Mike Conklin – Chairman & CEO
Mike Conklin was a successful builder and real estate developer in San Ramon, California before founding Sentinels of Freedom. He is the proud father of three Army Rangers and was inspired to establish Sentinels of Freedom after one of his sons was wounded in Iraq in 2003. Impressed by the level of care his son received in military hospitals, and deeply concerned over the plight of wounded warriors without families or community networks, Mike began the work that would evolve into the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation.
Mike’s vision has been honored by military and community leaders ranging from California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger to Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates. In 2012, he was awarded the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, and in 2013, he became one of CNN’s “CNN Heroes” for everyday people changing the world.