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30 G.I. JOBS | AUGUST 2018 | GIJOBS.COM IN AN INDUSTRY in which security and trust are paramount, Emando Mendez is undoubtedly prized for his unwavering loyalty and commitment. G.I. Jobs last spoke with Mendez in 2010 for a Where Are They Now? article, and since that time, he has continued to rise steadily up through the ranks at Dunbar, which provides cash management and security solutions. Today, he serves as one of the company's senior vice presidents, responsible for overseeing more than 500 armored vehicles and 1,700 employees in four regions across the western half of the U.S. How has your military experience impacted your career? One thing I learned about civilian success – something I encourage all veterans to do – is to not be afraid to take on additional projects when no one else wants to. You already know how to work hard and overcome challenges. That will really impress your employer. WHEN MARC GIORGI appeared on the cover of G.I. Jobs in May 2013, he worked in the midst of the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom that helped make United States the top producer of gas and oil in the world. Since then the industry has fluctuated. But Giorgi's career is still booming. He now works as a contract sourcing specialist in CNX Resources' Material & Supply Chain Management department. Can you describe your job today with CNX Resources? My current role is to support all phases of our drilling operations. This includes managing drilling rig contracts, handling projects that go out to bid, and working through day-to-day items to ensure our drilling department has the adequate resources it needs to operate in a safe and cost-effective manner. What is it about Dunbar that's kept you there for so many years? I love that Dunbar is a family owned and operated business. We are the fourth- largest company in the country, with over 5,000 employees, but we are still extremely family oriented, and throughout the year there are events such as picnics and holiday parties that our families are invited to attend. I also appreciate that there are a lot of parallels between Dunbar and the military. How do you handle overseeing such a huge faction of the company? Communication is the biggest thing – it's important to have open lines of communication with my subordinates. It's my job to respond to their needs and fight their battles for them with regards to making sure they have what they need to be successful. What do you enjoy most about your job? Being in this business for coming up on 20 years, you get to see the cultivation of employees, and I enjoy helping others — especially vets — get acclimated. You knew little about the energy field when you started at CONSOL Energy in 2011. Yet you've risen steadily through the ranks. To what do you attribute this success? The military teaches you to know the job of those beside you, above you and below you, so I've tried to maintain that mentality to learn as much as I can in the roles I have filled. The military also makes individuals comfortable with change; I have changed positions a little more than others, and I have enjoyed having multiple perspectives to be a versatile contributor to the organization. Since most military training has the "drink from the firehose" mentality where you are overwhelmed with information, that experience has made me comfortable to get settled in to each role I have had very quickly. 200TH ISSUE WHERE ARE THEY NOW? BY ANDREA LOVAS BY DAN FAZIO LOYALTY AND PROTECTION TAKING OFF This former soldier embodies the values that make up his company's motto. The natural gas boom may be a rollercoaster ride, but this former helicopter pilot's career is soaring. March 2002 April 2010 May 2013 THEN 2002: Vault Teller and Crew Chief, Dunbar Armored NOW Senior Vice President of Operations, Southwest Dunbar Armored, Inc. Houston Age: 43 Emando A. Mendez Jr. Sergeant (E-5), Army (1994-1998) Army Reserve (1998-2004) THEN 2013: Gas Operations Analyst, CONSOL Energy NOW Contract Sourcing Specialist – Material & Supply Chain Management CNX, Pittsburgh Education: • Bachelor's degree, oceanography, U.S. Naval Academy, 2003 • MBA, Duquesne University, 2016 Marc Giorgi Captain (O-3), Marine Corps (2003-2011)

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