Justin Constantine deployed to Iraq in 2006, and served as a Civil Affairs Team Leader while attached to an infantry battalion. While on a routine combat patrol, Constantine was shot in the head by a sniper. Although the original prognosis was that he had been killed in action, Constantine survived.
Constantine, now a veteran’s advocate, was the final presenter at the 2015 ECIA Executive Conference. The story of his service and recovery, and of the people he served with, was riveting, inspirational and humbling. Constantine’s message to the assembly: veterans have a place in every industry, including electronics:
“Taking care of your people has to be your number one priority. [Justin’s lessons] related to successful Marine Corps leadership principles apply directly to any corporation focused on winning in today’s market. With the right attitude, we can find a way to succeed in the midst of change and bring our people along.”
It’s impossible for a civilian to summarize Constantine’s -- or any veteran’s – experience, or to do their stories justice. Constantine’s record speaks for itself: he was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, and Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal. In 2012 the Virginia Legislature passed a commending resolution highlighting Constantine’s continued support of veterans and other wounded warriors. He has been named a Champion of Change by the White House, and was presented with the All-American Hero Award at the 2013 All-American Inaugural Ball. Most recently, Constantine was awarded the prestigious inaugural 2014 Lincoln Award recognizing his outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.
Constantine now runs his own business as a leadership expert and an inspirational speaker and leads the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s initiative on employment opportunities for wounded veterans and caregivers. After 16 years in the Marine Corps, Constantine understands -- and communicates -- the value and challenges of effective leadership. He can be reached through his website: http://www.justinconstantine.com.
To Constantine and to all our nation’s veterans, thank you for your service.