Maxine Reyes is a well-rounded and multi-talented individual. The founder of With Courage & Grace® brands, this combat Veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force believes in living a life of plentitude in both personal and career. Maxine is a published author of a book that debuted at #1 on Amazon in the Military Families Category. She is also a certified relationship & transformational coach, international speaker, event and show host and professional sports and special events national anthem singer. If you ask her when does she have time to do all of these? She will tell you that she is where she wants to be in life because she gets to perform in the capacity of all of these roles at the most opportune times. Maxine has inspired and presented for a wide range of audiences to include a President of the United States, Wounded Warriors of the U.S. Army, collegiate students, marriage enrichment events, women empowerment and teens who want to live a life of authenticity, ignite confidence and mental health and build healthy relationships. Maxine was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but grew up a shy girl in Manchester, Jamaica. Her shyness prevented her from maximizing the few opportunities that she had to display her talent. Although shy, she dreamed of becoming a television broadcaster and having her own radio show. She was adamant about overcoming that shyness and becoming more confident in herself and in performing on stage. After years of being responsible for presenting to the public and high ranking, decorated leaders in her Army career, she continues to push herself to overcome that fear.
She volunteered to start her own live show on the Facebook platform Jamaicans.com. The audience loved it and now Maxine is filming a variety of episodes on topics like relationships, business, military life and culture to share on said platform and her own maxinereyeslive YouTube Channel. She has decided that it’s important for women and girls to be able to share their stories, lead confidently and push through fear to pursue “that thing”, a topic she speaks on frequently. She created the “Ignite Your Confidence Brunch” where women and teen girls are provided a space to share their stories and talents in the Arts. She is also the founder of the “Florida Women Veterans Awards” powered by With Courage & Grace®️ to recognize and honor women of the military community and ”The Caribbean Veteran Trailblazer Awards” in partnership with the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival to honor Veteran trailblazers of Caribbean Heritage in philanthropy and business currently making a difference in their community.
She also resumed her “Happily Joint® Weekend” getaway for couples in May 2021, alongside her husband, Ken. A dynamic presenter and energetic speaker, Maxine knows how to connect with her audience. Her appearances on local and national television on networks like FOX, NBC, and ABC have solidified her as a trusted resource partner and leader. During the pandemic, she has been a sought after speaker and virtual host and has leveraged her skills to motivate countless people around the world through music, speaking and coaching.
A community leader of social impact, Maxine is a two-time recipient of the Humanitarian Service Medal and Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal. She has mentored hundreds of personnel and gained notoriety for her exceptional leadership style and community service by being named Military Person of the Year in her hometown of Miami by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and received a Proclamation from the City of Orlando naming July 14, 2016 as forever known as Captain Maxine Reyes Day. Most recently, she was selected by the Florida Cabinet and the Governor as an inductee into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame for class of 2022.
Maxine continues to live limitlessly, and encourage people to pursue their passions intentionally, ignite confidence, wellness & relationship resiliency, and lift others while you rise. She advocates for women veterans and military families. Maxine wholeheartedly believes that investing in building strong families, will in turn build resilient communities. Lastly, her mantra is that in all things, do so with love, courage, grace and gratitude.
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