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