The Bullseye - April 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

In This Issue

Orion 25th Anniversary Spotlight: Founding Partner Randy Nelson

Jack Welch Management Institute - Online MBA Program - Classes Begin April 4th 

Orion Thanks Enterprise for Its Donation to Operation Military Embrace

Career Opportunities within Orion

Orion on LinkedIn

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion

Connect with Orion

Orion 25th Anniversary Spotlight: Founding Partner Randy Nelson

 

Randy Nelson, one of the five founding partners of Orion, is a former Navy Submarine Officer. He served within the Navy Nuclear Program from 1983 to 1989, spending three of those years aboard the USS JAMES MADISON (SSBN-627)(BLUE CREW). 

After separating from the Navy in 1989, Randy began a recruiting career with the same military recruiting firm as Bill Laughlin and Jim Tully. It was their shared vision of creating a military recruiting company that was different and better than anything in the industry that led to the creation of Orion International. He now serves on Orion’s Board of Directors. 

We asked Randy to share his memories and advice below as Orion celebrates its 25-year anniversary.

What was the most fulfilling part of starting Orion? Knowing we could make a difference for both clients and candidates leaving the service, in a way that was different and better than other firms.

What were the circumstances and how did you feel making your first hire?  My first candidate hired  was Jonathan Fulton at Alcoa. I was relieved and ecstatic, and I remember his name 25 years later!

Do you have a veteran you placed that sticks out in your mind? We have had so many success stories over the past 25 years that it is hard to name just one. Marvin Hamilton would be one to mention—he rose very high in Target executive ranks.

What has your career path been since moving on from Orion? I remain on the Board of Directors, so I never really left. I built NSTAR Global Services into a leading semiconductor services company from 2002-2010 and recently published my first book, The Second Decision; The Qualified Entrepreneur. My current business is Gold Dolphins, LLC -- an executive coaching, public speaking, and consulting firm for entrepreneurs and leaders.

What advice do you have for other would-be veteran entrepreneurs? I have had the honor of speaking at two vetpreneur events recently, Patriot Boot Camp and VetStart (which was started by a former Orion employee). I told them to be very proud of their service, take advantage of their strengths (honesty, strong work ethic, integrity, loyalty, teamwork), and build a differentiated company, not just another company that does the same thing everybody else does. I also told them to work with mentors who can help along the way, people who have been there and done that and can act as a sounding board and advisor.

What advice do you have for us as we head in to Orion’s 26th year? Be very proud of what we have done and what you will continue to do at Orion. Remain the industry leader, and continue to take great care of our customers and our candidates. Keep the passionate service and hard work going!

Thank you, Randy, for giving us some insight into the early days of Orion! Your decision to take a chance and start a business 25 years ago has led to a company that has proudly served more than 36,000 veterans today.

Jack Welch Management Institute - Online MBA Program - Classes Begin April 4th

 

If you are considering earning an MBA, the Jack Welch Management Institute is the place to learn proven practices from the front-lines of business. Orion International has partnered with The Jack Welch Management Institute to present this opportunity to earn your MBA, completely online, learning directly from top business leaders, while you continue to grow in your current career.

Fortune Magazine recently featured the MBA program in their article, "How Jack Welch Is Reinventing the MBA" by John A. Byrne. The article points out that "the four-year-old Jack Welch Management Institute is one of the very few business schools that is run like a business, with a laser-like focus on customer service. The school is closely managed on student surveys that measure the impact of the education as well as the likelihood that a student would recommend the institute to a friend or colleague."

Classes begin on April 4th, and there is still time to register! 

Visit us online to learn more about earning your MBA through the Jack Welch Management Institute.

Orion Thanks Enterprise for Its Donation to Operation Military Embrace

Orion wishes to thank Enterprise Holdings Corporation for its $3,000 donation to Operation Military Embrace. Orion and Enterprise have had an ongoing relationship for several years, and we are very appreciative of the generosity of Enterprise Holdings.

Operation Military Embrace (“OME”) is a Texas-based non-profit support organization with active officers, directors and volunteers committed to helping wounded warriors and their families. OME’s primary goal is to provide financial and moral support to assist wounded Warriors and their families during their time of critical need. OME is dedicated to supporting injured and/or ill members of all branches and units of the military. OME also works to increase public awareness of the challenges facing members of the military. For more information about OME, visit the website. 

Enterprise Holdings, Inc. is a privately owned holding company headquartered in Clayton, MO. It is the parent company of several car rental companies, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, National Car Rental, and Enterprise CarShare. Enterprise was founded in 1957 by Jack Taylor, who served as a Fighter Pilot in World War II. 

According to OME President, Jerry Reed:  

"Wow -- This generous donation from Enterprise is so very much appreciated!! Today we attended the retirement ceremony for an injured Marine in San Antonio, Texas. This is part of our OME function to honor, serve and support America’s injured Warriors and their families, and it was really an inspirational event that touched our hearts. Orion has truly been a blessing to America’s injured and ill Warriors and their families through the vessel that is OME."

Orion is so appreciative of our ability to bring together great companies like Enterprise with our dedicated nonprofit partners.  

Career Opportunities within Orion

Account Executives

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers with a strong record of achievement to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive. We are hiring for our Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; and San Diego, CA offices.

As an Account Executive, you will be responsible for creating relationships with America's leading companies through development of leads lists, business development calls, and client presentations. The work you do will help fellow veterans transition into the civilian workforce.

To qualify, you should have military experience, a Bachelors degree, and previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales. Learn more about joining the Orion team.

We also invite you to view a pre-recorded webinar (username iprep, password: video) hosted by Brian Henry, Orion's VP of Officer Recruiting, which provides a detailed overview of the Account Executive position.


Navy Officer Recruiter

We are also seeking a Transitioning USMC Officer to join our San Diego team as a Marine Corps Officer Recruiter. We are hiring for our San Diego, CA, office.

Orion Recruiters source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning Officer candidates at a salary of $60,000 - $65,000 base salary, plus commission. For this position, you must be a recently transitioned USMC Officer less than one year removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning. Click here to apply.


Enlisted Personnel Candidate Recruiter

Orion International is Seeking Enlisted Personnel Candidate Recruiters in our San Diego, CA, office.

Orion Recruiters source, screen, and build relationships with transitioning enlisted candidates. Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment. We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure. For this position, you must have honorably served in the United States Military and have civilian or military recruiting experience. Click here to apply.


Client Delivery Recruiter

Orion International is seeking a Recruiter to join our national Military Talent Program Recruiting Team in our Cincinnati, OH, office. 

As a Client Delivery Recruiter you will work with transitioning and recently transitioned military members of all ranks and aid them in their transition to a new career in Corporate America. You will be responsible for recruiting military candidates in support of Military Talent Program Accounts, including members of the Fortune 100 and other top companies. There is no prior Recruiting experience necessary as you will receive all of the training needed to succeed in this role, and will be trained by our experienced recruiting team.

Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment. We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure. For this position, you must have honorably served in the United States Military and have civilian or military recruiting experience. Click here to apply.

Orion on LinkedIn

As an Orion alum, your experience and guidance is a valuable asset to veteran job seekers who are now in the same position you were when searching for a career. Join Orion's Alumni Club if you'd be willing to share your expertise with current Orion job seekers or discuss options for hiring military with our Account Executives. Check out Transition Corner for others who have participated in Orion's Alumni Club.

If you would like to participate, complete this form to be enrolled in Orion's Alumni Club and entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card.

Help grow the Alumni network and join our LinkedIn Alumni group! Connect with 800+ members and keep up to date on Orion news, updates, and other alumni-related topics.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Crystal Justice won the Job Seeker Referral monthly drawing
and is the winner of a $50 gift card.

Ready for your chance to win a $50 gift card? You'll receive an entry into our monthly drawings for Client referrals and Job Seeker referrals. That's one entry for each referral that you submit - good luck and thank you for the referral!

Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion

Do you know a military job seeker looking for a civilian career? For each referral that you give us, your name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral is hired through Orion, you will receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thanks.

Click here to refer a Military Service Member or Veteran to Orion now!