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Learning Consultant II
Washington, DC area
Kevin B joined Bank of America after 11 years on active duty as a Marine officer in the late 90’s. He currently works as a Learning Manager in Learning and Leadership Development, where he oversees the design and development of Military learning content and transition resources. Bank of America is committed to hire 10,000 veterans, guard and reservists over the next several years, and the goal of Kevin’s team is to assist transitioning veterans in finding employment in the civilian sector and support our company’s military hires as they adjust to the corporate workplace.
Highlights of this support include content on Bank of America’s Military Transition and careers site on bankofamerica.com (militarytransition.bankofamerica.com), which provides veterans and their spouses information that can help them in their job search, including workplace and business knowledge. Kevin’s team built a Military Transition Action Timeline – an industry first – which helps veterans gather the information they need to make important decisions about their future. Starting from 18 months before they plan to separate from the military, the timeline helps them prioritize goals and objectives and clarify a path, whether it’s to school, entrepreneurship or employment.
Kevin continued to stay active in the Marine Corps Reserve while employed at Bank of America. He was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005 for several years and was away from the bank on an extended military leave of absence. He recently retired from the Marine Corps as Colonel after serving in every major combat operation since 1990. He is the proud husband of an active duty Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force and has three teenage children. Given his unique position as both a military spouse and veteran, we asked Kevin for insight into his transition, how Bank of America has supported him, and advice for those looking to make the transition to civilian life.
How was your transition from the Marine Corps to working at Bank of America?
Looking back, my initial transition to corporate life was difficult. The job search was a “full time job” during my last few months on active duty as a young officer in the mid 90’s. At that time, there were not as many transition resources available to servicemen and women. You had to be diligent in your job search. A lot has changed in the wake of September 11th. There is a greater understanding of how valuable a veteran can be to a team and an organization. The military, military support organizations and the private sector has become more engaged in assisting our veterans, especially Bank of America.
How did you stay in contact with the bank during your military leave of absence?
Emails, written letters and care packages….and plenty of them! The support I received from my coworkers and people I didn’t even know at the bank was fantastic. Once I was established in Iraq or Afghanistan the care packages started to flow! It was overwhelming at times, especially during the holidays. I was always glad to share the generosity with my fellow Marines and our NATO partners. It definitely kept the morale up. I am very thankful for the support I received. My manager at the time was instrumental to the support I received from Bank of America. I can’t thank him enough for his efforts while I was away and his assistance in transitioning back to the workplace upon my return.
How has the bank supported you as a military spouse?
In 2014, my wife Jenn deployed with the U.S. Air Force to Kabul, Afghanistan for 6 months. My manager, Karen Humphries, was very supportive to me and my family before, during, and after Jenn’s deployment. She would always ask how my wife was doing during our weekly connect sessions, always made sure the rest of our team knew what Jenn was up to, and even sent Jenn a surprise care package for Christmas. My teammates at work were very supportive during a very stressful time. Recently, my wife became a commanding officer of a squadron which is a huge step for her career. But she is not based near our home. My manager, Wende Stambaugh, worked with Human Resources to build flexibility into my work schedule, permitting me to telework part of the month from my wife’s base so we could be together during her time in command. Bank of America is very supportive of military spouses; they understand the importance stability brings to a military family.
What advice would you give to someone looking to transition out of the military to a corporate job?
Preparation. Have a plan. Execute! Recognize that many employers are looking for your skill sets and traits. The vast amount of resources available on the internet and through non-profit organizations today to specifically assist active duty military and veterans is inspiring. Even if you are stationed away from the United States, you can search and land a job via the internet. The Military Transition Action Timeline that Bank of America provides on its Careers website is a great reverse planning tool to assist those leaving the military and pursuing a career in the corporate workplace. Finally, America is proud of our military and its’ veterans. We at Bank of America recognize the sacrifice and service of OUR military families. As a veteran you will make a great addition to many other veterans working at Bank of America. Good luck in your job search and your next great adventure!
Business Support Manager II
Charlotte, North Carolina
I can’t say enough about the support I received from Bank of America during my Afghanistan deployment. My manager and team maintained almost daily contact with me via email. Let me give you a couple of examples.
First, one of the folks sent me a picture of a beach with a personalized note on it. This picture was really important because I had promised my wife I would take her to Hawaii when I got back home. I still have the picture today in my office. Second, I received Sunday newspapers from each of the hometowns of folks on the team. That was really neat because I had lived in many of those towns in my lifetime, and I was able to read about things that were happening there. Yes, we had access to CNN and major TV networks, but it was so different to read about what was happening back in Charlotte, Louisville, Dallas or Los Angeles.
However, the most significant thing that happened to me occurred in November of 2009. I received over 20 large boxes of items (toiletries, snacks, cards, etc.) from folks at Bank of America. These were donated by employees in the Military Support & Assistance Group, the Bank of America Community Volunteers organization, and people in the line of business (CSBB T&O) I supported. I shared these items with the soldiers on my base. After returning home, I got an opportunity to thank employees directly via emails and personally when I visited the Bank’s operations teams in Dallas and Phoenix
Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, recognized me during the 2010 Shareholders meeting. I had just returned from my deployment from Afghanistan, and Brian wanted to recognize those that currently serve and had served, and the employees that had lost their lives since 9/11. I was extremely humbled to be recognized in such an important event. I also did an interview for a local TV station for Veterans Day. I had an opportunity to talk about my military experiences and how Bank of America supports those of us that serve our wonderful nation.
Consultant, Systems Engineering
Charlotte, North Carolina
In January 2010, I received orders to active duty as part of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. I served on active duty from January 2010 to September 2011 and during that time took military leave from the bank as an associate.
Leading up to my mobilization, the management and executive team were extremely supportive. During my time away from work and family, the benefits the bank provided gave great assistance to my family.
Much of my time away was spent in the field without communication capabilities. During this time, the bank allowed my wife to handle the benefits and communications with the bank, which allowed me to focus upon the mission at hand. This gave my wife confidence that, even though I was not always available, she could utilize the bank’s assistance if our family needed it.
The benefits extended by the bank during a mobilization are nothing short of amazing: 90 days of full salary, followed by an amount which would ensure the difference between my military salary and my family’s normal income level, which was then sustained for as long as my mobilization. My salary difference between the military and Bank of America is large, so not having this financial hardship on top of being separated from the family was essential. All other benefits (medical, health savings account, etc.) continued uninterrupted. This money helped alleviate any concerns my family had with financial matters during the transition to active duty. After this experience, my wife has stated that she would never allow me to take employment with a company which did not have this level of benefits while I am a serving reservist.
Upon my return to home, my management team once again bent over backwards to support me and my family. After reporting that I would be available for work at a certain date, my manger advised me to take an additional week to help transition back to civilian life. During this time, and during my mobilization, I was in contact with my manager and execs, and they were always supportive and available. Following my return, I was personally recognized by our CTO on an all-hands call.
Following this mobilization in 2010, I have also been called to several long-term annual training events, sometimes up to 30 days. During these times, the response from management has always been the same: do your duty to the country and come back safe.
In conclusion, the benefits of being a reservist at Bank of America are phenomenal, and a force multiplier at home and in my military career. However, it is greater than that: in a post-9/11 world, the demands on a military reservist are great, whether during mobilization or during a normal drilling status. Bank of America has always been supportive of my military career, ensuring that time needed to perform my monthly drills is given, and done so with a positive attitude. My management team seems to truly embrace military service and has helped support a culture within the bank which recognizes the skill set a military career brings back to the civilian world. This corporate climate ensures that the support of our reservists is a top priority, and retaining reservists and veterans is a positive model for other businesses.
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