Soldiers To Sidelines Announces the Honorees of the 2nd Annual Legacy of Leadership Dinner

Dick Vermeil, Jimmy Reyes, General George Casey

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February 27, 2023, Washington DC 

Soldiers To Sidelines Executive Director, Harrison Bernstein, announced the honorees of the second annual Legacy of Leadership Dinner.  The dinner honors three categories of leadership based on lifetime achievement.   

The selections are as follows: in Coaching Leadership: NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame and Super Bowl Champion, Coach Dick Vermeil, for Military Leadership, US Army, Retired 36th Chief of Staff of the US Army General George W. Casey Jr. and for Business Leadership, Mr. James V Reyes, a director of Reyes Holdings. 

The Legacy of Leadership Dinner highlights the work put forward by Soldiers To Sidelines to inspire and motivate service members and Veterans to become the best character-based coaches in their community, fulfilling a new purpose to serve their country.   

Coach Dick Vermeil epitomized coaching leadership, having dedicated 40 years to the profession.  Enshrined as part of the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, Vermeil led the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Kansas City Chiefs to the NFL post-season, reaching Super Bowl XV and winning Super Bowl XXXIV.  Vermeil’s career spanned a steady ascension from high school to junior college to college assistant coach before becoming the head coach of UCLA where he led the Bruins to victory in the 1976 Rose Bowl before leaping to the NFL. 

Retired General George W. Casey Jr’s career in service spanned from 1970-2011. He served as the 36th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 2007 to 2011.  Prior to that appointment, General Casey served as the Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq from June 2004 to February 2007.  Decorated with over 30 awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit, General George W. Casey Jr. embodies military leadership. 

James V. “Jimmy” Reyes, Director of Real Estate, and a Director of Reyes Beer Division of Reyes Holdings LLC is selected for the business leadership lifetime achievement award.  Jimmy Reyes is responsible for Reyes’s real estate portfolio including 65 facilities and over six million square feet of office and distribution space.  Reyes Holdings LLC ranks as the 7th largest privately held company in the United States with annual sales in excess of $40B USD.  A hallmark of the DC business community, Reyes’s impact is felt beyond the boardroom as a key contributor to several foundations and causes including the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital.   

Vermeil, Casey, and Reyes will be honored Monday, March 27, 2023, at the 2nd Annual Legacy Leadership Dinner held at the Ritz Carlton Washington D.C. 6:30-9:30pm. 

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available for purchase at https://soldierstosidelines.org/legacy-of-leadership-dinner/ 

Media inquiries can be directed to Leigh Alan Klein, 914-384-0911 or at leigh@soldierstosidelines.org 

The inaugural Legacy of Leadership Dinner took place February 23, 2022 at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.  The life-time achievement award for Coaching Leadership was presented to Alabama Football Head Coach, Nick Saban, for Military Leadership, Colonel (Ret) US Army, Greg Gadson and for Business Leadership AMB Sports and Entertainment CEO, Steve Cannon. 

About Soldiers To Sidelines 

A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, founded in 2014, committed to provide more opportunities for our service members, veterans and milspouses by inspiring and motivating them to become the best character-based coaches in their community. 

With ten annual sport certifications, Soldiers To Sidelines has proudly trained 974 coaches and impacted more than 48,700 youth. 

Additional information can be found at https://soldierstosidelines.org/

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