Vincent Romero has been a veteran of the United States Navy for the last decade. After serving, Vincent lived in Hawaii where he primarily worked in construction. Life changes led Vincent to relocate to Illinois where he switched between a variety of industries until he found an opportunity in construction. Unfortunately, Vincent was laid off and began to look for work. He encountered many challenges including depression and age discrimination. He discovered National Able Network and was happy to learn that they have a program specifically to assist veteran job seekers.

Vincent attended the Veterans Forward orientation where he met Career Coach, and fellow Navy veteran, Michelle Malone. He gave her his resume and they briefly discussed what resources would be most beneficial for Vincent to start his job search. Later that same day, Michelle received a call from McShane Construction, who was seeking to hire a new employee. Vincent’s skills matched perfectly with the role they were looking to fill.

“Michelle jumped on the offer and got me going,” said Vincent. “I thought I was going to have to come in for training and update my computer skills, but everything just got together for employment and I needed to work so I followed her lead and took her advice.”

During Vincent’s next meeting with Michelle, she helped him enhance his resume, and they sent it over to Human Resources at McShane Construction. Within a matter of weeks, Vincent went through the interview process and was hired!

Vincent is now the Assistant Superintendent at McShane Construction. “No matter what the situation, there are people – there are some “Michelles” out there – and it’s great,” Vincent said. “Don’t give up! I’m so grateful. I’m really happy.”