Vets pro­pel com­pany with built-in lead­er­ship skills and work ethic

Tulsa World - - Work&money - In­ter­view by Adam Daigle • World As­sis­tant Edi­tor


You re­cently marked 10 years in busi­ness. How did you get the idea to start Check-6?

It was around 1991 when I joined my first op­er­a­tional fighter squadron, VF-41, and sat in our ready room at an all-hands meet­ing. I in­ven­to­ried the amaz­ing tal­ent in the room. They were peo­ple who could have done any­thing but chose for that part of their lives to fly fight­ers off of air­craft car­ri­ers. Even more impressive were the troops who main­tained the jets.

I re­mem­ber think­ing, “You could lit­er­ally ac­com­plish any­thing with this amaz­ing group of tal­ent if it was de­ployed in the pri­vate sec­tor: The value would be enor­mous.” Of course, it wasn't un­til 2006 that an op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self to ap­ply this tal­ent pool to the pri­vate sec­tor, and that was the ge­n­e­sis of Check-6.


Your com­pany spe­cial­izes in hir­ing mil­i­tary vet­er­ans. How have they ben­e­fited your com­pany over the years?

In short, our vet­er­ans de­liver an in­cred­i­ble re­turn on in­vest­ment (ROI) to our cus­tomers. That ROI is mea­sured in mil­lions of dol­lars of ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ment and preser­va­tion of lives.

The mil­i­tary is an in­ter­est­ing case study in high-per­form­ing teams. Our vet­eran spe­cial­ists, groomed by mil­lions of tax­payer dol­lars, have been ex­posed to a ca­reer of lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment with an un­canny abil­ity to im­part those same skills in oth­ers. Th­ese amaz­ing vet­er­ans have lit­er­ally with­stood trial by fire while lead­ing men and women of the most di­verse de­mo­graph­ics imag­in­able un­der the most haz­ardous and chal­leng­ing con­di­tions imag­in­able to ac­com­plish the most her­culean ob­jec­tives.

In short, they make the dif­fi­cult look easy. They are ex­perts in lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment, con­tin­u­ous process im­prove­ment and the cul­tures that are the cor­ner­stone of high-per­form­ing teams. Our clients ap­pre­ci­ate their con­tri­bu­tions to their larger teams. Our vet­er­ans are pas­sion­ate about mis­sion ac­com­plish­ment and, most im­por­tantly, en­joy con­tribut­ing to high per­for­mance teams.


I'm cu­ri­ous about your story and your 16 years in the Navy. How did your time there change your life?

That ex­pe­ri­ence cer­tainly changed my life, and it was a gift for which I will for­ever be in­debted to this coun­try and the tax­pay­ers who paid for it. It was such a priv­i­lege to serve in the Navy, fly F-14s off of air­craft car­ri­ers and re­ceive the ed­u­ca­tion that comes from fol­low­ing or lead­ing

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