What did you do in the military?
I served as a Marine Corps heavy equipment operator attached to a Combat Engineer unit for the length of my service.
After being deployed to Iraq’s Al Anbar province in 2005 and being combat wounded, I realized it was time to start thinking about where I wanted to be when I got out. While in a tent, in the middle of the desert, during a sandstorm, huddled around a 5.5” monitor with 5 other marines, watching a boot leg copy of Grandma’s Boy, I was inspired to be in the graphic arts.
What I did in the USMC did not define who I was. Shaw provided a culture that I needed to grow and succeed. They saw who I was, not just what I did. They saw a motivated, determined individual who knew how to lead and how to follow, someone who was a strategic thinker, someone who puts mission accomplishment before himself. I was seen for who I was.
What are you doing now?
I was offered a position as a Graphic Designer and eventually moved to Marketing Manager. As you can imagine, I don’t use much of my heavy equipment or combat engineer training in my current role, but because of who I became in the Corps, I will accomplish all that I set out to do and continue to grow in the company.
I am grateful to be part of this organization and honored to be a member of ShawVET.