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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: Andrew Machado, Fort Lee, NJ, U.S. Navy

Mentor Alexander Haugh, New York, NY, Barclays

Andrew has been my mentee for roughly 6 months. The entire time, he’s shown initiative in maintaining a steady dialogue with me, both “give and take” – he asks for advice, but also shows how much learning he’s done in class and through his internships. It makes it easy when your mentee puts in the “elbow grease” of training himself or herself on a subject, so that you only need to provide guidance! In Andrew’s case, one reason why we were matched is because I have 8+ years of experience in Financial Services – exactly what Andrew wanted to break into, and exactly the type of person I was looking to mentor. In our case, while I did provide 1 letter of recommendation to my firm vouching for Andrew’s exceptional character, Andrew did 100% of the work in securing an Internship offer here at my employer – and at 2 others. While he had 3 offers to choose from, I’m glad that we’ll be able to work even closer, since he chose my employer for this summer’s internship.

Spotlight: Matthew Flesch, Alexandria, VA, U.S. Navy

Mentor David Benson, Roseville, MN, Tyco

Matt has been dedicated to the program from the very first time we exchanged e-mails. When we first spoke we quickly created a list of tasks that needed to be addressed to help Matt execute on his new career ambitions. We laid out a path prioritized by career development needs and goals. After developing that plan we worked on translating a resume with military accomplishments into something a civilian recruiter or organization could understand, appreciate and value. Matt was engaged in the process and we had very solid ideation and collaboration sessions on how to best proceed. I am happy to say that shortly after our work together Matt has found himself a great job that in time may develop into his second career. We still talk every 2-4 weeks. The conversations have transitioned from how to get a job to how to interact with people in situations that are not dictated by “rank”. We discuss peer relationships and how to manage those interactions, developing and having relationships with upper management, how to communicate and illustrate his accomplishments in the tasks he has taken on in his new job, and one of my favorite topics, our lives and how we are doing outside of the program. We have developed a friendship that I value very much. I have learned at least as much, if not more than Matt through this program and feel a great sense of pride for the little help and guidance I offered Matt along the way.



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.

September 2015
ACP would like to congratulate:
Ankeny, Iowa
East Moline, Illinois
Waterloo, Iowa

I am honored to nominate Todd McGuire for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Todd's role as an ACP Mentor undoubtedly makes the organization stronger and more capable in helping countless veterans make a smooth transition to their next career. Every chance I get, I laud ACP on its mission and share my story. I state that one of the best choices I made in preparing for my own transition was signing up for the program. Todd's mentorship has been instrumental in my success.

Like many who served in the military for twenty years or more, it can be a daunting task to prepare for your next career. In my own case, I wanted to venture into "Corporate America," an environment completely foreign to me. As such, I didn't have much of an idea of where or how to look for a position. Additionally, I didn’t know how to showcase my talents or experience to a civilian employer, that was, in all likelihood, very unfamiliar with the military. Insert Todd into the equation, and I was quickly able to start making sense of the corporate environment. Todd also brought many of his company's resources to the table to critique my résumé and provide feedback on career opportunities. While Todd may think he didn't “move mountains” for me, his assistance was invaluable.

Todd’s advice and patience listening to my many questions was also invaluable. He provided information and advice that was tailored to me, and always spot on. Todd was also able to recommend many great books that allowed me to better understand corporate culture. Today, I find myself recommending those same books to others in my new career and to friends preparing to retire.

Again, I cannot emphatically state enough how instrumental Todd was to my transition. He pushed, prodded, and encouraged me to go into the career direction I wanted, but was unsure how to achieve (not an easy task!) Finally, I am glad to say that the Mentor-Protégé relationship has begun to turn into a friendship.

- John P., Woodbridge, Virginia, U.S. Army


I would like to nominate Jason Stone for Mentor of the Month because he exemplifies what it means to be a Mentor. Jason and I started working together about six months ago when I was preparing to separate from the Navy after five years on active duty. To say the least, I was apprehensive about the transition, and without Jason's support and guidance, I do not know where I would be today. Jason has helped me develop a professional résumé, work on interviewing techniques, and build my network, just to name a few. Most of all, Jason has offered moral support. There have been times when I was extremely frustrated and upset about the job-hunting process and Jason was there to listen and offer his support and guidance. We even had the opportunity to meet in-person when he was in town on business. When he could have been at a baseball game with his colleagues, he took the time to go out to dinner with me. If other Mentors in the program do half of what Jason has done to help me, all of the Protégés are extremely lucky.

- Travis C., Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. Navy


It is with great pleasure that I nominate Todd Williams for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Todd has served as my Mentor for the past six months and I could not be happier with his professionalism, candor, and overall helpfulness. I could not have asked for anyone better to help as I begin the transition from the military ranks to the civilian sector.

When I started the process with ACP, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that after 24-years in the U.S. Army, I would eventually have to make the transition. Todd has helped me make the best decisions for my military career and future civilian sector transition. His ability to help me understand the “big picture” as it relates to the civilian sector has been invaluable in making the best decisions for my future.

Additionally, his assistance with developing, editing, and improving my résumé has been outstanding. Before ACP, I never had a need or desire to write a résumé. With Todd’s assistance, I have been able to write, edit, and refine my résumé based on his input and guidance. His help translating my military experience into civilian skills was priceless. I could not have asked for a better individual to help me through the process. We continue to improve my résumé monthly, keeping it relevant for different civilian-sector opportunities.

I am grateful for the time, effort, and mentorship that Todd has provided me over the last six months, and I look forward to the mentorship he will provide for the remaining six months. Though I will not transition from the Army for a few more years, the mentorship Todd has provided through ACP is much more than I could have imagined. Thank you, Mr. Todd Williams, and ACP, for allowing me this opportunity.

- Steven C., Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S. Army

August 2015
ACP would like to congratulate:
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Washington, D.C.
Aliso Viejo, California

I am honored to nominate Jeff Barnes for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Jeff served as my ACP Mentor as I prepared to enter Corporate America after a 21 year U.S. Army career. Over the sixth-month period since we were introduced, Jeff provided me with actionable tips and ideas that had a direct impact on my marketability and readiness for future employment in the private sector. More specifically, his insight helped improve and fine-tune my résumé and cover letter, prepared me for corporate visits and interviews, and improved my networking acumen. Jeff is a seasoned Mentor and coach, who consistently provided timely feedback that favorably impacted outcomes. Having Jeff to bounce ideas off of and to learn crucial tips from, made all the difference during my two corporate visits to UMB Financial Services in preparation for an Internal Auditor career. I felt confident and well-prepared going into my job interview and I was subsequently hired in May 2015. Most importantly, Jeff is passionate about helping others achieve their objectives and it showed during our numerous conversations. I am also very happy to note that I had the opportunity to meet Jeff in person in June 2015 shortly before I began my new profession. I highly recommend Jeff for transitioning military personnel in need of a Mentor and an independent perspective during the inherently challenging time of a career transition from the military. Thank you, ACP, for your great program and thank you, Jeff, for being in my corner!

 - Lawrence S., Lansing, Kansas, U.S. Army


I’m extremely honored to nominate Lee Holified for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Lee is a Talent Acquisition Manager with Visa. She is extremely remarkable and I could not have asked for a better Mentor.

Lee has influenced my experience transitioning from the military in ways I could only imagine. We discussed the different work sectors for civilians, and I chose to apply for contracting jobs based on what I wanted from my next career. I knew I needed assistance with my résumé and interviewing techniques. What I didn't know is how much work I needed translating my experience to the vernacular of a civilian. In the military, we use a lot of acronyms, and even when we spell them out, they don't always translate to terms used in the civilian sector. We worked intensively on translating my military skills and experiences into civilian terms. I was able to clarify my military skills and abilities in my résumé and during my interview thanks to Lee’s assistance.

After reviewing my résumé many times, she provided me with interviewing tips. I was able to increase my vocabulary for each interview following our mentoring sessions. She even took time from her busy schedule to text, email, and/or call me back when I had short-notice questions during the negotiation process.

I'm grateful to report, thanks to Lee, that I have received a written employment offer and have accepted the job. My first day of work is at the end of this month. Since I'll start work in a week, we have transitioned to mentoring sessions focused on the do's and don'ts of the workplace and the first day on the job, including: what to wear; what to do for lunch; who to report to; arriving early; expectations; and making a good first impression. Because of the outstanding support and mentorship I received from Lee, and the ACP program, I'm confident and excited to start my new job on Monday! Thank you, Lee!

 - Catherine L., Lorton, Virginia, U.S. Air Force


It is my pleasure to nominate Mark Woelfer for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Transitioning from the Marine Corps after 9 years of commissioned service, I had a good idea of the direction I wanted to go, but Mark has been truly invaluable in refining my direction and keeping my path true. He has helped me navigate and understand corporate structures that I previously found quite confusing. In transitioning, understanding where a veteran officer might "fit" within different companies is a challenge. Mark has been ever helpful in assisting me with gaining an understanding of the roles that are both of interest to me and within my skill level. Mark has always been a true Mentor who asks the questions that keep me going in the right direction, while also connecting me to other people who can help me understand different career paths and options. Throughout our mentorship, Mark has always shown that he cares. In our first meeting, he traveled a significant distance just to sit down with me one-on-one and talk. Even with his busy schedule, he has always been available to give feedback and recommendations and was invaluable in re-working my résumé. His seasoned eyes and ears have given me many moments of enlightenment during our conversations, and I'm very grateful to him, and to ACP, for connecting us.

 - Charles M., Carlsbad, California, U.S. Marine Corps

July 2015
ACP would like to congratulate:
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Morristown, New Jersey
Morristown, New Jersey

I’m honored to nominate JoAnn Butler for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. JoAnn is the Assistant Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition-Employer Brand & Sourcing Channels at MetLife. JoAnn is remarkable and I could not have asked for a better Mentor.

JoAnn has been a major influence in my transition from active duty to civilian life. Since I separated from active duty, she has been available from day one. She always took time out of her hectic work schedule to see me. In our meetings, we discussed my plans, my résumé, interview questions, goals, and questions I had about Human Resources. Her knowledge of Human Resources is vast and the advice she has given me has been invaluable. I quickly learned that my Mentor is extraordinary.

She also invited me to a Four Block event in New York City, where I was able to meet several veterans who shared their experience in the corporate world. JoAnn answered questions about college and helped me decide which college would be the best fit. She even assisted with writing my college entry essay.

Overall, I am exceedingly satisfied and impressed with JoAnn as my Mentor. She has helped me in almost every aspect of my civilian life and I am now more confident and eager to start college and pursue my career.

- Stephen L., Keansburg, New Jersey, U.S. Air Force


I am nominating Bill Markey for ACP's Mentor of the Month. After serving 8 years on Active Duty, I transitioned to pursuing my graduate degree in finance and real estate at Wharton. What they don't tell you is that "studying" commercial real estate is, generally speaking, insufficient to actually "practicing" commercial real estate. There is a very real, tangible divide between academia and the world institutional capital being used to purchase and sell real assets. Bill has helped to bridge that divide, and done so with tremendous patience and understanding. Whether it be introducing me to industry contacts, talking for hours on the phone about his sense for market dynamics, assisting with narrowing my employment search, and even inviting me up to MetLife Investments' headquarters for an inter-office veterans function to talk with seasoned industry magnates. Bill gave very candid feedback and advice during a very hectic springtime recruiting season, ultimately guiding me into a Summer Associate internship with a top 3 real estate private equity firm. Bill has certainly been instrumental in making a jump to the "buy-side" a possibility, a move many in both the industry and at school said would be a near-impossibility. I am humbly indebted to both ACP and Bill, in particular, for the time, effort and commitment to making my transition out of uniform and into high finance.

- Christopher R., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Army


I nominate Jim Wiviott for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. I am a veteran in the corporate sector considering the next step in my career. Jim has been an important part of this process and has provided guidance, helpful insights and no-nonsense feedback. He has also gone out of his way to schedule meetings for me with industry leaders. Most of all, Jim has given a 100% commitment to the mentorship relationship. Jim always makes himself available; whether it be in-person, while traveling, on the phone or via email. I know I can count on Jim for advice and guidance when I need it. I want to thank ACP for selecting Jim as a Mentor and thank Jim for helping me during this important time in my career. I look forward to the remainder of my formal mentorship with Jim and will undoubtedly keep in contact long after. 

- David S., West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. Army National Guard

June 2015
ACP would like to congratulate:
Ticonderoga, New York
Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee

I nominate George Brown for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. I retired from active duty after 22 years in the military and did not have a clue about the civilian sector since the military was the only job I ever had. My transition from the military into the civilian sector also consisted of a career change. I transitioned from the electrical career field in the military to the IT field. George's background as a veteran in the IT field was a perfect match for my situation. ACP matched me with George and he has been an incredible Mentor since day one. George addressed everything possible when it came to my transition. He talked me through understanding what fields existed in IT that might interest me. He gave me a detailed look into the civilian hiring process since he has experience in hiring people. George gave me tips on what to say, what to do, and tricks during interviews. He helped me create a strong and detailed résumé that would make me stand out to HR in the hiring process. His mentorship guided me to where I am today. In March 2015, after only my second interview, I found employment. I’m currently a Junior Systems Administrator in a company in Washington D.C. I believe that if it wasn’t for George’s experience, patience and incredibly positive attitude, I would have been lost in my transition out of the military. Thank you, ACP, for your choice, and most of all, thank you, George Brown, for being an incredible Mentor.

- Miguel L., Germantown, Maryland, U.S. Air Force


I am pleased to nominate Mary Fortin for ACP's Mentor of the Month. Mary Fortin is a better Mentor than I could have imagined being paired with. From the start, she has been there for me in every way she can be. Every time we speak she makes sure to tell me that I can contact her with any questions or comments I have. She has answered every question I have thrown at her, whether it was from her own knowledge or finding the answers from others. We are only about halfway through the year program and we have made great progress. Mary has helped me progress in my path to become an accountant in many ways. We are continuously tweaking my résumé at every meeting. While talking about my résumé she has also asked me questions about it, helping me with my interviewing skills without trying. Mary is also setting me up with multiple colleagues of hers who are in different areas of accounting to give me exposure to different fields. I am still in college and everything she has done for me has helped me to immensely narrow down what I want to do with my degree. Mary is the best role model I have had and I am enormously thankful for her mentorship.

- Lauren S., Seattle, Washington, U.S. Army


It is my honor and privilege to nominate Marilyn Lane as ACP Mentor of the Month. Marilyn is the National Sales Manager for International Paper and I am very fortunate to be her Protégé.

Marilyn has been an essential element of my transition out of the military and has been in my corner right from the start. She has been my ally and professional confidant with whom I am comfortable discussing anything. She also has unique experience from her successful career. Even though we have only been connected for a little over seven months, it feels as though I have known her my whole life. She has gracefully answered many awkward questions ranging from proper work attire, sports lingo, and expectations of pay range. Along the way, she has shared in my successes and failures, keeping me motivated with late night talks about challenges and opportunities. She has been available anytime I’ve needed random advice, words of encouragement, or to just reflect on the past few weeks of job search/networking.

Her experience hiring people for her organization and unfortunately, cutting people when needed, was invaluable during my résumé review and interview preparations. Her insight was well-thought-out, candid and encouraging. Marilyn contacted some of her colleagues near my home and helped me get tours and the opportunity to visit with general managers. That experience opened my eyes to several possibilities I had written off early in my transition. In the end, she was instrumental in helping me to land an amazing job with an even more amazing team.

Overall, I am extremely proud to work with Marilyn and am truly fortunate that ACP paired me up with such an exceptional person and Mentor. This program is truly amazing and I highly recommend it to all of my fellow service members making the challenging and sometimes scary plunge into corporate America.

- Anthony A., Houston, Texas, U.S. Army