If you think of Boeing’s and StandardAero’s local operations as industry bellwethers, the business of maintaining and repairing aircraft is starting a comeback in San Antonio. Both companies, long-standing tenants at Port San Antonio, have scored new contracts and are gearing up to add hundreds of jobs. About a quarter of Boeing’s roughly 3,800 employees in Texas, or about 950, work at the company’s Port San Antonio site. The company expects to double that number in the next year and a half, said site leader Jay Galloway. StandardAero started the year with about 350 workers. They’ve added about 100 since Jan. 1 and could hire several hundred more in the next two or three years, especially if they win several new contracts, said vice president and general manager Mark Buongiorno. “We see San Antonio as a place where we want to grow and invest in product lines,” he said. This is Boeing’s 20th year at the former Kelly Air Force Base, and … [Read more...] about Boeing, StandardAero adding jobs in San Antonio
Employing military personnel and recruiting veterans
PUBLISHED: 15:09 08 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:09 08 November 2018 David Vincent The Drain Doctor Anglia team oudtside their new premises in Woodbridge. Picture: DRAIN DOCTOR Archant In recognition of its commitment to help military veterans’ transition into the workplace, Drain Doctor Anglia has signed the Armed Forces Covenant to pledge that armed forces personnel, veterans, reservists and their families will be treated fairly by the business. Woodbridge-based Drain Doctor Anglia is only the third plumbing company in the country to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.The signing acknowledges the business’s continuing support of the armed forces community and understands the value of service they can bring to civilian life. Rob Simpson, director of Drain Doctor Anglia, said: “We are extremely proud of our Armed Forces and the work they do and it’s an honour to serve these heroes as they have served us. Signing the Armed … [Read more...] about Family-owned business supports armed forces community
Successful entrepreneurs say that for a small business to prosper, it must understand its customer inside out, which puts Kayam Iqbal in a pretty good position, because he was his target client: an Armed Forces leaver looking to secure a civilian job. "Transitioning from the military after 12 years of service was really tough," admits the founder of OppO Recruitment, which places ex-servicemen and women into positions at security, engineering and tech companies. He was medically discharged for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a tour of Afghanistan, but having joined the Royal Air Force as a medic at age 18, Iqbal had no experience, nor any idea about how to find employment. "I slipped through the net, as I'm sure lots of soldiers do." "I felt lost," says the founder, profiled by The Daily Telegraph as part of an ongoing series in partnership with Heropreneurs that celebrates the achievements of the charity's military members who are now business … [Read more...] about ‘I wanted to set up a company to help people like me’
By Ilene Bassler Published 5:30 am, Thursday, May 24, 2018 Photo: Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Houston Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Retired Brigadier General and current Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs for Comcast NBCU Carol Eggert, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Houston.( Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle ) Retired Brigadier General and current Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs for Comcast NBCU Carol Eggert, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Houston.( Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Houston Chronicle Q&A: How Comcast is overcoming civilian-miltary divide 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Retired Brigadier General Carol Eggert and her team at Comcast NBCUniversal are helping military members transition into the private … [Read more...] about Q&A: How Comcast is overcoming civilian-miltary divide
Southwest Airlines Capt. Tammie Jo Shults personifies a dying breed.The icy calm Navy veteran, who told air traffic control “we have part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit” while her plane limped along with an exploded engine and a blown-out window, comes from the last big generation of military-trained pilots.The pipeline that brought Shults and fellow fighter pilot/media obsession Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger into the cockpit of commercial airlines is drying up.Thanks to rising commercial demand and changes in how the military recruits and retains its pilots, a third of private-sector U.S. pilots have military backgrounds. That’s down from more than 80 percent in the 1960s.Shults and Sully joined the military when it was still the dominant career path for aspiring pilots. Shults was one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots and flew the F/A-18 Hornet before leaving in 1993. Sullenberger flew the Air … [Read more...] about What are the odds of a former fighter pilot being at the controls of your plane?