Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Orion Turns 20!



Orion celebrated our 20th Anniversary on January 7, 2011. We’ll be commemorating this milestone all year, and we’d like to take the opportunity to share with you a bit about our company history.

Orion International was founded by 5 former JMOs seeking to provide career opportunities for fellow former service members that had not been available to them upon their separation from the military. Two of the original founders, Bill Laughlin, and Randy Nelson, continue to serve on Orion’s Board of Directors today.

Orion opened its doors on January 7, 1991, with headquarters in Raleigh, NC; and offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In its first year in business, Orion found careers for 95 transitioning Officers within 25 companies, including Target, Pfizer, Schering-Plough, DHL, ABB Power, Alcoa, GE Energy, and Ingersoll-Rand. Positions were primarily in Pharmaceutical Sales, Distribution, and Retail Management.

Orion’s very first placement was Jon Fulton, a USNA Grad and 5-year Navy Nuclear Officer. Fulton says “After talking with my recruiter, Bill Laughlin, I felt like he knew who I was, what I was capable of doing, and had my best interests in mind as he sought to place me with the right position and company.” Fulton was placed by Orion in a position with Alcoa Warrick Operations, in Evansville, IL. The company and position were certainly the right fit, as Fulton will celebrate his 20th anniversary with Alcoa in April of this year, where he now serves as Senior Maintenance Engineer. Fulton is profiled in-depth in this newsletter.

In 1994, Orion became the first military recruiting firm to find careers for Enlisted Technicians and Noncommissioned Officers. Other firms followed suit, and today transitioning technicians and Noncommissioned Officers have a wide array of career opportunities available to them.

In total, Orion has found careers for over 23,000 veterans since 1991. Orion currently operates from offices in Raleigh, NC; Virginia Beach, VA; Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH; and San Diego, CA. The Orion family continues to strive to achieve Orion's Purpose, which is “To strengthen the fabric of America by providing ethical leaders to the nation.”

Orion is delighted to celebrate our 20th anniversary in an environment where an increasing number of companies hire veterans based on their intangible skills set, as opposed to the civilian who may have more applicable experience. As we celebrate this milestone year, we would like to encourage you to explore our services and see what it is exactly that sets us apart from the competition.

Thank you for being an integral part of the Orion story, and we appreciate the opportunity to represent you in your career search.

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