Our Story

Celebrating 15 years of advocacy.

The founders of Victory Media left the Navy in the late 1990s only to discover a lack of good resources to help them transition into civilian careers. The government’s Transition Assistance (“TAP”) Program was around then, but limited in scope. As co-founder Chris Hale likes to say, “It took nearly 11 months of plebe year for the Navy to transform me from a civilian into a midshipman. TAP class is going to turn me back into a civilian in 2 ½ days? Right.”

The co-founders knew there was an opportunity to create cutting edge, civilian-produced resources for the 400,000 people who leave military service each year—and to create a more efficient way for schools and employers to reach this group of talented candidates.

In 2001, after finishing business school and working in corporate America, Chris, Rich and Scotty founded Victory Media, launching G.I. Jobs®, its flagship brand, as a monthly print magazine and website from the basement of Chris’s house near Pittsburgh. In fact, their first “corporate address” was amplified with “Suite B”—B for “Basement,” of course!

We’ve come a long way since then.

Today, Victory Media is a veteran-owned, rapidly-growing, privately held and financially strong business headquartered in Pittsburgh with more than 50 full-time professionals. We offer nationally recognized media brands, survey and ratings programs, reporting services and training. Our customers include Fortune 1000 companies, colleges and universities and high schools across the country. We’ve been profitable in every year of business since our founding and grew revenues every year except during the recession in 2009 when we were flat.

We’ve hit a lot of milestones along the way.

Looking ahead, our vision is to continue significant digital product expansion in the markets we serve, and to help our clients develop programs, build presence and drive response to attract and recruit the best renewable talent.