Holland Talent Acquisitions and Fair Employment Manager Jason Schenkel started out as a small town boy in Northwest Michigan and now as a Talent Acquisitions and Fair Employment Manager at Holland, is helping veterans get fulfilling jobs and support from a fellow veteran. Learn more about Jason…
Small Town Boy Turned Army Recruiter
Growing up in a small dairy farming community in Northwest Michigan, Jason yearned for new experiences and challenges, so he decided to join the Army like many of his friends and family members. He soon was sent off to Missouri to start his basic training, and later went to Oklahoma for advanced training.
Training consisted of 5am wake ups to start physical training, live fire exercises, equipment maintenance, and more physical training. Jason was stationed for some time in Germany and Korea, but spent most of his time in Holland, Michigan as a recruiting station manager. Once you become a recruiter, you likely will not get deployed, and thankfully for Jason he was safe in Michigan during the attacks on September 11, 2001.
As a recruiter, Jason would get up and do his usual early morning physical training, then head to high schools and colleges to speak and recruit students into the Army. He has been involved with many schools and school boards to implement recruitment programs. The biggest skill he learned during his time in the Army is how to network and meet new people, and his years of recruiting experience prove that he has a natural disposition for talking with and connecting to people.
Jason Finds Fulfillment In Helping Fellow Veterans
After leaving the Army, Jason found a job at Holland that fits him perfectly and utilizes the skills he learned in the military to their full potential in civilian life. As a Talent Acquisitions and Fair Employment Manager, Jason spends a lot of time recruiting drivers and dockworkers, much like he did in the Army.
Jason enjoys the fact that he is still able to stay connected with military life because he often visits military bases to recruit soldiers in need of a job when they are discharged. As a Talent Acquisitions Manager, Jason works closely with programs like FastPort and Hiring Our Heroes, which is perfect for someone who has already made that transition himself. A typical day for him might be going out to military bases, schools, or job fairs, as well as scouring social media to look for talented people in need of a good job.
“Holland knows it’s vital to help veterans, and it’s great to have a veteran like me to bring in more veterans who need jobs and a support system. I know what they’ve been through and can help make their transition easier,” says Jason.
Jason’s favorite part of his job at Holland is being able to stay connected to the military and help fellow veterans make their transition. Transitioning from the Army to civilian life was difficult for Jason as it is for so many of our heroes. The biggest difference is the culture, and he experienced a big culture shock upon coming home. But now that he understands that and has been through it himself, he enjoys helping other veterans do the same.
“Basic training is meant to take a civilian and turn him into a soldier. Reversing that is very difficult,” says Jason.
The Schenkel Family Sticks Together
Because Jason has always moved around a lot for work, he cherishes the time he gets to spend with his family. He and his wife Carrie have a son who recently graduated high school, and a daughter who is a freshman. Everything they do, they do as a family. Anything outdoors is a must for the Schenkel family, especially hiking, camping, and fishing. Sometimes they even bring along their Chihuahua named Ollie!
When Jason has some time to himself he enjoys cruising on his Harley, hunting and fishing, and staying fit. Plus, the family just moved into a new house and are busy settling in and making it a home.
We want to give our thanks to Jason for serving our country and for working hard to expand the Holland team!