Adam Makos

Adam Makos

Marketing, 2003

New York Times best-selling author of military books and co-owner of Valor Studios, Denver, Colo.

I started a military magazine with my siblings when I was in high school because I wanted to preserve the stories of the Greatest Generation -- World War II veterans. Through much research, I ended up writing the book, "A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II," which became in instant best-seller. I followed it with "Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II," which also made several best-seller lists.

Valor Studios, which I run with my parents and siblings, is one of the top producers of military art, Valor magazine and now books. My brother, Bryan, and sister, Erica, both Lycoming graduates, also help make the company a success. Bryan designs the book covers and Erica runs the day-to-day operations of the company.

Lycoming imparted upon us a liberal arts sense of accomplishment. We knew we could design the book and market it ... our communications and marketing degrees kicked in, along with the history classes I took. That was the culmination of our diverse studies.