#51: Going All in With Enrique Acosta Gonzalez

Enrique Acosta Gonzalez, Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy (Ret.) shares his secret for going all in and his passion for leadership development. 


Enrique joined the US Navy in 1989 and served 26 years in the meteorology and oceanography community otherwise known as METOC.  He served on a Coast Guard Cutter and a Japanese ship before moving to land-based locations such as Hawaii, Florida and finally at METOC headquarters in Mississippi.

The planning for the transition to private life came quickly.  With only six months to plan, Enrique had to decide where to move his family and what career path he would embark on after active duty.  He credits his family and faith for helping him transition out of the military and starting his new journey in Orlando, Florida.

Having spent 26 years in the meteorology field, Enrique knew that he did not want to pursue a civilian career in the same space.  He did however know that his love and passion for leadership would create opportunities and allow him to carve a new career path.  After serving in a leadership position at a private company and later at the Florida Environmental Protection Agency, Enrique knew that it was time to go all in and start his own firm – Triad Leadership Solutions.

Episode Highlights

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02:12 – 06:17 Enrique shares his 26-year US Navy career and duties.

06:18 – 11:30 Six months to plan a transition out of the military. How he did it.

11:31 – 15:18 The love of leadership and the next steps.

15:19 – 20:01 Enrique’s post-military career path and going all in.

22:02 – 25:05 Upsides to post-military career life and finding balance.

Your Move

This podcast was inspired by my book – Make Your Move – Charting Your Post-Military Career. 100% of the proceeds of Make Your Move go to Freedom Fighter Outdoors.

Freedom Fighter Outdoors started as an awareness of the physical, mental, and emotional suffering of the men and women who served our country in the military.

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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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