Veterans have the power to advance their careers at Bank of America

Just like service members instinctively look out for each other, we look out for each other here at Bank of America. And one of the best ways to do so is to thank them for their service and make sure we connect employees who are veterans or military spouses with colleagues who share similar backgrounds and experiences.

Veterans like Ann Peterson and Brian Jones have taken advantage of the training programs and mentorship opportunities Bank of America offers. At Bank of America, Ann and Brian are able to focus on advancing their careers, all while paying it forward through mentorship to other service members, veterans and military spouses — helping them navigate the uncharted territory of civilian life and their new roles.

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Ann Peterson
Brian Jones

Meet Ann Peterson – an Army veteran and corporate mentor

Ann Peterson was 20 years old and attending the University of Nebraska when she and a friend met an Army recruiter. “I was ready to get out of Nebraska and see the world,” Ann said. “My recruiter was very persuasive and sold me on what the military could offer — travel, being outdoors and getting paid to work out. It sounded great to me.”

Ann’s family was not as enthusiastic. But the more they tried to talk her out of it, the more convinced she became to enlist and did so shortly before the start of the first Gulf War in 1990. “I was the youngest of nine children and was always in someone else’s shadow,” she said. “I never felt I had a voice until I joined the military.”

Ann got her wish to see the world and spent three years in Germany. Upon returning to the states, she made the decision to get out of active duty, join the National Guard and get her MBA.

After graduation, she married and moved with her husband to Seattle. Her daughter, Reagan, was born a few years later and she and her husband divorced. “My ex-husband is in the military and travels all over the world. He is gone for long periods of time so I’ve had to adjust to being a single parent 24/7, 365 days a year.”

In 2006, Ann and her daughter moved to Charlotte after she was offered a job at Bank of America. Since then, she’s been promoted several times and is currently an HR executive. Ann credits her success to the skills she learned in the military and through support from bank leaders and mentors. “There’s not a doubt in my mind: I would not be where I am today without my military training and having the internal support I needed to juggle my responsibilities at home,” she said. “At Bank of America, I have been able to grow and develop in my own career because of the challenges and opportunities that have been put in front of me.”

Ann’s unique perspective of being both a veteran and a former military spouse is one of the reasons she mentors other teammates in similar situations. “I’ve made the transition from military to civilian life and I have the power to help other veterans and their families succeed in their careers. That starts with caring about the person, understanding them and helping them grow which is what we do every day at Bank of America.”

Meet Brian Jones – a veteran who is paying it forward

For Brian Jones, a U.S. Army veteran who joined the bank in 2015, making the decision to leave the military after eight years was scary. “The Army was the only life I knew and it was hard to take that first step but I am so glad I did because of where I am today,” Brian said. “Having said that, my first few months were stressful. I had to learn a new culture and new language while at the same time a brand new career.”

Shortly after joining the Bank, Brian was paired with Bill Golden, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. “Bill was instrumental in helping me understand that the skills veterans bring to the table — like leadership and working on a team — were assets that the bank valued.”

Today, Brian is a mentor to Tom Cai, a veteran who served in the U.S. Army for 10 years before coming to Bank of America. For Tom, having a network of veterans like Brian is critical. “It is an absolutely terrifying experience for many veterans who are transitioning from military life,” Tom said. “Brian is someone I can always go to, no matter what the issue or question is. If it wasn’t for Brian and the role that he has played through his mentorship, my family and I wouldn’t be able to have the life we currently have. I am forever grateful and, as a mentor, I try to emulate all that he has taught me.”

“Being able to help Tom transition from the military to where he is today has been so rewarding,” Brian said. “I can pass on what Bill has given me, and that’s what our veteran mentorship program is all about. I want veterans to know that being at Bank of America is more than a job — it’s a career.”


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