The Value of a Veteran
PMI Olympia Chapter is excited to bring speaker Steve Vincent, Captain US Navy (Retired), PMP to the May dinner meeting. As Governor Jay Inslee notes in his Executive Order on Veterans Transition Support, “Hundreds of military personnel separate from the service each month, and select Washington State as their home after serving our country with distinction. We honor their service and commitment by supporting their transition to civilian life. As part of our efforts to rebuild a robust economy and return to full employment, I have asked private and public leaders throughout our state to help veterans and their families in effectively navigating this transition, and increase our collective efforts to help them obtain living wage jobs.”
Many barriers exist to achieving the Governor’s goal. Despite years of combat operations, less than 1% of the U.S. population has served in the military. The cultural divide can prevent well-intentioned employers from understanding how these men and women can add value to their workforce. At the same time, exceptionally experienced, technically savvy individuals with a wealth of leadership and management talent often struggle to translate their abilities into terms that make sense in the civilian marketplace.
Steve Vincent serves as Senior Client Engagement Manager for tiag, an Information Technology services and solutions consulting firm with a strong presence in the Department of Defense. Steve previously supported the Bellevue College led “Health eWorkforce Consortium”, a Department of Labor program designed to increase the number of veterans in the health IT sector. In this capacity tiag provided both veteran advocacy services and custom software development and desktop delivery of content to support classroom instruction at 9 separate campuses. He currently serves as the project manager for the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs where he is overseeing the implementation of an Enterprise Veteran Case Management System utilizing MS Dynamics. tiag currently supports several federal, state, and local government agencies across Washington state – providing a wide range of information technology services and solutions. Approximately 1 in 4 of tiag’s 250 employees across the country are military Veterans. Steve serves on the Washington Military Transition Council Career Technical Training Work Group and is an Advisory Board member for the Washington Center of Excellence for Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Steve regularly speaks to employers on the value of a veteran and highlights opportunities for improving veteran accession. Prior to joining tiag, Steve served 25 years in the U.S. Navy, “retiring” in 2012 at the rank of Captain. He commanded USS Germantown (LSD 42) as well as the Navy Reserve Center in Bremerton, WA. Steve also served as Deputy Director in the Business Operations Office of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.
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