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John James Calls for Employers to Embrace Veteran Talent, Complements Veteran Talent Showcase

If an employer hires a veteran and shares the company’s vision with that individual, he or she will produce tremendous results. That was the message delivered to attendees by John James, vice president of operations at James Group International, during his Mackinac Moment focused on talent. He implored business leaders to hire veterans, a talent pool that is docile and uniquely qualified to deliver under pressure. James called for employers to change their thought processes regarding the training of new employees, emphasizing the utilization of resources to train skills in sales and finance, as opposed to teaching traits like leadership, loyalty and change management.

James’ address paired well with the Veteran Talent Showcase, a recurring feature throughout the Conference that brought six military veterans to Michigan’s Center Stage to make the case for how they can benefit potential employers. The Showcase, sponsored by Quicken Loans, stems from a To-Do List item at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference and is a follow-up to the Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent that was held in November 2013. Veterans that presented included: Zaneta Adams, U.S. Army; Jerrad Carlisle, U.S. Navy; Mercy Kamau, U.S. Army; Chris Rishko, U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard; Laura Marko, U.S. Navy; and Tim Nellett, U.S. Marine Corps. Video of all veteran speeches is available here.