Operation Encore is a collaboration of singer-songwriters and musicians from across the veteran and military communities. Our organization focuses on two primary goals. First, Operation Encore provides opportunities and talent development for selected artists aspiring to take their music to a professional level. Second, we provide a unique service to the public, helping to bridge the gap between reality and public perception of veterans through the powerful medium of original music. We seek out talent from across the military and veteran communities, and offer selected artists unique opportunities, including professional networking education and training, live performances, marketing, advertising, talent development, studio time, distribution of music, and much more.
We named this project Operation Encore to emphasize that life following military service is limitless. Veterans can go back to school, start new careers, open businesses, run for public office, and even become rock stars! Music is a powerful medium, and the music we make is genuine and inspired by personal experience in service.
Who We Are
Board of Directors & Advisory Board
The son of a piano teacher and a guitarist, Rob picked up one of his father’s guitars at age 12, learned a few chords and took off from there. An active-duty Air Force officer, he co-founded Operation Encore in 2014 along with Erik Brine and Chris Kurek, as a way to help military and veteran songwriters accelerate their careers and share their original music. Rob is currently stationed in Europe with his wife and three kids
Erik Brine is the co-founder of Operation Encore, an Air Force active-duty veteran, a former C-17 pilot, and a current Reservist and Presidential Management Fellow. He has served his country in numerous capacities, including over the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan. Actively involved in several veteran assitance programs, Erik lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and four children
Chris graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1998 and served as a fighter pilot for the following 10 years. After retiring from the Air Force, he co-founded Operation Encore to give veterans a therapeutic outlet and help bridge the gap between civilians and those who have served.
Guy Jaquier is a retired corporate executive with over 35 years in the commercial real estate development and investment business, most recently as CEO of Prologis Private Capital. He serves on a number of for profit and non-profit boards, launched a series of singer/songwriter compilations for Notes4Hope (a breast cancer charity) and founded Buckeye Road Music. Guy has released two albums of his own material under the Buckeye Road label including "Bourbon & Friends" and "Ewe Rock".
An active duty Air Force Officer and pilot, Daryl earned a computer science degree from the US Air Force Academy and a Masters degree in computer information systems from St. Mary's University. Having served in Iraq and Afghanistan and flown around the world in C-17s, he now resides in the Las Vegas area with his wife and three children.
Steve Mansfield is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, an international law firm that is assisting Operation Encore in its conversion into a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. Steve previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting fraud and corruption cases and is also a prolific singer/songwriter.
Ed Scheuer founded Capius Consulting following a consulting career of over 20 years. He has worked with many emerging companies, focusing on risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, financial process re-engineering and internal audits. Ed is also a frequent performer of music and theater, a former rugby player and an expert cocktail designer.
Lucas Hoge is a native of small town Hubbell, Nebraska and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. His new album entitled "Dirty South" debuted on the top of the Top Country Album Sales chart and his song "Medal of Honor" is an incredible tribute to military members. Lucas has been a tireless supporter of the U.S. Military. He's visited bases in Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Africa, Alaska as well as other locations over the last nine years on the Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler National Patriot Tour.