Learn More About the Successes of ACP's Mentors and Protégés


Anecdotes

"ACP is one of the best kept secrets out there. Mentorship is huge in the military and I am now finding out that the civilian community is no different. My Mentor has been instrumental in giving me advice and direction to help pave my path to success in the civilian market. Receiving mentorship from someone who can relate to the situation I am in and has successfully transitioned back to the civilian job market is very beneficial. There is life after the military and ACP has truly nailed it with this program! I recommend it to every transitioning veteran I know and I refer to it as the best kept secret for a veteran."

 - Ignacio P., US Navy, AZ, Paired with USAA Mentor

 

"I think [ACP is] one of the most significant things I can do with my time at UBS besides serving my clients and mentoring my teammates."

 - CJ Z., AZ, UBS Mentor


Protégé Spotlight

To recognize the successes of ACP’s Protégés, ACP periodically spotlights Protégés who have gone above and the beyond the requirements of the Mentoring Program to make the most of their mentorships. Mentors nominate their Protégés for this recognition by submitting a brief description detailing what their Protégé has done to help ensure their mentorship has been beneficial. ACP then reviews the nominations in order to select which Protégés to spotlight. Protégés are spotlighted on the website and through ACP’s social media.

If you believe that your Protégé deserves to be spotlighted, please email a brief synopsis explaining their dedication to the mentorship to spotlight@acp-usa.org. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on our website and social media.

Mentors are encouraged to submit nominations as they wish.

 

Spotlight: Aroyn Borries, Manhattan, KS, US Army
I would like to recommend Aroyn Bories as the protégé in the spotlight.
 
Aroyn is a Captain in the US Army and desires to find a challenging position in the renewable energy sector.  Aroyn has taken full advantage of the ACP program, has mastered the art of resume writing for a specific job posting, investigated the GE corporate (JOLP) Junior Officer Leadership Program by speaking with an actual graduate of that program, went through a question and answer period with the head of the maintenance department for America’s Wind Energy division, and got himself invited for an on-site tour with the facility manager of a wind energy farm.
 
What stands out about Aroyn is his ambition, drive, and quick grasp of fundamentals of the corporate world.  You only have to mention things to Aroyn one time and he has it committed to memory.  Aroyn makes being a mentor extremely gratifying and personally rewarding.
 
Aroyn is my 4th protégé and the one you wish was yours.

-Mentor Bryan Mosher, Prattville, AL, General Electric

 

Spotlight: Frank Dailey, Navarre, FL, US Air Force

Mentor Richard Cochran, Riviera Beach, FL, Lockheed Martin

Frank Dailey has earned more of my admiration and respect each and every time we’ve communicated with each other. I’ve been in a mentor/protégé relationship with Frank for a few months now and I’ve come to realize just how special he truly is, especially for the Veteran community. He is a veteran of the Air Force with 27.5 years of service.

 Since day #1 he has taken the appropriate actions to shape his future into one that takes the needs of his family and the needs of his fellow veterans into account. He is currently enrolled in a course of study that will further his ability to follow his heart while earning him a degree in social work with plans to continue into a Psychology Master’s program.

Frank is currently putting his military experiences and his education, as well as his passion for helping his fellow veterans, to use as a Coordinated Therapeutic Programs Director for the Heroes on the Water Program (http://heroesonthewater.org/) in the Pensacola, Florida area. He has an unparalleled drive to help fellow veterans coping with the effects of PTSD and other injuries incurred while serving their country.

Frank has inspired and motivated me many times over the past few months. I’m sure he inspires those around him on a daily basis as well. I’m proud to work with him as a mentor, especially knowing that he truly is positively affecting the lives of so many others along the way.

 

Spotlight: Benjamin Noble, Eastpointe, MI, US Air National Guard

Mentor Kermit Burley, Bethlehem, PA, Hewlett-Packard

I am Ben’s mentor and I would like to nominate him for the protégé spotlight.  Ben created and presented, in PowerPoint format, his entire goals and plans for 2014.  More importantly, he has followed-thru on them and is making significant progress on both his professional and business plans. Ben consistently strives to be the best and has a solid-action based plan to get there. He is truly remarkable and a role model for both his family and those he works with. Thank you for considering Ben, he is most deserving of this honor.
 
 

Mentor of the Month

To recognize the outstanding work of participating Mentors, ACP has created the Mentor of the Month contest. Each month, ACP staff reviews nominations and selects 1–3 Mentors who have had the greatest impact on their Protégés. To commemorate the winners, each selected Mentor is featured on the ACP website and both Mentor and Protégé receive an ACP memento.

If you are a Protégé and would like to recognize the outstanding work of your Mentor, please send up to one paragraph explaining how your Mentor has had a positive impact on you. Please email all submissions to motm@acp-usa.org. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.

Veteran Protégés are encouraged to submit nominations as many times as they wish.

September 2014
ACP would like to congratulate:
Bob
Galindo
San Antonio, Texas
Stuart
Parker
San Antonio, Texas
Ramara
Shackelford
Tampa, Florida

Bob Galindo most deserves to be Mentor of the Month. I can’t count all the ways that Bob has helped me to prepare for my transition. I am retiring from the Navy after thirty years of service so, as you can imagine, I have a lot of questions and uncertainties about my future. Bob has been encouraging and helped me to stay very positive about my upcoming transition. He has helped me with my transition through our conversations, during which he has offered great insights and assistance in writing my résumé and providing advice on interviews and appropriate business dress. He even called in his brother to offer advice and comments on my draft résumé.

In summary, I could not recommend Bob more highly as the Mentor of the Month. Bob is caring, constructive and has been a great Mentor for me.

- Jerry L., Bremerton, Washington, US Navy

 

I have been working with Mr. Parker for the last couple of months and it has been a great experience. Mr. Parker has made each of his appointments with me (phone calls each month) and provided great insight. On numerous occasions if I have specific questions, Mr. Parker has put me in contact with subject matter experts inside USAA. He also set up a couple of different face-to-face appointments with USAA employees at the Colorado Springs Office. This allowed me to see the day-to-day operations and gain an understanding of the civilian workforce. These appointments were set up on very short notice due to my upcoming deployment and they were executed flawlessly. Mr. Parker also put me in touch with an HR representative who reviewed my résumé and gave me helpful interview tips.

Overall this mentorship process has been great and I owe it to Mr. Parker and his staff. I believe Mr. Parker would be a great candidate for Mentor of the Month and is a great asset to American Corporate Partners' Mentoring Program.

- David W., Colorado Springs, Colorado, US Air Force

 

Ramara has persisted to be an exceptional Mentor to me, always taking the necessary steps to ensure the mentorship is progressing nicely. Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Ramara at the USAA Headquarters in Tampa, FL. As we met for the first time, she immediately made me feel comfortable and treated me like an honored guest. We spent the day together traversing through the enormous headquarters building where I was able to meet important executives, and then was given the opportunity to hear about the personal and professional journeys of these successful executives, including Ramara’s.

I was put on a pedestal and was given the opportunity to share some of my own background as well as network with the USAA team. What surprised me the most was that I made a comment about the sleek black professional portfolios that they all carried around, and to my surprise, I received one in the mail from Ramara a week later.

To me, it represents the true commitment and value that Ramara has brought to the program. Ramara deserves to be Mentor of the Month!

- Justin D., Apopka, Florida, US Army Reserves 

August 2014
Caterpillar
ACP would like to congratulate:
Steve
Mahoney
Mossville, IL
David
Rest
East Peoria, IL

Steve Mahoney and I have been in ACP together since January of this year. I can sincerely state that I've enjoyed a highly beneficial mentoring relationship with Steve, and one that - thanks to ACP - was able to occur at just the right time in my professional life.

I was a mobilized reservist at the end of 2013, and responded to an invitation to participate in ACP. Serendipitously, I received a major job offer in the transportation industry over the holidays. I was asked to report to my new job in February of this year, and ahead of my reporting date I leveraged Steve's great experience at Caterpillar to prepare myself for a role of significant scope and responsibility as a General Manager.

In his own right, Steve has taken his role as a mentor with great candor, persistence, and professionalism. Right from the start, he set a wonderful "open" tone that enabled me to ask hard questions about leading in a large corporation, about navigating unknown waters in a new work environment, and about creating opportunities to make favorable impressions with stakeholders at my new place of employment. He has made time to talk to me, despite his own busy schedule, and he respects my time as I've learned my new job. Steve's many years of shaping fellow service members is reflected in his eloquence, thoughtfulness, and emphasis on respecting the contributions of all members in a corporate setting.

Steve and I have managed to average 3 contacts a month for the past six months. They are quality contacts, where I don't feel obligated to spend a lot of either his time or mine. Sometimes we've spoken for over an hour, and sometimes we only catch up for ten minutes. Regardless of the time we are able to communicate, there is always an insightful piece of advice or feedback that Steve has been able to provide.

Steve has also helped me reach out to a broader network of his own colleagues at CAT. I've been able to reach out to professionals in my own technical realm, and learn about functional leadership in areas that Steve was gracious enough to admit were not within his knowledge base. That shows the type of mentor and leader that Steve is: he will help you find an answer, and won't feign knowledge for the sake of his mentorship role. I value that tremendously! Please do consider him for recognition and thank him for his support to ACP members like me.

- Rudy Q., Scott AFB, Illinois, US Marine Corps Reserves

 

My transition to civilian life after 21 years in the U.S. Navy was a positive experience due in large part to the mentor I received through the American Corporate Partners (ACP) Veteran Mentoring Program.  Dave Rest, from Caterpillar, put his heart and mind into the process.  His dedication made our time valuable. 

A great mentor thoroughly prepares for each meeting.  Every week we get together, Dave is invested in making the most of our time.  I can tell a lot of thought and planning went into our conversations.  I always walked away feeling more informed and better prepared to face new challenges.  He not only shared from his vast experience and tailored our conversations to best help me, but he invited industry experts to participate.  Each were relevant to my career goals.  His mentorship helped me restructure my strategies for my future.  I feel more educated and better prepared to move forward in my career.

A true mentor takes the time to get to know the person he mentors.  One thing which impressed me about Dave was the fact he was not just mentoring but he took the time to get to know me.  We spent a good deal of time talking through the Navy culture, rank structure and my personal career.  He also took a real interest in my family and helped me through some tough times.  His sincerity shines through each conversation.

The job interview process was a mystery to me until now.  Dave helped me the most in preparing for a job interview.  He went into great detail teaching what to do in an interview and what to avoid.  He has such great insight in the process. 

A great mentor is approachable.  Dave has many qualities which make him a success in his field; intelligence, maturity, experience and a level head.  The quality I admire the most in him is his humility.  He always listens first.  He never shoots from the hip.  He is continuously in the learning mode.  I can imagine he is relatable to everyone he meets at Caterpillar, up and down the organizational chart. 

I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor than Dave Rest.  I have learned a lot from him, sought advice, focused my career goals and re-calibrated expectations for the future.  I hate to think where I would be without his sound advice and guidance.  I look forward to the remainder of our mentorship time together.  Dave Rest is the best!  He is your best choice for Mentor of the month.

- Joseph C., Mooresville, NC, US Navy (Retired)

July 2014
HCA
ACP would like to congratulate:
Paul
Ramirez
San Antonio, TX

My mentor, Paul Ramirez, has been an exceptional partner in my professional development.  We began the mentoring relationship last spring after we were paired by ACP.  From the beginning, Paul and I hit the ground running.  At the start I was staring down a release from active duty in six months, preparing for Air Force OTS as an Air National Guard officer, and readying for the transition to the civilian workforce.  To say the least, I was overwhelmed by it all, but Paul served as a guiding voice throughout the transition process.

Paul has assisted me in many ways, including giving me resume advice and proofreading, building civilian interview skills, targeting specific industries based on my experiences and goals, and even through helping me learn the language of the business world.  For his part, Paul brought to bear all of his experience as a corporate HR professional and recruiter, and also called in colleagues of his own and brought a resume expert to my aid as well. 

It was a distinct pleasure to meet with Paul in person on a few occasions recently while I was visiting San Antonio for my AF Logistics Officer School.  Yet again he proved to be invaluable, this time taking me to the best unknown restaurants in the city!

Many hours on the phone, many emails written, and many resume drafts pored over - these represent the tangible efforts of Paul's volunteering, yet they do not tell the whole story.  His sage wisdom, desire to help, and thoughtfulness have guided me through a transformational period in my life and for this I am truly grateful.  I am proud to call Paul my mentor and my friend.

- Jason N., Newburgh, NY, US Air National Guard