Advisors - Michael J. Penney

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Michael J. Penney: Chief Advisor 

Michael is a combat veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan. He served in the United States Marine Corps infantry with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines deploying twice to Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005-2006 and 2007. Michael reenlisted during his second tour and transferred to Quantico to become a weapons instructor. He is certified as a combat marksmanship coach, trainer and instructor trainer. He’s a formal school instructor, school trained designated marksman, small arms weapons instructor and foreign weapons instructor.

He has trained and certified over 40,000 personnel.

In 2011 Michael deployed on a third combat tour, this time with 1st battalion 5th Marines, leading a section of advisors through Kajaki & Sangin Afghanistan. Having served in two wars, over 8 years of service in the Corps, Michael was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.  

Now he is an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker.

In March of 2016 he presented at TEDxRaleigh,  “What’s Your IED: How to Add Value During Life's Explosive Situations”, combining military and personal experiences in an effort to bridge the lives of veterans and civilians.

Michael currently serves as Chief Advisor at, calling upon his military experience, to assess, train, advise, and assist businesses in the implementation of 5Paragraph; He is the author of the “5 Paragraph Business Plan” to empower leaders with an action oriented business management tool focused on business creation, growth, and long term sustainability.

Michael and the team of advisors at 5Paragraph work to deliver the military management method to the modern workforce by working with executive leaders to construct a vision; then implementing it with 5Paragraph.