BAHEP Cares! Executive Mentoring 4 Veterans
Salute to Heroes 2015
|BAHEP Cares! Executive Mentoring 4 Veterans program serves unemployed and transitioning veterans, guard, reservists and spouses helping them gain a rewarding career path and job by providing voluntary executive mentorship and career advancement services. Once the veteran enters this program, this life-changing executive coaching process opens up a whole new world of employment opportunities. BAHEP Cares! facilitates a personal and professional relationship by matching the veteran with a handpicked, experienced executive mentor who provides ongoing career guidance during program participation and after employment is obtained. |
BAHEP Cares! began in February 2012 as a working committee of BAHEP to investigate ways to lessen the transition issues confronting returning Texas veterans. BAHEP is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit economic development organization which serves the Bay Area Houston region – comprised of 13 cities surrounding Clear Lake in Harris and Galveston counties in southeast Texas. BAHEP Cares! has continued to grow in support of the region’s five military services located at and surrounding Southeast Texas’ sole major joint forces military installation at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base.
Services are delivered to the beneficiaries through program awareness, enrollment and mentorship preparation, mentorship and career advancement planning, mentorship plan execution including potential education, training and pre-interview skills development and job seeking, interviewing and placement. The program serves as a benchmark and functions as a replicable model for other Texas regions.
The project implements a collaborative career advancement model: Veteran Education, Training, Career Advancement Team (VETCAT) – regionally integrated veterans education, training, employment and job placement assistance partners. Preferred Employment Partners are veteran friendly employers with program support agreements with BAHEP Cares!. These employment partners review all program veterans for special consideration to fill open positions.
Eligibility Executive Mentors
Requirements for participation are (1) Veterans with an honorable discharge and their spouses (2) Active service members of Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard who are in planned transition from active duty and their spouses (3) Active service members of the National Guard, Texas Guard or U.S. Reserve, and their spouses (4) Surviving spouses of deceased members of the military noted in (1) (2) and (3).
BAHEP Cares! would not be possible without the efforts of pro-bono, highly qualified executive mentors. These executive mentors represent senior leadership within for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, higher education and government. To date, 20 executive mentors have provided coaching to veterans. The mentors attend monthly advisory committee meetings, review veteran profiles for mentorship placement, and coach veterans for months, if not years.
The BAHEP Cares! Advisory Committee consists of pro-bono representatives of for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, higher education and government. Their mission is to guide the program’s overall strategy. Meeting monthly and communicating via email throughout the month, their leadership is an essential component to the program’s success. The Advisory Committee showcases diverse experience, broad skill sets and wide demographic representation.
The following chart reflects the program's desired next steps in expanding its services to veterans.
Salute to Heroes 2015
The second Salute to Heroes fund raiser will be held Saturday evening, April 11, 2015, at the South Shore Harbor Resort in League City. This year promises to be even more successful than last year’s event that raised $75,000 in conjunction with Operation Finally Home. The money provided Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell and his family with a new home.
This year features performances by country legends Moe Bandy and Janie Fricke. Moe Bandy has had 10 No. 1 hits, 40 Top Ten Hits and 5 Gold Albums. Janie Fricke has won Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year, is in the Country Music Hall of Fame, released 23 albums and has recorded over 36 hit singles.
South Shore Harbor Chef Roland Kyburz is planning a delicious four course dinner. There will be an open bar and wonderful live auction items with State Sen. Larry Taylor as auctioneer. Dress is Texas Chic, so boots, jeans and rodeo type attire is encouraged.
This year’s beneficiaries are two organizations that provide much needed services to injured soldiers and veterans in our area. Sentinels of Freedom Gulf Coast, is a scholarship foundation for severely injured soldiers returning home from combat. "We are so excited about being included this year with the Salute to Heroes II evening. The funds raised will be used to truly impact the lives of some of the most severely injured soldiers that return to our area,” said Gail Payne, Executive Director for Sentinels of Freedom Gulf Coast.
The other organization is BAHEP Cares. Under the umbrella of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, this is a mentoring program for transitioning veterans and their spouses toward rewarding careers and advancement services. According to John Martinec, board chair of the BAHEP Cares organization and President/CEO of AeroSys, LLC, "This program has already served over 80 veterans and partnered soldiers with 20 plus local executives and companies in the area.”
Roy Green, general manager of the South Shore Harbor Resort says, "The goal this year is to raise another $75,000 for these programs. We all know the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make for our country, and this is a way to give back and support those with the greatest need. I am so proud of our Clear Lake/Bay Area business community for stepping up and responding to the call. We are more than half way to our goal of attendees but still have tables, tickets and sponsorship opportunities available.”
Even if you are unable to attend, you can be listed in the Salute to Heroes II program for a donation of $100 or more. Checks can be made to the Sentinels of Freedom, a 501C3 charity. Mail donations to the South Shore Harbor Resort, 2500 South Shore Blvd, League City, Texas 77573. For more information and to get involved, call 281-334-1000 ext. 2025. (Article courtesy of BAHEP member Bay Area Houston Magazine.)
Members of the BAHEP Cares! Executive Mentoring 4 Veterans Committee met on March 26, 2015, in
the David Braun Conference Room at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. Shown are front row
left to right: Monalisa Norton, John Martinec, Lydia Chavez-Garcia, Dan Seal, Tom Linklater and back row
left to right: Alexander Reyes, Josh Soblaskey, Gotthard Janson, C.A. Shields, Eugene Bernard, Derek Lee,
David Salva, and Tom Short.