Friday, October 17, 2014

Orion Recruiter Todd Phillips on All Things Career with Kevin Kermes

Check out this clip from the All Things Career Google Hangout with Kevin Kermes and Orion Recruiter Todd Phillips on the Veteran Low to High Challenge and our partner Veteran organizations - Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and Warrior Hike!

Todd, a former active duty Army Field Artillery Officer, Ranger school graduate, and Afghanistan combat veteran, is participating in the Low to High Challenge Hike. Happening this week, a team of Orion employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors will hike from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney.

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for Veterans as we embark on the Low to High Challenge and gain national recognition for Veterans by completing this trek, which will take place over seven days and cover 120+ miles.

Learn more and donate at

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Veteran Low to High Challenge Hike Underway

The Veteran Low to High Challenge hike has started! A group of Orion employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors began the trek on October 10th and will hike through October 18th, starting in Death Valley (282 feet below sea level) to the summit of Mount Whitney (14,505 feet elevation). It will cover 120+ miles with a 14,787 elevation change. Good luck to everyone participating in the hike!

Check out our Facebook event page for pictures, updates, and more from the trail, and feel free to post a word of encouragement to our hikers as they undertake this feat and raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014 through our partner organizations.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Orion International Raising Funds for Warrior Hike

Warrior Hike is partnering with Orion International to raise $100K+ for Veterans in 2014 through the Veteran Low to High Challenge.

All donations are tax-deductible and will benefit Orion’s partner Veteran Non-Profit Organizations – Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and Warrior Hike – directly supporting Seriously Injured Military Personnel and their Families, Children of Fallen Service Members, and Transitioning Combat Veterans. Learn more about the Partner Organizations.

The culminating event of the Veteran Low to High Challenge will occur this month, when a team of Orion Employees, Veterans, Partners, and Corporate Sponsors, will hike from the lowest point in Death Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, a trek which will span seven days and 130+ miles. It is Orion’s goal to gain national recognition for its Partner Veterans Organizations and raise $100K+ by undertaking and completing the Low to High Challenge.

Get Involved

  • Make a donation to the Veteran Low to High Challenge! All donations are tax-deductible, and each and every contribution is appreciated. To make your donation even more impactful, Orion will double your donation by matching, dollar-for-dollar, the first $14,505 (symbolic for matching the elevation of Mount Whitney) raised in Individual Donations! Donate now.

  • Get your company involved! Corporate Sponsorship is an opportunity for your organization to receive high-visibility recognition within the military community while directly supporting our partner charitable organizations. Orion has several levels of Corporate Sponsorship available to allow your company to contribute in a meaningful way to the Veteran Low to High Challenge, regardless of budget. Learn more about the benefits of Corporate Sponsorship.

  • Participate in a 5K in your area. Orion has held a 5K race in support of the Veteran Low to High Challenge in each of the cities an Orion office is located – Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; and Virginia Beach, VA; with our final 5K being in San Diego, CA. All proceeds from these events will be donated to Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and Warrior Hike.
Orion’s Cincinnati office “Go The Extra Mile For the Vets 5K” event, held on September 6th, had the honor to meet Jesse Bier, a USMC Combat Veteran suffering from PTSD and has been helped by Warrior Hike. He attributes his ability to get his life back in order to his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail with Warrior Hike. “Warrior Hike has allowed for me to break out of the bondage from PTSD...and be with people who have similar problems and interests,” he explains. See more of Jesse’s story here.

Jesse Bier and his dog, Cooper, on right, with Orion Recruiter Todd Phillips at Orion’s Cincinnati office 5K in September 2014

He now works with an organization called Battle Buddies, which works to help connect Veterans with PTSD with guide dogs. Jesse will be leading a hike for Warrior Hike next year. His story is a great, personal reminder of why Orion launched the Low to High Challenge to help Veterans through its Partner Veterans Organizations.

Learn more about Orion’s Veteran Low to High Challenge at

Friday, October 3, 2014

Veteran Spotlight: Jeff Moehling

U.S. Army Captain Jeff Moehling separated from service in June 2000 and began working with Orion International to find a civilian career. That partnership led to a position as a Sales Representative with Eli Lilly. The career match was an excellent one, and, in August 2014, Moehling celebrated his 14-year anniversary with the company.

After three years in his initial position, Moehling was promoted to Senior Sales Representative as a result of above average sales results and consistent leadership within his district. In May 2004, he was promoted to an associate role in Eli Lilly’s corporate office in Indianapolis, Indiana, and spent two years there as a Sales Training Associate. Following that, he was again promoted to a District Sales Manager position in Tyler, Texas, where he supervised ten sales representatives all over East Texas.

Then, in August 2009, Moehling made the decision to return to Austin and an Executive Sales Representative role in order to spend more time with his family and explore other outside interests. Moehling explains that doing so paid off, “I am now a father of two, and a three-time Ironman triathlon finisher!”

The success that Moehling is experiencing at Eli Lilly is not unique. His continued progression at the company is a prime example of the impressive talent companies are finding in veterans. Moehling advises that employers "take a close look at our veterans. The future leaders of your company are likely among them."

To read Moehling's profile and see more examples of veterans excelling in their civilian careers, please visit Transition Corner. And to learn more about hiring veterans, click here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Patriot Challenge 5K in Raleigh Surpasses Donation Goal

The Orion offices continue to shine with the 5K events, and the Patriot Challenge 5K for the Veteran Low to High Challenge hosted by the Raleigh office held Saturday, September 20th did not disappoint! The office is projecting $16,753 (with a goal of $10,000!) for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations, with 268 runners in attendance. Personal donations have continued to come in throughout the week!

Highlights include members of Rolling Thunder that led runners along the road for a portion of the course, the post-race raffle drawing with over $1,000 in prizes, and the USVC ArchAngels Rappel Team as they rappelled from the Koka Booth Amphitheatre light towers!

The day’s events were received well by runners, volunteers, and spectators alike, with overwhelming positive feedback and a wish that the race will become a yearly event.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, especially to the sponsors – Grifols, L&E Research, Leith Volkswagen of Cary, Get Spiffy, GreenShoot Group, Omega Sports, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Starbucks, 2 Cups Green Tea Hawaii, Armor Investment Advisors, Burt & Associates, Caribou Coffee, Computer Geeks, Diamonds Direct Crabtree, Digitel Services, Dr. Ira Tucker, McGladrey LLP, Safe Ride Home, Debbie Leggett State Farm, Cary NC, and WingSwept!

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veterans Organizations through the Veteran Low to High Challenge and through 5K Run / Walk Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office – Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA.

The next 5K race to help support our Veteran non-profit organizations will be held on Saturday, November 8th in San Diego, CA.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Orion Featured Employer Whirlpool Corporation Highlighted in GI Jobs Article on Retail Industry

In his August 2014 GI Jobs article, Industry Intel: Surprising Retail Careers, Marty Levine interviews Ellen Davis, senior vice president of the National Retail Federation (NRF), who describes a robust career field.  Davis explains: “Retail is a fantastic career opportunity. First of all, it’s big – there are a ton of opportunities. You can work in retail in your hometown. You can travel around the world with retail. The biggest tip I would give a veteran is that this is an industry that really offers career opportunities.” That includes careers in IT and cyber security, logistics, and operations.

Featured in the article is Whirlpool, the world's leading global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Whirlpool is also an Orion International Featured Employer, having distinguished themselves by their commitment to hiring veterans. Whirlpool’s top careers for Veterans, as listed in the article include Engineering/Project Management, Procurement, Information Technology/Global Information Systems, Production Management, and Logistics. Orion is currently recruiting veterans for engineering and technician positions with Whirlpool.

In addition to hiring veterans, Whirlpool also supports them on the job through their Whirlpool Veterans Association (WVA), a group welcoming all Whirlpool employees interested in recognizing and supporting their veteran colleagues. The group supports community events, advocates veteran recruiting, provides on-boarding support for veterans and their families, and even hosts social events. To learn more about how Whirlpool recruits and supports the veterans they hire, click here.

Kimberly Fry, senior manager for talent acquisition at Whirlpool, tells Levine, “We’ve found veterans to be outstanding talent. Our biggest challenge is finding roles that are big enough for them – which is a great problem to have. What I found is that the background of the military is so diverse that I can place the veterans anywhere in our organization and we’ll be confident in their performance – from hourly to the top and everywhere in between.”

Due to the diversity of available positions in Retail, Davis points out that veterans are going to find tremendous opportunity in areas where they already have experience in the military, be it logistics, security, management, or even IT. “Forty-four percent of retail jobs have nothing to with being in a sales role,” she says. Salaries can vary greatly by position but, according to Davis, Retail is one of the few “meritocracies” left, with many people in retail bringing home $100,000+.

Ultimately, Levine illustrates that Retail is more than just being a cashier and that those who are cashiers have a shot at working their way up the chain into management. He also points out that the breadth of experience veterans have makes them a great fit for this huge, diverse industry.

To learn how your company can become an Orion Featured Employer like Whirlpool through a full-cycle customized Military Talent Program, please click here

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5K Warrior Run Austin Office Race

Orion’s second 5K race of the season for the Veteran Low to High Challenge was held on Saturday, September 13th in Austin, TX. The Austin Office’s Veteran Low to High Challenge – 5K Warrior Run had some struggles to contend with, including a weather report of light rain, high winds, and temperatures in the 60’s, and a very saturated market in terms of races, but was still able to pull off a fantastic event.

The office kept a positive attitude and pulled together as a team to raise $3,583.62 for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations, with more donations coming in this week! In all, 178 runners registered for the event!

Some highlights include the Kids K race, which was a fun event for all participants and spectators, organized race teams from sponsors Freescale Semiconductor and Bench Tree, and the recognition of SGT Villarreal, a reminder of why Orion has contributed so much effort to launch the Veteran Low to High Challenge and raise funds for our partner non-profit Veteran organizations.

Perhaps one of the best parts of the race was Orion’s own Emily Castro, who won the 5K overall and absolutely blew everyone out of the water with a time of 19 minutes! Way to go, Emily!

The Austin office and the rest of the Orion team would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the sponsors of the Veteran Low to High Challenge – 5K Warrior Run, including Freescale Semiconductor, McDermott, Bench Tree, Pok-e-Jo’s, CLiF Kid, Alamo Drafthouse, Dunkin Donuts, Embassy Suites – Energy Corridor, H-E-B, Sir Speedy, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Texas, and especially to Boca and Uncle Louie G’s Italian Ices and Ice Cream, who despite poor sales due to the weather, are still planning on sending in a flat donation.

It is our goal to raise $100K+ for our partner Veterans Organizations through the Veteran Low to High Challenge and through 5K Run / Walk Races in each of the cities in which we have an Orion office - Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; and San Diego, CA.

The next 5K race to help support our Veteran non-profit organizations will be held on November 8 in San Diego, CA.