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.
“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.”