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Meet the Veterans Initiatives team

 

Here’s a quick look at our key players, their backgrounds, disciplines, and social platforms.

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Jim Beamesderfer

Vice President, Veterans Initiatives

Jim Beamesderfer oversees our Diversity and Inclusion activities, including work with other internal partners on communications and philanthropic initiatives. He also runs our VETalent program, which partners with the nonprofit Workers Opportunity Services to recruit, train, and hire Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans and military spouses. In that role, Jim has led development of our military spouse employment program and expanded VETalent to other companies around the country. In June 2019, Jim was appointed co-chair of the US Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Employment Council.

Before joining Prudential in 1997, Jim served as a captain in the U.S. Army for six years after earning a B.A. in mechanical engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He remains an active member of the Rutgers Business School Military and Veterans Advisory Board.

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Dean Sanders

Vice President, Veterans Initiatives

Dean Sanders runs our Veterans Initiative at the Business & Technology Solutions Center in El Paso. But his responsibilities extend far beyond Texas, fostering several partnerships at both the local and national level to support veteran service organizations and initiatives.

Prior to coming to Prudential, Dean served as executive officer for Garrison Command at Fort Bliss, where he oversaw the development, planning, analysis, integration, and execution of all services and programs on the base. His military career spans 27 years, with two tours in Iraq, and includes multiple meritorious awards, including two Bronze Stars. Dean has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State University and is a board member for the Armed Services YMCA of El Paso.

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Brian Wick

VETalent Program Director, Veterans Initiatives

As leader of the VETalent program, Brian Wick oversees the operation, and expansion, of one of our most important endeavors: helping to recruit and support the military community of Prudential and other likeminded companies. Before taking on this position, Brian held several key roles at Prudential Retirement and Global Communications and was instrumental in providing strategic communication to shareholder during Prudential’s initial public offering. Previously, Brian managed executive, internal, and external communications for Honeywell, and in his own practice.

A former journalist and speechwriter, Brian served in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War. He earned his MBA from Centenary College and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history at Monmouth University. He is a member of several associations, including Association of the U.S. Army, and the International Association of Business Communicators

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Wil Williamson

Director, Veterans Initiatives

At Prudential, Wil coordinates companywide efforts to help veterans transition into civilian employment. With expertise in programs devoted to education, employment training, and talent sharing, he helps Prudential, as well as other companies, attract, retain, and develop veteran talent.

Wil served in the United States Marine Corps as a recruiting station director, where he received the Navy and Marine Corps Accommodation and Achievement Medals for successfully managing talent acquisition of future Marines. He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in labor and employment relations, graduating summa cum laude in each degree, and an executive certificate in Diversity in the Workplace, from Rutgers University, where he is now an active board member of the university’s Labor and Employment Relations Association.

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