The Bullseye - December 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Orion Surpasses $100K Goal and Continues to Raise Funds for Veterans in 2014,
Orion International Presents $25K Donation to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation at Annual Gala,
5K in San Diego for the Veteran Low to High Challenge,
Alumni Update,
Congratulations to this Month's Winner!,
Career Opportunities Within Orion,
Join Orion's Alumni Club,
Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion,
Connect with Orion

Orion Surpasses $100K Goal and Continues to Raise Funds for Veterans in 2014

Orion has surpassed our goal and is continuing to raise more than $100K for Veterans in 2014 through the Veteran Low to High Challenge - directly supporting Burned and Wounded Personnel and their Families, Children of Fallen Service Members, and Transitioning Combat Veterans. 

All donations are tax-deductible and will benefit our partner Charitable Veterans Organizations - Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots, and Warrior Hike. Learn more about our Partner Organizations.

The culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge occurred October 10th-19th, when our team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors hiked from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, a trek which spanned 7 days and 130+ miles. Through the completion of the Low to High Challenge, we have surpassed our goal of raising $100K for Veterans in 2014, and have continued to raise funds for our Partner Organizations through December 15, 2014.

Get Involved

  • Make a donation to the Veteran Low to High Challenge! All donations are tax-deductible, and we appreciate each and every contribution. We will be accepting donations through December 15, 2014. Donate now

Please contact us any questions and to learn more about contributing to the Veteran Low to High Challenge. We appreciate each and every donation, and thank you in advance for your support!

Orion International Presents $25K Donation to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation at Annual Gala

Orion International attended the 6th Annual Greenwich Event College for their Children, a Salute to America’s Special Operations Forces Gala hosted by the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation in Riverside, CT, on Saturday, November 15th.

The gala was hosted by Colonel (Ret) Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient, with a presentation of the Patriot Award by Fallen Patriots scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, who lost his father, Senior Chief SEAL Dan Healy, during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, which has since been told in the book and film Lone Survivor. Learn more about Jacob's story.

Jacob Centeno Healy, featured speaker and Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation scholarship recipient

The recipient of this year’s Patriot Award was Admiral William H. McRaven, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Admiral McRaven previously served from June 2008 to August 2011 as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and from June 2006 to March 2008 as Commander, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR). In addition to his duties as COMSOCEUR, he was designated as the first director of the NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (NSCC), where he was charged with enhancing the capabilities and inter-operability of all NATO Special Operations Forces.

Admiral William McRaven, recipient of the Patriot Award

The gala also featured dinner and a live auction, with $2,617,104 raised to help support fallen military members and their children through the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Due to all of the generous donations made in support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge and its Partner Veteran Organizations, Orion International proudly presented a check for $25,000 to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation during the gala.

From left: Orion team members Jay Diller, Molly Moore, Kayla Burns, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Executive Director John Coogan, Orion team members Meredith Guenther, Todd Phillips

Orion Account Executive Jay Diller (right), with Wes Greene, son of LTC David Greene, killed in action. Wes and his sister, Jenna, along with their mother shared a table with Orion team members during the gala. Wes and his sister are both currently enrolled in college due to the assistance of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and have attended the annual gala for the past four years.

Orion International is proud to be able to give back to a foundation that makes a real difference in the lives of military families. If you would like to help others like Jacob, Wes, and Jenna, please donate here.

5K in San Diego for the Veteran Low to High Challenge

Orion International’s San Diego office wrapped up the final Veteran Low to High Challenge – Warrior Tribute 5K to benefit our partner Veteran organizations earlier this month. The office raised a total of $14,837 to date, and expects that number to rise over the $15,000 mark over the coming weeks. Over 200 runners participated in the event.

Highlights from the event included Medal of Honor recipient John Baca kicking off the race as the official starter and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton signing autographs and posing for photos with race participants. The San Diego Padres’ mascot, the Swinging Friar, and the Pad Squad were also in attendance, posing for photos and helping to motivate the crowd prior to the start of the race.

Representing one of our partner Veteran organizations, Operation Military Embrace, Sgt. Eric Morante participated in the 5K. Seven years ago, while with Fox Company 2/7 in Iraq, Eric and his squad were hit by a suicide bomber.

Also in attendance was Chelsea Healy, sister to scholarship recipient Jacob Centeno Healy, who spoke on behalf of her family and the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, another of our partner Veteran organizations. Jacob and Chelsea lost their father, Senior Chief SEAL Dan Healy, during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan.

After the race, race sponsor Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company – Liberty Station hosted an after party to celebrate the 239th birthday of the Marine Corps.

Orion International and the San Diego office would like to thank everyone involved in making the Warrior Tribute 5K a success, including Benchmark Mortgage, San Diego Harley-Davidson, SpaceX, NRG Home, JLL, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge – San Diego County Chapter, Mossy Automotive, Mimi’s Kitchen, San Diego Padres, Hooters, Digital Art Supplies, Custom Logos, Road ID, and Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company – Liberty Station. We appreciate your support!

With the completion of the 5K races, we have raised a total of $54,706 for our partner Veteran organizations, with 995 runners participating in 5K Run / Walk Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginina Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA! Thank you to all those who participated and donated!

Alumni Update

The Bullseye recently sat down with Cris Philyaw, a former Navy Nuclear ELT, whom Orion matched with a career at SpaceX, a leading space transport company, in 2012. Cris is still with the company and explains how his civilian career literally brought tears to his eyes.

Cris joined the Navy in November 1999 and left for boot camp on June 6, 2000, while still 17. In September 2012, he separated from the Navy. After learning about an exciting career opportunity with a company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft through his Orion recruiter in May 2012, he knew he wanted to work there.  

Cris’ recruiter helped him to tweak his resume to reflect his extensive technical background, and he was given a phone interview. He followed that up with an on-site interview in July 2012. By the beginning of August, he was given an offer, which he ultimately accepted and started his new career on September 10, 2012.

Cris says that his transition to the civilian workplace was smoother than he expected.  “It helps that about 60% of our full-time employees where I work are veterans. With so many of us understanding where someone fresh out is coming from, there's support on every stand and in every group,” explains Cris,“We are family here, and we celebrate our successes as such and feel the pain of drawbacks and setbacks just like you do at home.” And Cris has found that his employer cares about their employees and their families. After having his first child this past June, he received flowers and gifts for his daughter from the CEO and President.

It’s not all flowers and gifts, as they do sometimes have to battle the elements, because, as Cris says, “You just can't test a rocket or one of its engines indoors!” But, at the end of the day, he explains, “You're working for a company that will put humans on Mars and is helping to revolutionize the commercial space industry.”  

Now, for the tears: Cris and many other Orion alumni at the company describe the same sentiment: There's nothing more rewarding than seeing all of the hours, blood, and sweat spent on getting a rocket certified for flight come to fruition, as you watch that flight launch and make mission. “The first rocket I worked on was Flight 6, which was our first 1.1 flight; and I would be lying if I did not have tears of joy flowing down my face. Between the cheers and tears, you cannot beat the feeling of watching your hard work released in over 1 million pounds of thrust, rocketing towards the vastly untouched frontier of space,” recalls Cris.  

The rocket and space industry is a very small industry with only a handful of companies with launch capabilities. Because of this, Cris says, it is very difficult to prepare yourself for the specific job tasks that will be required. However, he says his background in Nuclear Power played a major role in his success thus far.  

“You have to be quick on your feet, have the ability to learn fast and on the job, and are responsible for the safe operation, repair, and maintenance of not only the test article but the stand and supporting equipment that allow us to test our rockets,” explains Cris, “You can teach anyone to turn a wrench, but you have to be able to think ahead and be ready for the next series of events, while taking in to account how the work you are performing or will be performing affects the rocket and the safety of those working on it.”  

Cris is more than satisfied with his career choice. He has a challenging job, in a family oriented environment, working on equipment and hardware very few people get the opportunity or privilege to experience.  And Cris adds, “Aside from having great benefits, you get to see your hard work place a satellite in a geosynchronous orbit or supply the ISS with much needed provisions and experiments. You get to be a part of the reusable rocket development and on the leading edge of the return of human spaceflight to American soil. We take pride in our work and what we do, and we love our job. What more could you want?”

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft in-house from the ground up. The company has more than 3,000 employees at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California; launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas; and offices in Houston, Texas; Chantilly, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.

Orion is actively recruiting Military Officers and Technicians for SpaceX for a large number of positions across company divisions and locations in the United States. If you are interested in learning more about a career with SpaceX, please click here.

If you would like to participate in Transition Corner and share your story, please contact Allison Thomas.

Congratulations to this Month's Winner!

Rick Dooley won the Job Seeker Referral monthly drawing

 and is the winner of a $50 gift card.  

Ready for your chance to win a $50 gift card? You’ll receive an entry into our monthly drawings for Client and Job Seeker referrals for each referral that you submit – good luck and thank you for the referral!

Career Opportunities Within Orion

Become part of Orion's team! We are currently hiring for the following:

San Diego, CA; Raleigh, NC

Orion International is currently seeking transitioning or former military officers to join our Sales Team as an Account Executive in our San Diego and Raleigh offices.

Account Executives are responsible for discovering and securing job opportunities for our military candidates.

Account Executive Essential Job Duties

  • Create and maintain relationships with America's leading companies through development of a leads list, business development calls, onsite client presentations, and networking.
  • Educate potential clients on the value of hiring military candidates.
  • Grow and manage a portfolio of client accounts within your territory.
  • Once a job order is received, discuss the specific opportunity with identified candidates by providing a complete background on the position, company, and industry.
  • Through the final phases of the hiring process you will work with both the client and candidate to provide superior customer service and consultation to each.
  • Required travel - Attend Hiring Conferences in your region between one and two times each month; additional occasional travel within your region to client locations.

Account Executive Qualifications

  • Military Experience - You must be a former or transitioning military professional.
  • Education - Bachelors Degree is required.
  • Previous sales experience or a desire to succeed in sales.
  • Excellent presentation skills, energetic, and motivated.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Orion offers our Account Executives a competitive salary plus bonus structure that leads to a salary plus commission compensation structure.
  • Orion provides a full benefits package to our employees including vacation and holidays, medical, dental, vision, LTD, STD, life insurance, and 401k.

Apply for this position, or contact us with questions.

We also invite you to view a pre-recorded webinar (username iprep, password: video) hosted by Brian Henry, Orion's VP of Officer Recruiting, which provides a detailed overview of the Account Executive position.

Enlisted Candidate Recruiter - Raleigh, NC; San Diego, CA; Cincinnati, OH

Orion is currently seeking an Enlisted Candidate Recruiter for our Raleigh, NC; San Diego, CA; and Cincinnati, OH offices.

Position Description:

  • Work with candidates exiting the military and identify those who have the skills and abilities our clients are looking for.
  • Source, screen, and match candidates for opportunities based on a variety of qualifications.
  • Prepare candidates for interviews and work with them through the Orion pipeline, from sourcing, to acceptance of a job offer, and after they begin their new position.
  • Daily activities will include but are not limited to: searching for candidates, cold calling candidates, screening candidates, identifying candidates for opportunities, and working with candidates on resume preparation and interviewing skills.
  • You will travel to different military installations in your territory interviewing potential candidates. You will also travel to hiring conferences sponsored by Orion International.

Compensation and Benefits:

Orion is focused on being competitive in salary as well as developing its employees in a competitive job market environment.  We offer a substantial salary plus bonus initially that will lead to a salary plus commission structure.  We also include a 401k plan, medical and dental, disability, and profit sharing. At Orion, we believe in promoting our top performers in a company that is focused on growth.


  • Must have served in the United States military - no exceptions.
  • Must have military recruiting experience.
  • A military technical background is desired.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.

Army Officer Recruiter - Cincinnati, OH

Orion is seeking a former Army Officer to join our Cincinnati office as an Army Officer Recruiter. This is your opportunity to assist your fellow Veterans, while gaining invaluable Sales and Marketing experience in a high-paced environment. You will work with transitioning Army Officers and aid them in their transition from Active Duty into Corporate America.

There is no prior Sales or Recruiting experience necessary as you will receive all of the training needed to succeed in this role. You will be trained by a recruiting team with over 40 years of combined experience in this industry, as well as be a part of the all veteran team in the Raleigh office.

Primary Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Serve as the lead point of contact for transitioning Army Officers throughout the Eastern US and Europe.
  • Identify and develop relationships with Army Officers preparing for an upcoming transition into Corporate America.
  • Travel to military bases within your assigned territory in order to conduct seminars, attend career fairs, and meet with transitioning Officers, conducting marketability assessments and preparing them for their transition into the civilian workforce.
  • Present national webinars on resume preparation, interview preparation, and career transition topics.
  • Utilize Social Media and other Marketing techniques to increase company awareness and visibility in key candidate demographics.
  • Provide training support to our Military Talent Partner clients, educating them on the military, officer roles and responsibilities, and value to their organization.
  • Provide recruiting support to fulfill the active job orders in your region as well as for national support targets.
  • Prepare candidates for interviews, get feedback following interviews and help guide the process through the point of receiving and accepting an offer.
  • Work with ACAP Centers and other key base contacts to develop relationships, a referral base, and to coordinate your visits.
  • Grow Orion’s market share within the Active Duty Army population.
  • Assist with resume creation and revision, career options and interview preparation.  

Compensation: Approximately $75k first year, with potential of $80-90k in second year.

Benefits: Orion offers an industry-standard, comprehensive benefits package to include medical / dental / vision insurance (HSA and PPO options); 401k; life insurance; ADD/STD/LTD; vacation and paid holidays.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Travel Requirements: Travel approximately 2 to 3 times/month to military installations and/or hiring conferences within your assigned territory (~30% travel).

Career Progression: Orion has a performance based environment. Opportunities to move into Production Recruiter, Account Executive, and other roles will develop, resulting in average earning potential of $115k+/annually. 


  • Recently transitioned Army Officer less than five years removed from Active Duty, or currently transitioning.
  • Strong desire to assist fellow veterans and succeed in recruiting.
  • Strong achievement profile, high energy, and the drive to succeed in a fast paced recruiting environment.
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills.   

If you would like to be considered for this position, please Apply now.

Join Orion's Alumni Club

As an Orion alum, your experience and guidance is a valuable asset to veteran job seekers who are now in the same position you were when searching for a career. Join Orion's Alumni Club if you'd be willing to share your expertise with current Orion job seekers or discuss options for hiring military with our Account Executives. Check out Transition Corner for others who have participated in Orion's Alumni Club.

If you would like to participate, complete this form to be enrolled in Orion’s Alumni Club and entered into our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card.

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Refer a Military Job Seeker to Orion

Do you know a military job seeker looking for a civilian career? For each referral that you give us, your name will be entered in our monthly drawing for a $50 gift card. Even better, if your referral is hired through Orion, you will receive a $100 gift card as our way of saying thanks. More than $25,700 in referral bonuses have been earned so far in 2014!

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