Wow, what a couple of weeks it has been! It’s Matt again and this time I have a great story to tell. Not that my previous blogs haven’t been fabulous, and future blogs won’t be brilliant, but this time I get to talk about some of my favorite people: America’s Veterans!
It has been said, “It is amazing what you can get done when you don’t care who gets the credit.” It was in this spirit that the leader of the Jacksonville based Deutsche Bank Operation brought together a group of companies to form the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition (JMVC) last summer. As a retired General Officer in the National Guard, he wanted to pattern the JMVC on the successful Veterans on Wall Street (VOW) Program that Deutsche Bank founded in New York. So a group of companies, Incepture included, started to create something where nothing had existed before. We wanted to give Veterans a “one stop starting place” to either stay in or come to settle in Northeast Florida. Companies who are normally competitors, joined together to build a web presence and make plans to increase the opportunities for Veterans in our community. Late last month the program was given, at no cost, to the City of Jacksonville. It is now the latest in Mayor Brown’s Public- Private Partnerships: the “Jobs for Vets” program (www.coj.net/jobsforvets).
The first official event for this new partnership was “The Military Veterans Job Fair at THE PLAYERS” which took place this past Monday at the Patriots Outpost tent on the 18th fairway at THE PLAYERS Championship at Sawgrass. From the very beginning, Incepture took the lead and acted as the Event Coordinator for what was described by the Tournament Executive Director as a “Raging success!” In addition to being the very first Job Fair at any PGA Tour Tournament, it was unique in a couple of other important ways.
First, all 20 companies that participated including Incepture, Deutsche Bank, CSX, CITI, Ring Power, EverBank, Prudential, COJ, PGA Tour, SAFT, Brumos, Sea Star and, of course, Florida Blue, are actively hiring and have jobs to give! The second aspect that was unique was the Career Advising Area, manned primarily by Incepture Recruiters and Account Managers and augmented by the other participating companies. This career advising service provided free counseling with the individual veterans. The personal attention to their career goals married with the review and constructive criticism of their resumes provided the Veterans a step up on their quest to find the perfect next job.
In all, over 350 veterans were given wristbands. Add to that the 100 or so people actively working the fair, the Press and however many escaped the wristband table on their way in, and we had an electric atmosphere fueled by 500 people in the tent at any one time. Next year will be even bigger and better!
As I write this 3 days later, Incepture already has prospects we met at the fair scheduled for interviews this week for requisitions we are trying to fill. So, “it really is amazing what can happen!”
Many thanks go out to everyone that made the event a success. Once you start naming people, you run the risk of forgetting someone, but in this case I have to single out BG Mike Fleming from Deutsche Bank, RADM Vic Guillory and Ken Johnson from the City. Matt Rapp and Cathie Hurlburt from THE PLAYERS, and Bill Hickey and Laura Tuck from Incepture. Special thanks go to our CEO, Earnie Franklin for allowing us the freedom of action to put on a first class event!
Thanks for taking the time to read about this great event, and never forget what the Veterans have done to safeguard our way of life. They have given so much; we REALLY need to give them a viable path to success in return.
If you'd like to see more about the event check out: Channel 4- News4Jax and the St. Augustine Record
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