Meet Our Newest Experts!

Milspouse entrepreneurs continue to be the fastest growing and most active group within our NMSN community. That’s why we could not be more thrilled to have Fred Wellman, the CEO of Scoutcomms and Ray Crowell, the Director of Bunker Labs DC join our illustrious panel of experts. Please join me in welcoming them!

Fred Wellman Headshot

Fred Wellman is a retired Army officer turned serial and social entrepreneur. He is a graduate of West Point and the Harvard Kennedy School serving 22 years in the Army as an aviator and public affairs officer and four combat tours. He is the Founder and CEO of ScoutComms, a B Corp communications and advocacy firm focused on veterans and military families. He and his wife Crystal also co-own Ladyburg Bath and Body Apothecary, a growing handmade bath and body retail boutique with locations in Fredericksburg and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

In addition to serving as the Entrepreneur in Residence for NMSN, Fred also serves on the National Board of Directors for the National Desert Storm War Memorial and the Board of Advisors for No One Left Behind.


Ray Crowell is fueling the veteran & spouse-led startup renaissance in DC, providing a peer-learning environment for entrepreneurs to Discover, Grow, Innovate, and Connect. He leads a team of supportive mentors, industry experts, strategic partners, and dedicated founders over at Bunker Labs DC. Ray is obsessed with engaging military veterans and their spouses to start, innovate, and scale the next generation of high-growth companies.

Ray unleashed his entrepreneurial spirit while on active duty (USAF), accelerating chapter-driven non-profits. Following a stretch as a Department of Air Force executive and government contractor, he joined the Patriot Boot Camp team as advisor and devoted roadie. Ray recently launched Ascent 7 Ventures, which will be debuting its first App (managing carpool pick-up for charter schools) very very soon. He has a BA, MA, a stack of executive development program certs in business and public policy, and was a Harvard Kennedy School Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.

Ray lives in Alexandria with his active-duty (USAF) wife and their almost-thoroughbred rescue puppy.

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