The mission of Team Fast is to help these veterans by redefining the standard by which veterans make this transition. We will strive to provide the best programs and services for our veterans and their families as they navigate their next missions back home.

Exiting our COP I asked a buddy to take a picture. For all of you who don’t know what a COP is, its and acronym, like most things in the military, and stands for Command Operating Post. With the Afghan sun setting and 8 hours ahead of us, I knew exactly what kind of picture I wanted to take.
In my eight years since leaving military service, I continue to reminisce on my time serving my country and thinking about the men that I served with who didn’t make it back. A question I often ask myself is, “why did I make it back?” This is a common reflection that men and women battling PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) ask themselves daily. The reality is that those who return home from combat find that they have a harder time adjusting to home than they ever anticipated.
After my time in the Marines, the difficulty of returning home was something that affected every single aspect of my life. Being a combat veteran and living with PTS has been a journey that I continue to fight every day. Everything from life at home, to the work place, out in public and more continues to challenge me physically and emotionally. Planning on going back to school in hopes of one day becoming a teacher and coaching the sports that I love, instead, became me battling depression which often kept me from even leaving my house. I lost connections with friends and family because I didn’t know how to cope, and keeping a job seemed impossible.
I eventually fell into substance abuse in an attempt to self-medicate and mask my internal pain. Angry with the way things were going, I continued to make poor and self-destructive choices. I was heading down a very dangerous path. My struggles with PTS and not knowing how to overcome those symptoms prevented me from accomplishing my goals to return to “normalcy”- whatever that meant now. Six years after getting out of the most elite fighting force on earth, suicide was often on my mind. During the toughest of times, while broke, moving from job to job, the only thing that saved me was my faith.
It was through these experiences and challenges that I decided to organize a foundation to assist veterans struggling with reentry into civilian life struggling with PTSD; learning to live life after War. The mission of Team Fast is to help these veterans by redefining the standard by which veterans make this transition. We will strive to provide the best programs and services for our veterans and their families as they navigate their next missions back home.
You can help us thank the veterans that continue protecting our freedoms by donating to Team FAST Foundation. By doing so will directly pay for administrative costs, filing fees, fundraising events and most importantly helping veterans. Like us on our Facebook page and become part of our team.
Thank you for your support,
Nick Martone, President and Founder
Team FAST Foundation
Veteran, USMC

Meet The Team

Nicholas Martone

President and Founder

Born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. Nick graduated from Williamsville South High School and attended Erie Community College before joining the United States Marine Corps in 2006. In the Marine Corps, serving as an Assaultman with the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines stationed out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. he held the title of vehicle commander during his OEF deployment. Returning home in 2010 Nick rejoined the workforce and went back to school before attending the Erie County Police Academy. He now spends his time volunteering as a mentor with the Buffalo Veterans Court Program and the Jack Wisby PTSD Program. Striving to redefine the way veterans transition back home with TFF (Team Fast Foundation) Nick enjoys spending time with his family, friends and playing golf.

Jessica Siegel

Vice President

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with extensive clinical training and focus on working with children, families, and individuals affected by trauma, victims of abuse, separation and loss, parenting barriers/conflict, anxiety and depression. She has 6 years’ experience in working with children and families in the foster care system as well as adoptions. Jessica is an EMDR therapist with Cognitive Behaviorally influences.

Jessica earned her Master’s Degree from Medaille College in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has been afforded the opportunity to work with several different agencies throughout WNY that address mental health needs for children and families. These agencies have also provided a variety of experience and training opportunities. One of her primary goals is to help clients feel empowered to make choices they are proud of.

Thomas Hughes

Secretary

Mr. Hughes is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as an intelligence analyst during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his service, he received an A.A. in Arabic Language Studies.

Mr. Hughes is an associate attorney in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, where he assists clients with entity formation, restructuring, and dissolution; contract drafting and negotiating; corporate governance and compliance; and other general corporate matters. Additionally, he is a member of the firm’s Asset Receivable Management & Consumer Financial Services Practice Team.
Before obtaining his J.D., Mr. Hughes gained considerable legal experience through a judicial internship in the New York City Criminal Court under Honorable Matthew Sciarrino, as well as conducting research as a student fellow at the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights & Economic Justice. He also worked under an internship program in the legal office of NATO Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium, expanding his knowledge in international legal affairs. Upon his return, he served as Vice President of the Armed Forces Law Society at St. John’s University.
Mr. Hughes maintains his commitment to service and his community as an active member of the American Legion and spends time assisting veterans in need through his work with various non-profit agencies. Mr. Hughes also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at West Side Community Services, a vibrant community center on the West Side of Buffalo where Mr. Hughes and his family reside.
Education
St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 2013
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., cum laude, 2009
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, A.A., Arabic Language Studies, 2005
Admitted to Practice
New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Bar Association of Erie County
Charles S. Desmond American Inn of Court

Daniel Byles-Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Daniel has over 7 years of experience as a tax professional, primarily servicing closely held businesses and their owners as well as individual tax clients. Daniel provides tax planning and compliance services to Waterford clients. Prior to joining Waterford, he worked as a Tax Manager with Freed Mazick CPAs and was a Senior Accountant with Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. While working with those firms he gained experience in business acquisitions and mergers as well as multistate filings, estate planning, and business succession planning for family owned businesses.

Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting & Economics from Purdue University and has completed his Master’s in Taxation from Northeastern University. Dan enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.
Daniel’s professional designations and memberships include:
-Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
-American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
-Financial Planning Counselors of Western New York (FPC)
-New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)