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Business Development | Talent Acquisition | Leadership Development | English | United States | M.A.

John Engstrom works with both private and public sectors in the United States to assist socio-economic businesses and place veterans into jobs with companies nationwide using his expertise in business development, talent acquisition, program management, government contracting, recruiting human resources, and leadership development.

John has more than 50 years of experience working with federal agencies and several institutions. He received his Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from National University.

He served as a Business Opportunity Specialist for the San Diego District of the U.S. Small Business Administration for 5 years that managed the portfolios of between 42 - 45 small businesses per year in the 8(a) business development program.

Prior to his current work as Voluntary Facilitator at Business Transitioning Seminar Sponsored by the Marine Executive Association (MEA) West, John was the Sr Military Talent Acquisition Specialist at Pro Unlimited Supporting Life Technologies.
Questions I can answer:
As an 8(a) certified firm, how can I find 8(a) business opportunities?
As a small business, how can I find a mentor so that I may participate in the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program?
As a HUBZone certified firm, where can I go to expand my business?

U.S. Small Business Administration • United States (U.S)

Business Opportunity Specialist

2016 - 2022 (5 years, 2 months)
As a Business Opportunity Specialist (BOS), works with small businesses within the San Diego District that are socially or economically disadvantaged and enrolled in the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program.

As a BOS, I have managed the portfolios of between 42 - 45 small businesses per year in the 8(a) business development program. For three weeks, I managed the portfolios of 91 8(a) firms. I review business plans, conduct new orientation, write search letters, assist firms with their mentor protégé packages and joint venture packages, and position my firms best to receive contracts from government and non-government agencies. I am extremely delighted to accept 8(a) sole source offer letters from federal agencies. $919,901,962 in federal government contracts were offered to 8(a) firms within the San Diego District in FY 2017.
Business Transitioning Seminar Sponsored by the Marine Executive Association (MEA) West • United States (U.S)

Voluntary Facilitator

2013 - 2022 (9 years, 3 months)
I volunteered my time for 9 years to co-facilitate a four-day course called Business Transitioning Seminar. This was a FREE course offered to military personnel of all ranks three times a year at Camp Pendleton. Military veterans, active duty, reservists and military spouses are welcome to join!

It was taught by experienced business executives and panelists from across the country, several who were Marine and Navy Officers.
Pro Unlimited Supporting Life Technologies • United States (U.S)

Sr Military Talent Acquisition Specialist

2012 - 2013 (1 year, 2 months)
Built award winning veteran program from the ground up. Created and implemented Military Apprenticeship Program to increase awareness of veterans within Life Technologies. Instrumental in 45 veterans hired by Life Technologies in one year. Based on the rollout and results of the Military Apprenticeship Program and other veteran initiatives, Life Technologies was recognized at the Veteran of the Year Luncheon as the "San Diego County Corporation of the Year for 2012."
RGS Associates Inc • United States (U.S)

Principal Consultant/Diversity Outreach Coordinator

2008 - 2011 (3 years, 5 months)
Serves as Diversity Outreach Coordinator for the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), comprised of 87,000 personnel in over 350 commands. In order to share best practices and leverage diversity outside of the NAE, coordinates with the OPNAV Diversity Directorate, Commander Naval Recruiting Command, Navy Recruiting Districts (NRDs), Navy Operational Support Centers and other enterprises. Serves as Team Leader of an 80 member Tactical Diversity Team comprised of members from 16 type model series wings, 11 aircraft carriers, 10 carrier air wings and 5 training wings located worldwide. Serves as an integral member of Navy’s Strategic Diversity Working Group, which was recognized as the number one diversity council in the U.S. by the Association of Diversity Councils in 2011.
Transportation Security Administration and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar • United States (U.S)

Administrative Officer, Civil Service

2000 - 2005 (5 years, 1 month)
Served as Administrative Manager for Federal Security Director (FSD) and for work force that exceeded 700 employees. Operated as liaison between FSD and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Headquarters in areas of human resources, personnel, finance and procurement.* Recognized by the TSA Headquarters and two government contractors as having most successful hiring program and new employee orientation program within TSA.* Based on professional interaction with TSA Headquarters during roll out of TSA, appointed by TSA Headquarters as Selecting Official for San Jose and Yellowstone FSD staffs; hired both staffs.* Identified a shortfall of women Transportation Security Screening Officers in San Diego, recruited and hired more than 100 qualified women from one women's career fair.
CarMax Auto Superstores • United States (U.S)

Operations Manager/Service Manager/Recon Manager/Corporate Trouble-shooter, Automotive

1998 - 1999 (1 year, 6 months)
Led automotive operations at dealership level in service manager and reconditioning manager roles. As an Operations Manager, hand-selected to facilitate operational efficiencies and decrease corporate costs at high-volume facilities. Implemented process improvement initiatives resulting in savings of more than $10,000,000.00 annually. Achievements included evaluating Atlanta store to ascertain why production goals had not been attained in four years; was able to achieve production goals after a single week and sustain goal achievement in store.

Master of Arts (M.A.), Human Resources Management

National University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) , Business Administration

National University

Certificate, Marine Corps Logistics Education Program

Penn State University