebrity: Russell Crowe
Oddest job: Selling lightbulbs when I was in the cub scouts.
Believe it or not: Within a 2 hour period, in the same day, I swam in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
On my nightstand: American Sniper, Unbroken
Favorite sports team: Pro: Pittsburgh. College: Georgia Bulldawgs.
My go-to Primantis sandwich: Steak: The Pitts-Burger
Go-to pizza shop: Pizza Roma
Pop or soda: Pop
Favorite PGH attraction: Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Favorite PGH sports team: All
When Sid Bream slid into home I was … in a bar in Athens Ga.Did you serve in the military? Yes. I served in the Navy as a Supply Officer stationed in the Republic of Panama. Our mission was to support the drug interdiction efforts in Central and South America during the early 90’s.