Veterans In Construction Success Stories
Brosamer & Wall
- Army Reserve 91B Medic
- 1994 – 2002 Honorable Discharge
- 1 deployment
Takeaways from military service
- The impact of what the military gave him help establish his goals in his civilian career
Transition into civilian life
- Getting out of the military was a tough transition
- Was an accountant first. Became a controller at a construction company. Continued as a controller.
- Found Brosamer & Wall Operations and Compliance (field, HR, accounting, legal)
- After the deployment got an Associates and later in his 40’s got his BS and got MBA
- Finding your own way is the toughest part
- I just hit 15 years in the industryI love the construction industry because there are so many paths you can take.
- It is very reminiscent of the military that you have a goal that work with your team to achieve
- Greate salary for field and admin positions. You can make 6 figures very fast.
- It is rewarding, you will love the culture, the people, all your hardwork is there in front of you and you can see it all happen.
- Since I joined this industry, I have been able to purchase 6 homes and it has changed my life.
- Flexible and you make what you want out of it.
Albert “Rusty” Parker
- Was in the Army for 3 years 1988-1991.
Exposure to construction.
- I grew up in the industry, Dad had a roofing company. Didn’t want to be in construction at the beginning. Still did some work in construction while going to college. Did a lot of different work after leaving the service.
- Was drawn back in and wanted to build things/work with my hands. Just woke up one day and realized he liked the people, the smell of the earth, and working outside.
- Career in construction is fulfilling due to the pride of accomplishment. Being able to see what you built and the lasting changes made by your work.
- Outside working with your hands, we have plenty of space for you.
- If you do want to lead and work with your hands the Fields/ Trades- Carpenter, electrician, iron welders, laborers is the way to go
Storie and Severson Construction
- Navy Reserves
- 2011 – present
- 1 deployment
- When I joined the military, I was already attending community college and changing majors because I did not know what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I was interested in construction.
- When I heard about the reserves and realized that I can serve and continue my degree because ultimately my goal was to get my degree. Although the MOS I wanted was not available (SEABEES) so I became an ET (comms) my military school was a year long and continued to serve at my new duty station
- Transferred to CalPoly while I was serving in San Diego, CA. Finished with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Engineering Technology
Journey in the construction industry
- Interned with Disney as project manager internet for 6 months and then got an internship with VCC Construction and after 6 months they offered me a full time position as an Assistant Project Manager.
- Worked at VCC for 4 years and the last year I was with them I was sent out to Kuwait and Iraq, got back and spent another 4 months with VCC.
- Accepted an offer from Storie and Severson Construction in 6/2019 and is currently working as an Assistant PM.
- Construction provides 40% of jobs to the whole country at all levels. Heavy construction, residential, commercial, and so much more. This industry has job security. Regardless of your position, you will touch what you are working on. This is something that is instilled in many service members. The industry mirrors what we know in the military, as far as waking up early, must complete training, must have skills, certs, safety, and team based work which makes it easy to transition and of course salary and benefits are amazing.
- I have loved working on my hands since I was little. The fact that I can physically touch and see what I built or part of the team that completed a project has always been my passion of mine.
- Army 2002 – 2007 – 91B Military Police
- Ft Hood Jan 2003 – Deployed to Iraq March 2003 where I was injured by a mortar attack. Sent home to heal.
- On 9/2005 Deployed again to Afghanistan on 12/2004 where I was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) then I was sent back home due to my injuries.
- 2007 – Medically retired – lost military pension
Exposure to Construction
- After getting out of the military, I did some work title searching for real estate for 10 years and was not something that I really wanted to do.
- I have family that worked in the construction industry and was interested in getting into the business so I asked Johnny from Stingray Welding if they needed someone to come in and manage the office operations and financials, which was something I was good at. Did not hear back from Johnny until Jan 2017 when offered to hire me as an office manager.
- With the construction industry, you have job security and there is always work to be done.
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