Celadon Trucking Services, Inc.
Military Branch: Marine Corps
Years Served: 2002-2015 active, 2015-present Reserve
Highest Pay Grade: Major (O-4)
MOS: 7566 (CH-53E Pilot), 7596 (Aviation Safety Officer), 4802 (Recruiting Officer)
Director of Safety & Compliance. I ensure that Celadon and its affiliate companies conduct business operations in compliance with federal, state and local laws. I also work hard to find ways to constantly improve and build upon Celadon’s culture of safety.
How did you get the job?
Why did you choose this job?
The executives at Celadon very clearly understand the value of bringing veterans on board and they had an opening where they thought my skills would effectively blend. I wanted to be part of Celadon’s vibrant workforce and have the opportunity to test my leadership abilities in a different environment and among a more diverse group. Plus, Indiana is my home and Celadon is a strong, dynamic Indiana company. It just made sense.
What is the best part of the job?
Every day is different. I’m faced with new challenges that don’t have easy answers, and I get to work with different departments and organizations to find solutions. I have great managers that communicate well and embrace change. And every day, I get to use something that I absorbed on active duty to get my job done.
What was the biggest transition headache?
I didn’t realize how much I would miss being with Marines. That is a large part of why I continue to serve in the Reserves.
What skills did you bring with you?
Almost all my valuable skills were attained as a result of serving my country. I quickly learned the DOT & DOL regulations because of what I endured during two years at flight school. Everything I know about good leadership came from the Marine Corps. I use communication skills I honed on the radios and while interacting with leaders, refugees, and everything in between. I am used to enforcing compliance standards and I’m able to use principles from my past to understand the importance of regulation because of the lessons I learned as an Aviation Safety Officer. And I use many of the planning skills I developed while suffering through countless iterations of the Marine Corps Planning Process during workups for deployment. I am what I am because of the Marine Corps.