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#13: Veterans Florida’s Unique Programs with Amy Entress and Joe Marino

Amy Entress and Joe Marino work for Veterans Florida, which is a one-of-a-kind organization that helps veterans transition into meaningful work in multiple sectors through their unique programs.


Amy Entress and Joe Marino, who both served in the military, share their experiences in transitioning to a civilian career and the unique offerings and opportunities provided by Veterans Florida, a non-profit organization that provides career assistance to veterans.  

Episode Highlights

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00:40: Gene introduces guests Amy Entress and Joe Marino of Veterans Florida.

03:13: Amy shares her experience in the navy for 10 years as a service warfare officer.

04:55: Joe shares his experience in the military and his transition into working for civilian companies.

07:49: Amy describes how she navigated her post-military career choice and the things that she considered.

10:55: Joe describes the steps that he took in navigating his post-military career.

13:00: Veterans Florida is a state-created non-profit organization that provides career assistance to veterans, work force assistance to employers who want to hire veterans, and entrepreneur training for veterans that want to start or grow their business.

14:11: The kinds of activities that make Veterans Florida stand out from other non-profit organizations in other states.

15:50: How Veterans Florida has grown organically.

16:50: How the agriculture program has grown and their partnership with the Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences of Florida University in training veterans.

20:50: Patterns in the pursuit of entrepreneurship.

22:10: The timeline people should have in mind when they’re making the transition from military to civilian career and when they should be reaching out to an organization like Veterans Florida.

24:00: Support that Veterans Florida offers to spouses.

25:00: Gene’s business tip: There are two different types of advisors. One is a retirement advisor; the other is an investment advisor. Invest for growth when you can, but also be prepared for downdrafts that can occur seemingly out of the blue. When you have the right team on your side, you’ll be better prepared to go through unexpected changes. 

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Gene spent nearly 25 years in uniform, serving in six ships and more than ten duty stations, and visiting over 50 countries serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and retiring as a Captain. In corporate, he led legislative affairs for a large international defense company from the Washington, DC office. In doing so, Gene gained a detailed understanding of the defense industrial base and supply chains of myriad platforms, systems and capabilities. Then in 2013, he took the leap to start his own business, Capitol Integration. Since then Gene has helped scores of companies improve their federal positions.

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