DAASN Joins Those Bringing Veterans into Their Workforce

We are honored to have Brad on staff with us. I met him on a mission in Grenada and I was able to get to know him better. Months later, I met up with him and we started talking shop, I freelanced him for a few months, eventually brought him on full time and progressed to being our CTO. His enthusiasm, get it done attitude, aptitude and intelligence make him a great friend and asset to our company, he is actually being brought on as partner in the next month. We appreciate what our veterans do for us to have the freedoms at home and now what they do for us at home to get the job done. We thank those that gave up their lives for us to have the freedom we have.

DAASN is proud to have  veteran, Brad Bullard, in its workforce. In an effort to promote the contribution of service members, we caught up with Brad about his history in the military and if he has any tips for veterans looking for work. Our interview is as follows below:

What are you doing now?
Currently I’m the CTO of DAASN, I met Danny BenDebba, the Principal and
CEO of DAASN  during a church function. We went to the Island of Grenada for a week  to help some people recover from a hurricane. About 6 months after that trip Dan and I were talking about tech and business. We realized a lot of our ideas lined up well and it was a good fit. So he brought me on as a developer and it grew from there.

So, Brad, how did you get into tech?
I have always been interested in technology since I was a child. After I got out of the military I started college. My original intention was to double major in Mathematics and Physics but after a few semesters I started losing interest in that. After that movie about Mark Zuckerberg premiered, The Social Network, all I wanted to do after that was work in computer programming.

What are some pointers for returning vets?
Use your GI Bill. Don’t be afraid to send resumes for jobs you don’t think you’ll get before you get your degree. Some employers will hire you just based upon your current skills and prior military service background.  With the post 911 GI Bill you have about 4 years to really transition back to civilian life and figure out what you want to do. During this transition period  take your time to decide what you want to do because you’ll probably be doing it for awhile and most states with GI Bills will pay all of your tuition. I love programming and I can do it all day.

Got any pointers for owners hiring vets?
Being part of the executive staff at my company has given me a different view point about the hiring process. Vets are great to hire because they understand what it takes to get a job completed. They understand making deadlines and putting in the extra effort to complete a task. They aren’t afraid to ask questions and to take on new task without a lot of supervision. Also, for the more tech-related jobs, prior service members will have the ability to adapt on the fly because they are able to plan out multiple contingency plans in advance. I always recommend hiring a veteran because they are trainable and aren’t afraid to take ownership of projects.

How were you when you first got home?
When I left the Marines in 2009 I was a little overwhelmed with everything. Most of my adult life up to that point was planned out for me. I joined the Marines right out of high school at 18. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into but my time in the Marines really shaped how I am today. Most people see the military as those guys and girls that march around and go fight wars, but there’s a lot more going on than that. The military teaches you how to be a team player; it gives you the discipline to achieve goals and the confidence to strive for what you want. I would not be where I am today if I never took that first step.

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