Advisory Board

Advisory Panel

The advisory board that serves VIP Recruiting provides guidance and advice to management.  The advisers provide non-binding strategic advice, which is utilized to formulate a clear vision from proven experience.  The board is a mixture of military and corporate executives who advocate for Veterans and their Families.

Meet the Team

The below advisory members bring an in-depth knowledge and experiences to help coach and grow the company towards supporting the VIP Nation.

Military Advisory Members

Pat Hite – Retired U.S. Navy (USN) CAPT / Government Contractor

Advising on Topics Related to Innovation, Government Employment and USN

Mike Lodge – Retired U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) CAPT / Senior Counsel for Chevron Shipping Company

Advising on Topics Related to Innovation, Legal and USCG

Mike Loge is regarded as exceptionally well organized with a proven track record demonstrating self-motivation, creativity, and initiative to achieve both his professional and personal goals.  He has outstanding success in building relationships with key International, Federal and State agencies, regulated entities and maritime industry stakeholders.

Mike is presently Senior Counsel for Chevron U.S.A., a subsidiary for Chevron Corporation.  He is an admiralty and maritime attorney assigned to the Chevron Shipping Company.  He focuses on ensuring Chevron’s worldwide operational fleet and mariners function safely, effectively and efficiently.  He also provides insight into all aspects of emergency response, and assists Chevron Shipping’s international commercial hubs.

Prior to joining Chevron, Mike worked briefly for a US seafood company as Director of Environmental Compliance.

During his extensive Coast Guard career, he was fortunate to work as both a JAG as well as in the marine safety and security arena.  He was a Coast Guard criminal prosecutor, trial judge and appellate judge, and has been a member of the Virginia Bar since 1995. Before attending law school, Mike served onboard three Coast Guard cutters, in both New York and Long Beach, California.  His international assignments include Safety and Security advisor to the Panama Canal, and Office in Charge of the US Navy Maritime Liaison Office in Manama, Bahrain.

Mike places significant importance on giving back to the community, and is one of the leading volunteers within the Chevron Pro Bono program in the San Francisco Bay area.

Gary Slyman – Retired U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Lieutenant Colonel / President – Great Transitions Strategies a Leadership Development Coaching and Consulting Practice

Advising on Topics Related to Innovation, Coaching / Mentorship and USMC

Gary Slyman is a leadership development professional consultant and coach. As a consultant he provides leadership and ethics education and training.  As a coach he provides leadership, executive, team, transition, and individual coaching. Working with individuals, teams, and organizations he assists them to transition to what is next.

Veterans transitioning careers are an area of specialty, whether transitioning from active duty or to a second, third, or fourth career.

He is a proven leader with over 35 years experience in organizations operating in dynamic high-risk environments to educational settings.

As an officer he provided exceptional leadership for 23 years in the United States Marine Corps to include, program management and commanding an aviation squadron in combat.

In his last active duty assignment he led, established, and assisted in the development of multiple ethics education programs as the Deputy Director of the Ethics Center at the United States Naval Academy.

Currently he provides the leadership tools to individuals and organizations that allow them to transition to higher levels of performance and mission accomplishment.

He is the co-founder of a leadership based LLC providing leadership education and training to college and high school athletic team captains and corporate team leaders.

In the field of education, he served as the Head of the Middle and Upper School and led the development of a new private independent school centered on a values-based leadership program.

He completed his coach training through the Duquesne University Professional Coach Certification Program, an International Coach Federation Accredited Program and earned a Certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University’s Institute of Transformational Leadership.

Corporate Advisory Members

Laura Gerding – Director of Alumni Affairs, University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine

Advising on Topics Related to Innovation and Marketing

Dr. Robert Thomas Hill – MBA, MD, Board Certified Anesthesiologist, Sub-specialty Certified in Pain Management, Director of Pain Management, Goshen Hospital

Advising on Topics Related to Innovation and the Medical Field


Josh Knopp – Chief Information Security Officer, Top 10 Global Transportation Company

Advising on Topics Related to Innovation and Information Technology

Josh is an influential executive specializing in global security strategy and possess more than 22 years of overall IT experience and 17 years of dedicated Information Security experience. With a diverse technology and business background, he is able to bring a balanced approach to risk management and the securing of information assets while facilitating business operations. He leads with an attitude of openness and accountability and is proven to maintain employee engagement and positive morale in a globally diverse workforce. 

Quinten Messbarger – Vice President, University of Missouri (MU) Innovation Center

Advising on Topics Related Innovation and Business Growth

Dan Nibberich – Sales Executive, Cerner Corporation

Advising on Innovation and Topics Related to Sales

Dan Nibberich is currently a Sales Executive for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, MO. He has marketing and business development responsibilities for Cerner’s Population Health Management business unit. He focuses his efforts on driving and developing new opportunities in the Health Care market, specifically Health Systems, Health Plans, and Pharma. He also is involved in mentoring and training sales associates on Cerner’s Populating Health Management solution portfolio.

Prior to joining Cerner Corporation, Dan began his career in sales at Gateway EDI (now Trizetto Provider Solutions) in 2007. As a sales executive, he discovered a passion for sales process, establishing customer relationships, and solving complex issues with technology. Then Dan transitioned to KIG Healthcare Solutions, where he served as an account manager, technical resource, and project manager. The technical knowledge and healthcare operations expertise helped him develop the go-to market strategy for healthcare start up WELL Health, Inc, where he served as Director of Business Development.

Dan received his BA in Business Management (’06) and later his MBA (’16) from University of Missouri-Columbia. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids in Kansas City, MO and traveling back his hometown of St. Louis, MO to see his favorite teams the St. Louis Blues and Cardinals. Dan is also active in the community serving on the planning committee of the MADD Walk STL Chapter and as a volunteer coach for the Challenger Baseball program.

“I’m extremely excited to part of the VIP advisory board. I’m forever grateful to all our service men and women and their families. I spent a lot of time working with Chris during our MBA program at Mizzou. His passion for helping veterans and their families is contagious and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact VIP Recruiting will have as VIP Nation makes the very difficult transition from military service to civilian life.”

Dan’s Tip for VIP’s looking to land their first sales job:

“Focus on your ability to quickly build trust with everyone you meet, both a potential client and a team member. Sales Executives are looking for sales representatives that not only have the technical skills to be effective but can also demonstrate to build a relationship with their clients.”

Zac Self – Senior Quality Engineer, Watlow Electric

Advising on Topics Related to Innovation and STEM fields