In This Issue:
Time Magazine Names Veterans the New Greatest Generation,
Emerging Technology of 2012,
Congratulations to This Month's Winner,
Census Data Shows Drop in Home Ownership,
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Time Magazine Names Veterans the New Greatest Generation
In the August 29 issue of TIME Magazine, author Joe Klein names veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the new ‘Greatest Generation.’ And while Klein focuses mainly on veterans in public service, the examples he provides also speak volumes about how this generation of veterans can and will affect change in corporate America.
Klein points out that many returning veterans choose to continue to serve their country by serving other veterans. These include John Gallina and Dale Beatty, both service-injured veterans, who started Purple Heart Homes, an organization that does handicapped-access projects for veterans; and Jake Wood and William McNulty, Marine Sergeants, who started Team Rubicon, which sends teams of former non-commissioned officers into disaster areas to organize logistics.
Other veterans choose public service in the form of political office and often return to school for graduate degrees. Dr. Elaine Kamarck of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government teaches some of these veterans and says of them, “Two things set them apart: they’re very disciplined, and they’re really, really serious about their work.”
Kamarck illustrates exactly what it is about veterans that makes them so appealing to corporate America; and Klein mentions Siemens and their initiative to make 10% of all new hires veterans. (Siemens has partnered with Orion in order to achieve this goal.) Klein continues on this point by writing that “returning veterans are bringing skills that seem to be on the wane in American society, qualities we really need now: crisp decision-making, rigor, optimism, entrepreneurial creativity, a larger sense of purpose, and real patriotism…Indeed, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan required a new military skill set, far more sophisticated than for previous conflicts.”
And while the military community is lamenting the loss of some of its best young leaders to civilian transition, Klein points out that their loss is civilian America’s gain. General David Petraeus explains, “[These soldiers] have had to show incredible flexibility, never knowing whether they’re going to be greeted with a handshake or a grenade…I believe they are our next greatest generation of leaders.”
Klein gives the example of Seth Moulton. Given only a short time to come up with a business plan for an iPhone application that he had developed for doctors in Haiti after the earthquake, Moulton utilized an important skill he could have only learned in the military, the SMESC. Klein explains that the acronym stands for Situation, Mission, Execution, Support, and Command. Using SMESC, Moulton was able to come up with an impressive plan to present to the United Nations. When asked if he credited this skill to his Harvard education, Moulton replied, “Harvard Business School! I learned how to that in the United States Marines.”
Klein’s article highlights veterans and the skills that set them apart from their civilian counterparts. These skills are being applied to non-profits, public service, and civilian careers with zeal by veterans eager to make a difference. Orion believes deeply in these values and skills and is proud to assist America’s New Greatest Generation in finding rewarding civilian careers.
Jon Welch, Large Commercial Production Manager, Trane Clarksville, Tennessee
Jon Welch is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he earned his BS, and Regis University, where he earned his MBA in 2005. Welch, a former Nashville Metro Police Officer and a retired Major in the Army National Guard, worked as a Production Supervisor from 2000 through 2005, with an HVAC/Building Controls company. In 2005, however, Welch sought to change employers due to the shutdown of his local operation. Welch turned to Orion International to find a new civilian career and accepted a position with Trane in Clarksville, Tennessee, as a Production Supervisor.
Welch spent the next 18 months in that role and worked on the company’s Voyager 2 assembly line. During that time, he was promoted to the position of a Six Sigma Black Belt in the Quality department. In 2008, Welch was promoted to Large Commercial Production Manager where he has been ever since. In this position, he has run Intelipak and Chiller/Splits lines. Six years after beginning with Trane, Welch currently has responsibility for the Large Commercial and Support areas with a team of over 250 hourly employees, six production leaders, a departmental manager, and four manufacturing engineers.
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Emerging Technology of 2012
The year 2012 is almost upon us and most of the technology-obsessed subculture is already on their seats waiting for the hottest gadgets of the New Year. While the hottest gadgets of 2012 have yet to be determined, consumers are already aware of the latest emerging technologies and anticipating the “next big thing”.
Ultrabooks – Intel Ultrabooks are the most recent innovation in laptops. Cousin of the “Notebook”, this laptop is lighter, more portable, and thinner than it’s famous relative. They also offer up to five hours of battery life, better performance, and ultra-fast start up time. Ultrabooks are meant to compete with Apple’s Macbook Air and other similar models.
3D Smartphones – Spring 2011 introduced this latest innovation in smartphones. Sprint revealed the HTC EVO 3D, while AT&T launched the LG Thrill. Both offer a lot of power and glasses free 3D displays, however, the 3D smartphone has yet to take off as a mainstream trend. The year 2012 will likely be the year that 3D smartphones move from their infancy to widespread use as more companies prepare to launch their own 3D smartphones.
Bendable Touch Screens – Some products such as the iPod Nano have already marketed this feature. But 2012 promises to see an expansion of this technology and stiffer competition amongst companies. Apple is already working on tablets and smartphones with bendable touch screens, and Samsung has announced the introduction of the Galaxy Skin, a smartphone with a bendable screen that will come out in 2012. The advantage to bendable screens is that they are more portable and an easier-to-use product.
Mobile Payment Platforms - Also known as mobile wallets, these platforms are an alternative payment method where a consumer uses their smartphone to pay for services and goods. Using Near Field Communication (NFC) wireless technology, a consumer will simply tap or wave their phone in front of the product or barcode to pay for their item. Google has recently begun to roll out its new mobile payment in the form of Google Wallet. Be on the lookout for other companies as they follow suit.
As in the past few years, technology is changing at lightening speed. 2012 promises to be no different. The latest technology is really just a fraction of what we will see in the next decade.
Congratulations to This Month's Winner
Daniel Peabody won the Job Seeker Referral monthly drawing and is the winner of a $50 gift card.
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Census Data Shows Drop in Home Ownership
The dream of owning a home in the United States may be a thing of the past. The United States Census Bureau released a 2010 Census brief, “Housing Characteristics: 2010,” that reveals the homeownership rate is the second highest on record despite the fact that the rate decreased by 1.1 percent to 65.1 percent over the first decade of the 21st century. This decrease is notably the largest since The Great Depression.
The national housing inventory increased 13.6 percent from 2000-2010 to 15.8 million units. The housing inventory increased in all states during the last decade but grew at the fastest rate in the South and West versus slower increases in the Midwest and Northeast. The South measured in at 17.9 percent growth and the West at 17.3 percent growth. This was compared to the Midwest, which grew by only 9.3 percent, and the Northeast, which grew 6.6 percent.
The Census data also showed that metro areas have more homeowners while major cities have more renters. More than one third of all owner-occupied homes and renter-occupied homes were in the South. The Midwest home ownership rate was at 69.2 percent. This followed by the South at 66.7 percent, the Northeast at 62.2 percent, and the West at 60.5 percent. Overall, homeownership rates took a dive in each region during the first decade of the 21st century.
Renters outnumbered homeowners in most of the nation’s metro areas. In New York, renters composed 69.0 percent of households. This was followed by Los Angeles at 61.8 percent, Chicago at 55.1 percent, and Houston at 54.6 percent.
Homeowners beat out renters in almost all of the 3,143 counties. Counties with the highest homeownership rates were Keweenaw County, Michigan, at 89.8 percent, Sumter County, Florida, at 89.7 percent, Alcona County, Michigan, at 89.6 percent, Morgan County, Utah, at 89.1 percent and Powhatan County, Virginia, at 88.5 percent.
States with the highest homeowner vacancy rates, which also had the highest rental vacancy rates, included Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
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