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#5: Leveraging Opportunities and Goal Setting with Don Young

Don Young, retired Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, is a great example of leveraging opportunities in the military and goal setting to eventually form his own company.


Don Young, retired Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, shares two actions he took that were essential to his career success.

Don spent a significant amount of his career coming up through the enlisted ranks before transitioning to officer ranks. After his time in the Navy, he went to work for Caterpillar and then ventured out on his own to form his own company, C5MI, where he helps companies work through manufacturing challenges by leveraging technology.

Episode Highlights

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00:32 Meet Don Young, retired Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy.

02:22 Don describes his military service.

05:00 Taking advantage of the opportunities in the service.

05:50 Transitioning to the corporate world and setting goals.

10:03 Significant lessons learned from crossing over from active duty to the corporate position.  

12:25 Leveraging collateral opportunities to advance your career.

13:20 Transitioning from corporate to starting his own business in the IT space.

14:17 Advice when maneuvering through post-military career.

15:26 Charitable organizations that Don supports and why giving back is important to him.

18:36 Gene’s business tip: Amp up your reading; otherwise, you are missing opportunities to grow and enhance your business and customer conversations. Don’t assume that your military experience equipped you with the business tools you need.

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Coming Up On Episode 6: Gene speaks with Ted Fordyce, Vice President of Washington Operations for Elbit Systems of America.

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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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