Veteran Employee Story – Christopher Banweg

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company  | A Thoughtful Approach to Problems  |

Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Christopher Banweg works at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company as the director of global process improvement for human resources. Banweg was a major in the Marines Corps; his central responsibilities were financial management, civil affairs, and project management. He left a job in the financial services industry to join Goodyear in December 2011.

“Although I have been off active duty for eight years now, I’m still a member of the Marine Corps Reserve,” said Banweg. “And as a reservist, it’s always been important for me to work for a company that supports my military commitment and has fair policies regarding deployment and service.”

Banweg understands the value of his Marine Corps experience, and knows that it can help him make an impact anywhere he goes. “One reason I place such high value on my military service is because it’s helped me develop many skills that have led to success in my civilian career,” he said. “My experience leading people, managing finances, and solving problems gave me the skills and confidence to make sound business decisions and deliver results in new environments. Managing large military initiatives and interacting with senior leaders helped me navigate working with a diverse group of people in a variety of roles.”

Banweg said this about his decision-making abilities developed in the military: “The emphasis placed on problem-solving and decision-making in the Marine Corps taught me how to thoughtfully approach problems and evaluate my options,” Banweg said. “In business – as in the Marines – you need to make decisions confidently, yet remain humble enough to admit mistakes, learn from them, and move on.”

He encourages servicemembers who are going to start looking for civilian employment to be flexible and to ask a lot of questions. “If you’re interested in a new civilian career, be ready to learn and adapt,” Banweg said. “Your military experience provides a great start, but there’s still a lot to learn. Work on furthering your education to gain an understanding of how the public and private sectors differ. Never stop asking questions and preparing yourself. Research companies you’re interested in, seek advice from other veterans, and use networking to your advantage.”

Researching prospective companies – especially for servicemembers who want to work at Goodyear – is also important. “If you’re interested in working for Goodyear, get to know the company, search out opportunities, and present yourself honestly,” he said. “Convey what value you can bring to the organization, and seek feedback on the experience.”

In the end, it’s important to find a good company that values military service and experience. “I’m proud to work for Goodyear because it’s a company with character, and its leadership supports my decision to serve,” he said. “If you work for a company that values what you value, it makes for an easy transition from a military culture.”

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers