Featured Alum

Bryan Gage

Air Force
June 2013 Career Conference
Mazor Robotics, Clinical Sales Representative

Education:
Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Major: Meteorology
Graduate: Webster University
Major: MA Management & Leadership


What is one thing you learned during your time as a candidate with Cameron-Brooks that has been influential to your career success?

The need for continued professional and personal growth.  I often reflect and review on the literature that was recommended during my C-B process as I strive for this growth.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the business world that you would not have been able to complete without your military background?

Being involved in the commercial launch of the latest robotics platform for spinal surgery.  Throughout the process of preparing this product for commercial release, I had to work cross-functionally across my organization, complete multiple tasks with independent timelines and remain flexible as this was a very dynamic time in the organization.  My military background provided me a firm foundation with these qualities.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the business world that you would not have been able to complete without your military background?

Being involved in the commercial launch of the latest robotics platform for spinal surgery.  Throughout the process of preparing this product for commercial release I had to work cross-functionally across my organization, complete multiple tasks with independent timelines and remain flexible as this was a very dynamic time in the organization.  My military background provided me a firm foundation with these qualities.

What book/blog/podcast have you read recently that has had a positive impact on your performance?

Regina Hartley’s presentation – “Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume” (via ted.com)Upon taking the management role at Mazor Robotics I found myself underwhelmed at my ability to identify the right talent to bring onto my team.  Perhaps it is attributed to the fact that as a JMO we do not have the ability to selectively bring people into our organizations and rather learn to make use of what we are given.In my new role one of my primary responsibilities is finding talent to add to the team and I found Regina’s dialogue insightful while adding a unique perspective to this challenge.

How did you utilize any of the Cameron-Brooks staff to assist you during your career (career advice, promotional mock interviews)?

I find that the relationship with C-B goes beyond getting through a career conference and taking that step into business.  It is a bond that can be utilized indefinitely along the path to professional success.

What specific advice would you give to other Cameron-Brooks Alumni, especially the ones in their first two years?

The first two years can be a bit of a whirlwind. As a transitioning JMO you are not only making a mental transition from the routine of the military but you are also learning how to make your way in the business world.  I have three recommendations for the near-term post transition as these have been very helpful for me.

  • Find a mentor! It is extremely important to have someone in your corner to help be a guide and redirect when needed as you settle into your new role.
  • Networking. Take the time to get to know other professionals to include those outside your own organization.  There are numerous professional organizations out there so get involved with one.  You never know who might have dealt with a similar challenge as you are facing in your position.  This is a fantastic way to brainstorm solutions.
  • Step outside of your primary role. I recommend taking the opportunity to speak with colleagues in other departments or functional areas to get an idea of their roles.  I have found that as you move up the corporate