Veteran Employee Story – John Cunningham

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Published in the July/August 2011 issue of print Search & Employ®  | 

John Cunningham, who leads ValleyCrest’s Dallas development operations, spent four years in the Army, and was Ranger qualified. He fell in love with the company during an internship there as he worked on an engineering degree. He had other job offers when he finished his education, but the people at ValleyCrest kept him there.

“I was – and still am – drawn to the people,” he said. “ValleyCrest started as a family business, and it still has that feel. There is a real focus on the employee, and while a lot of companies have a rigid progression system for promotions, ValleyCrest is more open. They really value your skills and experience.” Cunningham worked his way up from project engineer, project manager, assistant branch manager, and finally branch manager for ValleyCrest Landscape Development in Dallas.

As a veteran, he encourages service members to take advantage of all their opportunities afforded them because they are in the military. “Use the career counseling well before you leave,” he said. “For me it was going to school. Doing that teed me up for a career that I was really interested in.”

He believes the military can bring out the best in people and set them up to do great things. “I see the military as an accelerated character-building experience,” he said. “Regardless of what their life looked like before the military, a can-do attitude and discipline is instilled in service members. They learn how to follow SOP’s and how to expand their horizons. They become much more mature and prepared for what comes after the military.”

Cunningham said that ValleyCrest is a good fit for veterans because the company has always been innovative, and the opportunities are limitless. “We have opportunities that veterans will be perfect for,” Cunningham said. “Because I expect more from veterans, I know they will more than surpass ValleyCrest’s expectations. They are built to succeed.”

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers