Author Archives: Russ Hovendick

My name is Russ Hovendick and my life has centered on helping others. To me there is no greater fulfillment than being able to play a part in positively impacting an individual's life.

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Veterans Crisis Line Behind The Scenes

“Behind the Scenes” provides a look into the Veterans Crisis Line call center, housed at a VA Center of Excellence in Canandaigua, N.Y., where qualified, caring responders answer the calls of Veterans, Service members, and their friends and families in times of crisis. In the video, VA responders, many who are Veterans themselves, share their stories and experiences in providing vital support and referrals for Veterans and their loved ones.

The Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at, or text to 838255) is a free, confidential resource that serves Veterans and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Military Interviews- Nolan Ruby

Military Interviews-Today we interviewed Nolan Ruby who served over 4 years of active duty for the US Marine Corps. While serving overseas he received the combat valor award and the purple heart. In this interview Nolan shares his personal experience of transitioning from military to the civilian sector. After serving with the Marine Corps he worked as a Correctional Officer for the South Dakota State Penitentiary. He has also worked for the Veterans Affairs as a service officer and most recently as the Military Service Coordinator.

Click below to listen to the interview

Part One
Part Two

Vets Corner: Leadership and Communication

Here is a great story on leadership and the importance of communication. It speaks volumes to the dedication of our military personnel.

Executive Leadership Interviews- Mari Peck

Executive Leadership Interviews- Today we interviewed Mari Peck who is the Sr. Manager, Instructional Design at Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. In her present position Mari is responsible for development and training of nearly 14,000 employees within her organization.
Mari addresses how to properly prepare for interviews, how to differentiate yourself from competing candidates, and how to bring professionalism that will carry you through the interview process.

Listen to the Interview

Click below to listen to the Maximum Motivation extended interview.  Mari shares key insights as to how she structured a strategic career plan to reach her level of success and discusses key steps individuals can enlist to further their own career success. She also addresses the significance of having a great career mentor and how find and partner with them, to develop your own career development plan.

Part 2 of the Interview

Vets Corner

Our goal with Vets Corner is to provide military vets with additional resources, inspiration, and news that may have an impact on their job search or even their daily lives.

The wait is over. Our first book is here! –How to Get a Raise The correct way to ask for an increase in salary and wages

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Book #1 of the Directional Motivation Book Series

As a recruiter for over two decades, I hear stories about employees asking for raises all the time. My job puts me in the unique position to hear the behind-the-scenes drama from both sides. On one hand, I’ll listen to a boss explain everything the employee did wrong, and on the other hand, I’ll listen to a nervous, frustrated worker wondering how his request for a salary bump could have possibly been rejected. In this book, you will find many different situations you may come across when asking for a raise. You will also go through personal evaluations that will allow you to take a look at yourself from an employers point-of-view. If you are interested in getting a copy of “How to get a raise” Buy Now

This book, along with this series, has been an idea of mine for quite some time, and it feels great to finally have the book in front of me. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. There are other worksheets, tools, calculators, and resources available on our website to help you in your journey.

Always remember, “The little steps you take today will determine your future success.”


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