Brian “Sol” Soliday (President/Founder) has spent much of his free time over the last 11 years helping combat wounded veterans and first-time youth hunters have successful hunting adventures in CO, WY, NE and KS. As a volunteer guide, Sol has supported almost 100 successful hunts for elk, deer, pronghorn, bison and turkey.
Sol previously served on the Board of Directors of Wounded Eagle UAS and American Heroes in Acton. Additionally, he currently serves as one of 2 Northeast Region Delegates to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) Sportsperson's Roundtable, representing all outdoorsmen and women for the Northeast Region in the state. He is also active in CPW’s Youth Outreach program, introducing 1st time youth to the sport of hunting.
From 2004-2010, Sol served as the Colorado Volunteer Chair for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, where his friendship with Doc Holliday was formed. He continues to serve as an RMEF volunteer.
Sol has 30 years of extensive experience working in sales, marketing and channel development within the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing industries. He currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Voxelmaps.
He has presented technical papers at over 75 events on six continents and has written published articles in; Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal, Planning, Point of Beginning, GEOinformatics, The World & I, GEOEurope, Space News, and Earth Observation Magazine. Sol graduated Summa cum laude with a MA degree in geography specializing in remote sensing and GIS in 1987, and earned a BS degree in geography in 1983. Both degrees were earned from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
His athletic career included being awarded a full scholarship to play football at UNO and was honored as a Maverick Team Captain in 1981. Sol also won seven consecutive Nebraska state powerlifting titles, including breaking 28 state records in the process.
Sol and his wife of 34 years, Lanette, live in Frederick, CO where they enjoy their 3 daughters, 3 granddaughters.
Doc Holliday (Vice President/ Founder/ Treasurer) is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping. He has been working with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) as a volunteer for the last 25 years. Doc has served the RMEF in various capacities, including; Colorado State leadership team, Greeley Chapter Chair, and as an active leader in the RMEF volunteer community. He has worked on development and implementation of work projects all over the eastern half of the state. Doc has also supported AHIA (American Hero’s in Action) as a board member for the last 2 years.
Doc serves as Quality Manager for Metal Container Corporation (an Anheuser-Busch company) and has been in various rolls in both the breweries and vertical operations over the last 22 years.
As an outdoor enthusiast, Doc has spent a lot of time over the last 12 years hunting, and has been instrumental in helping organize 1st time youth hunts, as well as hunts for Purple Heart recipients.
Doc has been married for 30 years to his wife Sherri. They have two boys; one an US Army Veteran and now a load officer in Texas, the other is a freshman at Front Range College in Ft Collins. They are now enjoying spoiling their granddaughter.
Dale Veneklasen (Vice President/Founder/Secretary), a native of Estelline, SD, joined the U.S. Army in February 1989 and served just over 24 years. Following graduation from the One-Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA, he has served in many duty stations and held almost every position within the Infantry community. Dale served with 2nd Battalion 30th Infantry, 5th Battalion 15th Infantry, 1st Battalion 18th Infantry, 1st Battalion 12th Infantry, 2nd Battalion 12th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team 1st Infantry Division, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry, 3rd Battalion 383rd Regiment in St. Louis MO, 2nd Battalion 8th Infantry, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division, and the 1st Squadron 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment. He has spent much of his service training and supporting the mission forward deployed in Saudi Arabia (1st Gulf War), Macedonia (2 tours), Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq (3 tours) and Afghanistan.
Dale has been awarded the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals with Valorous Device, two Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, four Meritorious Service Medals, a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold Award) and the German Schutzenschnur (Silver Award).
His civilian educational credentials and awards include: Baccalaureate Degree from Excelsior College, and MBA in Human Resource Mgt from Touro University He holds distinctive memberships in the prestigious Sergeant Morales Club, the Infantry Order of Saint Maurice, the Order of Saint Barbara, Noble Patron of Armor, and V-Corp Distinguished Leader.
Dale continues to serve as the senior Range Mgr (Supervisory Remote Ranges Specialist)working with Range Operations on Ft. Carson. He continues to oversee, advise, and monitor training supporting real world missions all around the world.
Dale and his family are truly involved within the community. He coaches three sporting events with the Special Olympics and volunteers with Home Front Cares.. He is a strong advocate of the Colorado Springs Military Order of Purple Heart Organization and also serves as an Active Member with Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
Dale is married to his beautiful wife, the former Waltraud (Lisa) Mack of Scweinfurt, Germany, for 32 supportive years, and has two amazing daughters, Amanda 31 and Jessica 27.
Caleb Owens has been working with Sol and Doc for 10 years as a volunteer guide on both Purple Heart and 1st Time Youth Hunts. Caleb, his wife and son live in Dixon, WY.
Richard "Dirty" Sanchez has been instrumental in helping the RMHF team identify candidates for various hunts. Dirty is the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. Richard has a son and 2 daughters and lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his girlfriend.
Art has been a supporter of RMHF and veterans initiatives for years. He has been a donor for our WY Purple Heart Pronghorn hunts in 2020 and 2021.
Jay has donated a number of licenses to our WY Purple Heart Pronghorn hunts.
Todd & Darcy Kaisler & Family (Coy & Destre) are great supporters of RMHF. They have donated pronghorn tags each year in one of the top trophy pronghorn units in the US for our annual Purple Heart Pronghorn Hunt.
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