WHO WE ARE
WE ARE VETERANS. We are veterans who have successfully transitioned from active duty to corporate careers. We are veterans who have held positions of responsibility with business partners within our organizations as well as with those in states and the federal government. We are veterans whose expertise in transitioning allows us to customize strategies to attract, train, and retain veteran employees to benefit the unique needs of our clients. We are veterans who know what it takes to cultivate a culture of success.
With an understanding of the distinct challenges veterans face in adapting to corporate America, we also recognize the special value veterans add to the workplace. We are committed to the task of communicating to clients our core belief in the advantages of employing American veterans.
Trained to accomplish ever evolving missions, individually and in teams, veterans are exceptionally adaptable in meeting the changing g needs of clients. As veterans, we believe no job is complete until expectations are exceeded and success stories told. It’s the way the military taught us. It’s the way we conduct business. It’s the Eleven09 way.
Lewis Runnion co-founded Eleven 09, LLC to deliver to American businesses, government agencies, and philanthropies solutions for developing transformative programs for active military, their families, and veterans. As co-founder and Managing Partner, Lewis advises senior executives on building integrated programs, and aids in navigating complex environments for the best allocation of available resources to achieve measurable outcomes.
With a 20 year history in the financial services industry, both in private banking and public policy, Lewis' experience includes extensive engagements with national organizations, for profit and non-profit, as well as local, state and federal governmental entities.
As Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Director of Military Affairs at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lewis planned, developed, and managed initiatives that assisted military veterans and their families with financial, education, employment and housing needs.
During his career, Lewis has had a quantitative record of success. He helped construct workforce development programs resulting in the addition of more than 8,000 veterans to the work force. Through the acquisition of philanthropic partnerships, he has been the lead architect in the allocation and management of tens of millions of dollars, taking care to align outcome based programs with strong, integrated marketing and communication strategies for the organizations and communities he served.
Through vision, deliberation, and innovation, Lewis built some of the most recognized post 9/11 veteran programs in America. He and his team initiated government/private partnerships, such as the first ever Social Impact Bond (SIB) focused on veteran employment programs. Discovering a need for veteran entrepreneur access to low cost capital, Lewis helped build national programs to make millions of dollars available through Community Development Funds.
Lewis serves on the board of directors of America’s Warrior Partnership and Infinite Hero Foundation, and was a co-founder of Veterans on Wall Street. Some of his previous board affiliations include: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, YMCA Fort Worth, and R4 Alliance. Lewis is a seasoned speaker and panelist focusing specifically on those successful transition models he helped design and orchestrate.
Prior to beginning his financial services career, Lewis served as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer in the United States Army, attaining his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Following his honorable discharge from active duty Army, Lewis spent an additional five years in the United States Army Reserve.
Kyle J. White
Kyle J. White, Eleven 09, LLC co-founder, provides an extensive expertise in areas of veteran programs, career transition, and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress. By sharing personal experiences, Kyle seeks to provide authentic leadership for transitioning veterans, and helps educate public and private organizations on issues concerning veteran policy and best practices.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Kyle has been awarded the Army Commendation with “V” Device, and many other service awards and recognitions. Kyle earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and has spent the majority of his professional career in the financial services sector.