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Meet the CEO: Allen West

Congressman Allen B. West

By Glenn Hunter (original source D Magazine) 

“When the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis went looking for a new top executive last year, the free-market think tank turned to Allen West—an outspoken former U.S. Representative from Florida’s 22nd District and a bona fide star of the tea party movement. While West, 54, is nationally known for the one term he served in the 112th Congress, he also is understandably proud of his 22-year career in the U.S. Army. A retired lieutenant colonel, the Atlanta native and University of Tennessee graduate served in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Freedom. His goal at the NCPA, he says, is to promote the “three pillars” of U.S. security: economic security, energy security, and national security.

FIRST JOB

I worked for eight or nine months at a Baskin-Robbins in Atlanta. I was happy to get the $3.25 minimum wage job.
STRENGTHS

Discipline—that comes from my years in the army—and perseverance under hard conditions like combat.”

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