– USA, TN – Serve1st Electronic Payment Solutions, a veteran-founded and operated credit card processing company, is proud to announce today the appointment of Rear Admiral (USN retired) Wendi Carpenter as chair of its board of directors. She is a co-founder and principal at Gold Star Strategies LLC, a disabled veteran owned and operated business which provides strategic business and management consulting services.
“We are profoundly honored and ecstatic to have Rear Admiral Carpenter join our team,” said Jeff Ridlehoover, founder and president of Serve1st. “She is an extraordinary leader and person who has dedicated her life to serving the public good and defending our country. Her business acumen and unwavering pursuit of helping others will ensure that Serve1st will be a revolutionary force in the credit card processing industry.”
As chair of the board of directors, Carpenter will be a public face for the new company, working to set a strategic trajectory for growth, establishing the important framework of governance for Serve 1st and developing strategic business partnerships and alignments.
“I appreciate this great opportunity to be part of Serve 1st and its vision to help independent businesses,” said Carpenter. “The company’s culture, principles of integrity and commitment to service align well with my own. We will directly and rapidly benefit the bottom line of our customers and provide outstanding service to them, while at the same time, offering a great career for veterans.”
Carpenter has a diverse background and long record of service to the nation. She served just over two years as President of State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College following a highly decorated Navy career spanning 34 years.
When Carpenter joined the Navy in 1977, she was one of the first women accepted into the Navy’s flight program and became the 31st woman Naval Aviator. During her years in the Navy, she rapidly and relentlessly earned her way to the top, serving in wide range of positions that spanned operations and strategic initiatives. In 2005, she became the Navy’s first woman aviator to be promoted to the rank of admiral.
Carpenter has received numerous military and civilian awards, including the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit (3 awards) among others.
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