Name: Eric Pauly, Regional Sales Manager, NW, Mid Pacific and Rocky Mountain Regions
CentiMark Office: Salt Lake City, UT
Years with CentiMark: 14 Years
Military Service: I served in the United States Army for four years as an E-5 Sergeant. I was stationed in Friedberg, Germany.
What made you join the military?
I wanted to be a part of something bigger and I wanted to see the world.
What life lessons did you learn in the Military?
That determination and hard work can overcome just about any obstacle.
What skills did you bring from the military to your position at CentiMark?
- Leadership, work ethic and determination.
What brought you to CentiMark?
There are not a lot of civilian skills that translate from being an infantry soldier. I had worked in several different construction trades before enlisting - so I came out of the military looking for a construction job. I saw an ad from CentiMark hiring laborers in Albuquerque, NM. The operations manager spent the first half of the interview telling me how hard roofing was and that I probably could not handle it. He told me several times that I would probably quit within the first couple days. I had just returned from Bosnia - so I was pretty sure I could handle it!
How can we - as individuals - best help veterans?
I really believe that most people appreciate veterans and want to help or show their support. They just do not know how to do it. There are literally thousands of regional and national program to benefit returning veterans. I would recommend finding something you are passionate about and use that to help as many veterans as you can. If you like fishing, find a returning vet and take them out for a day of the lake. If you like to golf, play a round of golf with a veteran. If you are interested in education, volunteer to run a drive to raise money for returning veteran scholarship programs.
For a lot of combat veterans, they are haunted by the atrocities of war. An idle mind can be their worst enemy. They need to be able to focus on something positive to get past those experiences and move on with their lives. With the prevalence of social media, it is easier than ever to connect with veterans groups in your area and find a way to help. The way that I see it, if everyone reached out to a returning or disabled veteran with whatever means they have, the overall impact would be tremendously more than a handful of charities can accomplish through their individual organizations.
I will be organizing a big game hunt for a disabled veteran in Fall 2015 and will be documenting how I find the candidate, how I get sponsors and how we come up with a process that a veteran can repeat every year to do what he loves. If anyone needs help getting started with a program, please contact me at Eric.Pauly@CentiMark.com.
Editors Note: Read this blog about Eric’s plans for the big game hunt with a disabled veteran. Read more >>
Thank you Eric Pauly for serving our country in The United States Army.