011 - Dwayne Paro welcomes Corey Christman to today’s podcast. Mr Corey M. Christman serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Vethos, LLC - a Human Capital Leadership and executive strategy firm. He’s served in executive level capacities for 15+ years and led teams comprised of three members to over 500 in size. He’s the recipient of numerous awards for leadership, human resource management and innovation. He holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and BA in Criminal Justice and will complete the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University in the Spring of 2017.
He’s a retired Supervisory Special Agent, United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and a served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He’s a professionally trained winemaker, he works within the Finger Lakes wine region of New York State and he will be launching his own veteran/first responder focused wine label in 2017.
Since retiring in 2012, he’s worked within the veteran advocacy space and is currently partnered with several key leaders to raise awareness for mental/behavioral health for first responders – nationwide.
Serving our Great Nation (3:10)
Corey began his career in 1992, in aircraft maintenance production management. After seven years he applied to be part of the Office of Special Investigation as an agent. He was accepted and trained to do this as part of an elite group. The Air Force is very selective in picking agents and so it was an honor for him to serve in this capacity.
Transitioning to Entrepreneurship (6:34)
Corey was always exposed to areas thru investigations that he didn’t have background in which allowed him to learn quickly different types of business to be effective. He feels those attributes translate directly into being an entrepreneur. Being adaptable and a lifelong learner are key core strengths to push forward as an entrepreneur. Corey is a strong support of veterans and started his company to support them through advocating with human resource professionals and leadership. His company helps executives to incorporate the talent they have through veterans. They use an assessment to assess the veterans drives, needs and behaviors so the organization can develop them better as employees. There is disconnect in the civilian sector on how to properly develop a human resource. This causes disconnect in performance vs what is expected. Large organization are actively recruiting and doing well but as you get away from those organizations the disconnect gets larger. There are various entrepreneurial bootcamps that are provided at no cost to veterans. His company is finding a disconnect in mid management of organizations due to the retiring of the baby boomer generation. These veterans will be a great fill for these opportunities so his company is focusing on solving this problem.
In the Zone Segment (28:06)
After he got out of the military he wanted to transition to having an impact on our country by being an entrepreneur. He didn’t care for being a contractor and supporting other leaders dreams and visions, that aren’t as fulfilling.
How to Contact Corey (35:14)
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