Why We DO What We Do
Dr. Wright’s transition from Service Member to Project Manager was long, slow and arduous. He struggled to gain the right combination of experience, degrees, credentials, demonstrable skills, and ability to translate his value cogently for civilian hiring managers, recruiters, and human resource professionals.
However, once he translated his military experience and talent into the context of project management though, his fortunes changed immediately, and rapidly! He had found the land of milk and honey that is a meaningful, lucrative career in project management!
He now dedicates the full measure of his decades of experience, education, training, and skills as a Veteran, business executive, professor, project manager, and hiring manager to help bring his Veteran Brothers and Sisters into this same bountiful career!
To help him help Military Members become Project Managers, he has assembled a team of industry experts delivering a Veteran-specific transition program that creates a bridge between industry, profession, and Veteran. The result is a powerful, proven end-to-end value stream producing exceptionally well-qualified project managers ready to deliver immediate value to organizations day one.
Priorities & Passion
We help Military Veterans become Project Managers by: 1. Inspiring them with a clear, meaningful, lucrative end-state as a career Project Manager; 2. Train them to deliver project success and obtain project management credentials; 3. Prepare them for CIVDIV reintegration with professional resumes, interview skills, and social media savvy; 4. Place them into meaningful, lucrative proejct management careers.
We will be the premiere project management trainer of choice for the Military, Defense, and Veteran communities; and we will be a leader in the movement to help military Members, Veterans, and Retirees make a successful transition to civilian life after their honorable and dedicated service to their country.
We only took off the uniform, not our oath to our Brothers and Sisters; not one of them gets left behind.
- Integrity – We believe in honesty and transparency; all of our communication and interactions with others are always truthful, transparent, and clear. We treat everyone with respect and dignity.
- Commitment – We believe that our success is measured only by how successful we help those trusting us become; we always keep our commitments to our clients, customers, team mates, processes and systems, company image and culture, and profession.
- Excellence – We believe in doing the best we can at everything we attempt; we constantly demonstrate responsibility, accountability, and ownership for all timely, accurate work products we produce. We continually seek improvement in our processes, technology, relationships, and ultimately our character. We strive to ensure that our clients receive the absolute best training, preparation, support, and customer service available anywhere.
ERIC "DOC" WRIGHT, PH.D., PMI-ACP® & PMP®, CPD
Founder & CEO
Doc Wright is the Founder & CEO of Vets2PM, LLC, and Vet Stone, LLC, with expertise in financial and project management, accounting, leadership, adult instruction, and PMP® exam application completion and audit defense. Eric is dedicated to helping Military Veterans profoundly change their lives through project management, entrepreneurship, and AI. Doc served active duty during the Gulf War Era in the U.S. Navy and Post-911 as a federalized California National Guardsman. His project portfolio includes several enterprise-wide financial system upgrades, multiple accredited curricula, retail and customer service delivery, audits, and human capital projects. He has also held many academic leadership and faculty positions and is the Treasurer of the Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses.
JEREMY BURDICK, AP, PMP®
Accomplished Manager with more than 20 years of experience leading Project, Program, and Operational initiatives within a large, diverse organization. Expertise in foreign affairs, policy analysis, and instruction, training, and development within the aviation industry. Adept at leading small and large high-performance teams toward a common goal, safeguarding operations, assets, and enabling streamlined processes and significant manpower and cost savings. A natural communicator, effectively liaising at all levels, on joint/international collaborations, and within multi-cultural environments. Technical proficiency in building Access databases and working with Microsoft Office and Adobe suites. Notable business acumen and leadership in lean process improvements. United States Air Force Veteran.
DJ MCCORD, MSM, PMI-ACP® & PMP®
Director of Education
DJ McCord is a USMA graduate and military Veteran with 25+ years as an officer in the Regular Army, the US Army Reserve, and on the General Staff of the Indiana Guard Reserve. He has 15 years’ experience as a project manager in diverse industries such as pharma, military, publishing, agricultural/chemical, and health care, on projects with state-wide and national scope. DJ holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, with a concentration in Project Management, and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has co-authored published articles on project/personnel management and has taught at 3 different universities in the state of Indiana.
Director of Student Services
Kelly Wright is Director of Client Services with Vets2PM, utilizing her background in business management and experience running a successful Internet-based start-up to provide exceptional client relationship management. Additionally, she leverages her project management skills and abilities to plan, manage, and deliver, project and business process success to grow Vets2PM’s services.
Director of Career Services
Cathy Miclat is a professional resume writer and executive search recruiter with expertise in many industries, including helping transitioning veterans to find their ‘civilian’ voice. Over the past 23 years she has worked in recruiting and human resources, evaluating candidate credentials against specific job requirements, and facilitating overall best fit scenarios.
GARRIK DENNIS, PMP®
Mentor & Lead Instructor
Garrik Dennis is a US Army veteran, having earned his PMP® certification through Vets2PM in 2017. His project experience ranges from small-unit tactical planning to brigade-level communications upgrades. Garrik is passionate about assisting veterans in their pursuit in earning project management certifications, as well as helping them through the military transition process altogether.
BRIAN NISWANDER, MBA
Interview Skills Workshop Facilitator
Brian Niswander is an Air Force Veteran with over 24 years of experience with Fortune 500 and public sector organizations with a diverse career that includes marketing, management, strategic planning, global distribution, supply chain, and manufacturing. During the seminar, you’ll learn his unwritten interviewing rules that have been developed through first-hand experience as a hiring manager, job candidate, interview coach, and marketing professional.
EVAN MORGAN, MPM, PMP®
Mentor & Instructor
Evan Morgan is a retired prior-enlisted Air Force officer with broad experience across military, private sector, and federal government project and program management. During his military career, he led projects surrounding communications electronics R&D, service contract outsourcing, process improvement, and large-scale reorganizations. As a C-level executive in the technology sector, Evan managed strategically-aligned programs that enabled double-digit growth for his award-winning company and fueled his passion for Project Portfolio Management.
Mentor & Instructor
Kevin Ross is a 20-year US Army Veteran and 2017 alumni of Vets2PM. His experience ranges from the development of cross-functional teams in complex and operational settings to creating and executing comprehensive strategies for large organizations. Kevin is a principle-based decision maker that innovates through Agile solutions and specializes in the achievement of goals while operating in resource decremented environments. His passion is serving Veterans and assisting them through the military transition process.
ERIC PADDOCK, PMP®
Mentor & Instructor
Eric Paddock is a 25-year U.S. Air Force veteran and alumni of Vets2PM. His project management experience spreads across the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. During his military career, he served on three Major Command staffs leading projects surrounding airfield construction, aircraft deployments and Presidential support missions. He also has experience in leading collaboration efforts between military and civilian personnel, including allied nations/military, U.S. DoD, U.S. DoS, other government agencies (OGAs), and contractor organizations. He has a passion for instruction, team building and assisting transitioning veterans. EricPaddock@Outlook.com
DWAYNE SOWELL, PMP®
Director of Business Development
Dwayne Sowell is a project/program leader with more than 26 years of experience within large, multi-domain, diverse organizations. He has functional expertise in enterprise management, aviation operations, maintenance, and training, affecting global success through excellence in the preparation of civilian, conventional, and special operations teams. He also has experience in leading collaboration efforts between military and civilian personnel, including allied nations/military, U.S. DoD, U.S. DoS, other government agencies (OGAs), and contractor organizations. He has collaborated on funding, courseware development, operational rehearsals, contract agreements, and policies/procedures affecting daily operations and projects in ‘no room for errors’ environments. He is very passionate about mentorship and personally invested in others’ success. Last but not least, Dwayne is a proud United States Air Force veteran!
Steven Crane, MBA, PMP®, PMI-ACP®, CPT, CPM, CLSSMBB, CSM®, CSPO®, ITILv4®, RBLP®, CTS, CCIM, ICP-ATF, ICP-ACC, CPBPM
Instructor & Curriculum Developer
Steven Crane is a United States Marine Corps veteran and Vets2PM alumni. He has worked in project management for a number of years as a contractor and has experience in almost every career field. His educational background covers domains such as Lean Six Sigma, Business Process Management, Agile, Leadership Development, Business Analytics, Data Science, and Project Management. In addition to being an instructor, he also develops new courses and content for Vets2PM. Steven holds a Master of Business Administration from Ohio University and is currently completing his Master of Project Management from Penn State University. His diverse experience has allowed him to help other veterans successfully transition into the civilian sector and secure employment. Steven has fiercely committed himself to help all military veterans gain the education/experience needed to thrive in today’s market both as a project manager and as a leader.
KEVAN BROWNE, PMP®
Mentor & Instructor
Kevan is a 22 year veteran of the USAF and MD Air National Guard, working and leading airmen in the Avionics Maintenance section. He is an alumni of Vets2PM in 2017, earning his PMP in 2018. He has 14 years of experience managing projects in large, diverse organizations in subject areas such as network infrastructure, IT, software development, strategic business and construction. To accompany his experience in project management, Kevan also has 10+ years of experience in training and instruction in both military and civilian settings, and is eager to utilize his experience to assist other veterans in making a successful transition from active duty to a civilian career.