March Mentor of the Month – Home Depot
Brock Darby - Georgia
Rob Garzian - Georgia
Tesha Hollis - Georgia
I would like to nominate Brock Darby for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. We began working together about twelve months ago as I was preparing to separate from the Army following twelve years of active duty service. Brock established a genuine connection with me from day one and has gone above and beyond his role as a Mentor. He made it a priority to conduct numerous face-to-face visits and opened up his home to my family and me when I visited the Atlanta area before making the official move.
Brock definitely set me up for success and provided tremendous support throughout the transition. He has helped with my résumé by providing not only his own input, but also the input of other professionals in his network. Conducting brainstorming sessions with him was instrumental in adjusting my transition plan throughout the process. Brock will never know how much this experience has truly meant to me. He has been an amazing Mentor, and I'm thankful ACP brought us together.
- Marcus B., U.S. Army, Georgia
I would like to nominate Rob Grazian for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. I have been working with Rob since April of 2017. In the process we’ve gone through thus far, he has helped me with my résumé, set me up on mock interviews with his peers, and helped me get into a business mindset prior to leaving the Army.
Having Rob as a Mentor has made a world of difference and made the transition as smooth as it could be. He is extremely open-minded and has helped me with questions both in depth and basic, including specifics within the industry, what I should wear to an interview and how I should present myself to a hiring manager.
One thing I really enjoyed with Rob was he understood what a veteran could bring to a company. He helped me tell my story to companies in order to help them understand that I am more than just a soldier and I bring a lot of value to any organization. He helped me deliver that message successfully, and it’s for that reason I’d like to nominate Rob for Mentor of the Month.
- Adam T., U.S. Army, North Carolina
I would like to nominate Tesha Hollis for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. I was introduced to Tesha via email back in May 2017. We began working together in my second semester of my Masters program at Pace University. I was changing my career path from aspiring lawyer to the e-discovery field, in which I had a small knowledge base but no experience. I was also planning a move to North Carolina. Tesha was able to help me prioritize my goals and, perhaps most importantly, discuss options and alternatives to help facilitate the changes heading my way.
In the course of the job search, I applied to a managed data and discovery services company as a Litigation Support Project Manager. I barely met the requirements to apply, but Tesha had just finished providing feedback on my resume so I took a shot. Tesha not only helped me plan for my three interviews, she also seemed to be genuinely interested in how I was performing in these interviews. I was offered the job and accepted the position but had to face another challenge of negotiating my salary. With Tesha's insight and tips, I was able to get the salary I needed and very, very close to the salary I actually wanted. Tesha's help didn't stop there.
My new start date was in September, which was close to the end of the year. For my new job, the end of the year reviews that are conducted included me as well, even though I was only three months into the new position. Tesha offered such great advice when it came time for me to review my performance with little-to-no tangible work.
If I were to write everything Tesha has helped me with, it would be like a novel. She has helped me in ways I couldn't even imagine, from applying to a new job, to my resignation letter for my previous employer, to yearly reviews and even some work-related presentations. She helped to guide me on my path to success and I am not sure I could have done it without her guidance.
- Daniel R., U.S. Army, New York