Wayne Brinkman - Texas
Robert Wilen - New Jersey
Sean Faulkner - New York
I would like to nominate Wayne Brinkman as an ACP Mentor of the Month for November. Wayne has not only been a great mentor, Wayne has been a great friend. Wayne goes above and beyond helping me and shows that he has a passion for helping veterans.
The very first meeting I had with Wayne he set up what goals we wanted to pursue in our mentorship. From there, Wayne helped me recreate my résumé and provided me a format. Wayne also navigated me through the interview process and guided me to my first job outside of the military. Through all of this, Wayne has been a sounding board and knows the perfect time to give advice. He is consistent with checking in on me and ensures that we discuss how our personal lives are doing, which allows for a better work life and home life balance.
Wayne has shown that he is willing to go above and beyond what his duties are as a mentor in numerous ways. As mentioned before he has provided me a résumé template which helped me get my first job. Wayne has also met me for mentor sessions at lunch and dinner on numerous occasions. He shows that he really cares by giving meaningful gifts. When I had told Wayne that I was opening a music business with my wife, he painted us a plaque and sent us a one-year anniversary card. Wayne also sent me on my way to my new job with a notebook and a few office supplies to get me started. No one deserves this nomination more than Wayne Brinkman in my opinion. He is a great mentor and friend and has helped my transition out of the military more than anyone.
- William A., U.S. Army, Texas
Robert “Rob” Wilen exemplifies the model mentor: He has professional success, personal joy, the wisdom of a life lived well, and a seemingly endless desire to give back. Thanks to ACP, earlier this year I found myself on the receiving end of Rob’s wisdom, and I’m incredibly grateful for the fortune of my proximity.
A lifelong learner, Rob’s professional success stems from his commitment to exceed the standard. With a reserve of accreditations and certifications, Rob obviously possesses professional competence. Rob means so much to me, in part, because he doesn’t rest on those laurels. Through his actions, he taught me what we know is only worth how we bring it into the world, and Rob brought his professional lessons, strategic mind, and network to our relationship.
Most mentor-mentee relationships stop there. True to his character, not Rob’s: All of our calls also discuss what it means to be fulfilled as a whole person—professionally and personally. His willingness to share makes our conversations rich and the possibilities of our relationship endless.
For these reasons, and those that matter but paper cannot capture, I nominate Rob Wilen—a meaningful mentor and a more meaningful friend.
- Theodore D., U.S. Army, Illinois
I would like to nominate Sean Faulkner for ACP's Mentor of the Month. Sean and I started our mentorship in May as I was in the final months of my Marine Corps service. At that point, I had a lot of ideas on possible career paths and available transition resources to pursue. I was also responsible for figuring out how my wife and daughter would be taken care of while balancing my commitment to the Marines. Sean's advise and moral support helped me stay focused and remain committed to the important things.
For example, when we discussed my struggles in advancing through Project Management Professional (PMP) coursework, Sean motivated me to keep my eye on the prize, and I finally did complete all the coursework and passed the exam. When I accepted an offer from a company but had lingering doubts as time passed, Sean listened to my concerns and reassured me that, overall, the company sounded like a great fit for me, with benefits that would be hard to find elsewhere. His expertise as someone who has changed careers several times and seen a lot of different angles has helped me gain better perspective on my path forward.
Currently, I am very happy with my company and am glad to have Sean to help guide me in future challenges.
- Colin B., U.S. Marine Corps, Oregon