Veteran Spotlight: Matt DeLuca
This week, we’re proud to profile Matt DeLuca, a former USMC Low Altitude Air Defense Captain who is now a Senior Project Manager with Stryker. Matt worked with Orion in June 2016 to help find his second post-military career. Having initially worked in the construction industry, Matt decided to search for a career he felt more passionate about.
Orion helped him find that opportunity as a Production Supervisor with Stryker Orthopaedics, and Matt has found his career to be very rewarding. “It is a fast-paced and constantly changing environment to be in, which is very much like the military. There is also a high sense of purpose in the job I get to do every day,” explains Matt, “The work we do on a daily basis helps healthcare professionals provide top quality care to patients. It is very fulfilling – just like the military.”
Matt initially started out as a Production Supervisor in a Stryker plant where hip and knee replacement implants are manufactured. After about three months, he was promoted to an operations manager role where he was responsible for a team of 60+ people.
Another year into that role, Matt and his family were looking to get back to the Philadelphia area (home for them), and he was able to transfer across divisions in Stryker. Matt is now a Senior Project Manager in the communications division, where they install new operating room equipment to hospitals around the country. “The great thing about Stryker is that they really do encourage employees to take on new roles within the company, which is great for both individual growth and growth of the company, as well,” Mays says.
According to Matt, the responsibility those in the military get so early on helps them grow as leaders. And the day-in-and-day-out of military life prepares them well for the challenges they may face in their new career. Veterans are also able to adapt and have a disciplined approach to any task.
As for those looking to hire veterans, Matt advises hiring managers to look past just the resume. Veterans might not have the necessary “work” experience they are looking for, but Matt states, “They do have many of the intangible qualities that they’ve gained from years of military service in some of the most austere environments on earth. You’d be surprised at how big of an asset they could prove to be for your team.” He concludes that veterans’ ability to consistently produce top results will amaze companies hiring veterans.
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