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


"Mardi and I have been communicating frequently and she has been very helpful in giving me advice and guidance regarding corporate America. I am learning so much and I appreciate ACP Mentors for this opportunity."

- Elvis B., U.S. Navy, Paired with Amgen Mentor Mardi Balgochian


"George is smart, articulate, and very determined to meet his goals. I look forward to working with him to see that he achieves them."

- John Pride, Fidelity Investments Mentor paired with George E., U.S. Air National Guard

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: Daniel Costello, Toms River, NJ, US Marine Corps Reserve

Mentor Mark Cox, New York, NY, BlackRock

 I am nominating Dan Costello for the Protégé Spotlight. It has been both an honor and a pleasure to have the opportunity to mentor Dan. He is an intelligent, eminently capable, dedicated and personable gentleman. Dan and I volunteered together for the 2014 New York City Veteran’s Day Parade, a very moving day, and I could not have asked for a better friend to share the experience with. That also gave me an opportunity to witness first hand his incredibly strong work ethic, natural leadership skills and the commitment and deep sense of personal responsibility with which he approaches every task. I also attended a United States Marine Corps birthday dinner with Dan in 2014 and was able to hear, unsolicited, from his fellow Marines their deep respect and admiration for him as an officer in their unit. Dan and I have developed a good friendship during his mentorship and I have developed a deep respect for him and his approach to his personal, professional and military service commitments. I hope I have been able to provide some guidance to Dan, I have certainly learned much from him in the short time I have known him. Dan recently accepted an offer with Ernst & Young Consulting and I have every confidence he is on his way to a successful career in the financial industry. I look forward to seeing him realize the rewards of the hard work and principled approach with which he tackles all his endeavors.

Spotlight: Kaung Lin, New York, NY, US Army

Mentor Joseph Hays, San Antonio, TX, USAA 

I nominate Kaung Set Lin for the Protégé Spotlight.  Kaung is incredibly adept at spotting the goal, maintaining focus in pursuit and, just as critically, not missing out on opportunities along the way.  Initiative, drive, and dedication only begin to describe his approach to life and family.  From our first conversation, Kaung had a very clear understanding of the top priorities in his life.  His receptiveness to any guidance and support that would help him shape his military experience into a civilian career that met those priorities was also impeccable.  Kaung has been open to understanding himself, how his military experience has shaped him, and ultimately how he can adapt to bring his strongest qualities to bear in a civilian career.  As he has set his feet in his new role, he continues to engage with our mentorship to ensure he is shaping his path now for his long term career goals and family needs.  I personally feel privileged that I am able to continue our relationship beyond the transition mentorship further into the lifecycle of his burgeoning career!


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 e-mail all submissions to motm@acp-usa.org. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.

May 2015
ACP would like to congratulate:
Wayzata, Minnesota
Hopkins, Minnesota
Ana Paula
Wayzata, Minnesota

I am pleased to nominate Wesley Briggs for ACP's Mentor of the Month.  Wes has played a major role in my successful transition from active duty to civilian life.  Prior to exiting the service, I knew that I wanted to pursue a degree in the Accounting field.  However, I had many questions and concerns about being successful not just in school but also in transitioning out of the military.   Therefore, I was excited to learn of a mentoring program specifically tailored to assisting veterans in my situation.

I could not be more satisfied with ACP's selection of Wes as my Mentor.   As an accountant and veteran, he was uniquely qualified to answer my questions and address my concerns. He generously scheduled time out of his busy work and family life to discuss issues and topics over the phone.  Wes was also flexible with scheduling and understood and re-scheduled our conversations if I had conflicts.  His advice was invaluable in my success as a returning student.  Wes provided knowledge and insight that assisted me with planning the direction of my education as I plan to move on to graduate study.  This will benefit me greatly as I focus on specific areas within the accounting field.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied and impressed with the quality of mentoring that Wes has provided.  This experience has left me feeling vastly more confident and prepared for a career in the accounting field and assisted with a smooth transition from military to civilian life.

-  Jason H., Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Army


I would very much like to nominate Steve Ruedisili for ACP's Mentor of the Month.  If all of the ACP Mentors are as caring, conscientious, and helpful as Steve, then he is in for some serious competition!  Steve is the HR Leader for Cargill's Global IT Division in Minneapolis and is responsible for approximately 1,500 IT employees.  His skills as a mentor are closely aligned with his position responsibilities which include a range of HR issues regarding performance management, talent selection, redesign, talent placement, and shared services with their regional model for managing IT personnel.  During our first meeting, Steve introduced me to the Gallup Organization's StrengthsFinder 2.0 program, which provided a base of self-development and goal setting that has greatly eased my transition plans.  Although Steve and I come from very different backgrounds, we immediately found common interests and values and fully intend to continue our relationship beyond the one-year mark.

My experience with ACP has been exceptional.  I have recommended the program to several other transitioning service members and intend to continue.

-  Taylor C., Robbinsdale, Minnesota, U.S. Army National Guard


It is an honor and a pleasure to nominate Ana Paula Zamorano for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Ana Paula has gone above and beyond every month that I've known her. As I complete my ten years of active duty in the Marine Corps, she has been guiding me in the right direction to help ensure that I land on my feet. Since the very beginning, we started off with honing my résumé, followed by networking both inside and outside of her company based on what my needs were. She then took the mentorship to the next level by having a full day of mock interviews with different hiring managers and diverse people. These ranged from one-on-one interviews to phone interviews with managers in other states. The highlight was when she led a group interview. The best part was the debrief on how they thought I did versus how I thought I did. She sat down and discussed areas to improve as well as areas I did well on. To top off everything that Ana Paula has done, she then let me job shadow her at work on multiple occasions. This allowed me to see what a day in the shoes of a corporate executive was like as well as ask questions as they arose.

Ana Paula's impact on my life the past 12 months has truly been immense. She is as selfless as they come and truly cares about the career progression of her Protégés. Ana Paula has afforded me opportunities to participate at a large organization and prepare for civilian life like I never could have imagined. A true Mentor and now a good friend, I nominate Ana Paula Zamorano for ACP's Mentor of the Month.

-  Nick K., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Marine Corps

April 2015
ACP would like to congratulate:
San Francisco, California
Crofton, Maryland
Los Angeles, California

It is an honor and a privilege to nominate Randy Bush for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. I was in search of a Mentor in the Management Consulting field to help in my transition from active duty. ACP hit a homerun by pairing me up with Randy, a Principal/Partner within the Strategy & Operations (S&O) Practice and also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Randy has been invaluable and as a result of our extensive talks, I have a strong idea of the lifestyle and the commitment required to succeed as a young consultant. He invited me to a dinner with one of his project teams so that I could ask questions about their current project and what I can do to succeed as a new consultant.  Randy helped me get into a great veteran transition program at Deloitte where I was able to network, clarify my passions and skills, and effectively build my personal brand. Ultimately, I was able to successfully market myself in the corporate sector and secure a full time Senior Consultant position with Deloitte S&O. Randy also helped me with case interview prep, which was crucial for the formal interview process. Randy’s knowledge and experience has been awesome during my transition, I don’t know what I would have done or how I would have ended up without him.  I am truly thankful that I researched ACP and was paired up with Randy Bush.

-  Mike M., San Diego, California, U.S. Navy


I am pleased to nominate Vince Shaw for ACP’s Mentor of the Month due to his extraordinary commitment, responsiveness, and willingness to share his expansive career insights. Vince has been essential in all stages of my career progression – from the initial job search all the way to my current success finding a position in my chosen field. Despite the multiple hour drive from his home in Maryland, Vince has consistently made the effort to meet me in person. Under his tutelage, I’ve explored different pathways for applying my background and talents while learning how to pursue a career in the business world from a fresh start. I’ve been able to develop my résumé and business acumen, utilizing his guidance and vast experience to prepare me for the demanding transition from the military. Before critical job interviews (sometimes on very short notice), Vince would provide advice, interview practice, and other tips that eventually helped me obtain a dream position. Vince is a truly outstanding professional who gives back to veterans by contributing with his expertise and experience, and future Protégés would be lucky to benefit from his mentorship. I look forward to keeping in touch with Vince as I progress through my career after the military.

-  Tomo T., Falls Church, Virginia, U.S. Army Reserve


I'm honored to nominate Steve Wagner for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Steve helped shape my career vision early in our relationship while I was on active duty, which led to my MBA program applications this past winter. What began with discussions about consulting projects and career paths soon progressed to essay writing, résumé reviews, and helpful interview tips. When I had a question about federal consulting practice, Steve introduced me to a specialist in the field. When I expressed reservation about transitioning from active duty, he introduced me to several previous military members who are successful in large consulting firms. He is always quick to respond to questions and recently offered to take our professional relationship to the next level in exploring the case method of interviewing, an integral skill for securing consulting internships after the first MBA school year. 

Steve has made a huge impact during my career exploration and MBA application journey. He is a fantastic role model and goes to great length to guide our relationship according to specific transition needs. He should certainly be recognized for his outstanding and ongoing contribution to ACP. Because of him I feel significantly more prepared to intelligently discuss my career intentions at the graduate business level.

-  James N., San Diego, California, U.S. Marine Corps