By Consumer Focus Marketing on June 9, 2021
By Cetane Associates on June 8, 2021
Thirty years ago, Bill Hickey started his military career as a reservist. Bill was brought up with a great respect for his country and those who had served it in the military. Over the next 3 decades, Bill would serve in Kosovo, Iraq, and Guatemala. He brought his experience back home to service his community and the people he worked with and worked for.
I remember the first time I heard that Bill was deployed to Kosovo. He was gone for quite a while, and when he returned, he told some of his experiences overseas while we partook in some refreshments. Some of the stories were intense, and by the end of the night, he was given the honorary name Kosovo Bill.
Over the years, we went our separate ways, but somehow were able to keep track of each other. I kept track of Bill through one of my clients who was looking to prepare his business for sale. He had hired Bill a few years before, and Bill had risen through the ranks and was now the General Manager of one of the largest independent propane and heating oil companies in New England.
Bill shared that his biggest skill that carried over from his training was the leadership skills he learned. Bill said that leadership may be in all of us, but the military knew how to harvest that skill and sharpen it to be pertinent in both a military and non-military application. Bill went on to explain that his leadership skills were used to manage in the civilian world such as when dealing with technicians who were in the field. He said “You have to motivate people to do it the right way and to be enthusiastic, even when it’s not so fun.”
One of Bill’s proudest moments was when the region was hit with a polar vortex a couple of winters ago. As Bill put it, “I was able to go into battle with my work troops, not risking lives, but saving other people’s lives.” Bill said that was a commitment he learned in the military that carried over into his work life.