Employee Spotlight: Meet Kenneth Reese
Our employee spotlight shines a light on one employee at a time. We value diversity and inclusion and welcome diverse thinking. It takes a village — through collaboration, living safely and driving innovation we realize our goals and help our clients achieve mission success. Our mantra is people first, mission always. And during Black History Month, we focus on some of our African-American employees. Today’s Q&A is with Kenneth Reese, Director of Talent Acquisition.
How did you come to join Amentum?
I heard from a friend that LSI was looking to hire recruiters in the Fayetteville, GA office. I applied and I have been here since 2005.
What is your professional and personal background?
I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1982 as an administrative specialist and re-enlisted in 1986 into the communication electronics field. In 1999, I was selected for recruiting duty. I finished my 23-year Army career recruiting young men and women into the world’s greatest army and training new recruiters and recruiting managers.
How did your military service prepare you for a successful career at Amentum?
Leadership, discipline, respect for others, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage were some of the U.S. Army values that prepared me for my career with Amentum and its legacy companies. I served my last six years in the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) as a recruiter, recruiting station manager, recruiter trainer and recruiting company first sergeant. The skills I learned during that time have helped me in my current role.
Describe the work you do and how you think it makes a positive impact.
After serving in the U.S. Army there is nothing more gratifying to me than continuing to support the warfighter and helping veterans find a new career after separating from the armed forces.
What are some of your accomplishments and/or what has been your proudest career moment?
While serving in the U.S. Army, it was ensuring that all my soldiers made it home to their families.
In my career, it was about building a cohesive, never quit, motivated team of recruiters who go above and beyond to meet and/or exceed their staffing requirements and providing the best customer service possible.
What do you enjoy about working for Amentum?
I enjoy supporting the warfighters and helping veterans find employment with Amentum or elsewhere.
What are you passionate about?
I would say meeting or exceeding our recruiting/staffing requirements and training and developing my recruiters to do their jobs better. Also preparing my recruiters for career progression.
What’s your career advice?
I have several bits of career advice for both candidates and recruiters:
- Find a job that creates impact.
- Don’t limit your career opportunities.
- Become a go-to person.
- Treat everyone with respect.
- Be a doer. Not a talker.
- If you have direct reports, ensure that you provide constant job training, encourage and help them to work on their personal development. They should always know their job and at least one level up.
What does safety mean to you, or do you have a favorite safety tip?
Safety means paying attention to detail and not becoming distracted. Our employees should ALWAYS go home the same or better than they came to work… with no injuries.
What’s the best invention in the world and why?
I would have to say the invention of basketball by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. I absolutely love the game and have played all my life…until these knees gave out on me from playing junior high, high school, college and all-Army. Not to mention the rigors of the Army… jumping out of airplanes and 12-mile road marches. LOL!!! Without that invention….no Michael Jordan and I’m a HUGE FAN!!!
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Our Declaration of Independence clearly states,”…that all men are created equal…” and that man has a right to …”life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Regardless of race, religion, age, color, ethnicity, gender, or nationality. If all Americans truly believed and lived by these words written 245 years ago, imagine where our country would be today.
Anything else you would like to share from a personal or professional perspective?
Companies that celebrate, recognize and make hiring veterans a priority are the best companies to work for.