I hope to create an innovative and effective program that connects veterans and veterans' families to amazing opportunities they may have never considered.
An Army veteran, Wes knows what it’s like to search for employment after serving in the military. Based on his experience, he envisioned the INvets program and, as Director, he is creating a program that helps veterans and their families make the transition from military to civilian life and find employment in Indiana.
Wes received an honorable discharge from the United States Army, serving from 2010-2015 at Ft. Campbell, Ky., and in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. As a Section Leader at Fort Campbell, he maintained accountability and maintenance of highly sensitive equipment, negotiated vendor pricing, developed and implemented training programs, and advised leaders on a project-to-project basis. As a Team Leader in Afghanistan, he led a team in a remote region, presented briefs highlighting capabilities and limitations and how best to utilize assets, and led training for personnel from multiple organizations. Wes graduated from the Army’s Sniper and the Air Assault and Airborne school.
Wes joined Conexus Indiana as a Workforce Development Manager, focusing on promoting workforce initiatives in Indiana’s southeast region. Wes helped ensure that high schools, career centers, and adult education programs in the region had high-quality implementation of Conexus Indiana’s Hire Tech curriculum and that companies were firmly connected to schools in their communities.
He later developed the INvets program and has been working to connect statewide stakeholders to create a sustainable veteran recruitment platform for the State of Indiana.
Prior to joining Conexus, Wes worked at Premier Funeral Management as an accountant where he performed annual analyses on company locations to identify areas for process and policy improvement, prepared monthly financial statements, and supervised the handling of accounts receivable for all company locations.
Wes holds a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Southern Indiana.