Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Veteran Spotlight: Lisa Steptoe

Orion is continuing its 20th anniversary celebration this week by featuring another one of our very first placements, Lisa Steptoe. Steptoe, a United States Military Academy graduate, class of 1987, served five years in the Army as a Quartermaster, both in Fort Knox, KY, and West Point, NY. Having spent the last 20 years in the civilian workforce, Steptoe shared her transition and civilian career experience with Hire a Hero.

After separating from the Army in 1991, the first interview Orion set up for Steptoe was with Pfizer, and, in fact, Steptoe still has her Interview Schedule Card from that day. That interview was all it took, and Steptoe chose to start her career with Pfizer, in part because she liked everyone she interviewed with, and in part because it felt like a place where she could make a career.

Steptoe enjoyed a 17 year career with Pfizer, where she worked in Territory Sales and Hospital Sales; and served as Regional Account Manager. After spending one year with Schering Plough as an Institutional Channel Account Manager, and one year with Cumberland Pharmaceuticals as a Hospital Account Manager, Steptoe and her husband have built a healthcare and technical services company, Steptoe Group, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOB) Business, where Steptoe serves as Business Development Manager & CFO.

Steptoe credits both her time at the U.S. Military Academy and her time in the military with preparing her to be a leader. “The concept of duty, honor, dedication, and commitment were internalized at the Academy and during my service, helping me be a success in all of our endeavors and to deal with the adversity and change that also comes from time to time,” explains Steptoe. That ability to deal with change helps her guide her company.

When asked about hiring veterans, Steptoe says that hiring managers shouldn’t just consider it, they should do it. “There is no better place to get highly qualified leaders that have the drive and dedication to succeed in your organization,” explains Steptoe.

Orion is proud to count Lisa Steptoe among our very first alumni. Her continued success in the Medical Sales industry is a testament to the value veterans bring to their civilian endeavors.

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