Ever since he was a kid watching Navy ships go by outside and watching “G.I. Joe” on television, Brian Bottorff wanted to serve his country and enlist in the military. As an adult, he served in the U.S. Navy as an operations specialist aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau from 2004 to 2006.
Brian Bottorff, Wells Fargo Securities banker:
My name is Brian Bottorff. I’m a veteran in the U.S. Navy. I served as an operations specialist aboard the USS Nassau from 2004 to 2006. Currently I’m a vice president at Wells Fargo.
I wanted to serve my country ever since I was a little kid. Seeing Navy ships, watching “G.I. Joe” — as corny as that is — it was always something I wanted to do.
Some of the biggest rewards of serving the U.S. Navy, it’s allowed me to serve my country, that I wanted to when I was a child. I got to see parts of the world that I never would have at my age, and it gave me discipline and gave me life skills that I use to through today.
I was hired into Wells Fargo in 2013. I met senior recruiter Denise Olis. I met her at a Wells Fargo booth. She explained different opportunities that were available at Wells Fargo. She told me about an open position. She introduced me to the hiring manager, and for the position I was ultimately selected.
When I came out of the military, there wasn’t a lot of guidance transitioning from the military to the civilian world. I started to realize that there was a problem for younger veterans getting out and now they do have support.
At Wells Fargo they now have programs, partnerships in order to help those veterans transition easier and make their transition to civilian life better.
I feel that there are more opportunities. There’s been a lot more corporate activation and activism in providing transitioning veterans with helping bridge the gap between the military and civilian world.
Wells Fargo did start up the Veteran Employment Transition program that helps transitioning veterans have an opportunity for an internship at our company, and then after the completion of the internship, they are placed within the groups that they interned.
Wells Fargo has given me a chance to actually continue to serve the veteran communities since I got out. Wells Fargo provides numerous opportunities to help the veteran community and interact and participate in benefiting the lives of veterans.
I do know Zac Brown is a big veteran advocate and that Wells Fargo is an advocate of veterans as well.
It’s great to be a part of a company that hires veterans and that I can find veterans within the company that I didn’t know existed before.
I’m Brian Bottorff, and I’m a proud veteran working for Wells Fargo.
“I got to see parts of the world that I never would have at my age, and it gave me discipline and gave me life skills that I use through today,” Bottorff said.
When Bottorff left the military in 2006, he realized there wasn’t much guidance for veterans transitioning to civilian life. Years later, he met a recruiter from Wells Fargo at a job fair who told him about career opportunities and introduced him to a hiring manager.
Since 2012, Wells Fargo has participated in more than 1,200 job fairs and hired more than 8,300 veterans. Bottorff was offered a position with the company in 2013.
Today, Bottorff is a Wells Fargo Securities banker in New York City. He said he appreciates that Wells Fargo has programs and resources to help veterans transition to civilian life, like the Veteran Employment Transition Program. The program provides veterans with eight-to-12-week internships that provide on-the-job experience, professional support, leadership insights, and networking across several Wells Fargo departments in cities across the U.S.
"It’s great to be a part of a company that hires veterans and that I can find veterans within the company that I didn’t know existed before."
— Brian Bottorff
Wells Fargo also has an ongoing relationship with Zac Brown Band, working with the multiplatinum group to support veterans, service members, and their families. Over the last few years, Wells Fargo and Zac Brown Band have honored veterans at concerts, met with wounded veterans to talk about difficulties military service members face in transitioning to civilian life, and awarded veterans with mortgage-free homes.
As part of Wells Fargo and Zac Brown Band’s long-standing commitment to U.S. military members, Bottorff was invited as a special guest to attend the Grammy Award-winner’s concert in New York City in July.
“I do know Zac Brown is a big veteran advocate and that Wells Fargo is an advocate of veterans as well,” Bottorff said. “It’s great to be a part of a company that hires veterans and that I can find veterans within the company that I didn’t know existed before.”