COL. JOHN BUCKLEY, U.S. ARMY (RET.) AND MILITARY RELATIONS MANAGER for KOCH INDUSTRIES
John joined Koch Industries in 2014 as the Manager of Military Relations. From day one has made it his personal mission to help every veteran in which he comes into contact, with the difficult transition from the military into the private sector.
Below is the mission he established at Koch and he treats it as his personal mission as well.
Create a sustainable recruiting and retention program for the military community (military veteran, military spouse and children) to advance Koch Industries, Inc.'s long-term business strategies, including current demand and future talent needs.
Ultimately, attract, hire, integrate and retain well-qualified military veterans by: Leveraging mutually beneficial relationships; Increasing awareness of the internal Koch Vets program; Collaborating across all Koch companies; Improving consistency of effort and representation; Sharing best practices internally and with peer companies.
Accomplishments and Impact: How is the organization, program or individual's work making a difference?: *
John has personally mentored approximately 1,500 military veterans, primarily during their current or upcoming transition out of the military and into the private sector and preparing them for their first civilian job. He understands each individual and their situation is unique and treats them as such. It doesn't matter if the veteran is interested in being employed at Koch or not, he will never leave a comrade behind.
For Koch industries he has:
- continued to increase military veteran hires within Koch and its businesses for three years in a row
- developed the Transition Guide, Transition Matrix, has written many articles and op-eds and produces many more marketing materials focused on transition, resume tips, acclimation, and more.
- attends over 10 career fairs a year, solely focused on the transitioning veteran
- taught many transitioning veteran classes and given many speeches on his transition and what veterans need to consider
- Encouraged veteran advocacy in local communities resulting in partnerships between Koch employees and at least 6 veteran related organizations - Honor Flight; Passageways; Veteran Providers Coalition; Gallant Few; Wounded Warrior; Ride Home; and, Folds of Honor
- Provided coaching and mentoring to several peer companies and civic organizations which were interested in creating a military veteran hiring program: Cargill, Spirit, GM, Hy-Vee and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce
- Actively assisted in removing the certification barrier for veterans attempting the military-to-civilian transition, and initiated sponsorship with program having the same focus: Heroes MAKE America and Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship program.
- Change Agent for how businesses and corporations view veteran employees and educating them on the importance of veteran hires and what they bring to the team.