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Marine Officer Seeks Executive Position

Charlotte, NC 68117 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (C) 813-362-8877 (H) 402-905-2891

Current: Top Secret/SCI/NZ clearance Held: NC2 (A,B,C,D) clearance Available summer 2013

Operations Management

OBJECTIVETo provide leadership and management as a leader in an organization that is seeking a confident, determined, adaptive and mission- orientated professional.

•Strategic Planner/Organizer

•Resource Allocation and Optimization

•Process Improvements


•Personnel Management

•Staff Development

•Coaching and Mentoring

•Top Secret-SCI/NZ security clearance•Nuclear Command and Control (NC2 -A,B,C,D) security clearance


•Seasoned, results-producing management professional with experience in directing operations, administration, budgeting, and equipment maintenance. Success managing multiple projects with competing priorities involving program development, safety initiatives, and quality control. Effective in collaborating with domestic and international groups to achieve organizational objectives. Proficient in delivering comprehensive analyses and reports to facilitate site-wide improvements.

•Intuitive leader inspiring high productivity levels. Repeated success guiding sizeable cross-functional teams as well as training, coaching, and motivating staff. Establishes, builds, and maintains productive relationships with external agencies. Strong interpersonal and communications skills; proactively conveys operational needs to executive-level management.

•Operations and Management Strengths: Process Redesign / Change Management, Project and Operations Oversight, Cost Analysis and Reporting, Policy and Procedure Development.


Strategic Management: Demonstrates ability to formulate objectives and priorities, and implement plans consistent with the long-term interests of an organization in a complex environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks. Consistently maintains a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action. Highly adept at identifying and analyzing problems, weighing relevance and accuracy of information, generating and evaluating alternative solutions, and making recommendations. As the lead operations planner for two organizations in excess of 20,000/90,000-members, developed the detailed organizational and operational plan for the successful liberation of Iraq in 2003 and Iraq surge operation 2007. Planning included all operational and logistical considerations for these organizations. As the Commander of a Marine Corps Installation, trained in excess of 24,000 personnel and executed an annual budget in excess of $13M. As the Vice President for a 1200-member organization, maintained  the highest readiness ratings for personnel, training, and equipment, and managed a supply equipment account in excess of $1B.

Personnel management: Strong ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Always seeks to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish organization’s goals. Hand selected by senior executives to stand up a newly formed 1200-member organization overseas that was meeting expectations due to leadership problems. In a six month  period, facilitated the complete turnaround of the organization and re-energized its personnel towards mission accomplishment and achievement of organizational objectives.

Financial management: Understands organizational financial processes. Skilled in program budget administration and utilizing cost-benefit analysis to set priorities and expenditures. As a manager, employed innovative processes for sustaining the readiness of a vehicle, aircraft and equipment inventory, and maintained fiscal oversight and control over business transactions, monetary payments, and financial documentation for a multi-million dollar budget.  Established budget planning and administration guidelines while executing an annual budget of over $25 M.


•M.S. (Distinguished Graduate), Military Studies and Operational Art, Marine Corps University (1997)

•B.A. (Cum laude) Business Administration, Roanoke College (1985)


United States Marine Corps                                                                                                                               1985 - Present

Vice President, United States Marine Corps, Bahrain                                                                             2012- Present Provided strategic guidance and vision to stand up a new organization established overseas. Rapidly ensured the organization was prepared to execute the missions assigned and prepared the organization to react to any contingency in the Middle East.

•Set the appropriate priorities, leadership and organizational climate to foster a bias for action tempered with good order and discipline.

•Functioned as a team builder, leader, mentor, and role model while operating with minimal guidance.

•Maintained a rigorous operational pace that instilled a mindset of mental agility and organizational dexterity while developed unit cohesion and fostered an overall esprit de corps within the unit.

Chief Operations Officer, US Strategic Command, Omaha, NE                                                         2009-2012 Maintained operational vigilance for the nation’s strategic assets while conducted operational control of the nation’s space and cyber readiness.

•Directed operations in collaboration with senior management from multiple departments.

•Assessed daily activities and processes; created and presented daily reports and briefs to our nation’s senior executives.

Consistently ranked #1 of 18 senior executives and awarded the Joint Meritorious Service Medal for decision making.

Chief Operations Officer, III Army Corps, Iraq                                                                                                 2006-2007

Managed the resourcing build-up of a 20 Brigade Corps forming the largest Corps in the Army (~90,000) while implemented a change strategy within Iraq during surge operations.

•Utilized innovative solutions to ensure cooperation and mutual support by large multi-national organizations.

•Routine duties included briefing development in support of the President of the United States.

•Ranked as one of the top executives by the current Chief of the Army, and awarded the Bronze Star Medal (4th highest military decoration) for change management, and combat leadership.

Department Director, United States Marine Corps, Jacksonville, NC                                                            2004-2006 As the Commanding Officer of the Weapons Training Battalion, supervised the development of a long range sustainment, restoration, and modernization program of $36M in planned projects.

•Trained and maintained the combat readiness of over 24,000 Marines.

•Executed an annual operating budget in excess of $8M.

•Ensured environmental compliance and instituted an aggressive energy conservation and renewable energy program. Enhanced the overall capability of a unique installation while significantly improving the quality of life for the Marines and families of the organization.

•Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals (5 and 6th Award) for management excellence, cost saving, and leadership.

Chief Operations Officer, United States Marine Corps, Jacksonville, NC & Iraq2000-2004 Executive assistant and principal advisor for operations to the Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division. Directed staff planning, coordination and execution for training exercises, and operations for an organization of over 22,000 personnel.

•Coordinated with staff, higher headquarters, and external agencies regarding the deployment of the 2nd Marine Division.

•Instrumental in the development of a long-range business model to facilitate the reorganization of the command element.

•This business model included the development of a detailed Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M), revision of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and the publication of a bulletin outlining the implementation plan.

•This was all accomplished with an under-strength staff in a highly compressed timeline.

•Functioned as the operational planner for a 4,500-member organization during combat operations in Southwest Asia.

•Oversaw planning, review, and analysis of sensitive information critical to strategic planning.

•Directed operations in collaboration with senior management from multiple departments and organizations.

•Awarded two Meritorious Service Medals.

Personnel Manager, United States Marine Corps, Arlington, VA                                                                     1997-2000

Directly responsible for the placement of 500 junior executives worldwide.

•Ensured the retention of management experience while securing the placement of leadership requirements throughout the organization.

•Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for superior management skills.


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Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.


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