Name: Michael Gray Halterman
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised on the Central Coast of California.
What’s a short story around the biggest transition you’ve faced in life?
Military Transition doesn’t happen overnight. The situational and contextual change is easy. You change jobs. You change where you live. You change industries, but Transition is all mental. You have to transition the way you think about yourself and others in the change. You have to transition your skills and adopt new ones that are of value in the change. You have to transition your vocabulary to better communicate with new teammates in the change. Additionally there isn’t just one correct way to transition. It varies greatly depending on the needs and desires of each individual. It is part of what makes it so difficult.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a younger you?
Read books like your life depends on it.
Your Personal Why?
My Why: I solve the problems of tomorrow so others can bridge to the future.
How does your Why drive you to be a part of the THF Ecosystem?
My Why directly adds to the THF ecosystem because I genuinely want to help my fellow veterans navigate the transition process by finding their individual path through it. I want them to THRIVE!
Top 5 Strengths Finder Strengths and how they influence you?
My top 5 strengths are: Futuristic, Ideation, Restorative, Individualization, and Relator. The futuristic, ideation and restorative in me are always at work envisioning a better future for humanity on this planet and others. The individualization and relator strengths drive me to seek out what makes every person I meet unique and treat them the way they want to be treated.
Military Connection or Why do you respect Special Operators?
I was a Marine Infantryman for 10 years, and I’m a Plank Owner of 1st Marine Raider Bn. I retired after 20 years of service.
Favorite THF Value, and why?
My favorite THF value is Laser Focus. You can either choose to be distracted or you can choose to accomplish ANYTHING through laser focus.
Area/Industry of expertise (Faculty, Sponsor, Mentor, Community Ambassadors):
As the Vice President of Business Operations it is my responsibility to take care of a team that takes care of so many others. It is an absolute privilege to be on this team and work with these great Americans.
Contact Michael directly at email@example.com.