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


Anecdotes

"Some people say thank you to a Soldier when they are at the airport or see them in passing and every veteran appreciates that. What I appreciate more than anything is those people who say thank you with their actions. ACP provides veterans one-on-one mentorship with business executives and my experience has changed my life. The process to find a mentor was very quick; soon enough ACP found a Mentor that worked in my desired career field and had a similar personality to myself. My Mentor is incredibly knowledgable, helpful and an outstanding resource. I cannot say enough about the life-changing benefits I have experienced through ACP. I recommend it to every transitioning veteran I know and I refer to it as the best kept secret for a veteran."

- Ashley K., US Army, TX, Paired with MasterCard Mentor

 

"I continue to enjoy my affiliation with ACP and would recommend it highly to others – as Mentors and as Protégés! I have found ACP's Veteran Mentoring Program to be most rewarding personally and hope that the two veterans that I have partnered with also agree."

- Gloria G., NY, Memorial Sloan-Kettering 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: Kyle White, Oceanside, CA, US Marine Corps

Mentor John Rall, Grants Pass, OR, Wells Fargo

I have been working/mentoring Kyle for almost one year. Kyle has been very enthusiastic about his mentoring through ACP. I have tasked Kyle with several activities involving his resume and interviewing skills. I’ve recommended several books on career planning, interviewing, and basic financial planning and Kyle has read them all. Kyle is always prepared for our mentoring meetings, which lately have been every two weeks. I have been able to get our Human Resources Recruiters to do a couple of mock interviews with Kyle and they have been impressed with Kyle’s professionalism and ability to present himself in a positive way. Kyle has completed his BS and is currently working on his Master’s Degree. Kyle has also been accepted into a 16 week training program sponsored by Microsoft Corp. It has been a challenge to keep up with Kyle’s energy and staying one step ahead of him in the mentoring process. But, I have to admit, it is very rewarding and I am enjoying mentoring Kyle. I can’t think of a more deserving person to be selected Protégé Spotlight than Kyle. Thanks for the opportunity to nominate Kyle.
 

Spotlight: Kevin Moyer, Carlsbad, CA, US Marine Corps

Mentor Bradd Chignoli, Irvine, CA, MetLife

I would like to recommend Kevin Moyer for this month’s Protégé Spotlight. Kevin is an extremely accomplished, professional and driven young man. I have gotten to know Kevin over the past year as his Mentor and have continued to be impressed with his dedication to the US Marines and his long-term goal of becoming successful in Corporate America, specifically in Management Consulting. Since I first met Kevin, he had communicated with me his well-thought-out hopes for his career path. I was pleased with how much time, energy and research he has put into his goals and career planning over the past few years. This summer Kevin ended his very successful tour of duty with the US Marines and began his MBA at Tuck School of Business, one of the more prestigious business schools in the US. To even further prepare Kevin for this next step in his career, he voluntarily took some business classes earlier this year to help ready himself even further to re-enter the education arena, all while maintaining his leadership position with the Marines. It takes a special person to be able to accomplish all of this at his age and I am confident that Kevin will be extremely successful into the future. I have truly enjoyed getting to know Kevin over the past year as a Mentor and friend and I look forward to us continuing our relationship for many years to come.
 
 

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.

November 2014
ACP would like to congratulate:
Ray
Fannon
Atlanta, Georgia
Michael
Fields
Atlanta, Georgia
Bill
Morris
Redmond, Washington

I wish to nominate my ACP Mentor, Mr. Ray Fannon of AT&T, for Mentor of the Month. Ray has been a huge inspiration for me as I transitioned from the US Air Force after more than 28 years of active duty military service. Ray has shared countless hours with me in the areas of enhancing interview skills, résumé writing and civilianizing my military skills. He has also shared his knowledge and experience as a Senior Manager at AT&T and coached me on the things he looks for in individuals looking to be hired within his organization. Although we were not geographically located in the same area, he ensured we spoke at least once a week and also emailed regularly. Ray has been professional and positive at all times and from the first time we spoke, he aided me in establishing clear and attainable goals, which we reviewed at every session. 

Ray and I have not just spoken about my transition from the military, we have also discussed a wide variety of topics and he has always given sound advice and shown genuine concern for me. He has not only been a great resource for advice, but also a great listener and someone who I’ve grown to respect for taking the time to be a Mentor and for sharing his knowledge and expertise with people like myself. I truly appreciate everything he has done and provided through his mentorship; it has aided me in securing employment not long after separating from the military and for that I’m truly indebted to him. Ray is a great Mentor and a great person. He truly deserves to be the ACP Mentor of the Month.

- Carl T., Upper Marlboro, Maryland, US Air Force

 

I would like to nominate Michael Fields as Mentor of the Month.

Working with Michael has been a breath of fresh air for Martha's CatchAll LLC. In the short time I have worked with him, he has given me a very positive outlook on where my business can go. He has shared his experience and knowledge, which keeps me motivated to move the business to the next level. He has been understanding of my concerns and has shown a real interest in helping me reach my goals. I have enjoyed working with him thus far and look forward to what his mentorship will continue to offer me in the future. His mentorship does not come from obligation to the program but from a place of genuine concern for veterans striving to make a life outside of the military. For that, I am thankful to be working with him.

- Miriam T., Great Lakes, Illinois, US Army Reserve

 

My American Corporate Partners Mentor, Bill Morris, has been monumental in helping me make the necessary adjustments from military service to working in the civilian sector for a large corporation. Bill’s open leadership style and wealth of life experience combined with his professionalism makes it very easy to discuss personal and career goals and prepare for the way ahead. Bill cares deeply for veterans and causes that support veterans. I see this first hand in his commitment to my personal and professional growth despite his daunting schedule, and through his various philanthropic activities. I nominate Bill Morris for American Corporate Partners Mentor of the Month because he best exemplifies the quality of this organization and its commitment to support military veterans.

- Bernard B., Seattle, Washington, US Army 

October 2014
ACP would like to congratulate:
Kevin
Dotzenrod
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ian
Rosen
New York, New York
Anna
Sedgley
New York, New York

A Mentor within the ACP Veteran Mentoring Program can take on many forms – a life coach, connector, industry expert, or academic adviser—but, the one form that I will hold dear to my heart for the time I have spent paired with Kevin Dotzenrod is that of being a friend. Kevin has not only helped me learn a great deal about my industry of interest, connected me with people within that industry, and helped coach me through school and employment scenarios—but in doing so he has become a true friend.

From the day I was first introduced to Kevin, he projected a professional, polished image, coupled with being approachable and extremely personable. The more we got acquainted, the more I learned about how his background was a great fit with my aspirations, which in turn helped me learn more about myself and what I wanted to become. We discussed several specific areas that helped me along the way, including connecting with key people in the area within the industry, charting my education plan, articulating my professional goals, and learning how to become a better leader.

As great as those areas were to discuss, the most pivotal area we have discussed is the most important of all—how to balance my career with family. Life can present some interesting challenges along the way—one of the most significant is balancing work and life, and finding how a family can fit into the overall equation. In discussing this area, Kevin was open in discussing his career progression and how his family has been supportive. He also spoke about how he made his own decisions and how his family was involved throughout. Kevin not only talked about these items, but he also showed how it can, in fact, be possible to have a successful, fulfilling career while maintaining a full family life outside work hours. I truly believe this is one of the most important aspects of life, and Kevin has been a tremendous beacon in guiding me through this area. 

For all of these reasons and more, I am incredibly thankful for my time with Kevin as my Mentor and the ACP Veteran Mentoring Program as a whole. I look forward to the remainder of our formal time together through ACP, and I am confident our friendship will continue well beyond the formal closing date. Thank you, Kevin!

- Matthew B., Elko New Market, Minnesota, US Air National Guard

 

It would be my distinct pleasure to nominate Ian for Mentor of the Month!

Despite his incredibly busy schedule as the head of MarketWatch, Ian was able to set aside time for several in person meetings that were extremely valuable to me. We had a great discussion during which he got right to the point of how he could add tremendous value to my career. We discussed several goals that I should meet, as he was previously on a similar track for promotion. Most importantly, he offered to help me in expanding my network more than I could imagine. I happened to be working on an anti-money laundering project, and with one phone call he introduced me to the CEO of the organization that certifies professionals in the field. I have the utmost respect for Ian for sharing his life lessons both in and out of the office. I look forward to one day emulating him as a Mentor myself.

- Brian M., New York, New York, US Army

 

I wanted to briefly share why my Mentor has been ideal. Anna became my Mentor six months ago, not long after I had decided to pursue a career in Accounting. I had my hesitations about ACP’s Veteran Mentoring Program and my new career choice but after the very first conversation I had with Anna, the trepidation melted away. As a CFO, Anna has given me several opportunities to shadow her, to attend meetings relevant to accounting, and she has even established a non-traditional internship over the next few months for me to shadow experienced individuals in the field. As if that were not enough, she inspired me to pursue a Master's degree program at George Washington University, where I will begin classes this fall! We communicate regularly and she continues to provide me with excellent insight into her career. She has shown true interest in me as a veteran and as a Protégé. I will truly carry this experience with me always.

- Lauren T., Aldie, Virginia, US Army

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