Danny Stroud, independent candidate for Congress.
I have been
a resident of Colorado for over 20 years. I am running for office for the
opportunity to represent the citizens of this district during these very
important times for our community, our state, and our country. I have two adult daughters who are doing well
in their jobs. I recently got married to
Vicki, my long-time partner. She has a pre-teen son, Nicholas. For me,
life is good.
I view this
as a call to duty much as I felt the call to duty when I enrolled in West Point
in 1971 or when I was appointed to the Board of Directors for the non-profit
California Mental Health Association of Contra Costa County (California) in
I was born
in Oregon as the first of 4 children. My grandfather on my father's side was a
carpenter and was building army camps throughout the west when WWII ended. My
grandfather and my grandmother settled in eastern Oregon at that time. My
grandfather on my mother's side was in the service at the end of WWII and moved
to San Diego when the war ended.
met in high school and married shortly thereafter. My father had a job at the
local lumber mill but soon joined the Oregon National Guard in a full-time
capacity as a Private. He worked his way up to Command Sergeant Major, the
highest possible enlisted rank, before being promoted to an officer. He was
still working for the National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer when he died in
1986 from cancer. I miss him and find myself continually measuring myself
against the high standards of work ethic and integrity that he set. My mother
stayed home full time with the children and was the recurring den mother for
our cub scouts and room mother for our school. She is now retired and living in
One of my brothers
and sister currently live in Oregon and are doing well. My second brother lives in Wyoming where he runs his jewelry manufacturing and sales business.
I was the
first in my family to go to college when in 1971. I was appointed to attend West
Point by my Senator. I was interested in West Point from an early age and felt
it was a call to duty at the height of the Vietnam war. I graduated in 1975
with an academic concentration in Middle Eastern studies. I was commissioned as
a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry and spent 6 years serving my country on active
duty in the Army. I spent some time in Korea on the DMZ working with the ROK army and
various other UN forces in planning for nuclear, biological and chemical
defense preparedness. I was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for my work
with the Koreans. I was also the commander of the 9th Infantry Division
Chemical company, one of the first combat support chemical defense units.
I spent an
additional 7 years in the US Army Reserves and the California National Guard
after leaving active duty. I was proud to serve with the California National
Guard in performing the mission of response to natural disasters. In 1988,
after 13 years, I left the military to focus on my career and family. I
continue to hold the rank of Regular Army Major and am a Vietnam-era vet.
am President of Veraz Ventures, Inc., a company formed in 1999 exclusively to
pursue developing industry opportunities and economic development in small to
medium sized businesses and in under-served communities and countries. I currently am working
with Neptune Mobile to develop modern telecommunications systems in several
Caribbean countries to help them better respond to natural disasters and crime.
I have served as the President of a publicly traded company, the Chief
Financial Officer of a company that provided post-9/11 integrated security
services to government agencies for high-risk terrorist targets, and as the
President of a software and services company that provides services to many
government agencies, and aerospace and technology companies. Prior to
forming my own small business, I was Vice President of Verio, a Denver-based
company that I helped start where I was responsible for deploying
telecommunications networks throughout the USA and VP of Network Deployment and
Operations at Nextel. My responsibilities were to oversee the deployment and
operations of the nationwide digital mobile wireless network.
priorities include my family, riding motorcycles and bicycles, snow skiing, gardening, hiking and
snowshoeing. I volunteered extensively for the school and enjoy speaking
at industry conferences. I am an avid sports fan (not so unique for a man
living in Colorado) and I attend sporting events whenever I can find the time.
I earned my
Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point in
1975. I earned my MBA from St. Mary's College of California in 1986.