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.