MYM Episode 62 with RALPH DIBENEDETTO copy

62: Have a Plan and Ask Questions with Ralph DiBenedetto

I welcome Ralph DiBenedetto, a former Marine who enlisted right after high school and dedicated seven years to serving his country. He shares why having a plan and asking questions can help you with career transitions.


In this episode, I am joined by Ralph DiBenedetto, who followed in his grandfather’s and father’s service footsteps by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps right after high school. Ralph served as an anti-tank assaultman at Camp Lejeune for seven years before transitioning to civilian life. He pursued a criminal justice degree, which led him to work in private investigations and eventually in recruitment at a staffing firm. Ralph’s dedication to professional growth and seizing training opportunities led him to his current role as a Senior Strategic Partnerships & Alliances Specialist with the Direct Employers Association.

Join Ralph and Gene as they explore the importance of having a plan and asking questions to successfully navigate a post-military career. 

Be sure to listen to Gene’s business tip at the end of the podcast.  Gene shares why it may be time to change up your routine.  

Episode Highlights

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02:12– 06:04 Ralph’s U.S. Marine Corps career.

06:05 – 13:29 Preparing for transition and continuing education.

13:30 – 17:59 Ralph’s civilian career path.

18:00 – 23:20 Lessons learned and finding balance.

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  • Connect with Ralph DiBenedetto on LinkedIn here
  • Learn about the Direct Employers Association here
  • Learn more about the Direct Employers Association Partnerships and Alliances here

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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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