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Jacobs Employees Featured on Military Makeover Operation Career on Lifetime

Jacobs had the opportunity to highlight four employees on this U.S.-based program.

With over 1,000 members around the world, Jacobs’ employee network VetNet provides a range of services to Jacobs employees including mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities, familial support during active and hardship deployments and, in partnership with our Positive Mental Health Champions program, veteran-led emotional support and access to counselling for current or former military members and their families.

VetNet also partners with our recruiting teams across the world to ensure that Jacobs is recruiting the “best of the best” in veteran talent, working with organizations like Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit that empowers service members, veterans and their spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce.

Jacobs had the opportunity to participate in U.S. television show Military Makeover Operation Career on the Lifetime Network, hosted by Montel Williams, which features stories of military veterans who are transitioning out of the military and back to civilian life, while highlighting companies offering veterans employment opportunities to ensure a successful transition.

Working with our VetNet program, we identified a diverse group of individuals across the company who came from all facets and levels of experience within multiple branches of the military and were able to feature four of Jacobs’ very own:

Retired Major General Tim Byers came to Jacobs after serving in the Air Force for 32 years and was promoted in April to Senior Vice President and General Manager to lead Federal & Environmental Solutions. Tim and his team provide support to U.S. government agencies and environmental commercial clients for their iconic programs and natural disasters recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Matthew R. Martin is a Program Manager under our Huachuca Training and Support Contract who came to Jacobs when he retired from the Army as Chief Warrant Officer after 25 years, which included seven deployments and earning three Bronze stars for his heroic service during his time in the military.

Cindy Miller retired from the Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer after 20 years of service and is a Program Manager for our Navy’s Global Contingency Construction contract, which means if there’s ever a major disaster on a Navy or Marine Corps base, Cindy and her team respond.

And finally, to offer a military spouse’s perspective, Mónica Quiñones is a Project Manager within Federal & Environmental Solutions, and her husband is active duty. Over the past 15 years, Jacobs has supported Monica in working remotely as she and her family have relocated eight times when her husband is assigned a new duty station.

These folks are just the tip of the iceberg here at Jacobs as we have many more veterans around the globe within the company. We’re so grateful to them and their families, not only for the selfless service to their countries, but the continued dedication to our company and clients.

“I appreciate the willingness of Tim, Matthew, Cindy and Monica to share their military stories and reflections on what made Jacobs their choice for employment after the military,” said Jacobs Chair and CEO Steve Demetriou. “A special thanks to our international relations team for initiating and working together with the VetNet employee network and the global communications team to make this a reality and shine a light on the importance of Jacobs hiring veterans.”

Jacobs has been named as one of Hire Heroes USA’s Top 5 employers for the third quarter of 2020, joining admirable companies like Amazon, and it’s another great testament to all we are doing to become an employer of choice in every way.

Additionally, Forbes Media has named Jacobs to its inaugural “Best Employers for Veterans” rankings. They surveyed 5,000 veterans who were employed full-time for companies that had at least 1000 employees. Only 150 companies achieved this recognition, putting Jacobs among the likes of Tesla, Southwest Airlines and NASA.

Know any veterans who would be a great fit for Jacobs?  Lifetime will re-air the segment on January 22, 2021 at 7 a.m. ET.

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