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Mike Starich
Mike Starich grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended Marquette University on an NROTC scholarship. After graduating, Mike served seven years in the US Marine Corps as an F-4 Phantom Flight Officer and also a Marine Officer Recruiter. After separating as a Captain in 1992, he joined Orion International as a Junior Military Officer Recruiter. After serving in various roles from Austin Operations Manager to Chief Operating Officer, Mike was promoted to President at the start of 2006.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife of 20 years and their three children. They are active in their church and with the local Boy Scout Troop in Austin, Texas.


- If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional,
what would it be?
  Be humble, work hard, and be honest.
   
- What do you like most about working at Orion?
  Since I was hired in 1992, I have been afforded great freedom of action, responsibility, and opportunity. Further, having the opportunity to continue to make a difference for transitioning veterans is very rewarding. Though this can be a lucrative career choice for successful people, the job satisfaction goes beyond the paycheck.
Steve Bjerke
Steve Bjerke is originally from Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Accounting. After graduation, he joined the audit department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Detroit
and became a CPA; following his time at PWC, he served in several finance and administrative positions at Ryder System, Inc. (transportation).

Steve moved on to become the Chief Financial Officer of LNR Property Corporation, a manager/investor in commercial real estate based in Miami Beach, FL, before joining the Orion
team as Chief Financial Officer in January of 2008. Steve, his wife and children currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.


- If you could give just one piece of advice to a transitioning military professional, what would it be?
  In any business relationship, there is nothing more important than honesty or integrity.
   
- What is the one thing you like most about working at Orion?
  It’s great to be part of an organization that provides rewarding opportunities to those that have served our country.
Tim Isacco
Tim Isacco currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer in Orion International, leading both Sales and Operations for the company. Tim joined Orion in 1995 as an Account Executive in the Cincinnati office, upon his separation from Active Duty.

Instrumental in the growth and expansion of Orion, Tim has served as Vice President of Sales, Operations Manager, Regional Manager, and Vice President of Operations. He was selected as a Senior Partner in 2003. Tim helped develop Orion’s Military Talent Program, and has worked with companies including General Electric, Siemens, and Honeywell to develop their Veteran hiring initiatives.

Tim graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1988, and represents the 5th generation of Academy graduates within his family. He served as an Army Infantry Officer on assignments including Germany and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Tim volunteers his time for the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Foundation, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and the Warrior Transition Group, focused on retraining and hiring of Veterans with PTSD and TBIs.

- If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional,
what would it be?
  Think long term, and focus on how your next job will influence and prepare you to meet your
ultimate career goals.
   
- What do you like most about working at Orion?
  I like the people that I work with at Orion, as well as our clients and candidates. Together we can solve almost all obstacles and find the right job for the right person.
Brian Henry
A native of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Brian Henry was awarded a four-year NROTC scholarship and attended The Pennsylvania State University. Brian then served as a Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Branch Head for the Marine Corps Amphibious Raid Branch. During that time he attended the Army’s Ranger and Airborne Schools and the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia, where he finished in the top 5% of his class.

After 11 years in the Marine Corps, Brian separated from the service and joined Orion International as an Account Executive in San Diego, CA, in 1998. After nearly a year as an Account Executive, he moved into the Candidate Recruiter position and was the leading recruiter in the San Diego office. In December 2000, he was promoted to Operations Manager in San Diego and has been instrumental in the success of the highest billing office in Orion. In September 2006, he was appointed VP Operations of the Officer Recruiting Division of Orion and became a Senior Partner in the firm.

Brian is married with two children and lives in San Diego, California. He is a member of the Marine Executive Association, served on the San Carlos Little League board for six years, managed his son’s little league and travel baseball teams for seven years, and is active in Boy Scout Troop 959.

- If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional,
what would it be?
  Be as open minded as possible as you start the transition process. There are countless opportunities and career paths out there to consider, most to which you may have had no exposure. So get yourself prepared to interview, talk with your recruiter, and try to figure out what you are looking for in your next career. Be realistic and take a "big picture" look at where you want to be five and ten years from now. Realize that your first job is just getting your foot in the door. Your hard work, leadership abilities, energy, and commitment will drive your success!
   
- What do you like most about working at Orion?
  There are many things I have enjoyed about my time at Orion. First, it is the people. Nearly everyone in the company is former military. One of the things I loved most about the Marine Corps was the people I worked with and for, and the same holds true here. Secondly, it is the competitive environment. There are new challenges and new goals to hit every month. The team works hard and keeps setting the bar higher year after year. Lastly, it is our Purpose. We are in the business of creating opportunities for our fellow service members. We all sacrificed and served our country, and we take pride in knowing that we can help others like us make a smooth transition into new careers when their time in the military is up. Our business perpetuates itself. Every person we place into a company carries the torch for the next group of people entering the service. When they do well, they further the strong reputation of the types of candidates that leave the military each year.
Bill Key

Bill Key joined the Navy in 1977, and, after Submarine School, was assigned to the navigation division on the USS Gato (SSN 615), the Operations Department of Submarine Squadron 4 in Charleston, SC, and did a tour as the Assistant Navigator onboard the USS Batfish (SSN 681). Bill was a Military Science Instructor for NROTC Texas A&M University until his retirement from the Navy in 1997. Married to Kerry Jean Dorman, Bill has with five children and resides in College Station, TX.

Bill started with Orion International in 1997 in the Austin office as a Candidate Recruiter. He also held the position of Lead Technical Recruiter and then Operations Manager for the Austin office. Bill is currently VP Operations, Enlisted Recruiting and enjoys helping Corporate America solve employment needs by sourcing Veterans from all branches of the service.

- If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional,
what would it be?
  Go after the "Opportunity", whatever it may be, with a Passion. Don't hamstring yourself with unrealistic salary expectations or geographic restrictions.
   
- What do you like most about working at Orion?
  Working with Orion has given me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of service members leaving the Armed Services. I believe they will have a positive impact in Corporate America.
Vearl Williams

Vearl joined the Army in Texas in December of 1972, serving in Air Defense from PVT to Brigade level CSM, earning his college degree from the University of Central Texas in the process. In November 1995, Vearl retired after 23 years of service. He joined the Orion Team in October 1995 to start the Career Network Division as a Technical Field Recruiter. Career Network was the very first service to find careers in corporate America for enlisted leaders and technicians. Vearl moved up through the company working in the positions of Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Vice President of Technical Recruiting, and now running Orion’s Engineering Solutions division, which provides Engineer recruiting services to a variety of industries.

Vearl resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife Sun of over 30 years. They have two sons, Melvin and Raymond, both of whom are proudly serving in the U.S. Armed Forces as young officers.

- If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional,
what would it be?
  Make sure you check out the market early and use the many resources at your disposal, from the transition centers and job placement centers to recruiting firms. Build a solid foundation for your next career move. Do not get locked into the cliché of feeling you must return home, making emotional decisions that you may later regret. As your career beyond the military gets started, move to where you and your family have the greatest opportunity to thrive in the marketplace. Those early decisions can mean the difference between success and failure.
   
- What do you like most about working at Orion?
  The great thing about working at Orion is the tremendous opportunity that is available if you reach out and take it. That, coupled with the fact that we help veterans start their second career in corporate America, delivers great job satisfaction!
Dave Bakkeby

Dave Bakkeby hails from the Northern Virginia area and received a BS in Accounting from Oral Roberts University and a Masters from Central Michigan University. After working as an accountant for Diverse Technologies Corporation for a year, he joined the Marine Corps. In the Marine Corps, he served as a Supply Officer for 1st ANGLICO and 1st SRIG at Camp Pendleton, CA.

Dave joined Orion International’s San Diego Office as an Account Executive in 1998. He was promoted to Regional Sales Manager in 2001 and is currently the Director of Strategic Accounts. Dave resides with his wife, two boys, and daughter in San Diego, CA, and is actively involved in his kid’s activities.

- If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional,
what would it be?
  Prepare! This is one of your greatest transitions in life. What you end up doing next will shape and form the rest of your career. Do your homework, know yourself, including strengths, weaknesses, and accomplishments; and most of all bring your "A" game to the interview.
Steve Casey

Born in Texas, and raised in Nebraska, Steve Casey graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1989, and served as an Army Infantry Officer with the 101st Airborne Division, including service in the Gulf War—Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm. After experience with a medical device manufacturer in Michigan, Steve joined the Orion team as one of the first Account Executives for the Western U.S., developing Orion’s core client company business. He has held a variety of positions at Orion, including Regional Manager, Director of National Accounts, leader of Orion’s first Strategic Account Management Program, and developer / leader of national sales training for several years at Orion. Steve has led the development of Orion’s most successful industry teams, in the semiconductor, oil and gas, and wind energy industries, helping Orion become #1 in the U.S. in military placement in those industries. In 2001-03, Steve co-founded a new business for Orion—NStar Global Services—an international semiconductor contracting company, which hit the Inc. 500 list in 2007. Steve has been a Sr. Partner for the firm since 2004

Steve enjoys scuba diving and is active in Veterans’ organizations. He helped start the Joint Service Academy Networking Organization in Central Texas, and has served on the boards of that organization and the West Point Society of Central Texas, and was a founding board member of the non-profit organization Heroes Night Out—helping wounded Veterans and their families. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the U.S. Army Ranger Association. Steve is married to his wife Susan, who owns businesses in the leadership development and executive training and protocol industries, and they have two children.

- If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional,
what would it be?
  Read and write out answers to questions from books such as The Interviewing Handbook for Military Leaders and Knock 'Em Dead. Practice your main interview answers out loud, and, most importantly, time yourself and look in mirror as you answer the most important question -"Tell me about yourself." Don't underestimate the importance of preparation. Prepare for interviews as you would prepare for a very important test or promotion.
   
- What do you like most about working at Orion?
  The opportunity to learn about and consult with all kinds of companies in America, while helping veterans make an important life transition. I enjoy doing all of that, while working for the top company in our business, in an entrepreneurial, fast-growth company environment. At Orion, you have the ability to create success for yourself every day while helping others like yourself. Orion is also the place where you can learn how to grow and run new businesses. This is something you will not find in any other company in our business.
David Coe

David Coe is originally from rural Ohio and studied Business & Marketing at Ohio University in Athens, OH. Following college, he served as a Marine Corps Officer within the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in North Carolina, and, during this time, deployed with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to Iraq for combat operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

After more than six years on active duty, David joined the Orion team in Cincinnati in January 2004 as an Account Executive while continuing to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve. David then launched Orion’s Strategic Account Management Program in 2007. He became an Orion Senior Partner in 2011 and transitioned into his current role as Vice President, Strategic Programs in June 2012.

David resides in Cincinnati, OH, with his wife, Sara, and their three sons, and enjoys spending time outdoors, running, and coaching youth hockey & football.

 
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