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Big Village Hosts First Veterans Day Event

November 22, 2019

In celebration of Veterans Day, Big Village hosted its first annual Veterans Day event at the global headquarters in New York. The event featured a panel of former military servicemen who discussed their personal career journeys and transitioning to working in the civilian world.

The event was inspired by Don Valdez, Senior Director, Publisher Strategy at EMX, and a Staff Sargent in the United States Marine Forces Reserve. Big Village was also happy to welcome his platoon members to the event!

Panelists included:

  • Joshua Morgan from Dataminr
  • Jack Bewlay from Cadreon
  • Evan Hughes from UM Worldwide
  • Clinton Matthews from JDog Junk Removal & Hauling
  • Moderator Chad Allen from Veterans Opportunity Partners and JDog Junk Removal & Hauling United.

As an organization, we were incredibly proud of the enthusiasm our colleagues had for listening to the visiting veterans as they shared their experiences and what they had learned through their career reintegration journeys.

Following are some of the insights/advice the panel shared with the audience, which included invited veterans:

Joshua Morgan from Dataminr

“All right, so if you guys were asking me a question, what is the most important thing when you’re transitioning out of the military? I’ll answer it for you. It’s networking. All right, so I challenge you at the end of the night to introduce yourself to every single person in this room. Ask for a business card, and tell them a little bit about yourself, because you need to get into the habit of learning from other people’s experiences, but also being comfortable enough to talk to them in any situation.”

Chad Allen from Veterans Opportunity Partners and JDog Junk Removal & Hauling United

“Your network is your net worth. I heard that when I first got out. It’s almost like when you’re a kid and your parents say you are who you hang around with. There is nothing more true than that. It’s who you know. Get some generic business cards made and take them everywhere you go.”

Evan Hughes from UM Worldwide

“Go on my LinkedIn profile. Go through all my contacts. If you see somebody you want to be connected to, shoot me a little note. I’ll happily introduce you. Everybody’s willing to do that for you. You’ve got to be willing to put in the work. LinkedIn is a great resource.”

The Veterans Day event demonstrated our ongoing commitment to recognizing the talents of America’s veterans and supporting their reintegration into working in the civilian world – with a focus on the advertising and media/marketing industry. We look forward to hosting more events like these in the future.