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Brand Manager
U.S. Army - Captain, Infantry

I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1997 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army infantry. I attended Fort Benning as my first duty station and completed the Infantry Office Basic Course, Ranger School and the Bradley Leader Course. After training at Fort Benning, I reported to my first unit Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood Texas. I was a platoon leader, company executive office, battalion assistant S-3, battalion S-4 and brigade assistant S-4. I finished as a captain in 2002.

After leaving the Army, I attended Washington University in St. Louis’s full time MBA program and graduated in 2004. I realized how much I knew about the Army was how much I didn’t know about the private sector or even a specific industry. I decided a full-time MBA program was the best transition for me so that I could add skills and experience while learning more about where I wanted to go next. My first private sector job was with Guidant Corporation as a Product Manager in marketing. Guidant was later acquired by Boston Scientific. I decided to leave Boston Scientific and join Nestlé Purina in 2008.


A sense of duty and responsibility I think are the most important things you can transfer from your military experience to the civilian world. I get the privilege of working in a role where I make decisions all day that the majority do not have a process associated specifically with them. Having a sense of duty and responsibility is a good compass to make sure I am making the right decisions that are lasting for our business in a positive way.

Also, find a mentor who is a veteran to help with the transition. I benefitted greatly at business school and both companies I have worked for by informal mentorship from veterans that had more experience in the private sector than I did.

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