My dad fought in WWII as a member of the 104th Infantry Division under “Terrible Terry Allen.” The 104th, also known as the Timberwolves, fought its way across Belgium and Western Germany to the Rhine River. They were on the front for over 100 days and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.
My father drove a reconnaissance jeep. When I was a kid, he told me his job was to drive ahead of the lines, wait to be shot at and report back on the enemy’s position. As you can imagine, he didn’t slow down for anything when he was driving that jeep. We used to kid him about the way he approached stop signs. Even after decades of civilian life, he never wanted the car to come to a full stop. He’d just tap the brakes and keep going.
This reminds me a lot of Clearent, and how our high-growth journey is a constant race against time and the competition. One key driver of our growth is being able to attract and retain the best talent, which requires new ideas and bold action.
I’m happy to announce a new Veterans Recruiting Initiative led by our Talent Acquisition team and Phil Ricci, Military Recruiting Champion. They will work to bring the talents and skills of more veterans to the Clearent team. Every year, over 250,000 veterans transition to civilian life. We already have a lot of veterans on the Clearent team, but we want to see that number grow. Veterans bring great skills and personal attributes to our team, including leadership, teamwork, discipline, integrity and goal attainment, just to name a few.
Beginning with a pilot program for Account Executives, our team will develop and foster a talent pipeline with veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States, as well as current or former members of the National Guard or Reserve. The program kicks off next week with a recruiting event at Fort Leonard Wood, which is located in the Missouri Ozarks. Future growth of this program will involve developing relationships with state and local Veterans Service Organizations, along with targeted advertising and events.
Remember my dad and his keep-moving-quickly, never-stop mindset. By welcoming more veterans to join Clearent, we will be enriching our culture, gathering new perspectives and helping our teams thrive. Great people make Clearent a great place to work and a great company.