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32 G.I. JOBS | AUGUST 2018 | GIJOBS.COM SHELLIE CRANDALL, a former staff sergeant, has been wowing logistics employers for more than 25 years, so much so that she's had the luxury of working for several companies that sit on different aspects of the supply chain. Her wide- ranging experiences have granted her a deep understanding of all the links in the chain, and how they work together to bring products from creation to consumption. When she was last featured in G.I. Jobs, Crandall was chief solutions officer for Brink's Inc. Today she's senior vice president of product development for G4S. What are your current responsibilities there? My role is to understand the client's overarching company strategies and goals and assist in quantifying the gaps preventing them from achieving those goals. I work as part of the G4S team that creates and enhances THESE DAYS MIKE BERENTSON is a foreign service officer (FSO) for the State Department posted in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In 2012, he was featured on the cover of G.I. Jobs magazine when he was employed by the San Diego Padres and serving in the Marine Corps Reserve. Since then he's traveled the world, mobilizing for 2½ years with Marine Corps Forces Europe & Africa in Stuttgart, Germany, as a future operations planner. "One weekend I would be in Monaco and the next I would be in the Congo," he says. We caught up to him as he was departing for his new assignment in Central America. How has your military experience impacted your career? In the Marine Corps, your number one priority is mission accomplishment. I have the same attitude with my civilian career. Whatever task is handed to me becomes my mission and technology solutions that assist customers to close those gaps and improve their business results. How has your military experience impacted your career? My military experience taught me so much about leadership, teamwork and the relentless drive to be better today than I was yesterday. When I occasionally have a tough day at work, I sometimes reflect back on the tough training exercise or experience I endured in the military and I chuckle at the thought that my day wasn't really that bad after all! You've sought a wide range of educational experiences over the years. How have they impacted you professionally? Learning something new is a passion of mine and I believe is key to staying relevant in work and life. I read, research concepts and crazy ideas, listen and engage people daily with a single-focused goal on gaining one new nugget of information! I'll do whatever it takes to complete that mission. What do you do as a Foreign Service Officer? The State Department is my civilian job and I work in my G-35 planner role for about five weeks a year to fulfill my reserve commitment. Being able to represent the United States as a diplomat is a great honor and I'm looking forward to the challenges and adventures that await. I'd love to tell you more about it, but I haven't actually done the job yet. It feels a lot like being a second lieutenant right of out of school because I don't know anything yet. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I've found that hard work, selflessness and being a team player will get you much farther than merely having career goals. In 10 years, I hope to be a proficient and reliable diplomat while still making a positive contribution to the Marine Corps as a reservist. 200TH ISSUE WHERE ARE THEY NOW? BY ANDREA LOVAS BY DAN FAZIO MILITARY MENTALITY DEPLOYED DIPLOMAT Former staff sergeant leverages Army-honed foundational skills to build a lifelong career in logistics. After three years with the San Diego Padres, Marine officer returns to service and travels the globe. THEN 2012: Director, Military Affairs, San Diego Padres NOW Foreign Service Officer U.S. Department of State Tegucigalpa, Honduras Education: • Bachelor's degree, public relations, Washington State University, 2002 • Master's degree, criminal justice, University of Cincinnati, 2011 Mike Berentson Major (O-4), selected for Lieutenant Colonel, Marine Corps (2002-2006) Marine Corps Reserve (2009-Present) THEN 2003: Dispatcher, Brink's U.S. NOW Senior Vice President, Product Development, since April 2017 G4S Jupiter, Fla. Age: 43 Education: Bachelor's degree, business, University of Texas, 2007 MBA, Pepperdine University, 2005 Shellie Crandall Staff Sergeant (E-6), Army (1984-1991) February 2003 April 2010 Aprila 2012

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