Militarily Speaking Ep. 54 From Service to Civilian Success: The Vector Force Pathway with John Hotek

“Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes military community who they are.

We — with guests like you — will help the military community not only navigate their finances but also military life. We chat about both good and bad financial practices and provide some insight along the way. We’ll share strategies to help people get ahead, discuss military benefits that members should take advantage of, and more – all working towards the goal of helping people become more financially independent.

On the show, we’ll also preview and talk about how to take advantage of military specific services, such as loans and mortgages, and help members prepare for important milestones such as PCS moves and the transition to civilian life. Finally, at the end of every episode, we have a bit of fun with our Military Minute. That guessing-game segment features military history, hobbies, a bit of pop culture. Correct guesses by listeners could result in a donation to charity of individual’s choice.

Welcome to the "Militarily Speaking" podcast with Tom McLean and Jodi Vickery.

In this episode of “Militarily Speaking,” Tom and Jodi, together with John Hotek, Vice President of Vector Force Development, delve into the company's mission of providing meaningful career transitions for veterans, its commitment to veterans and the military community, and the unique opportunities it offers within the energy and utilities sector. We would like to thank Armed Forces Bank mortgage loan officer Jake Scarbo for making this connection for us. 

“Militarily Speaking” is a podcast produced by Armed Forces Bank that is dedicated to the military lifestyle and all the things that makes the military community who they are.


Ep. 54 – From Service to Civilian Success: The Vector Force Pathway with John Hotek

 Vector Force Development, founded with the ethos of serving those who've served, stands out not just for its rapid growth but for its foundational commitment to veterans. With John Hotek at the helm, the company has grown exponentially, operating in over 20 states and providing a plethora of opportunities in the energy sector. Tom highlighted the company's achievements, including its recognition on Inc Magazine's list of America's fastest-growing companies and the Vet 100 listing, underscored by its service-disabled veteran-owned status.


A Glimpse into John Hotek's Military Career and Transition

 Listeners were treated to an in-depth look at John’s illustrious military career, spanning 24 years with multiple overseas postings and nine combat deployments. His transition from the military to a civilian career at Vector Force Development symbolizes the seamless move veterans can make into impactful, civilian roles, leveraging skills and experiences gained during service.


Vector's Impact Beyond Just Employment

 John’s conversation revealed the comprehensive approach Vector takes, far beyond merely offering jobs. They are actively involved in communities, from local schools in Toledo to national organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team Red, White, and Blue, showcasing their commitment not just to veterans but to the broader community they operate within.


The Military to Civilian Transition: A Vector Priority

 Vector's unique approach to recruiting veterans, spearheaded by John and his team, involves actively seeking out veterans and assisting in translating military skills to civilian job markets. John detailed the partnerships Vector has developed with the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs to facilitate these transitions, providing a tangible path for veterans seeking new opportunities outside the military.


Operation Homeward: A Testimony to Vector's Family Ethos

 One of the episode's highlights was the discussion around Operation Homeward, Vector's innovative program designed to support not just their employees but their families in significant life transitions, demonstrating Vector's deep-rooted belief in treating employees as family. This program is a testament to Vector's dedication to their employees' overall well-being and happiness, reinforcing the company's core values and commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive workplace.


Military Minute

Jodi introduces the Military Minute segment of the show, beginning by closing out last episode’s Military Minute.

  • Last episode’s Military Minute: How many rounds did Woodrow Wilson play during his eight-year term? And what color did he paint his golf balls so that he could play in the winter?
  • Answer: 1200 rounds and painted his golf balls black
  • This week’s Military Minute question: How many people transition from the military each year?
  • Watch for Facebook and Instagram posts about this episode.
  • Answer with the correct answer and you plus a charity of your choice can each win $50.
  • After a winning selection, Military Minute participants are eligible for another selection after 12 months.


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 Join us to hear how to better navigate your finances, military life, and the crossroads of the two.