From military to business


photo courtesy of Troy Glassman

Some people let life take its course. Others, like Florida Tech’s Dr. Troy Glassman, prefer to forge their own way.

After more than three decades with the Army, Glassman went into business education as academic chair for online programs and assistant professor of management with the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech. 

At home, the Satellite Beach resident and his wife Naomi have three children. Destinee is a retired captain with the Army and married to another captain. Ryan is a specialist, also in the Army, and BreeAnna, aka Mei Mei, is all of 6 years old.

“Not only do we have a 6 year old, but we have three amazing grandchildren,” Glassman said, referring to Destinee’s twin 5 year olds and her 3 year old.

Lt. Col. Glassman has always had a great family support team. Heading Team Glassman is Naomi, his wife of almost 30 years. Raising a family with her was a pleasure, Glassman said.

“We really loved raising our children,” Glasman said. “Our children were part of everything we did.”

When the first two fledglings left the nest, the Glassmans knew there was still a lot of love to share.

“Naomi and I started to consider adoption because we knew there was a little one out there who needed to join our family,” Glassman said.

“After much thought and prayers, we decided we were going to adopt a baby girl from China. After a long five-year wait, our prayers were answered when BreeAnna joined our family. Naomi and I traveled to China and celebrated her first birthday with her. Two weeks later, all three of us traveled back to the U.S.”

The payback has been terrific, Glassman said.

“Mei Mei is a bundle of energy, has an amazing outlook on life and makes us smile every day,” he said. 

Glassman’s military career began at age 17, when he enlisted as an Army Ranger combat medic.

“This was the start of an amazing career,” he said.  

He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. and was later assigned to Camp Zama, Japan, Fort Bragg, N.C. and Washington, D.C. The majority of his time in the military was spent within the Special Operations community. 

In his 30 years with the Army, Glassman served in leadership positions at all levels, was accountable for millions of dollars of equipment, ran multi-million-dollar budgets, developed training opportunities and was responsible for the health and welfare of his soldiers and their families. 

“My final assignment, and last four years, was as the professor of military for Florida Tech’s Army ROTC Program,” Glassman said. 

“I feel this was one of my best assignments because of the opportunity to teach, coach and mentor the Army’s next leadership.”

After taking a month off from the military and with a Ph.D. in organization and management, Glassman joined the College of Business in June of last year. 

“The transition was easy because the culture within our college and the university is all about the team,” he said.  

“To me, there is no better transition than that of teaching, developing, coaching and mentoring our future business leaders.” 

Although no longer officially connected with ROTC, he continues to mentor cadets. 

“I truly love to be part of developing Army officers and feel Florida Tech’s program is the best in the country,” Glassman said.

With a motto of “keep the fire,” Glassman tackles both career and family life with passion, dedication and appreciation for the important things.