During the month of May in honor of Memorial Day and in tribute to our CentiMark associates who are veterans, we take great pride in featuring CentiMark Veterans. We thank them for their service to our country.
Jose L. Cruz, Technical Representative
CentiMark Lakeland, FL
Six months at CentiMark
Branch of Service: United States Marines (10 years served)
Where were you stationed? Camp Lejeune, NC and Parris Island, SC
What made you join the military? I joined the military because of my best friend. He joined the Air Force and I knew he was doing great things. I knew that I wanted to do the same thing. But, I mainly joined the Marines more for the challenge and discipline they uphold toward everything they do. That not only makes me a better person, but it also makes me a better Marine.
What are your life lessons from the military? We are all the same. Whether you are in the military or not, we stand for something much more than ourselves. It's an honor, courage and commitment in everything you do - not only as veterans but as a person in general. As long as we stand together as One, then we are unstoppable.
What skills did you bring from the military to your CentiMark job? The skills I brought to CentiMark from the military is attention to detail and the ability to follow a direct order to the “T”. Also, understanding the goal of my task and carrying it out with the utmost professionalism. Finally, I push myself with hard work and care for the job and the customer. If you do not care about what you are doing at your job, then the job will not be completed correctly and you will not succeed.
What brought you to CentiMark? My younger brother has been a roofer for a total of 16 years. He is a foreman at CentiMark and he taught me everything I know now about roofing. He is the smartest guy I know. I asked him if he could get me a job and he did without hesitation. To be completely honest, when I was in the military, I saw my brother maybe a handful of times - and I was in for 10 years. So imagine that for a minute! But thanks to CentiMark, I can see my brother as many times as I want. Who would have thought a roofing company like CentiMark would be the binding and glue that would bring two brothers together again! For that, I am grateful.
How can we as individuals best help veterans? I did a lot of volunteer work during my time in the service. I noticed that most people look at us and are afraid and say to themselves: "Oh he's crazy because he deployed - stay away from him.” But that's not true. We are humans just like you. Treat us the same way you would like to be treated. Remember that when we come home from a deployment. We want to come home and find comfort, love, care, fun and work. So, just treat us like we never left.
From everyone at CentiMark and QuestMark,thank you Jose L. Cruz for serving our country.