Hiring America’s Heroes with Chris Roussos

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It’s Independence Day week here in the United States, so what a great time to share my recent interview with Chris Roussos — a CEO with a track record of hiring thousands of U.S. veterans.

Chris was my special guest at our Freedom Club Local: DFW event, held in February in Plano, Texas. A friend and former client, Chris is the immediate past CEO of 24 Hour Fitness, where he spearheaded the hiring of 11,000 U.S. veterans over a five-year period.

The effort to hire veterans is near and dear to Roussos’ heart, as he served for 11 years in the U.S. Army, completing his service as a Company Commander.

He was recently named the new CEO of Sequel Youth and Family Services — a leading national behavioral health organization that develops and operates a broad continuum of treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults with behavioral health, emotional and physical challenges.

Not surprisingly, in his first 90 days as CEO of Sequel, Roussos has launched an initiative focused on recruiting U.S. veterans to work for the company.

When I asked Chris what the word “freedom” meant to him, he answered, “Waking up every day in the United States of America. That’s what freedom means to me. We win the lottery every day.”

Watch my full interview with Chris at the video above, or listen to our full podcast interview here.

Chris has nearly two decades of experience building and leading healthcare organizations with vibrant service-oriented cultures, having successfully run companies providing services in pediatric home healthcare and therapy, autism therapy, community care, rehabilitation therapy, urgent care, hospice and fitness.


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