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Joe Stanford III

Joe Stanford III


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Joe's work combines: Technology, Armed Services, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Information Systems Manager

I leverage technology to deliver business solutions.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, CT

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Management Information Systems, General

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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High School

Bachelor's Degree: Management Information Systems, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Upon graduating from high school, I enlisted in the United States Air Force.

  • 2.

    During my military career, I was stationed in Las Vegas, NV and Tokyo, Japan.

  • 3.

    I also deployed to several countries, including Kyrgzstan and Qatar.

  • 4.

    After serving nearly ten years in the Air Force, I transitioned to the Air National Guard.

  • 5.

    I enrolled in UNLV and completed my bachelor degree in Information Management Systems.

  • 6.

    After graduation, I accepted a job offer in the Travelers IT Leadership Development Program.

  • 7.

    I relocated from Las Vegas, NV to Hartford, CT for my new job.

  • 8.

    In 2016, I graduated from the program, and accepted a role as a Information Systems Manager.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    It would be too difficult to successfully transition from the military to the private sector.

  • How I responded:

    Do not assume the skills and experience you've gained in one industry are not transferrable. I can personally attest that the majority of the skills that I've needed to succeed throughout my career in the private sector, I learned during my nearly 10 years in the United States Air Force. In addition, I learned that its ok to ask for help, therefore, don't be afraid to lean on your personal and professional network for guidance.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Transitioning from the military to the private sector was challenging because I wasn't sure if I would able to relate to people who don't understand what military personnel have experienced. Working for a military friendly company made a difference.