Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Veteran Spotlight: Chris Canfield

Chris Canfield transitioned out of the Marine Corps in July 2008 and started a career with RQ Construction through Orion International. Since that time, he has been rapidly promoted, which he attributes to his time in service. Chris's story exemplifies the type of success veterans are having in the civilian workforce.

Chris’s first position in the construction industry was as a Project Engineer. RQ Construction is a general contractor firm in the commercial construction industry specializing in government buildings ranging from BEQs to Armories to all buildings and structures in between. They have an internal career advancement program into which Chris was placed back in 2008. Chris’s program was called the Project Engineer Farming System, where they developed his values and skill sets to match those required by his eventual position in company as a Project Manager.

Chris first served as Project Engineer on a project for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) at Camp Pendleton. At the end of 2009, he was promoted to Assistant Project Manager. “The rapid promotion was based on my leadership, management, and communication experience gained in the military. During that time, I also helped write various parts of our company’s proposals, mainly because I was able to understand what the lingo was and how it applied to our projects,” explains Chris.

When MARSOC ended in the summer of 2010, Chris was assigned as an APM for a utilities job on Camp Pendleton. That assignment did not last long, however, as Chris was again promoted to Project Manager and was asked to take over a struggling job in Camp Lejeune, NC, as well as run a project at Miramar, CA. Chris attributes his rapid promotion and being trusted to run two concurrent projects to the competencies and values he learned while serving.

Chris’s success in the construction industry is a familiar story to employers who understand the benefits of hiring veterans. Skills like time and resource management, organization, communication, flexibility and adaptability, managing people and situations, and leadership set veterans apart in the civilian workplace and enable them to succeed just like Chris.

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