ACP Protégés Thank Their Mentors


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 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: Jason Siegel, O’Fallon, Missouri, U.S. Air Force

Mentor Tom Pryor, Pantego, Texas, The University of Texas System

Mentorship works for two reasons. Certainly, the person being mentored gains from advice and counsel but mostly, it works because the person with a Mentor has a responsibility to stand up and actually get moving. The only way to repay your Mentor is by showing the guts it takes to grow and to matter. Because he has inspired me with his willingness to act on the advice given, I am nominating Jason Siegel for the Protégé Spotlight. Jason served in the Air Force on Active Duty from 2002-2004 and in the Air Force Reserve from 2004-2011. He served our country with two deployments to Afghanistan. Jason currently works for the Department of the Army as a Materials Handler Lead but his goal is to own an indoor skydiving business. During our first phone conversation, I quickly learned that Jason is a self-starter with a well-defined goal of owning his own business. He was willing to listen to my questions regarding his business plan, ponder them before answering and apply what he learned to improve his business plan. During one of our phone calls I shared my life proverb, “Success is NOT logical,” based on Romans 12:2 from the Bible. Apparently Jason took it to heart, because he immediately began taking actions that most people would never think of or do. But those “illogical” activities opened the door for Jason and his wife Rachel to partner with an indoor skydiving manufacturer at the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago. Even though there will be hard work, obstacles and forks-in-the-road ahead for Jason and Rachel, I look forward to mentoring him through them toward their life's goals. 

Spotlight: Daniel Pasquariello, Fairmont, West Virginia, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Mentor Katherine Coss, Senoia, Georgia, UPS

Dan drove two hours to meet with me in Pittsburgh, taking full advantage of our meeting to also connect with several of my counterparts in the airline. He attended a cost review and an airport operating authority meeting with the other company’s station managers and shared a high level overview of his business plan for a start-up business in West Virginia—which we are giving him feedback on and has already gained invaluable feedback in multiple areas. Plus we LOVED spending the day with him. He is a great kid. If I had a son, I’d want one just like him!



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 Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.

February 2016

ACP would like to congratulate:

  • Wayne Brinkman

    Dallas, Texas

  • Derick Hembd

    Sacramento, California

  • Bruce Innes

    Ninety Six, South Carolina

I would like to nominate Wayne Brinkman for ACP's Mentor of the Month. The mentorship environment that Wayne created was unlike anything I have experienced. It was less like an instruction and more like a developing friendship. He did not micromanage, yet remained available and involved. He helped establish my goals for the coming year and continually advocated for my success. He facilitated networking opportunities, invited me to professional development events and gave sound, honest advice and feedback on projects and interview tactics. Wayne has certainly allowed me to reach new goals and even helped me land a new career. His service to ACP’s Mentoring Program brings great credit upon himself and Aon.

-  Jason M., Lake Jackson, Texas, U.S. Air Force 


I nominate Derick Hembd as ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Starting a company is never easy. Quitting your entire career and moving away from your family for three months to become a tech entrepreneur in San Francisco is even more difficult. Derick has been there since I started on this journey. He has listened, counseled and cajoled when needed. He has given generously with his time and commitment, and it has made all the difference.

Our relationship started on the phone and email when I was in Seattle, but Derick went out of his way to set up an in-person meeting when he invited me to an Aon seminar on the Google Campus. Derick and I share the experience of being Marines and of managing busy careers and families. I continue to be grateful for Derick’s mentorship and friendship, for being a good listener and for providing sound advice. Becoming an entrepreneur is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and that includes raising three little kids and doing three combat tours. It is a comfort to know that Derick is there for my successes, failures and everything in between.

Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." I am simply thankful to have someone like Derick give his time to me. 

- Kyle J., Bend, Oregon, U.S. Marine Corps


I would like to nominate Bruce Innes for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Bruce's knowledge has been invaluable to my transition. Being a retired U.S. Air Force First Sergeant, the job market looked slim for a people manager without a general Human Resources background. Bruce and I had long discussions about my qualifications, how to handle difficult civilian leaders and the importance of networking. Needless to say, this past week I was offered the Shasta County Veterans Service Officer position in Redding. I am so pleased because the job of managing an office of four veteran advocates is like being a First Sergeant running the orderly room/personnel office. It was his overview of my résumé and cover letters, and overall confidence building that pushed me to do well in the interviews and achieve my dream job. Bruce is a great man, a great veteran and represented ACP very well. He is more than deserving of this award.  

-  Tommy K., Redding, California, U.S. Air Force

January 2016

ACP would like to congratulate:

  • Terry Bevirt

    Thousand Oaks, California

  • Dennis Murphy

    Westlake Village, California

I would like to nominate Terry Bevirt for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Two combat deployments could not compare to how scared I was during my transition from the Army after serving for almost nine years. Transitioning from the Army is a strange and confusing process. Terry was there to make sense of it all.

Over the past twelve months, Terry and I talked about how to make the transition a success. She helped to explore careers, set goals, develop contacts, identify resources, and strengthen my personal communication and business writing.

Terry also helped me identify and access my strengths and develop a compelling personal brand. I have learned a lot about the corporate world and how to translate my military expertise to the private sector. Terry helped me with my résumé and taught me various interviewing techniques, including how to effectively tell my story. In the process of my job search, Terry took the time and conducted countless mock phone interviews and gave me honest feedback.

With Terry’s help, I was able to build a solid foundation of confidence. This newfound confidence gave me the ability to apply for various positions in different organizations. After a few interviews, I received multiple offers and chose the company that best aligned with my goals. I will start in January 2016.

Terry, my family and I want to thank you for taking the time to mentor me. Words cannot describe the impact you have made on us, and how grateful we are. You have given me a solid foundation that will make me successful not only in the corporate world, but in every area of my life. Finally, thank you to ACP for all you represent and do for veterans. You have no idea the lives that you touch everyday and the smiles you put on the faces of veterans like me.

-  Daniel A., Waynesville, Missouri, U.S. Army


I am nominating Dennis Murphy for ACP's Mentor of the Month.  Dennis and I have been working together on my transition from the Navy for several months, and his support has been superb.  I have been working towards opening a firm after I leave active duty, and Dennis has been extremely thorough in helping me translate my military experience and business ideas into offerings that will be both meaningful and relevant to my target market.  He has also opened my eyes to potential customers I had not previously considered, and he’s helped to expand my professional network. 

Most recently, Dennis introduced me to his colleagues who subsequently made additional introductions on my behalf.  Those introductions have led to discussions with investors interested in backing military service members’ efforts to enter the private sector as business owners. While these discussions remain early-stage, they are a testament to the effort and commitment Dennis has made to help me have a successful transition into the civilian workforce.

I am also very appreciative of the company Dennis works for, Amgen. In their participation with ACP, Amgen is allowing a member of their executive leadership team to spend considerable time working not for the benefit of the company, but working to help me. That is a tremendous resource I am grateful to have. Thank you Dennis, Amgen, and American Corporate Partners!

-  Ernie S., Lemoore, California, U.S. Navy