Some call me Mark, others call me Head Monkeybutt. I thought I knew a lot, i thought i knew most of the answers. In just a little over a year after being introduced to Project RELO, I can tell you there has never been a program, a non-profit, a company, that has displayed that, it in fact, knew what they were doing. During this time, as a CEO of a company, it has been expressed to me that there is a mindset that needs to be changed. After being on several missions through the organization I have learned some of those techniques And I use those today. Through the leader ship of this organization I have changed everything that I knew, my company’s policy, the way I think and simply that way in which I live. I now get it. And I now want to be a part of the solution, so much so, That I have changed my life around me so that I can be more a part of the organization and help make a difference. I truly believe that this organization is making a dent and changing lives so much so that companies are increasing their profits, increasing their productivity, and they’re changing their mind set on how they feel, think, and look at veterans that served this country. They looked at Veterans as heroes, and maybe they still do, but now they see them as an asset to their company. That is because Project RELO teaches leader ship. It changed me, now I get to change others. I’m all in. For life!
As a military veteran, I was lucky enough to be apart of Project RELO's mission 16. At first I didn't quite know what to expect... wasn't sure if it was going to be the typical leadership and team building experience full of trust falls and classroom environments that could put you to sleep no matter how many cups of coffee you have. I can honestly tell you that Project RELO has taken leadership and team building to the next level. What I have been able to take from this experience has far exceeded my expectations. I have been back for about a week and still have a smile on my face and can't stop talking about it. I can't say enough great things about Project RELO and highly recommend that if you're a decision maker for your company you and your key people should attend an upcoming Project RELO mission. Also, if you're currently serving our great nation and looking to transition into civilian life... you will benefit from going on one of Project RELO's mission more than you know.
I had the privilege of completing a Project RELO mission earlier this month and found the experience more than rewarding -- it was life changing. Throughout the mission, we witnessed and performed military-style planning and training and had the opportunity to work together on different team building activities. Each event was meticulously planned/executed and tied into the overall strategy of changing how Corporate America views the veteran workforce. My RELO teammates and battle buddies were immediately drawn together and formed a bond over a shared sense of purpose: educating themselves and their corporations on the value that veterans of all ranks bring to an organization. We saw firsthand how capable, strong, and selfless the active duty and veterans in our group were each day. I was also thoroughly impressed with the level of detail that went into each event and overall 3-day mission. I strongly recommend that other executives and organizations (regardless of industry or size) complete a Project RELO mission; you'll gain clarity and a new found appreciation for how veterans can improve your organization, its values, processes, and even its bottom line.
Intense training experience working with the best the military has to offer. Truly enjoyed meeting the professional staff at Camp Grayling.
The entire organization is dedicated to the cause of veterans leading in corporate America. They only spend money and time where the impact of this story can be felt by all who attend their mission trips.
Furthermore, their entire organization, from the President to the CEO and volunteers, is committed to their mission.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have discovered Project RELO and the remarkable people behind this critical mission. It was by chance that I met Casey who was representing the organization at a Veterans hiring event. The meeting was brief but powerful. Casey exudes genuine passion and commitment to this cause. That brief conversation led to my participating in #15 mission with Project RELO.
This leadership training, unlike anything I had experienced before, is based on a unique training model and is truly life-changing. Led by two exceptional facilitators, Military members (present and past) are paired with business executives to work together through multiple scenarios, while along the way uncovering the many parallels between military and corporate culture. The experience is designed to guide military members through their transition into civilian positions with the intent to find positions that are more closely aligned with the high level of training and skills they’ve acquired throughout their service. However, the experience is invaluable for both the military member/veteran and their civilian counterpart. The group discussions are thought-provoking, engaging and lead to powerful introspection.
The mission of this organization is as noble as those who it supports. And it’s one that has earned my unwavering support and trust.
I am eternally grateful for this experience and for those whom I had the pleasure of meeting. I look forward to helping Project RELO increase their visibility and presence across the country.
Simply incredible, an absolutely transformative experience!
Christian and Casey, executed a flawless program, from both a logistic and content perspective. As a veteran, it brought me back 30 years to a period that was both familiar and where I felt my greatest confidence, while giving private sector executives a glance into the poise, bearing and leadership skills of transitioning service members- to which they might not have been previously exposed.
The early stage building exercises were highly relevant to the more complex missions- though , smartly, participants were not aware of how they would relate; similar to how service members are trained. Experiencing the evolutions was remarkable, witnessing the swift transformation from failure to success that came with further iterations was mind-boggling.
Project Relo provided an opportunity to dial in diminished and lost military style communication and leadership skills, while picking up valuable other approaches from the stellar cadre of professionals that participated in the program.
It is without any reservation that I HIGHLY recommend this program to any business professional with the ability to learn, share and hire, what is gained from this program goes well beyond understanding how a veteran would be an asset to your organization, but an opportunity for your own professional growth and development.
Project RELO provided an eye opening and enlightening experience like I have never had before. Among all of the exciting and adrenaline pumping activities, it was the fireside chats at the end of the night that really showed the strength of this program and its participants. Before RELO, I always viewed our veterans as Heroes, but now I see them as so much more. The men on Mission #14 proved to be tremendous assets with an inspiring ability to understand an objective, make a plan, adjust to variables, and complete their mission. It's very clear that their military experience has set them up for a lifetime of service in the field they choose to engage. I'm very grateful for Project RELO providing this professional and fun atmosphere to show the strength of our veterans.
The time I have spent with Project Relo has been amazing. I have had the opportunity to connect with service members and business leaders. The way Project Relo introduces military values and leadership skills to the corporate participants helps them truly understand what a service member can bring to their team.
Thank you Project Relo for showing the true value of those who serve.
Change the Narrative! Relo lives its culture statement and makes it fun while learning about corporate leaders and veterans.
This organization facilitates veterans and corporate CEO's/head of departments together for a hands on leadership educational environment. The veterans have an opportunity to show first hand the discipline and depth of thought process needed to be successful in the military and specifically on a field of combat. How these traits can translate into a corporate company and the asset a veteran can be to that company is essential. Combine that with the ability to destroy any stigmas a career corporate individuals may have developed is equally important to the success of Project RELO. Veterans speak a different language, however they also speak determination, dedication, and loyalty. That is a language our current generation has a hard time speaking.
As a veteran leaving the military, the guidance and support of the Project RELO network has been outstanding. Their unique perspective on bringing corporate leaders together with veterans for multi-day events brings an unmatched level of understanding for both military and private sector leaders of one another. I don't know of any other organization that blends elements of developing an understanding of veteran capabilities for private sector careers, gaining corporate commitment for veteran hiring, and assisting veterans will developing a much needed professional network outside the military.
There are very few events in one's life that can be considered "life changing". Project RELO has provided me with the opportunity to experience exactly that - a life changing event. I think that most of us think we know the value that our veterans can bring to the corporate environment. And then you experience Project RELO and get a crystal clear view into exactly what that means, close up and first hand. If you care about this nation's future - economic and otherwise - then pay attention to this organization.
I had the great privilege to participate in a Project RELO mission a couple of years ago, and it was not only a life-changing experience, but also challenging, heartwarming, and simply unforgettable. Getting to know about the transitioning vets and their remarkable skills opened my eyes to the vast arrays of talent and experiences our veterans develop and accumulate, and the real power of Project RELO came as business execs understood more clearly the huge value talented and high-integrity veterans can bring to an organizations. The Project RELO leaders--particularly Casey McEuin--are devoted, committed, smart as hell and incredibly hard-working. I regard Project RELO as one of the most outstanding non-profits I've ever had the great fortune to work with. With great admiration and respect,
During the Project RELO mission that I attended, I felt out-of-place. I am the Gold Star dad of U.S. Army SSG Bryan A. Burgess. There I was, mixed in with veterans and some active duty soldiers, and I was really feeling like I didn't belong. One of the activities was driving ATV's across Michigan's beautiful landscape. My battle-buddy, Casey, told me to drive. I responded with, "I can't." Lesson learned; never say 'I can't' during a Project RELO mission! By the time Casey was done with me I was telling him, "Watch this!" I brought that home with me. Whenever I think that I cannot do something, no matter how big or how small, I think of that Project RELO mission and how I was able to overcome my self-doubt!
Project RELO has one of the purest, most selfish missions I have seen from a nonprofit. They seek to give back to the servicemen and servicewomen who have given so much to their country by introducing veterans to employers via a unique leadership development and learning experience. I deeply enjoyed my experience with Project RELO and make use of the lessons I learned from my Project RELO experience every week with my team. I have also taken specific steps to include veterans in my recruiting efforts. Thank you, Project RELO!
I had the privilege of attending a Project RELO training and was so humbled by the experience. The exposure I got to our veterans (and other executives) gave me a whole new perspective on not just leadership but life in general - am so grateful for the opportunity I had and hope I can do more with this amazing organization. I felt compelled to write about the mission I participated in and you can read it here:
This organization's impact last far beyond the mission itself. The knowledge, leadership, teamwork and authentic relationships you build on these missions last a lifetime. Time and again I have reached out to Project RELO alum and without exception or fail, they have always answered the call with great enthusiasm and compassion for the experiences we shared and sense of belonging to this special group. When I thought about starting my own company it was the Project RELO alum I consulted with, including Jim Vaselopulos and Casey McEuin. These two reinforced the support I had behind me and gave me the courage to do something far outside my comfort zone. RELO means family and that is what it has been for me.
A great opportunity to learn how to be a better leader, a better partner, and a dedicated contributor to the veteran community.
By far one of the most legitimate and purposeful non-profits out there! This group does an amazing job of assisting Veteran's and civilians with their transition into civilian life and the civilian workforce. Having experienced one of their missions and watching the emotion and education unfold for the entire group, I would say that ProjectRELO has the potential to create a wave of change for Veteran's and Employers in a way that I have never witnessed before. I look forward to seeing this group grow and I am excited to say that I am a part of it! RELO
I continue to volunteer with Project RELO because of the change it fosters for both veterans and business leaders alike is absolutely amazing. If you are up to a life-changing experience, I recommend you sign up and experience a Project RELO Mission. There is no other leadership training experience which can match the depth of knowledge, transformation, and growth attendees attain. Keep up the great work you are doing Project RELO! You are truly making a difference in changing the dialog on the value of veterans in the workplace.
I am a Project RELO volunteer and have participated in several of their Missions. Each Mission has brought together a diverse group of industry leaders and transitioning veterans. The experience has upended my worldview of the value of veterans for today’s workforce. To see veterans lead indudustry leaders is a awe inspiring experience you won’t find elsewhere.
Thank you Glen for your unwavering support of our mission!