Meet Steve Korb, our newest Veterans Services Specialist who heads up our Findlay Resource Center. This month, Steve was honored as a Veteran of the Year at the Findlay Military Association’s Armed Forces Day celebration. Each year, all of Findlay’s veterans organizations come together and nominate a handful of candidates for the honor. Steve was selected because of his advocacy on veterans’ issues and his active role in the Findlay community. He was one of five veterans to receive the honor. Congratulations Steve! We’re excited you’ve brought your talents and your passion for helping veterans to the MVRC team!
How does it feel to be recognized as a Veteran of the Year in your hometown?
I am honored and humbled at the same time. I feel there are probably more deserving vets who should have been recognized, but their time is coming. One of the things the Findlay Military Association asks us is who should be nominated the next time – I have already given them four names.
Can you tell us about your military experience?
I served four years on active duty and four years in the Reserve. I enlisted in the Marines in 1968 and then was selected for OCS (Officer Candidate School) where I graduated in the top ten of my class. I served in Vietnam and actually wanted to make my military service a career, but in 1972 there was a RIF (Reduction in Force), and a lot of us elected to transition out of active duty and begin new careers.
How long have you worked at MVRC?
I came on board in mid-March of this year. I found out about the opportunity through the Marine Corps League, where I currently serve as Senior Vice Commandant here in Findlay.
What did you do before MVRC?
I have worked in international ocean transportation sales and sales management for the last 40 years. I have worked for some of the biggest and best ocean carriers in the industry in California, Texas, Kentucky and Ohio.
What’s one of your proudest accomplishments?
Receiving my Second Lieutenant gold bars in Quantico, VA and having my parents pin them on – the proudest day of my life.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Take care of your customer or someone else will. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff.
When you have a free afternoon, how do you spend it?
I play some golf when I can or hit the gym for a good workout.
How do you stay involved in the community?
Besides being a life member of the Marine Corps League, I am also a life member of the VFW in Arlington and have been their Quartermaster for the last two years.
As one of our Veterans Services Specialists who is also a veteran, how does it feel to help other vets navigate their transition?
It is challenging, but quite satisfying to know that I play even a small part in the process. It is life-changing to know I have helped open a door or helped eliminate a barrier for a veteran. This job is not about the money– it’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons for the right people.
What motivates and inspires you?
The people I work with at MVRC, the veterans I serve, and the people I have known all my life who have been there for me and helped me through tough times. The brothers I have lost in combat – for their courage and bravery under the worst of conditions. Every day courage inspires me too.
What is the best part of working at MVRC?
By far, the people that I am honored to work with and for.
Do you have any goals you want to achieve this year?
I want to make the Findlay Resource Center the best it can be. It will not happen overnight, but every day I am trying to make this the best resource for veterans I can.