In 2013, Carl Salazar was appointed by Mayor Annise Parker as Director of Veterans Affairs for the City of Houston. He continues this service with Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration, ensuring Houston remains a national leader in supporting Veterans and their families.

Carl grew up in Santa Fe, NM enlisting in the Navy at 17. He is a 1989 graduate of the US Naval Academy and an 11-year veteran of the Navy, including service aboard the USS Ford (FFG 54) while deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Following military service, Carl earned an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He began a career in metals distribution and manufacturing, serving in management roles in a number of US cities, including a move to Houston in 2008. Soon after, he returned to community service by launching Expedition Balance, a 501c3 charity, serving Veterans with yoga, mindfulness, and other tools to help them heal from invisible wounds of service.

Carl has two children; Gabby, who attends Baylor University, and Jack, a student at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

Brian Wilson

Combined Arms, 2929 McKinney Street, Houston, TX, 77003

Brian Wilson is the Creative Technology Manager at Combined Arms. He served for six years in the US Army as a combat medic and has five years experience working in veteran non-profits throughout Houston.