Drew Myers: Master of Business Administration, 1999 | President and owner of RecruitMilitary and Alumni for Life, Cincinnati
Taking Charge | After seven years in the United States Marine Corps and seven more as a consultant, Myers became his own boss in 2001 by opening first of his two companies, RecruitMilitary, which specializes in helping businesses recruit those leaving the military. “We are the only firm in America that offers employers so many ways to hire veterans,” he says.
Taking Charge Part Two | If one business wasn’t enough, Myers’ founded Alumni for Life in 2004 around the idea of helping organizations build strong alumni networks. The company has, in a new way, brought Myers back to the University: The Williams College of Business is one of its newest clients.
Lessons Learned | As an entrepreneur, Myers says he regularly draws on lessons from his X.M.B.A. days—both lessons from the classroom and lessons from the human side. “I found the relationships with several classmates and faculty to be a terrific benefit of the program,” he says. “I really met some quality people and maintain contact with many of them.”
Back to School | Myers entered the Executive M.B.A. program after a tour of recruiting duty for the Marines, which found him as an executive officer in Cincinnati. He left the Corps in 1993 and ultimately moved to the consulting firm Carew International, where he laid the groundwork for the company’s military-to-civilian recruitment operation, Selection Integrity Resources. He purchased SIR and renamed in RecruitMilitary.
Corps Effort | Myers entered the Marines after receiving his undergraduate degree in political science from Indiana University. Commissioned a second lieutenant and ranking near the top of his class in both Marine Corps Basic School and the Artillery Officer’s Course, he went on to serve as a platoon commander and later as an executive officer in charge of a 150-man unit various overseas assignments. He then assumed the duties of commanding officer for a 130-man unit deployed in South Korea.