Our Story

Founded in late 2011, Hirepurpose is developed by veterans for veterans and we are committed to addressing some of the incredible gaps that exist in the transition from military service to civilian career success.

We believe that human capital is the most valuable resource and that job seekers are much more than their resumes. As a result, we delve deep into each candidate's story and bring military efficiency to civilian job search. We focus on matching the right talent with the right opportunities so everyone wins.

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Our Team


Zach Iscol

Founder & CEO

A combat decorated Marine Officer, Iraq veteran and entrepreneur, Zach served as the first officer in charge of Recruiting, Screening, Assessment, and Selection (RSAS) for the US Marine Corps Forces - Special Operations Command. He is the Executive Director of the Headstrong Project, a non-profit organization that provides cost-free and bureaucracy-free mental health care treatment to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD and TBI.


Katie Dexter


A US Army and Iraq veteran, Katie Dexter served as a Water Treatment Specialist, participated in humanitarian missions and completed a one-year deployment from 2004-2005 in Tikrit, Iraq. She is a certified Birkman Consultant and a founding member of the Hirepurpose team.


Derek Blumke

Business Development

A US Air Force veteran and social entrepreneur, Derek served and was deployed three times to Afghanistan and adjacent countries with the 16th Special Operations Wing as an AC-130H Spectre Gunship aircraft electrician and maintenance expeditor. Derek is the co-founder and former president and executive director of Student Veterans of America (SVA) – with reach into 750 campus chapters worldwide - where he led SVA’s efforts to pass the post 9/11 GI-Bill. He was Director of the VITAL Initiatives at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he built and grew one of the Secretary’s ‘21st Century Transformation Initiatives’ to over 21 VA Medical Centers and 60 college campuses.


Aubrey Arcangel

Director of User Growth

A US Army veteran, Aubrey deployed to Iraq from 2005-2006 as an Army Specialist Team Leader in Networking Operations. His primary task was to provide brigade-level communications support. Aubrey has been a student veteran leader in New York City and rallied support from veterans across New York State for the new GI Bill.


Pete Charest

Recruiting Operations

A US Air Force recruiting veteran and aircraft maintenance flight chief, Pete served in several military locations including the Randolph Air Force Base (AFB) and Holloman AFB in the US, and Bitburg Air Base in Germany. Subsequently Pete was Medical Recruiting Regional Manager, Target Hire Regional Manager and Director of Civilian Jobs.com for Bradley-Morris Inc. Pete has a long track record in talent sourcing and recruiting strategies across various industries, focused on military veteran recruitment.


Will Leineweber

Recruiting Operations

A US Air Force Officer and later an Army National Guard Warrant Officer, Will has served in several military locations including F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the United States Air Force Academy. Will deployed to Iraq as part of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team in 2005-2006 supporting the reformation of the Iraqi Border Police. In 2010, Will transferred to the National Guard and became a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot. He deployed to Kosovo in 2012-2013 in support of peace-keeping operations. Outside of the military, Will has served as an Officer Candidate Recruiter, Enlisted Candidate Recruiter, and Client Facing Recruiter for an agency and government contractor. Will has a proven track record of success in preparing candidates transitioning out of the military and making creative matches that benefit employer and candidate alike.


Steve Amsden

Corporate Partnerships

Steve brings over 15 years experience from the recruitment and advertising industries. He has helped to build web2.0 strategies, employment brands and interactive presence at both mature companies – including Monster.com and TMP Worldwide – and start up companies – including Jobster and FINS (the career site for WSJ).


Brian Jones

Editor & Communications Director

A US Marine and Afghanistan veteran, Brian served as a combat journalist in the Marine Corps from 2009-2013. He was twice named the Marine Corps Print Journalist of the Year. Prior to joining the Hirepurpose team, Brian covered military and defense issues for Business Insider. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Columbia University.


Todd Evanoff

Chief Technology Officer

Todd has over a decade of professional experience turning ideas and napkin sketches into highly usable web applications. He values affable coworkers, elegant code, and clean user interfaces.


Dong Wook Koo

Senior Software Engineer

Dong comes to Hirepurpose with a wealth of experience focusing on software development and delivery. He holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Eric Liu

Software Engineer

After attending Rutgers University for Economics, Eric realized that he had a passion for entrepreneurship and startups. He taught himself how to program and is excited to use his skills to help veterans navigate their career path. In his free time, he enjoys learning about UI/UX design in order to make pretty things prettier.