Blake Shook, Board of Advisors
Blake Shook is a beekeeper extraordinaire and has been learning about these beauties for over twenty years. It all started with a love of the outdoors and a passion for starting his own business. As a pre-teen, he was living in rural Texas and had a passion for entrepreneurship. In 2002, an eager 12-year-old Blake, who had never been interested in bees, took advice from his parents and applied for a scholarship that gave kids all the tools they needed to start beekeeping. Never winning anything before, he was ecstatic when he won a beehive and classes to get his journey started! It only took two courses, and it was all love from there on out.
Blake built his first building from trees and lumber he cut from his parent's land and recycled metal. The effort was day and night building beehives and planning for the future. Around high school, he wanted to share his passion for bees with others and began selling honey to friends and family. There was a local health-food store in the area, Mike's, who became his first legitimate customer. John Talbert, a local, became Blake's mentor and hero and inspired him to begin his commercial beekeeping business.
Blake is a true treasure to the beekeeping and conservation community and is a well of knowledge to our Hives for Heroes NewBEE's and Mentors. We want to thank him for choosing to serve alongside us and for allowing us to continue our mission of saving bees and saving vets.
Brandi Peasley, Board of Advisors
Colonel Brandi Peasley is a natural leader, self-propelled, and quick on the uptake. The Hives for Heroes organization has been courting her expertise for some time now as she is highly decorated in the military and on active reserve. She experiences the bees almost daily at the TechnipFMC apiary. Brandi has more credentials than can be listed here; however, we hope to capture the impressiveness of this woman here.
Brett Harmeling, Board of Advisors
Brett came to Hives for Heroes through a friendship while completing his professional MBA from Rice University - Jones Graduate School of Business with HFH founder, Steve Jimenez. His alignment with the mission of helping people connect and find purpose through nature and holistic paths is the cloth from which he was cut.
Charlie McMaster, Connection Director
Army veteran and master problem-solver, Charles "Charlie" McMaster is a tremendous asset to Hives for Heroes and the entire Bee conservation community. In his 30-years of service to the U.S. Army, he served in Communications, Information Technology/Security and Program Management. His final military assignment was as the Director of the Central Technical Support Facility, Fort Hood, Texas, where he led a military/civilian workforce executing rapid physical and technical integration and interoperability in a System of Systems (SoS) environment providing comprehensive testing, configuration control, SoS level training programs and deployed Digital Systems Engineers (DSEs) to forces worldwide.
George Stovall, Board of Advisors
U.S. Army Veteran Robert "George" Stovall is an all-American servant of his country. Growing up in the hills of Virginia, he developed a love of the outdoors and began hunting and fishing as a young boy. George wanted to see more of the world, enticing him to serve his country. He took a tour in Korea and also had some assignments stateside. When he left the military, he pursued higher education and received a BS in Geology from the University of Montana and an MS in Geophysics from Virginia Tech.
Julie Norman, Board of Advisors
Julie Norman, a passionate Texas Beekeeper and owner of Winding Creek Apiary Bee Supply, has been dedicated to the beekeeping community for nine years. Her love for bees bloomed from a small curiosity to a way of life. A mother and grandmother, she has been on a quest to better the community through outreach and education. She enthusiastically jumps at the opportunity to teach the youngest of potential beekeepers and learns from the most experienced old-timers, to give others the opportunity to heal using beekeeping and provide the means to do so.
Kelly Jordan, Board of Advisors
Kelly Jordan is a treasure to the beekeeping community. He has been beekeeping for 19 years and is the owner of Old Security Farms, LLC. His love for bees and beekeeping has generated 600 hives on his farm that are ready to service the greater Houston area. He is a native of the area and is a loyal steward to the territory.
Robert Irving, Board of Advisors
Robert Irving is the Vice President for Summit Fire, a devout Texas A&M University alumni and fan, and a patriot by heart. Robert is no stranger to leadership and is seasoned in helping build businesses by developing high-performing teams. Robert is continually growing a network through learning, moving forward, and forever being a member of the Texas A&M University system.
Stan Gore, Board of Advisors
To know bees and beekeeping in Texas is to know Stan Gore. A native Texan, Stan served in the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam Veteran. He now lives in Brenham with his wife, Bev. He has over 100 hives of his own in four different counties, where he not only manages the hives but grafts and makes a few queens. His beekeeping journey started while watching his grandfather work hives in Montana, where he lived for 20 years.
Steve Jimenez, Founder and CEO
Hives for Heroes is the brainchild and heartfelt passion of its founder and CEO, Steve Jimenez. As a leader, Steve empowers his team and fellow Hives for Heroes community through a purpose-driven life guided by the gentle hand he wishes he had received as he made his way back into society after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a veteran, Steve has a direct understanding and empathy for our heroes who want and need assistance with their journey after serving. His transition into society was positively influenced by honeybees and their therapeutic ability to help calm and provide focus.
Tom McGuinness, Board of Advisors
Tom discovered Hives for Heroes through a personal connection and close friend who found HFH in his own research while working through PTSD related issues.