Category Archives: Military Interviews

Nolan Ruby -Flag Post Goes Viral

Russ interviews Nolan Ruby, Veteran Affairs Advisor of Directional Motivation about his recent post that went viral on social media and facebook.

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman Interview

Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman speaks about Veteran issues both nationally and within the state of South Dakota. Larry discusses the objectives and recent developments of Operation RAV and his efforts to personally reach every veteran in South Dakota. Larry also hails the efforts of the Directional Motivation team to impact the lives of veterans and their families. For veteran resources including the book ” Deployment to Employment: A guide for military veterans transitioning to civilian employment” visit
For more information on south Dakota Veteran Affairs visit

Military transitioning and the challenges involved.

Marine veteran Varick discusses the challenges of finding employment upon returning from military deployment. Varick gives his perspective and advice to other veterans facing the same challenges. Interview with Directional Motivation and KELO radio host Bill Zortman from It’s your business!

Directional Motivation -Six Sigma Wings for Heroes interview with Dr. Mikel Harry

Directional Motivation was selected to be a sponsor of the Six Sigma Wings for Heroes Scholarship. In today’s interview we speak with Dr. Mikel Harry about what Six Sigma is and the job opportunities it provides. The Six Sigma Wings for Heroes scholarship is designed to provide Six Sigma training to veterans and their immediate family to help them secure high paying jobs.
To learn more and apply for the scholarship click here

Military Interviews -Scott Haas

Our guest Scott Haas is the talent acquisition manager for ThyssenKrupp Aerospace. Scott discusses the job market for veterans and addresses how veterans can make themselves stand out in such a competitive job market.

Overcoming the odds to build a new life: An interview with John Kriesel


John lost both legs from a roadside bomb in Iraq and was never expected to survive, but instead has survived and thrived!! He is now being described by some as the “Beacon of Positive Thinking”, speaking to groups such as students, veterans, Rotarians, church groups and others and is a frequent guest on talk radio shows across the country.
In today’s interview John speaks about the importance of staying positive and making use of all available resources, no matter what life throws your way.

John Kriesel Interview

Military Interview- Steve Esposito

Steve Esposito is an accomplished executive with over 30 years’ experience working with mid-size and large corporations in the aerospace and defense industry. He has held roles as a Business Unit Director with Rockwell Collins and as Vice President of Business Development for Telephonics Corporation. Mr. Esposito holds a BS in Communications from St. John’s University and completed executive development programs at the Wharton School of Business and Harvard University. Steve and his family currently reside in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
In today’s interview Steve discusses opportunities available for returning veterans and also the importance of utilizing available tools and resources in your job search.

Steve E. Interview

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