Veterans Day

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis


Sometimes it is easy to forget that our fellow co-workers have lives outside of the office. We forget that people toil and slave for passions they hold dear. That’s why it is so important to have days like Veteran’s Day – a day set aside to honor the most honorable men and women born of our nation.

This Veteran’s Day, we honor and salute eight men who have served the United States of American with distinction. With service beginning during World War II and continuing through to present-day, these men exchanged their coats and ties for the coat of arms bearing the insignia of our great country.


Please join us in our gratitude to the following Veterans of the City family:

Chairman of the Board John D. Peterson served in the U.S. Army for eight years from 1955-1964. He was a reservist while working at City Securities, and was discharged at the rank of Captain.


Vice Chairman of the Board Donald C. Danielson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942-1946. He was discharged at the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade.


John D. Peterson III served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1978-1981. He is an Assistant Vice President and Financial Advisor at City Securities.

David Brechbuhl spent nine years in the U.S. Army. He was discharged at the rank of Captain. He now works full-time at City Securities as a Vice President, Financial Advisor.


Bill Vanlandingham served 2 years U.S. Army (1970-1971) as an accounting specialist/ E-5.


He works as a Financial Advisor with City Securities Corporation.

Ken Schmidt enlisted in 2004 and served in Afghanistan from 2009-2010. He continues his service for the Indiana Army National Guard while working full-time at City Securities as an Assistant Trader/Underwriter.


Carter Mathews served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1971. He currently works as a Vice President and Insurance Agent at City Securities Insurance, LLC.

Michael Murray served in the U.S. Army from 1980-1984. Working out of the Boston office of City Real Estate Advisors, Michael is a Senior Vice President in Acquisitions.


Additional to City Real Estate Advisors’ veteran representation is Brian Willsey. Brian worked as a Underwriting Analyst for CREA for nearly 2 years before switching trades and joining the new Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery – a veteran-owned small business. The Founder of Hotel Tango, Travis Barnes, served  three tours in Iraq as a Recon Marine. As a veteran himself, the distillery has committed to hiring as many veterans as possible as they grow.

The name itself comes from the military phonetic alphabet: “H” representing Hilary, Travis’s wife, equals Hotel and “T”, representing Travis, equals Tango.

“Being a veteran-owned small business, Veterans Day resonates a little more deeply than other days of the year,” said Brian. “Veterans, old and young, have a special place in Hotel Tango’s heart.”


Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery sells spirits by the drink and bottle – each sale bringing them closer to hiring another veteran. To learn more, visit them online.