Bruce Dillard - Colorado
Sangeeta Marfatia - New York
Gregory Voigt - Rhode Island
I would like to nominate Bruce Dillard for ACP's Mentor of the Month. Bruce has been a great Mentor from the moment we started working together. We had barely set up our initial phone meeting when I told him I was going in for an interview the next day. He called me right away, walked me through what the interview would be like and asked me practice questions. This was the routine before every interview. He always took the time to help me feel prepared. Once I started my job, he gave me invaluable insight into my chosen career and industry. He has always made himself available for a phone call when I have been faced with a difficult situation.
Not only has Bruce been extremely helpful with my professional transition, but also with the personal side and lifestyle changes you go through when transitioning from the military to the civilian world. I would be nowhere near where I am today, both professionally and personally, if it weren't for Bruce and the guidance he has provided me. I never imagined someone would dedicate so much time to helping me start my civilian career on the right path.
- Austin T., U.S. Air Force, Colorado
I would like to nominate Sangeeta Marfatia for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Six months ago, I was just starting to think about what to do with my life after college. The only decision that made sense for me was to get a Mentor that could help me navigate through the challenges of the post-military and post-college phases of my life. Sangeeta has been there every step of the way, providing sound advice and encouragement.
Sangeeta was instrumental in refining my résumé so that it reflected my abilities in a way that was better suited for the civilian job market. She also has provided interview guidance and encouragement to expand my network by seeking out key individuals at my school. The advice she has provided about employment after college has also been critical in helping me adapt to the civilian professional workforce. Without the support and mentoring I have received from Sangeeta, I know that the transition from the military to the civilian workforce would have been significantly harder. Thank you for everything that you have done, Sangeeta.
- Josh S., U.S. Army, North Carolina
I would like to nominate Greg Voigt for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. From our very first introductory phone call, I knew I had lucked out with a terrific Mentor. Greg always brought enthusiasm and a thoughtful approach to our meetings. Right after we were introduced, Greg got me on track by helping me with my résumé and my interview skills. He also discussed military and career transition books with me, and most importantly, taught me how to network effectively.
Greg set up several informational interviews with his professional contacts, with expertise ranging from finance and sales, to technology, biotechnology and product management. Not only did they help me hone in on my desire to target product management in the tech industry, but they also 1) Gave me confidence in my skills and experiences, 2) Taught me how to effectively network, 3) Provided me with tips and course corrections that I needed during my job search.
Throughout the process, Greg was always there to ensure I was on track, to talk whenever I needed advice between our bi-weekly calls and to continue to give me confidence when I needed it the most. The transition from the military to the private sector is not easy and is probably best described as a rollercoaster ride. Thankfully, I had Greg to coach me through the process. I feel extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with Greg, and will be forever grateful for his mentorship.
- Dan T., U.S. Coast Guard, Massachusetts