Brad Tieke — Illinois
Eric Ostern – New Jersey
Peter Climie – Connecticut
I would like to nominate Brad Tieke for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. We started working together about a year before my planned transition date. I would be leaving the Army after 22 years, and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, much less how to get there. Brad helped me to inventory my skills and experiences, and more importantly to identify which experiences I was really passionate about. Then, he helped me to assess my gaps, and suggested ways to mitigate or eliminate them.
Though perhaps more important than any of the tactical objectives, Brad has been an amazing sounding board, a voice of experience, and an incredible source of encouragement. I am so grateful for Brad and for this program. I know that without Brad’s mentorship, I would not have the confidence or the marketability that I have now.
- Michael B., U.S. Army, Texas
First, it goes without saying that Eric has the experience and perspective required to help one navigate a post-military transition. Beyond the basics of being a great mentor, Eric possesses the following skills.
Eric listens. He listens to what I want and where I want to go. He does not have a canned answer as to what job would be a good 'fit' post-retirement. His methodology allowed me to really think about sectors and now, importantly, positions that would interest me and allow me to leverage my skill set.
Eric asks questions. Eric took the time to ask me what a particular bullet or experience on my resume 'meant.' He then listened to my explanation and was able to effectively translate my military language into terms easily accessible to a non-military audience. After I showed some non-military friends my 'civilian' resume, they immediately understood my background and some of the skills Corporate America could leverage.
Eric is accessible. Eric is always happy to answer a text or meet-up when necessary and when I have a question or concern. In July, a job that really interested me popped up. I told Eric about it on Tuesday. By Thursday, we had a cover letter and I submitted my application. His willingness to focus his limited time to help me during a time-sensitive moment was really appreciated.
Eric is simply a good person. I enjoy talking to Eric. We have fun discussing some mutually shared experiences. Given everything that he has going on in his life, the travel and his own responsibilities, I really appreciate his 'service' in helping me during this phase in my life.
In summary, I have yet to meet Eric in person but regardless of where the road leads, I hope to share a dinner and some good conversation. Thank you, Eric, for your time, service and friendship.
- J.P. P., U.S. Air Force, Colorado
Mentorship, regardless of the industry, is vital to professional and personal growth. Having a mentor in private industry has greatly broadened my horizons and equipped me to make a successful transition from the Army to the corporate world. Thus, I would like to nominate Peter Climie for ACP's Mentor of the Month.
Highly knowledgeable and always accessible, Pete provides thoughtful advice on leading in business. He easily draws parallels between his own experiences and my descriptions of life in the military. These connections not only give me confidence that I can apply my military background to future endeavors, but also provide insight into the nuances of the corporate world. Beyond this, Pete is always willing to paint a detailed picture of the various functional areas within business. Through his explanations, I now understand which roles and positions will be the best fit for me.
Pete's mentorship goes further: he also reviewed my resume and provided critical, actionable feedback. My resume is now far stronger, with less jargon and more detail. Lastly, we went through several iterations of discussing key points and characteristics to highlight during interviews. Overall, I am confident that Pete's mentorship will assist me in successfully transitioning.
To any future service members who will match with Pete: you are extremely fortunate to have someone as professional and insightful as him. Take advantage of all the knowledge that he has to share!
- Jeremy M., U.S. Army, Massachusetts