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About Zac Northup

Zac Northup is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of StandWatch.org. Zac served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard between 1992 and 2000, leaving the service as a captain. In 1996, he started his own publishing and consulting firm where he interviewed high-profile individuals including members of the joint chiefs of staff, service secretaries, elected officials, and soldiers in Bosnia, Honduras, and other locations. As a consultant, he worked for Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, 3M, and dozens of small firms that ranged from start-ups to multimillion dollar firms. He has proven experience taking a concept and growing it into a thriving business.

Tactical Tailor & Grey Ghost Stepping Up

By |2018-07-23T13:21:01+00:00July 22nd, 2018|

Several months ago, Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost Gear donated enough backpacks so that every student had a high-quality bag that they could use while on our expeditions.  Our Rocky Mountain Expedition is the first time many of the students have [...]

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Stephen’s Far Side

By |2018-07-04T16:22:12+00:00July 4th, 2018|

A critical skill in today’s world is being able to convey complex thoughts with as few words as possible.  To practice this, students were given ten Far Side cartoons with the captions removed and told to come up with their [...]

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Summer Expedition Update: June 7, 2018

By |2018-06-16T23:43:35+00:00June 16th, 2018|

Welcome to the Summer Expedition Information Center.  I will be posting important information about the trip here as we get closer, so be sure to check back daily.  This will also serve as a newsletter of sorts.  The main topics I [...]

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Helping Students Create Hope

By |2018-07-21T19:09:31+00:00April 13th, 2018|

The Great Southwest Expedition When we first started planning a week-long student retreat for our academy last year, it seemed like an impossible task.  The amount of money it was going to take to move ten students and three chaperones from [...]

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Supporting Veterans Physical Recovery

By |2018-07-21T19:09:43+00:00January 16th, 2018|

There are two bills in the West Virginia State Senate (SB125 and SB123) that propose taxing health club memberships. SB123 further requires revenues from the tax increase to be used to fund veteran projects. Many, many veterans use gyms and CrossFit [...]

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StandWatch in 2018.

By |2018-07-21T19:10:04+00:00January 6th, 2018|

On December 4th, StandWatch.org and StandWatch America held our first annual D37 Legislative Dinner at the Embassy Suites hotel in Charleston, West Virginia .  At this event, veterans, business leaders, and elected officials, from all over the state gathered to talk about the [...]

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Do We Still Have the Right Stuff?

By |2018-08-03T13:59:54+00:00August 22nd, 2017|

In October 1957, the people of the United States awoke to a sound that shook the country to its foundation.  The Soviet Union had launched a 220-pound sphere into orbit called Sputnik.  It housed a small transmitter that emitted a 20MHz [...]

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Rally Point 4: Dolly Sods Wilderness

By |2017-04-03T16:43:03+00:00March 28th, 2017|

  [x_button shape="rounded" size="large" float="none" href="https://www.classy.org/checkout/donation?eid=125466" info="none" info_place="top" info_trigger="hover"]Make a Donation[/x_button] On May 19th-20th, StandWatch.org will be teaming with Teays Valley Christian School to hold Rally Point 4 at Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, near Timberline, West Virginia. This is the third [...]

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Rally Point 3: Beech Fork State Park

By |2018-05-07T14:16:20+00:00March 28th, 2017|

[x_button shape="rounded" size="large" float="none" href="https://www.classy.org/events/rally-point-3-beech-fork-state-park/e125463" info="none" info_place="top" info_trigger="hover"]Make a Donation[/x_button] On April 10th, StandWatch.org is teaming with Teays Valley Christian School to hold Rally Point 3 at Beech Fork State Park in Barboursville, West Virginia. Like Rally Point 2, the objective [...]

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Episode 6: Risk

By |2018-08-03T13:33:15+00:00March 7th, 2017|

How comfortable are you with risk? When choosing between uncertain outcomes, do you dive right in or do you take time to consider every possible scenario hoping that the least risky choice will somehow present itself.  Does data drive your decision-making [...]

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2016 Donations and Impact Report

By |2018-07-21T19:12:03+00:00March 2nd, 2017|

In today’s environment, we believe people who support nonprofits want us to efficiently use our resources to provide measurable impact.  Transparency is critical in this environment, and we want to help people evaluate our progress. I am fairly certain that we are [...]

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Episode 5: Fight

By |2018-01-04T22:00:56+00:00February 20th, 2017|

[x_audio_player mp3="https://standwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Episode_5_Fight_Final2.mp3"] Have you ever been involved in a real fight? When the word fight first came up as a subject for this episode, I wasn’t sure how to talk about it.  The Averagist’s approach is to explore how the words [...]

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Episode 4: Secrets

By |2018-01-04T22:01:15+00:00February 13th, 2017|

[x_audio_player mp3="https://standwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Episode4_SecretsFinal.mp3"] Have you ever thought about the word secret?  When I do, I can’t help but think about James Bond, Ethan Hunt, or even Maxwell Smart. Those guys were awesome but it’s easy to forget that they were created during [...]

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Episode 3: Evil

By |2018-01-04T22:01:34+00:00February 4th, 2017|

[x_audio_player mp3="https://standwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Episode3_Evil.mp3"] Over the last month, I’ve heard a lot about evil.  The word evil has become so prolific in our political discussions that it is starting to lose its intended effect.  Evil has gone from “profoundly immoral and malevolent” to a [...]

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Is the Internet Wrecking Democracy?

By |2018-08-03T17:10:09+00:00February 1st, 2017|

Almost two years after Donald Trump was elected, the pundits are still offering their opinions as to what the political class learned from that day in November 2016.  While raw election data can often produce interesting analyses, there is one simple [...]

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Middle America Rising

By |2018-01-04T22:01:51+00:00January 29th, 2017|

Middle Class America is rising. The conversations that are taking place on main street will affect everything from government policy to consumer product development. Over the last thirty years, companies have spent billions trying to reach emerging markets around the world. [...]

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Episode 2: Hero

By |2018-01-04T22:02:35+00:00January 27th, 2017|

[x_audio_player mp3="https://standwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Episode2_Hero_mixdown6.mp3"] When you hear the word hero, what comes to mind?  According to Webster’s Dictionary, a hero is, “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.”, but this is different from how Webster’s first [...]

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Pillbilly Elegy

By |2017-01-23T02:11:04+00:00January 23rd, 2017|

Over the years rural Americans, particularly those in Appalachia, have been the subject of condescension and outright hatred by the liberal left. Bill Maher’s rant that most of Middle America is populated by “pillbilly” drug addicts is just the latest example. [...]

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Introduction

By |2017-01-20T21:19:26+00:00January 20th, 2017|

I’ve wanted to write this story for a while, but kept stumbling over how to begin. I have listened to others question who I am, or more collectively, who the people are that I call friends, family, and neighbors. In the [...]

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Transparency: Can Only The Rich Be Charitable?

By |2016-12-09T21:31:47+00:00September 19th, 2016|

Most people seem to think that social entrepreneurs come to their causes only after striking it rich doing something else for a living.  I always assumed that was the case.  Back in 2010, I kicked around the idea of doing nonprofit [...]

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