A U.S. Army Ranger who gave up his army dream after he was caught driving drunk, needs to assist hold the celebration going — with out anybody having to get behind the wheel.
Cardia Summers, 29, is founder and CEO of Cheers, a New York-based startup that guarantees to deliver booze to your door throughout the 5 boroughs in simply an hour.
For $2.99 per order plus the price of the alcohol, Cheers permits customers to choose their beverage of alternative from a close-by liquor retailer, and have it introduced to them.
The special-operations vet calls the brand new app “the product of my redemption.”
“For me, it’s preventing someone from doing something as detrimental as I did. I could have lost my life — or, worse, taken a life,” he stated.
An Army brat who hoped to observe within the footsteps of his dad, a career army man, Summers stacked up accolades throughout a decade of service earlier than a fateful determination in 2017 “negated” all that.
He and his buddies had been at a home celebration in Vicenza, Italy, once they ran out of liquor. Summers volunteered to go get extra when he was nabbed for driving underneath the affect.
Though nobody was damage within the incident, Summers’ stellar document — together with two deployments to Afghanistan, passing Army Ranger School, Air Assault School, Airborne School, incomes his Expert Infantryman Badge, and being named soldier and NCO of the year in 2011 and 2012 for the 4th Psychological Operations Group — was all of a sudden marred.
Faced with the black mark on his document, Summers ditched his plan to serve till retirement and as a substitute selected an honorable discharge in 2019.
That identical year, the Hopkinsville, Ky., native started at Columbia University’s School of General Studies, the place he was a rising junior in monetary economics.
The first in his household to go to school, he’s put faculty on maintain — together with a full-time equity-capital-markets provide from a veteran-owned funding financial institution, Drexel Hamilton — to see the place Cheers takes him.
Cheers has seven figures in dedicated capital from non-public buyers, Summers stated, and the app has already obtained its New York State license to transport liquor.
Summers, who hopes to launch the app subsequent month, can be in talks with skilled sports activities groups to have Cheers ferry alcohol to followers of their seats at a recreation.
The enterprise “isn’t about getting rich,” he stated, including: “If it was, I wouldn’t have left an Ivy League school and six-figure Wall Street job.”
Instead, it’s about conserving folks protected.
“If I can do that while providing life to a party, I think we’re successful.”