When military veterans return to civilian life in search of new careers, like any other jobseeker they are looking to find an employer who is looking for their skillset and a culture that will match their own personality and comfort zone. At Vesta Partners, many in our core leadership are former military including CEO Noel Fagan. We have the SAP IT services roles and culture in which many veterans can excel—especially those who have served in operations previously.
That’s the case for Nevin Gamble, Eddie Varnellis, and Carson Reed. All served in the armed forces in operations at some point in their careers. Gamble, who came to Vesta as an Analyst, finds familiarity in the company’s culture.
“Vesta Partners has a very family-oriented culture and I wanted to be part of a tight knit group, like I was in the military,” says Gamble. “Soldiers in the military have different personalities and as a leader I had to learn how to motivate and gain their trust. This relates to the consulting world in which it is imperative to build trust between you and the client.”
Reed, who also joined Vesta as an Analyst, found early on in the interview process that the Vesta culture would work for him, saying it was completely different than anything he had experienced at other organizations.
“Interviewing felt like talking to new friends instead an awkward tribunal. Many other companies had a laundry list of selling points but seemed incapable of helping me understand whether or not I fit their company’s culture,” explains Reed. “The Army and the military as a whole is a ‘team of teams;’ everyone’s codependent on each other and trust between disparate elements is vital for success. Consulting at Vesta is similar.”
Building on Skills, Finding New Opportunities
The major appeal for Varnelis was the broad range of opportunities he could find as a Vesta Consultant. He liked the scope of industries, such as Utilities, Oil and Gas, and Rail. He finds that IT implementation is a great way to expand and complement his operations experience.
“The most important aspect of my military experience that set me up for success is leadership. People are always at the core of any organization and knowing how to manage this aspect helps both with clients and internally,” says Varnelis. “I was staffed on a custom IT application project and it has been a great learning experience so far. I get to see IT product implementation from start to finish while driving some of the design myself.”
Gamble says his roles have been diverse and eclectic so far, from consulting on best practices, developing functional unit test and test cases for integrated training cycles and his current task of configuring an SAP S/4HANA system for a major electric power generation utility.
Similarly, Reed has found three distinct project roles since joining Vesta, each building on his previous experience. First, he was sent to an electrical utility in Nebraska to start learning the basics of SAP and the consulting business. Months later at the same project, he found more responsibility and a more defined role. He was then sent to a larger project in Louisiana with a broader role that allowed him to continue learning SAP while simultaneously expanding his responsibilities.
Vesta has both a culture that fits for veterans like Gamble, Varnelis, and Reed, and diverse opportunities that enable them to expand their skillset. A company-wide expectation of excellence also pushed any employee to be at their best.
“I am learning every single day, interacting with client and project team, and being responsible for certain solutions is a healthy and enjoyable challenge that continuously pushes me to be better,” says Varnelis.