MYM Episode 39 Paul Mayo

#39: Carve Out Time and Focus On Priorities with Paul Mayo

US Air Force veteran, Paul Mayo, served as an ICBM missile combat commander otherwise known as a missileer before making the decision to transition out of the military based on career advancement opportunities and family priorities.


Paul Mayo joined the Air Force and chose to be a missileer upon graduating from the USAF academy.  He shares a tidbit about how life underground can be while operating missile silos and how he decided to transition out of the Air Force after 5.5 years of service.

Paul’s spouse is currently serving in the Air Force and approaching 20 years of service. This is one of the reasons Paul chose to leave the service. The various geographical assignments each would have while serving would keep them apart.  In 2008, Paul transitioned out of the military with the help of the Transition Assistance Program and joined his wife in England.

His civilian career path started in England where he worked as a director of team programs at a youth center.  A move back to the US, led Paul and his wife to Travis Air Force Base where Paul utilized the services of a military and veterans staffing agency called Bradley Morris to enter the oil and gas sector.  A slowdown in the oil sector and a move to Boston led Paul to a business development role at Globe Composite Solutions.  He is now based in Hawaii and continues to work for ESCO Technologies subsidiaries – Globe Composite Solutions, Westland Technologies, and Vacco Industries.

Episode Highlights

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00:01:45 – 00:07:24: Paul shares his Air Force career as a missileer and his decision to transition out of the military to become a “trailing spouse.”

00:07:25 – 00:19:04 Follow Paul’s career path starting in England as a director of programs at a youth center, on to California where he joined the oil and gas sector before taking a business development role with Globe Composite Solutions in Boston. Paul continues to play a role in the ESCO group of companies from his home in Hawaii.

00:19:05 – 00:20:10 Paul and Gene discuss finding balance.

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The military offers an amazing path for learning and moving up but no such clear path for moving out. Each person has to take the lessons from service and make the decision to retire when the time is right for them. How they synthesize the courage, competition, and coordination the military teaches will determine their ability to succeed. You’ve had guides along the way. Will those same guides serve you through this very different transition? This book will help you answer that question:

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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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