Success Stories

Lucas Group recruiting experts help military officers and highly-skilled technicians launch outstanding veteran careers within America’s leading military employers.

OFFICERS & WO’s

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OFFICERS & WO’s


By the time I contacted Jim Lose at Lucas Group, I was exasperated with the amount of applications I had submitted and dejected with the automated and impersonal rejection emails. I had spent hundreds of dollars flying to job fairs just to get there and find out I am not talking to hiring mangers no less individuals qualified to access my skills. Lucas Group took a no nonsense approach with no protracted or convoluted process. I sent Jim my resume, transcripts, and evaluations and I was interviewing with companies the very next week! All I needed was to be put in the front of decision makers and hiring managers that could evaluate the value add I could bring to their organization. For this transitioning JMO Lucas Group was instrumental in taking the next step in my career and moving forward with my family, Thanks Jim!

Yonel C., U of MD ‘06
Former Army Acquisitions Officer – Now a Program Manager @ Defense Industry Firm
July 2017


I highly recommend working with Jim Lose from Lucas Group! Many recruiting firms provide a list of job opportunities to career seekers, but Lucas Group went the extra mile to understand my goals and match me to opportunities that best fit my requirements and skillset. The personal attention and dedication to placing me in the right position sets Lucas Group apart from other companies, and I would be happy to work with Jim again in the future!

M. Pendleton, Ohio State University ‘03
Former Army Intel Officer – Now in Bus. Development @ Intelligent Security Equipment Company
June 2017


As I was returning home from a deployment and transitioning out of the military, I knew I needed an organization that could work with my hectic schedule and my timeline. Jim Lose was there to assist me in finding the right civilian career. Jim presented me with a number of different options and career choices. Without his and Serena Smith’s assistance and determination in helping me to succeed, I would not be where I am at today with my next career and new home. Learn everything you can from this group by reading the prep material and engaging with the consultants on how to be prepared for interviews. I really loved the Virtual Hiring Conference and the how easy it made connecting with top companies in interviews. I highly recommend anyone transitioning out of the military to link up with Jim Lose from Lucas Group and prepare for your next career.

John L., USMA ’09
Former Army Engineering Officer – Now in a Leadership Dev. Program @ Fortune 500 Industrial
June 2017


My experience with Lucas Group has been absolutely stellar. I began working with Jim Lose towards the end of a deployment, and the support and amount of attention he spent on me was astounding. I started the transition to civilian life with geographic restrictions. But, despite that, Jim went above and beyond to find and effectively match me to a company that was a perfect fit for my experience and region. His professionalism, experience, and efforts to prepare me for success are something I was impressed by at every turn. Thanks to Jim and the Lucas team, I’ve been placed in a great organization with very promising opportunities for advancement. Thank you!

Charles S., University of Central Florida ‘10
Former Marine Logistics Officer – Now a Corporate Contracts Analyst @ Healthcare Company
April 2017


Jim Lose found my LinkedIn profile by chance and noticed that I was transitioning. I wasn’t having a ton of success finding a career up to this point. After Jim contacted me, everything changed. He listened to what I was looking for and offered suggestions on how to get there. He personally helped me retool my resume so that it highlighted my strengths, skills, and accomplishments. Jim and the entire team coached me leading up to the Virtual Hiring Conference. Within a month, I was presented with an offer that I accepted. Now I have a fulfilling career, in a location that I love, and with great benefits and salary. Without Jim Lose and Lucas Group, I would not be here. To anyone separating/retiring from the military as they know exactly what the companies are looking for.

James M., Rutgers ‘13
Former USAF Program Mgr – Now a Technical Marketing Analyst in IT
April 2017


When working with Lucas a Group you aren’t just working with one recruiter but with a huge network of recruiters who combine resources across the country in search of the best opportunity based on your individual criteria. Jim Lose was my one recruiter, but he and his team gave me so many options and opportunities. Not only do they have vast resources and experience to assist in transitioning into a new career, but they also are there in person every step of the transition. I was very picky throughout the process. Jim was very patient and steadfast in his dedication to finding me the right job no matter the challenges.

Michael C., USMA ‘12
Former Army Transportation Officer – Now a Quality Manager @ Medical Giant
April 2017


Lucas Group is 2 for 2 in helping me find EXACTLY what I was looking for. I couldn’t be happier with where I am and the service your team provided that got me there. Your team sets the standard. Jim Lose was phenomenal in his support and guidance. I always recommend your group to anyone looking to make a move. When it is time for my next move, I know exactly who to call. Please pass on my thanks to your team. I can truly say they have been instrumental in shaping my career and I’ll always be grateful.

Jerrod J., USNA ‘03
Former Marine Infantry Officer – Now an Account Manager @ Software Company
March 2017


I cannot begin to express how happy I am that I chose to work with Lucas Group. Every interaction I had with them whether it was by email, phone, or in person was very professional and most importantly helpful. I truly would not have even been aware of all the job opportunities that were out there without Lucas Group. My recruiter ensured they got to know me before we even talked about job placement which allowed them to better understand my needs and wants in my job search. While working with my recruiter I could tell that they genuinely wanted the best possible outcome for me. He even helped me through the offer process and let me come to a decision that I am pleased and comfortable with.

I highly recommend Eddie Commender, Dan McCall, and Lucas Group to any military veteran, officer or enlisted. Their dedication to me as a person and their exceptional knowledge of the companies I interviewed with led me in the right direction for my next career.

Former Army Ordnance Officer
BS Mechanical Engineering – United States Military Academy 2011
Now: Project Engineer – Fortune 1000 Chemical Company


It’s very hard to not compare Lucas Group to their competition but, since they refused to do so during my experience with them, I’ll refrain from doing so as well. I had a very specific set of parameters in my job search that limited my opportunities and never once did Jim Lose pressure me to expand my wishes. Instead, he found me multiple opportunities which met my search criterion. Once I narrowed in on my top choice, he made sure I was able to put my best foot forward and helped me land a job I couldn’t be more excited about! Thanks so much!

Dexter W., USMA ‘10
Former Army Artillery Officer – Now a Territory Manager @ Industrial Manufacturer
January 2017


I always speak very highly of you guys whenever I am asked about recruiters. I have had nothing but great experiences with Jim Lose and Lucas Group and will continue to be a big advocate. I know anyone I push in your direction can expect to receive the same great service that I did.

Joe C., USMA ‘10
Former Army Infantry Officer Cintas – Now an Operations Manager @ Fortune 500 Services Company
January 2017


The last two months have been absolutely crazy, but incredible. Mike Christ and Jim Lose set me up for an opportunity of a lifetime, and I am truly thankful for that. Today was my first day at my new company and it’s going to be great!
I have a lot to learn and a ton of challenges ahead of me but I’m thrilled to be working for this company and the people I’m surrounded by. Thank you again for all of your help. If we ever meet in person the drinks are on me. God Bless and take care!

Former Army Infantry Officer
Xavier University ‘12
Now: Quality Assurance Manager with Fortune 500 Manufacturer
January 2017


This has been a great fit for my family and I. I have nothing but great things to say about the team I worked with at Lucas Group, Jim Lose and Mike Christ. I have passed this praise on to some of my former co-workers and will continue to recommend Lucas Groups services to other high performing transitioning service members.

Former Army Infantry Officer
Indiana University of Pennsylvania ‘10
Now: Manufacturing Manager at Global 500 Giant
January 2017


I’d like to thank Jim Lose for all his help throughout this entire process. Really, everyone I worked with at Lucas Group over the past five months was been extremely knowledgeable, supportive, and persistent in helping me find a new career. Even when my search had become drawn out and a little frustrating, I was constantly being kept in the loop about potential matches and new opportunities. While Lucas Group juggles numerous accounts and job applicants, I never felt lost in the sea of clients. All of the team members were professional, accommodating, and extremely prompt in responding to any of my questions or issues that arose. I definitely owe this recent success to all their help and hard work. My resume would not have had nearly the amount of exposure without them. The guidance and mentorship I received will continue to allow me to be successful in the future. I would not hesitate to recommend Lucas Group, specifically Jim Lose, to any of my friends, who will be separating in the near future.

Former Army Artillery Officer
USMA ‘14
Now: Production Manager with International Manufacturing Company
January 2017


I couldn’t be happier with my situation. The mentoring that I received from Mike Christ and James Lose during my transition was monumental in, not only, landing my next career but performing at a level to where my upper level branch and corporate management felt it necessary to promote me to the director of the department I was hired to manage.

Christian D., Marist ‘07
Former USMC Infantry Officer – Now a Director @ Corporate Event Productions
December 2016


When I first contacted Lucas Group, I was greeted by Mike Christ who was very friendly and eager to help me to find a new job/profession. After a short email with all my requirements, he called me to ask some more in depth questions about my responses. He wanted to know what I wanted and gave me advice on what to expect when starting a new job.
He described the process and hiring conferences, which I ultimately attended and had six interviews. When I showed, I was greeted by Mike and Jim Lose in-person. After I completed the conference, they worked with me to schedule follow up interviews. They were always in contact with me and provided advice about how to be successful in each interview. I accepted an offer within a few weeks of leaving active duty. Without Lucas Group, I know I would still be searching for a job.

Former Army Artillery Officer
East Tennessee State University ‘11
Now: Production Supervisor in Automotive Industry
December 2016


I appreciate the help that Jim Lose and Lucas Group provided during my transition. I’m glad that your team helped me identify an area of employment that I was not considering, but one where you all thought I would be successful. I will definitely refer your services to any of my friends that I know are planning to transition.

Former Army Artillery Officer
Chris T., USMA ‘05
Former Army Logistics Officer – Now an Account Manager @ Industrial Manufacturer
December 2016


As I was in the process of transitioning from the Army, I was unsure of what I wanted to do for a civilian career. At first, I thought I wanted a government job working for the DoD or some other agency. After finding little success in applying on the USAJobs website, I was approached by Lucas Group who offered to assist me in finding the right civilian career based off of my education, work experience, and personal desires. Working with the Lucas Group, and particularly Mike Christ and Jim Lose, was a wonderful experience. Mike and Jim worked nonstop in finding the opportunities (which I never would have found on my own) that fit my criteria and I was fortunate to land a great job working for a Fortune 50 company. I cannot give enough praise to the professionalism and level of service that the Lucas Group has shown throughout the process. I highly recommend them to any transitioning JMO. You will not regret it!

Former Army Signal Officer
Boston University ‘05
Now: Operations Leader in Aerospace
December 2016


When I began my transition off of Active Duty, I looked at working with several military placement companies. I talked with several colleagues who used other companies with mixed results; but none who had worked with Lucas Group had anything but a positive, professional, and successful experience. Lucas Group was clearly the best choice. My experience throughout the process was remarkable. My recruiter took the time to get to know me as a person, assess my strengths, and understand my goals and priorities. He then effectively and smartly matched me with several opportunities that not only aligned with my personal strengths, but also with my new goals and priorities for a corporate career. He coached me throughout the interviewing process, and provided me with candid and honest insight during the offer and decision making stages. I could not be happier with my experience with Lucas Group. Working with them was by far the easiest and least stressful part of my transition out of the military. I would highly recommend Dan McCall and Lucas Group to any military veteran, officer or enlisted. Their dedication to me as a person and their exceptional knowledge of the companies I interviewed with led me in the right direction for my next career.

Former Army Field Artillery Officer
BA History University of Cincinnati
NOW: Service Manager – Major Professional Services Corporation
December 2016


I had an awesome experience working with your organization. Jim Lose and Mike Christ made it very easy for me and my new company is an amazing place to work. I will definitely keep your organization in mind for other quality candidates such and refer them to you.

Paul H., Washington State ‘09
Former USMC Communications Officer – Now an Associate in Integration Support @ Healthcare Giant
November 2016


Thanks again for all the help in nailing something down so quickly. I can’t believe how quickly LG was able to place me with a Fortune 200 company, in exactly the right role that I wanted, both professionally and personally. Mike Christ, Jim Lose and the LG team were able to put me in front of my current manager for some face time, and “Voila!,” I had an offer in less than a week. I can already tell that this company values my experience and leadership potential more so than my previous civilian employer, and I would expect that this is the standard with most LG clients. For the first time since my transition from active duty two years ago, I’m actually excited about going to work and adding value to a business that values veterans. Thanks again!

Former Marine Tank Officer
Purdue University ‘05
Now: Manufacturing Leader at Fortune 500 Industrial Giant
November 2016


While searching for a job to begin my career, I spent many months searching for a job that would match my needs and wants. Lucas Group helped find a job that matched them better then i could ever do on my own. After the recruiter learned about my skills, I was matched with a job that wanted my exact skill set. This was something that I wasn’t able to do on my own or with another job placement company.
Dan McCall and Serena Smith were amazing to work with. They always answered my questions quickly and always kept me informed about what was going on. Their dedication went above and beyond other job placement companies that I have worked with in the past.

Former Army Engineering Officer
BS Civil Eng. – Missouri S&T
NOW: Design Estimator at International Construction Company
November 2016


During my career search, I worked with several military placement companies. Lucas Group was by far the most professional, detail oriented, and most focused on partnership. My recruiter got to know me, made my priorities his priorities, and saw my process through to the finish line. He ensured locked-on conference preparation, provided companies that mirrored my goals and strengths, and guided during the offer process allowing me to make an informed employment decision. I would highly recommend Dan McCall and Lucas Group to any military veteran, officer or enlisted. Their dedication to me as a person and exceptional knowledge of the companies facilitated my step up into the corporate world.

BA Psychology Wabash College
Former USMC Officer – Military Police
Now Operations Manager at a Professional Services Company
November 2016


When considering how to transition from the Army into Corporate America, I was just like the majority of JMO’s…I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Fortunately, I had friends that were already at a high level in a corporation where I wanted to go, so I was able to find an opportunity before my ETS. If you find yourself in the same situation, and you are sending applications off into the web and getting no response, you should consider “phoning a friend” at Lucas Group.

After close to three years in Corporate America, I found myself at another crossroads. Traditional networking and applying “into the web” were not achieving the results that I desired. Finally, I submitted my contact information and received a call from Nate Hope at Lucas Group.

The first step was a resume tune up, and several calls discussing my wants, needs, and timeline. Even if you understand how to translate your leadership skills, experience, and your role within the service to civilian equivalents, it is amazing how you will often underestimate the value of certain accomplishments. Nate Hope went to work helping me to re-evaluate my Army career in a whole new perspective. This is where a professional transition coach can make a world of difference.

After speaking with Nate and preparing myself for their opportunity conference, it was time to conduct final preparations. The conference itself was amazing. The first day was spent getting a sort of Battle Update Brief on the companies that would be in attendance. Each company has a client representative that explains what each company is looking for, and then will discuss one on one with you how you fit into those requirements (or how you don’t). These discussions are realistic and not surprising if you have done the homework necessary to understand how you and your accomplishments translate for the corporations.

While you are attending these briefs, you get a no-nonsense run down of each opportunity with a cohort of like-minded candidates. The value in this experience comes from the companies themselves via the client reps, and from the questions/discussions of your cohort peers. Without this experience, I would have entered into the interviews without a thorough visualization of the process, or the discussions with peers regarding the nature of each opportunity. I feel that this made all the difference in being prepared and motivated about these careers, and would absolutely recommend taking part in this process even if you initially do not think you need it.

The second day of the conference was where preparation met opportunity, and the efforts of Lucas Group, myself, and my peers, all put me in a position to succeed. Understanding the positions available, the nature of the companies we were interviewing for, and my own skills that separated me from the normal pool of applicants, I knew I would accomplish my mission.

After the initial interviews, I was invited to follow on interviews with two companies. Again the preparation that Lucas Group provided before I went out to take the next steps proved to be invaluable. I was able to interview with confidence, explain my value to the position and the organization, and ask the most relevant questions pertaining to myself and the hiring objectives of the company. This resulted in two offers in less than 30 days.

To say that this experience was a game changer would be like saying Bo Jackson was an “okay” running back: understatement of the century. If you are serious about finding an opportunity that will change your career, and perhaps your life, then you should prepare yourself to listen and execute after phoning your friends at Lucas Group.

USMA 2004
Georgia Tech eMBA 2015
Former Medical Service Officer
Now a Project Manager at a Pipeline Engineering Consulting and Construction firm
September 2016


When I decided to leave the Military I was committed to finding a job on my own. I had numerous friends who had negative experiences working with various recruiting firms, so I assumed they were all bad. Several months into my search I had completed several interviews and was expecting to begin receiving job offers. However, the companies were taking longer than I thought they should to make me an offer. I initially contacted Lucas Group for the sole purpose of doing some additional interviews to use as leverage to get the companies I was waiting for to quickly make me an offer. Over the next several months all my preconceived notions regarding headhunters were shattered. I told Jim Lose in our first conversation that I had already interviewed with several companies and was expecting to receive offers. He was 100% okay with this and worked with me knowing full well I would probably end up taking one of those other offers. What impressed me the most was that Jim took a genuine interest in finding a job that fit me. All of my interviews through Lucas Group were the type of jobs I was looking for and located in my geographic preference. Over the next four weeks, Lucas Group set me up with 12 interviews. All but two of these interviews resulted in invitations for an on-site interview. I narrowed those down to four on-site interviews and accepted a job with a company right in the middle of my preferred geographic area. LG was able to get my resume past the computer algorithms and filters and got me in front of real people where I was able to explain how my military experience would bring value to their organization. LG introduced me to great companies I would have never known about if I conducted the searched by myself. I highly recommend contacting Jim and his team if you are in the process of leaving the military because they will bring you opportunities you will not find on your own.

Former Army Armor Officer
Asbury College ‘09
Now: Sales Manager with Security Services Company
September 2016

 


Working with Lucas Group and Jim Lose has been nothing but phenomenal. From my first phone interview to my final call notifying him that I was accepting my job offer, Jim Lose has supported me through the transition process. I was on the fence at first about transitioning out of the military and contacted Lucas Group without much of a plan on how I could approach my job search and preparation. Jim helped lay out a clear glide path, which when I fully committed to my transition was easy to follow. The team helped provide my feedback on improving my resume, recommended prep materials for interviewing, and set me up for success going into my hiring conference. I had a last minute addition to my interview schedule which wound up changing my life. When I was briefed on the company on day one of the conference, I knew instantly that I had found where I wanted to be. Lucas Group provided me information on what to expect going into the onsite visit, setting me up for success. Without Lucas Group, I know I would not have this opportunity with my new Company earning the compensation that I knew I wanted coming out of the military. I would recommend Jim Lose and the Lucas Group team to all transitioning JMOs looking for a professional team to help them meet all their needs and goals as they transition out of the military!

Former Army Artillery Officer
VMI ‘09
Now Program Manager with Fortune 500 Insurance Company
Aug 2016


I am an experienced JMO and combat leader from the Special Operations community. Jim Lose came referred to me by a senior officer. He and Lucas Group were by far the most professional, efficient, and accommodating resource I utilized when transitioning from active duty to the private sector. The most valuable aspects of Lucas Group I encountered were the availability, thoroughness, and overall skill provided by Jim and his staff compared to other civilian agencies and transition programs for young officers. As a result of Jim’s ability to network and source opportunities, I was placed in a position that capitalized on my military experience and allowed me the earning and leadership potential I would have missed had I not utilized their service.

Former Army Infantry Officer
Middle Tennessee State University ‘08
Now: Account Manager in Healthcare
July 2016


Stepping into the Corporate America with zero private industry experience can be a daunting task. To make matters more difficult in my situation, I wished to work in a very specific geographical region. Jim Lose, Laura Maxwell, and the rest of the team at Lucas Group consistently brought me fantastic opportunities exactly matching my search criteria. Going above and beyond, they took the time to ensure I was fully prepared for every step of the process and had every question answered before stepping in front of an employer. Ultimately, their work resulted in an incredible software industry job with the perfect location. I’ve highly recommended their services to my peers and would do so to any talented military member looking to make the transition.

Former USMC Communications Officer
Grove City College ‘11
Now: Account Manager in Software Company
July 2016


I connected with Jim Lose about two years after leaving active duty service. I had been working as a government contractor when I learned that my company had not been awarded a follow-on contract. While searches are typically more effective when candidates have geographic flexibility, my wife and I were tied to the DC metro area. Jim worked hard to identify multiple opportunities to help me find the right fit with a reputable company. LG provided excellent services in preparing me for interview and advising me through the hiring process. I highly recommend Jim and Lucas Group to any junior officer preparing for the transition into the civilian market.

Former Army Artillery Officer
George Mason University’10
Now: Sr. Acquisition Program Analyst in Defense Industry
July 2016


I first contacted Jim Lose before I had made the decision to leave active duty. He was straightforward and honest about my prospects without pressuring me to go one way or the other. It was clear from the very beginning that he had my best interest in mind, and that remained the case throughout the process. In the end I accepted a position that matched everything I was looking for in terms of job description, location, and compensation, and it is one that I never would have found without the help of Jim and his team. What impressed me the most about working with Jim Lose and Lucas Group was the speed at which they could move along the hiring process. Everyone in the military is familiar with having to “hurry up and wait,” but that was the last thing I wanted to do in my job search. I applied for several jobs on my own and in many cases my application still hasn’t even been acknowledged, much less an interview scheduled. On the other hand, whenever I chose to pursue an opportunity that Jim presented to me, my initial interview was done within two weeks. For the job I eventually accepted, I was onsite two weeks after my first “virtual” interview, and had an offer a week after that. That timeline may not be typical, but in every case it was clear that when Lucas Group pitches you to a potential employer their endorsement carries some weight. I would highly recommend having that asset behind you as you jump into your job search!

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
USNA ‘09
Now Manufacturers Sales Representative
July 2016


I wanted to thank Jim Lose and his team for everything they did to help me get to this job. The thing that set Lucas Group apart was that you made the effort to find out what my goals and desires were in order to find the right job for me, not just a job for me. Every opportunity you presented to me was tailored to either my desired location or my desired field of work. Other companies that I worked with just put me in front of multiple interviewers with general coaching and prep, not the in depth and individual approach that Lucas Group took to help me succeed in each interview. Thanks so much and I will definitely be referring my friends.

Former Army Operations Officer
USMA ’05
Now Account Manager in Industrial Sales
June 2016


Working with Lucas Group was one of the most professional and detail oriented experiences I have had in the corporate aspect of civilian life. Coming from the military we have certain expectations of timeliness and preparedness, and Lucas Group fully embodies these characteristics. From the individual devotion to learning about you as a person through personal goals, aspirations, experiences and skills, Jim Lose was able to tailor a specific line up of phenomenal opportunities. Walking into the hiring event with a complete brief sheet of the company and the specifications of the position allowed a seamless conversation between the employer and me. I would whole-heartedly recommend this organization to any current or prior transitioning military personnel.

Former USMC Logistics Officer
USNA ’09
Now Regional Manager with Third Party Logistics Corporation
June 2016


Jim Lose and his staff at Lucas Group were tremendous to work with. At first contact, Jim took a personal interest in my professional pursuits. He wanted to understand where I was coming from, where I was hoping to end up, and the personal and family considerations that were important to me. I spoke with representatives at other recruiting firms, but Jim was the most genuine and clearly the most interested in me as a person. His approach to helping me succeed was that of someone who has personal experience as a transitioning military officer. From a technical perspective, Jim also provided valuable insight regarding resume adjustments, which turned out to be very advantageous down the road. In addition, the Hiring Conference “prep day” prior to the interview day was very helpful, providing targeted interview advice and intel on the companies that I would be interviewing with. Both days ran very smoothly, and were an extremely efficient use of my time. In the end, the results speak for themselves – Jim and his staff did the heavy lifting to help me land a great job, above my salary requirement, and within my geographic preference region. Thank you!

Former USAF Acquisitions Officer –
University of Wisconsin-Madison ‘11
Now Acquisition Program Manager with Defense Industry
May 2016


I very much enjoyed working with Jim Lose during my transition. Immediately you were very supportive, and prepared me for each event with insightful perspective while still allowing me to be myself during the interview. I appreciated the follow up afterward each interview, and I appreciated having an advocate during this process. I feel very fortunate to have been connected with a great company and I owe that to y’all. Without your insight and encouragement, I never would have guessed that a career in sales would be right for me, but I am excited as I have ever been to embark on a new season in life. I’m confident I made the right decision with your help.

Former Navy Surface Warfare Officer
USNA ‘09
Now Account Manager in Software Industry
May 2016


I connected with Jim Lose about two years after leaving active duty service. I had been working as a government contractor when I learned that my company had not been awarded a follow-on contract. While searches are typically more effective when candidates have locational flexibility, my wife and I are tied to the DC metro area. Jim worked hard to identify multiple opportunities, both within and outside of my industry, to help me find the right fit with a reputable company. Lucas Group provided excellent services in preparing me for interview and advising me through the hiring process. I highly recommend Jim and Lucas Group to any junior officer preparing for the transition into the civilian market.

Former Army Artillery Officer
George Mason ‘10
Now Senior Analyst within DoD Contractor
May 2016


Michael Mercier assisted me over the course of four months as I made the transition from military service to a career in technical sales. Michael’s prior service as an Air Force Officer coupled with his 25 years of experience in executive recruiting makes him exceptionally qualified to assist Junior Military Officers in their transition to a civilian career.
Going into the job search, my long-shot goal was a technical sales position in the competitive Southern California job market. Frustrated with over a month of fruitless searching on my own, I went to another well-established military recruiting firm, only to find their job offerings quite limited and their recruiters lacking in experience.
However, after speaking with Michael and his team at Lucas Group, I immediately realized that they were light-years ahead of the other recruiting firms in terms of the caliber of their job opportunities and the coaching they provide to candidates during the interview process.
Michael regularly dedicated his time to discuss possible job opportunities, provide in-depth interview coaching, and handle all coordination with the hiring managers. For example, he provided over an hour of one-on-one training prior to my first sales interview. The lessons I learned in his coaching sessions were absolutely instrumental to my success in subsequent interviews.
Michael truly cares about helping veterans make the transition to successful civilian careers, and this was clearly evident in the quality of service he provided from start to finish. I am extraordinarily grateful for the amazing opportunity that Michael helped me to secure, and I offer my highest recommendation on his behalf.

Former Army Armor Officer
USMA ‘09
NOW Account Executive with a leading high technology components provider
April 2016


My experience with Lucas Group has been fantastic. I first met with Nate Hope nearly three years before separating from the Army and he has always been attentive and responsive. When it came closer to separating he listened carefully and paid attention to what the best fit was for me. I was never pressured into even interviewing for opportunities I didn’t see as good fits. In a short amount of time he found me an exciting opportunity that fit all my criteria in my perfect location. Nate was invaluable in my transition, he was there from initial decision making to interview preparation and offer acceptance. I highly recommend Nate and the team at Lucas Group to any transitioning service member. Thanks for making my transition all the easier!

Former Army Engineering Officer
USMA ’09
NOW Management Development Trainee with Fortune 1000 Packaging Company
April 2016


Michael Mercier is one of the most dedicated professionals through his work at Lucas Group. Michael is a proactive, eager and achievement oriented recruiter, with a great sense of humor. It was amazing to have such a great guy working for me. Hard work that delivers results – that’s Michael’s way!

Former Air Force Space and Missile Operations Officer
USAFA ‘07
NOW Factory Manager with a Fortune 500 Aerospace Corporation
April 2016


Jim Lose and the Lucas Group team did a fantastic job by placing me in front of top tier opportunities and organizations. Their ability to mentor and assist in interview preparation and guidance for follow on interviews was fantastic. After struggling with other firms for placement due to specific geographic requests, I talked to Jim and was interviewing within a few days. From start to finish, the process took only a month and I’m thrilled with the new job! I highly recommend Jim and his team for placement – there are no gimmicks, they’re professional, and they get the job done!

Former Army Artillery Officer
USMA ‘11
Now Project Manager with Fortune 500 Medical Device Manufacturer
April 2016


Just wanted to follow up and say thanks for all the help. I feel like I was pretty picky and you definitely delivered just what I was looking for. Thanks for working with my constantly changing ideas of what right looked like and I couldn’t be more excited about where I wound up. Jim Lose, Mike Christ, and Lucas Group as a whole, had far better (for me at least) companies and individualized attention than their competitors and I won’t hesitate to recommend your service to my peers.

Former USMC Communications Officer
USNA ‘11
Now Product Manager with Financial Software Company
April 2016


Finding a new job can obviously been overwhelming at times. However, with the help of Michael Mercier, this journey improved immensely. As a veteran coming off my first civil job and looking for a change, Michael worked with me to get me the exact job I wanted. When we first met, we went over my expectations for a new job including location, title, and benefits. He presented me with numerous different options. I finally accepted a job Michael found for me that met every single one of my expectations. Michael was very personable, upfront, honest, and told things “how they really are.” He guided me through every step of finding a new career and he did it with exceptional ease and professionalism. I appreciate everything Michael did for me. I would recommend Michael and the Lucas Group to anyone looking for a career/job change.

Former Air Force Aircraft Maintenance and Program Management/Acquisition Officer
USAFA ‘05
NOW Technical Consultant with Global Technology Consulting Corporation
March 2016


For any JMO considering transition and considering partnering with a recruiting firm, speak with Jim Lose and Mike Christ of Lucas Group. The following account is a true depiction of a Marine officer’s experience. The narrative is unscripted, not written as a result of coercion, and simply presented for the purpose of assisting those who may be entering a transition phase from the military. In the spring of 2014, I received an email from Jim Lose and, out of curiosity, initiated a partnership with Lucas Group. My request was depicted as the most difficult to fulfill, as my region of interest was restricted to the northwest. I was then connected with Mike Christ as my direct representative. If you find yourself imagining what communication is like with a transition/recruiting firm, just imagine the frequency and comfortability you maintain with a long-time friend. Honest. Dependable. Loyal. That would be the most accurate description I could provide about Jim and Mike – Just, awesome! I read a number of sources and spoke to a variety of individuals who claimed that alternate transition firms would be more competitive and more successful in aligning a desired position for a future career. Frankly, I must disagree. I partnered with Lucas Group and only Lucas Group. It didn’t even cross my mind to speak with an alternate firm. And I’m still in a state of disbelief as to what transcribed. Before commencing terminal leave, I interviewed with four major companies for five (highly) desirable management positions. I was offered a position with an engineering software company (my desired company) in my #1 city on my preference list. My EAS isn’t for 2 months. I cannot express how grateful I am to Lucas Group. If you’re waffling, at a minimum email Jim and Mike. Develop an impression for yourself.

Former USMC Combat Engineer
USNA ‘11
Now an Account Manager with Engineering Software Company
Feb 2016


As a transitioning military officer, I was presented with an overwhelming amount of options available to me. Michael Mercier was able to assist me in my efforts to build a new career path for myself. He was very attentive to my needs and tailored his search to suit my preferences; factoring in the various elements that I viewed as important: Job type, salary, and location. He was also incredibly knowledgeable and made himself readily available to answer any questions that I may have had throughout the process. I would not have been able to obtain my current position in the civilian work force without his help, assistance and timely counsel. I am very grateful for his assistance and hard work and would recommend my fellow military counterparts, when transitioning seek out Lucas Group and Michael as he will work tirelessly to ensure you are well prepared when it comes time to transition.

Former Army Intelligence Officer
Eastern Washington University ‘05
NOW Business Consultant for Technology Consulting Firm
January 2016


When I first met Jim Lose I had already been out of the Marine Corps for several years and was looking to make a career change. For a number of reasons the timing didn’t work out on my end, but we kept in touch periodically for the next 18 months. When I was ready to pull the trigger, Jim was there for me and connected me with several amazing companies that all met my criteria in terms of position, compensation and location. Throughout the interview process Jim and Laura Maxwell were incredibly supportive and proactive, and I ultimately accepted an offer as an Account Manager at an Software Company. While I can’t say enough good things about Jim, Laura and the Lucas Group team, what impressed me the most was that I knew they always had my best interest in mind, and that I could absolutely trust their advice and guidance. I am so thankful for everything the Lucas Group has done for me, and I unequivocally recommend them to any officer transitioning from the military or looking to make a career change.

Former USMC Artillery Officer
USNA ’01
NOW Account Manager in Software
December 2015


My experience with Lucas Group was exceptional thanks to Jim Lose. He took the time to understand the talents that I possessed and was able to match my skill set with outstanding companies. He remained present throughout the entire process and not only provided outstanding professional advice, but also helped me to navigate through several obstacles along the way. I cannot express my gratitude for his assistance and would recommend him to any Service Member considering entering into the private sector.

Former Army Infantry Officer
USMA ‘04
Now Senior Audit Manger at Global Financial Services firm
Dec 2015


My experience with Lucas Group was outstanding from start to finish. Jim Lose took the time to learn my career interests and location preferences and then found opportunities that fit them. Jim and his team prepared me for the hiring conference and then provided expert advice throughout the interview process. I had five initial interviews at the conference that very quickly led to three subsequent on-site visits with each followed by an impressive offer. Ultimately, I landed a great job, with a great company, in great location. Most importantly, I wouldn’t have received the offer or even had an interview if it hadn’t been for the efforts Jim Lose and Lucas Group. I highly recommend Lucas Group to other transitioning officers for their personalized approach, proven track record with highly rated companies, and the doors they open for their clients.

Former USMC Artillery Officer
Iowa State ’01
NOW Manager with Fortune 1000 Industrial Manufacturer
November 2015


Jim Lose took the time to understand my needs and wants throughout my transition process. Unlike other headhunters, he catered to my specific requirements. His team took the time to find the jobs that would interest me… not the jobs that would just fill spots like other agencies. I was able to work closely with Jim throughout the entire process and leverage his knowledge to find the best fit for me. Once I finally decided on a position, they worked tirelessly to get me the best compensation package possible. I am extremely happy with my results and would recommend them to any Service Member looking to transition. They take the time to give you a personal service and ensure you’ll be a good fit where you end up.

Former Army Infantry Officer
USMA ‘10
NOW Senior Ops Manager with Global Investment Bank
November 2015


Lucas Group fosters relationships with transitioning military professionals that are based on diligent preparation, honest feedback, timely information, and superior professionalism. I was impressed immediately by the responsiveness of Managing Partner Jim Lose and his willingness to be accessible and open to my thoughts, ideas, and constraints in making the leap to the civilian work force. Lucas Group uniquely understands the dynamics of this journey, and will work WITH you to find that next career and next professionally fulfilling opportunity.
Through Lucas Group’s vast network of first-rate companies, I gained valuable exposure to corporations and an understanding of multiple career fields that would not have been otherwise possible. I can confidently say that Lucas Group will leave no stone unturned in their effort to make your transition as smooth as possible through making you feel as prepared as possible. I can attest to this first hand as Lucas Group directly facilitated, from start to finish, what resulted in multiple competing offers from highly reputable companies.
Not only was my experience with Lucas Group during the job hunt phenomenal, I made relationships with people like Jim Lose within Lucas Group that will last long after my job hunt subsided. If you are looking to transition from the military, look no further. The upside to working with a highly motivated firm with your best interests in mind is priceless.

Former USMC Infantry Officer
USNA ’05
NOW Business Development Lead in Software
October 2015


Everyone at Lucas has been professional and responsive and knowledgeable. I got exactly what I wanted earlier than expected. I’m a net promoter for Lucas Group and Jim Lose and am a very happy hire. Just for the record you all get a gold star all around from me. Put this in the bonus file. You were always available at the right time, days, nights and weekends, with good advice for me as a candidate and good information about the company I signed with.

Former Army Supply Officer
USMA ‘01
NOW Transportation Planner with Fortune 500 Manufacturer
October 2015


Jim Lose, Mike Christ, and Lucas Group certainly set me up for success with my current company — I wouldn’t be here without you guys! Their team gave me the tools I needed to land the interview with these folks, and the skills I gained from the military have definitely helped me transition well here. Thanks again!

Former USAF Intelligence Officer
USMMA ’09
Now Operations Engineer in Network Ops Center
Oct 2015


Leaving the Marine Corps after 8 years as a Logistics Officer, I had no idea where I wanted to start my civilian career. I signed up with Lucas Group to focus my job search efforts and gain exposure to what was “out there”. Jim Lose, Mike Christ, and the Lucas team were outstanding in helping me translate my military skills, knowledge, and accomplishments into effective and impressive resume points. Their ability to match my skill sets with civilian positions available, and focus my search allowed me to truly focus and prepare myself for specific job positions. I attended a Lucas Group event at the end of June and interviewed with an outstanding company, in my targeted geographical area. After 2 follow-on interviews, I accepted a job offer as a Manufacturing Plant Manager by mid-July 2015, with 60 days until my terminal leave start date. The compensation package I accepted with the company exceeded my expectations by 10-15%! I would never have been able to seize this opportunity without the professionalism, network and guidance the Lucas team. They are the real deal.

Former USMC Logistics Officer
USNA ‘07
Now Plant Manager with Global Chemical Company
Sept 2015


Before I made my decision to transition from the Army, I contacted Jim Lose and Lucas Group to begin exploring my options. Jim made a concerted effort to stay in contact with me even though I had not yet made my decision. After finally making decision, working with Lucas Group was the key to my successful transition. Whether it was helping me determine what I wanted to pursue outside of the military, resume refining, to interview preparation, this organization prepared me and assisted me every step of the way. Jim Lose, Jim O’Neal, and Nate Hope were professional in every manner and always had my best interests in mind. I have and will continue to recommend Jim Lose and Lucas Group to friends that are transitioning from the military.

Former Army Infantry Officer
USMA ‘08
NOW Quality Manager with International Plastics Fabricator
September 2015


I could not possibly provide a higher recommendation than the one I give for Jim Lose and the Lucas Group. Having grown disillusioned with the impersonal approach of the other major military officer placement firms, I had been networking on my own for about 6 months. While I was successful in arranging meetings with some people who helped me to understand and define the career path I desired, I was unable to push those conversations beyond networking and toward a real job. When I started working with Jim, I knew the exact industry I wanted to enter and was geographically limited in my options. Within weeks Jim had found the perfect opportunity for me and helped me prepare for each of the three parts of the interview process, culminating with an offer within my desired salary range. The thing I appreciated most about working with Jim was that he took the time to understand what I wanted and respected the individual efforts I had made to define that career path. Instead of presenting me with jobs outside of the industry and location I wanted, as the other placement firms continued to do, he was very clear about managing my expectations while he worked to find that specific opportunity for me. Anyone with the opportunity to work with Jim and chooses not to is making a mistake.

Former Navy Submarine Officer
Virginia Tech ‘07
Now Development Associate with Real Estate Private Equity Group
Sept 2015


An update from a former client:
I will always be grateful to the Jim Lose, Mike Christ and the entire Lucas Group team for the guidance they provided me. I can tell you that things are going very well with the new job. We were acquired by Merck this year, which is the reason for the new company name. I have shared my story with many folks and have referred the Lucas Group to my friends, and would definitely use your team again if I would ever need it. Thanks again to all of you and for following up!

Former Army Signal Officer
Excelsior ’05
Now Logistics Manager with Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical Company
Sept 2015


I registered with the Lucas Group on July 22, 2015; and I am pleased to let you know that I just sent my acceptance letter today, less than two months later. I wanted to thank Mike Christ, Jim Lose, and the entire Lucas Group team for their advice and assistance they provided throughout this process. You all gave me the opportunity to interview with great organizations, and it was truly a difficult decision to select one. Once again thank you all for your guidance, and support; and most importantly for helping to make veterans’ transition into the civilian job market significantly easier.

Former Army Signal Corps Officer
Excelsior ‘05
NOW Logistics Manager at Electronics Company
August 2015


Working with Michael Mercier was awesome. He is personable and very responsive. He found me a position with a cutting edge tech firm within one month of working with Lucas Group. I would not hesitate to work with Michael in a future job search. I cannot express enough gratitude towards Michael. Throughout the entire process, I always felt supported and excited for what my future held. He’s a pleasure to interact with and will make your needs a priority.

Former Air Force Cyber Officer
USAFA ‘10
NOW Business Operations with a Cutting Edge Technology Company
July 2015


I would recommend Jim Lose and Lucas Group to any other transitioning Military Officers. The process was simply outstanding! As a transitioning JMO I did not know what industry, type of position, or expected salary to pursue. Jim Lose and his team did a great job of helping me take things one step at a time by introducing me to different companies, opportunities, and positions. In doing so, I was able to evaluated companies in an “apples to apples” fashion so I could best understand what my ideal fit was. Once I knew what I was looking for, Lucas Group went the extra step prepping me for interviews, they did this by performing mock interviews over the phone and in person, and most importantly they helped me in the negotiation process. Lucas Group cared that I found the right fit and did not pressure me to take any offers. I felt like a person and not a quota throughout the whole process. In the end I got an offer in my ideal location, 25% above what my target salary was. I highly recommend their services for any transitioning military officer.

Former Navy Surface Warfare Officer
UNSA ’08
NOW a Facilities Maintenance Manager with Pharmaceutical Company
May 2015


All it took was one email to know that working with Lucas Group was the best decision. I received an email from Jim Lose the same day and he put my concerns to rest. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable and professional, he took the time to listen to my career criteria. The approach he took to place me in a position was based on my needs and preferences. Working with Jim Lose and Marc Wall continues to be an absolute pleasure. No other recruiting company has shown the special care that I received. My career search was focused on my criteria and the opportunities presented to me exceeded my expectations. Through multiple phone calls and emails, I received expert advice and coaching that allowed me to be confident and successful during my transition out of military service. I have and will continue to recommend Lucas Group to all transitioning Military personnel.

Former Army Infantry Officer
USMA ’11
NOW an Account Manager with Healthcare Company
May 2015


Mike Christ, Jim Lose, and their staff helped me greatly at one of the worst times of uncertainty. Finding a new career, not just a job, while transitioning off of Active Duty is a daunting task, and your group assisted me at every step and made the transition that much easier.
Working with the company who hired me is greatly satisfying and is the perfect environment to transition into. The everyday challenges faced, while completely different from the military, have presented opportunities for me to call upon the many skills and lessons learned during my military service.

Former Army Infantry Officer
Penn State ‘01
NOW Manager with Fortune 1000 Plastics Company
April 2015


Thanks for the follow up email. I really appreciate how much you helped with the transition and connecting me with my company. I couldn’t have asked for a better transition and from talking to some other officers who used different companies, I have had the best and most rewarding experience. I think that my progress is going well with my company and my family and I couldn’t be happier!

Former Army Armor Officer
USMA ’10
NOW Continuous Improvement Manager with Fortune 1000 Conglomerate
April 2015


Working with Lucas Group has exceeded my expectations in every way. Managing Partner, Jim Lose, was incredibly professional and took the time to help me figure out what I was really looking for in a job, and ultimately was able to connect me with a dream job that I never imagined was out there. I really appreciated being able to work with one person throughout the whole process, from our initial conversation through salary negotiations and accepting a final offer. In my experience this personal relationship was unique to Lucas Group. The hiring conference I attended in Washington, D.C. was very well organized and I was so impressed with the effort Lucas Group put into researching the companies. I would highly recommend Luca Group and specifically Jim Lose to other transitioning officers!

Former Naval Aviator
USNA ’11
NOW Application Specialist with Ivy League University
April 2015


My communication with Lucas Group and Jim Lose in particular started about 18 months out from leaving the Army. During that time, I contacted two other placement firms as well. Jim immediately emailed and called to confirm my preferences on position, location and ideal salary and continued to touch base and confirm information during that time. The other firms never called or just continued to send me generic emails requesting information that I had already sent numerous times. Jim had a great plan and in one hiring conference, I interviewed with 9 different companies that all really fit my capabilities. I then had follow up interviews onsite in two weeks. Three weeks after the initial hiring conference, I had three job offers and was able to pick the one that fit best. Jim really helps with the interview process and guides you in translating your military accomplishments into the civilian world. More importantly, Jim and Lucas Group convey to the companies how valuable your time in the military is and how you can contribute. I felt like a priority the entire time. I cannot recommend Jim Lose, Mike Christ and the team at Lucas Group enough.

Former Army Armor Officer
USMA ’10
NOW a Continuous Improvement Engineer with National Plastics Manufacturer
April 2015


I cannot express how thankful my family and I are to Jim Lose and the Lucas Group! Working with you and your team has been a very pleasurable experience. In no particular order of precedence, I have outlined below highlights of my recent experience:
1 – Preparation for interviews. I feel that I was provided great insight into the backgrounds of every company I interviewed with. What was of great benefit were the profile documents of each firm. Having the basic info on the company and information on the interviewers allowed me more time to really research other areas related to each company (i.e., recent business articles, Annual Reports, etc).
2 – Hiring Conference Prep day. This was another great opportunity to get more information on each firm and to also gain insight on the type of individuals that would be interviewing us.
3 – Availability of account managers/recruiters. At no point in time during this process did I feel that I was in the “dark”. If I had issues or concerns, I had them addressed almost as soon as I asked them. A definite sustain for you guys is to maintain the redundancy in communication. For example, if I could not get a hold of you, Mike Christ was always there.
All in all, I will definitely refer folks that I know are making the transition out the Army your way! Will also keep in touch through the years!

Former Army Operations Officer
USMA ’03
NOW Continuous Improvement Engineer with National Plastics Manufacturer
April 2015


I absolutely will refer USMA classmates and fellow veterans to Lucas Group. I used more than a few military recruiters in my career search, and I like the approach that Lucas Group takes. These other firms try to influence you to take positions that they want you to take, and Lucas Group has truly been a trusted advisor for me.

In particular, working with Nate Hope was an absolute pleasure. I have not met anyone with his professionalism or talent. Nate is a great communicator, and he is the single best recruiter I’ve met out of the dozens I’ve worked with. He was focused on my wants and desires in my career search. Nate always presented opportunities that were relevant and he was a great coach, advisor, and confidant throughout the process.

Former Army Battalion Signal Corps Officer
USMA ‘08
NOW: Electronic Test Equipment Manufacturing Company – Sales Manager
April 2015


Let me start this review by saying the following. Many of my peers from my unit worked with multiple recruiting firms and all of them have stated they would recommend Lucas Group to a friend above all others. Having completed the transition process myself, I am no different. I still am and would recommend Lucas Group to all of my peers that are in the midst of transitioning and here is why. They actually listen and remember.
Once I had my introductory conversation with both Mike Christ and Jim Lose, they had a great idea of what I wanted to pursue and where I wanted to be located. With that in mind, they were constantly in touch with me in regards to potential opportunities that might peak my interest. Point is, they knew what I was looking for and made an effort to reach out to me whenever something popped up. With other firms, I found myself waiting for their “monthly checkup” and when they did call, it would usually be spent retelling my story to the same career consultant numerous times because either they take terrible notes or they’re forgetful. Either way, the personal connection was a joke that made me feel like I was working with a state DMV as opposed to a professional recruiting firm. On top of that, the career opportunities that I did receive seemed to be from an automated system that somehow paired me with a job that I had no interest in, but the firm hoped I would bite at.

They have a follow through process. Lucas Group follows through and mentors you through the entire process. Once I found an opportunity that I was very interested in, Mike and Jim brought in their liaison to the company, Laura, to coach me through what to expect during all stages of the interview. From the initial to the final, each hour of an actual interview with the company, had 1-2 hours of interview prep with the Lucas Group team. As an example, Jim Lose connected me with a former JMO that he placed into the company that I was interviewing for and I had the opportunity to ask him pertinent questions as I progressed in the interviews. All in all, I was very satisfied with the Lucas Group team. Mike, Jim and Laura all played a crucial role in helping me land this amazing opportunity and I could not be more excited as I transition into the private sector. With that, I would highly recommend the Lucas Group and have nothing but great things to say.

Former Army Engineering Officer
USMA ’10
NOW Software Sales Representative
March 2015


Lucas Group expertly matched my career goals with employment opportunities. I found Mike Christ, Jim Lose, and the whole team helpful, insightful, and professional throughout the whole process. The pre-interview preparation was spot-on, and the background on each company was useful and accurate. I would recommend Lucas Group to any JO transitioning to the civilian sector.

Former Navy Surface Warfare Officer
Cornell ’10
NOW Conference Producer with International Quality and Production
March 2015


Working with Lucas Group has exceeded my expectations in every way. Managing Partner, Jim Lose, was incredibly professional and took the time to help me figure out what I was really looking for in a job, and ultimately was able to connect me with a dream job that I never imagined was out there. I really appreciated being able to work with one person throughout the whole process, from our initial conversation through salary negotiations and accepting a final offer. In my experience this personal relationship was unique to Lucas Group. The hiring conference I attended in Washington, D.C. was very well organized and I was so impressed with the effort Lucas Group put into researching the companies. I would highly recommend Lucas Group and specifically Jim Lose to other transitioning officers!

Former Army Logistics Officer
SUNY ’11
NOW with Global Food Manufacturer
March 2015


I had applied online to 41 engineering jobs as I was preparing to transition out of the Air Force and hadn’t heard anything but some automated emails and a few plain and simple “no’s”. I had also attended a couple of job fairs and had only minor success networking with people. In addition, all of the jobs that showed interest were the wrong ones for me. When I received an email from Jim Lose of the Lucas Group, I thought it would be a good way to try networking some more and just give it a try. I’m so glad that I did, since it helped me get some real interviews with companies that wanted my skills set, in careers that I actually wanted. The career conference was a great way to interview in person instead of over the phone, and to really get a sense of the companies while presenting myself as a good candidate. It definitely was worth it, and I’m glad I was able to work with Lucas Group for my job search.

Former Air Force Pilot
USAFA ’06;
NOW Engineer with Publishing House
January 2015


I had the distinct pleasure of working directly with Michael Mercier over the last 4 months as I completed the transition process from military service and entered the private sector. Michael is diligent, highly experienced, and has an enviable passion for finding successful relationships between candidates and companies.
Making a successful transition from military service is an enormous challenge best overcome by teamwork. As a former Army Major, I encountered multiple frustration points throughout the transition process that would have been extremely difficult to maneuver on my own. Fortunately, I had Michael Mercier on my team.
Michael was absolutely invaluable to my transition process. He was far more of a mentor to me than an executive recruiter. He listened to me and truly understood my desires, goals and objectives. He spent the extra time to get to know me personally which allowed him to effectively advocate on my behalf. Within a few weeks, I had simultaneous offers developing with two of the hottest companies in the world.
Michael offered specific, actionable, and “phased” advice throughout the entire transition process. He briefed me on new opportunities, armed me with critical information about companies, prepared me for interviews, debriefed me after the interviews were complete, conducted follow-up conversations with the companies, and helped me negotiate salary when and where the time was right.
Michael’s mentorship, however, is what I valued and appreciated the most throughout this entire process. Michael exceeded his responsibilities as an executive recruiter and offered me incredible insight into complex problems and concerns that developed throughout the transition process. He listened to my concerns and either validated them or redirected me to think about things from a different perspective. At times, he knew I just needed to vent and offered me the positive encouragement I needed to keep going. Michael offered me the type of advice that only comes from extensive expertise, professionalism, and passion. I feel truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him and I firmly believe that I was in the best possible position to make a successful transition due to his assistance. I look forward to continuing our friendship and representing Lucas Group with my new company. I start my new job tomorrow.
If you have the opportunity to work with Michael, first know that you are very fortunate and are in great hands! That said, the best results are derived from teamwork. The more effort you put into your transition process, the more Michael will be able to assist you. He is an incredible team-member, mentor, and friend and I would strongly recommend him to anyone transitioning from military service!

Former Army Infantry Officer
USMA ‘05
NOW Human Resources Operations with a Leading High Technology Innovation Corporation
January 2015


Jim Lose and the Lucas Group team were of great help from the very beginning. The transition from active duty can be very daunting, especially for those of us that have known nothing but the military. Lucas Group helps you through every step of the process, not just searching for jobs. I especially appreciated their willingness to help edit resumes and prepare us for interviews. Considering I never held a serious job before the military, I can attest that both of these steps in the transition process can be overwhelming without help. Additionally, Lucas Group provided what I felt to be a “personalized” service, rather than just treating me like any other random JMO. Jim personally put in a lot of time to catering to my career and geographic preferences rather than trying to get me to take whatever job he could find for me. I highly recommend Lucas Group to anyone that is looking to make a transition from the military. Their service is exceptional and I know my transition would have been significantly more difficult without their help.

Former Marine Artillery Officer
USNA ’08
NOW a Team Leader with International Healthcare Company
January 2015


The quality of service and success were outstanding. The thing that I appreciated most about Lucas Group was knowing that when I heard from them, it would be a TRULY quality opportunity. The other JMO-specific headhunter I used focused on numerous opportunities with about one in fifteen being high quality. Furthermore, Jim Lose specifically searched for jobs that met a fairly narrow set of parameters and together we were able to have success on the first try. Lastly, Jim was not afraid to listen to my very small concerns and help garner a win-win solution between myself and the employer. Absolutely outstanding!!

Former Army Logistics Officer
USMA ‘07
NOW: Software Company – Account Manager
January 2015


Lucas Group has proven to be an invaluable resource for attaining my professional life goals. In just a few weeks, Jim Lose’s experienced and motivated team was able to find one of the best career matches that I have seen since leaving active duty in the Marine Corps. From the beginning, their professionalism instilled me with confidence, and also a job that would fit well with my personality and experiences. Lucas Group provides a great service, and is my first recommendation to any jobseekers veteran or not.

Former Marine Aerospace Engineering Officer
USNA ‘03
NOW: Utility Company – Supervisor
January 2015


The purpose of this letter is to provide the strongest possible endorsement for Michael Mercier as he continues to serve Lucas Group as an Executive Senior Partner in an exemplary fashion. I had the distinct pleasure of working directly with Michael over the last 4 months as I completed the transition process from military service and entered the private sector. Michael is diligent, highly experienced, and has an enviable passion for finding successful relationships between candidates and companies.

Making a successful transition from military service is an enormous challenge best overcome by teamwork. As a former Army Major, I encountered multiple frustration points throughout the transition process that would have been extremely difficult to maneuver on my own. Fortunately, I had Michael Mercier on my team.

Michael was absolutely invaluable to my transition process. He was far more of a mentor to me than an executive recruiter. He listened to me and truly understood my desires, goals and objectives. He spent the extra time to get to know me personally which allowed him to effectively advocate on my behalf. Within a few weeks, I had simultaneous offers developing with two of the hottest companies in the world.

Michael offered specific, actionable, and “phased” advice throughout the entire transition process. He briefed me on new opportunities, armed me with critical information about companies, prepared me for interviews, debriefed me after the interviews were complete, conducted follow-up conversations with the companies, and helped me negotiate salary when and where the time was right.

Michael’s mentorship, however, is what I valued and appreciated the most throughout this entire process. Michael exceeded his responsibilities as an executive recruiter and offered me incredible insight into complex problems and concerns that developed throughout the transition process. He listened to my concerns and either validated them or redirected me to think about things from a different perspective. At times, he knew I just needed to vent and offered me the positive encouragement I needed to keep going. Michael offered me the type of advice that only comes from extensive expertise, professionalism, and passion. I feel truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him and I firmly believe that I was in the best possible position to make a successful transition due to his assistance. I look forward to continuing our friendship and representing Lucas Group with my new company. I start my new job tomorrow.

If you have the opportunity to work with Michael, first know that you are very fortunate and are in great hands! That said, the best results are derived from teamwork. The more effort you put into your transition process, the more Michael will be able to assist you. He is an incredible team-member, mentor, and friend and I would strongly recommend him to anyone transitioning from military service!


Former Army Infantry Officer
USMA ‘05
NOW – Automotive Industry – HR Business Partner
January 2015


Jim Lose opened my eyes to an opportunity that I never would have found otherwise. Without his expert advice and career guidance I would have left a lot on the table. Military transitions are tough – trust Lucas Group.

Former Army Aviation Officer
University of Maine ‘05
NOW – Software Industry – Account Manager
January 2015


Jim Lose and his team at Lucas Group worked tirelessly to make my transition out of the Navy as seamless as possible. It started with a resume review and interview preparation that helped me feel calm and confident for my first hiring conference in DC. During the conference and my subsequent follow up interviews, Jim and his team continued to ensure that I was set up for success. Consequently, I was able to find a job that matched my desired position, industry, and company culture. Thanks again for all of your help!

Former Navy Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer
Duke ‘07
NOW – Major Stock Exchange – Procurement Specialist
January 2015


Jim Lose, Mike Christ, and the rest of the Lucas Group team played a key role in my transition from the military into the corporate world. They recommended that I attend their Washington DC hiring conference in order to coach me and put me in front of companies that fit my needs. I put complete trust in their team and they exceeded all of my expectations. At first, I was hesitant with some of the companies they told me I would be interviewing with, but as I received the company briefs, I realized that they provided some outstanding opportunities. After my initial interviews, each team member was very professional in guiding me through follow-on interviews and preparing me for success. I could not be happier as I transition into my new career, and I owe my placement to the Lucas Group team! I highly recommend to all my fellow service members Jim, Mike, and the Lucas team to aid in their transition.

Former Army Field Artillery Officer
USMA ‘11
NOW – Software Industry – Account Manager
January 2015


Getting into the job search I spent plenty of long nights researching opportunities and submitting resumes online. That’s a difficult road to pursue as you rarely hear back in a timely manner, if at all. I then attended the Lucas Group hiring conference where Jim Lose afforded me the opportunity to meet with nine different companies in a day. Some companies were a fit, others were not. At the end of that day I had more quality opportunities than I had gathered in two months going it alone. Throughout the process there was no pressure from Jim in regards to one industry or company over another. He listened to what was important to me and let me determine the right fit. There was full transparency as the process progressed and I was never left wondering how interviews had gone or what my next step would be. Most importantly, when Lucas Group said they would do something, they made true on their word.

Former Army Field Artillery Officer
USMA ‘09
NOW – Industrial Software Company – Operations Resource Leader
January 2015


There are a number of organizations that cater to Military veterans. I have been with LUCAS GROUP for the past 4 months and have had 3 fortune 500 company interviews. All with pay between 65-90k a year and all are management or supervisory positions. I have learned that these companies are not only looking for experience but leadership that is not trained within the civilian workplace. I’m happy to say that I have accepted one of the supervisor position with a yearly salary over 70K a year, full medical, dental and 401k options with a $ for $ match. All career positions have potential for corporate placement in the future. Joe Smith’s helped me tremendously in my transition!

Former Army CWO2 – Logistics
BS, Advanced Management, St. John, VI 2002
NOW – Transportation Company – Shop Floor Leader
January 2015


Mike Christ and Jim Lose reached out to me on LinkedIn after reading my resume and felt I was a perfect fit for a position they were looking to fill. Within a week, I had an interview and a week later a job offer for exactly the salary I desired and in my preferred location. Lucas Group could not have made my transition from the military any easier and they took the time to place me in a Fortune 500 Company in which they matched my personality and job skills to a position that will enable me to have a successful, long-term career.

Former Army Field Artillery Officer
USMA ‘09
NOW – Insurance Industry – IT Program Manager
January 2015


Jim Lose and the rest of the Lucas Group team were a tremendous help in my transition from military to civilian life. They set me up with many interviews and leads and stuck with me through my entire transition. I always felt well prepared for every interview and phone call. They ensured my resume was well-written and communicated my accomplishments. It was a tailored experience and Jim was always working in my best interest. Without them, I can safely say that I’d certainly still be looking for a job. Instead I’m heading into a job in the industry I want and the area I want. I can’t say enough to thank them.

Former Army Signal Corps Officer
USMA ‘09
NOW – Utility Industry- Supervisor
January 2015


When making the transition out of the Marine Corps I chose to send my information to many of the big military recruitment companies out there; I tried to maximize the number of opportunities available to find the best fit for me. Not only did Jim Lose and Lucas Group provide the best companies and opportunities within the parameters I gave them, Jim understood my background and was able to find the perfect fit for me at an opportunity I otherwise would not have known existed. I had little time to prepare for my initial interview, but the Lucas Group team was a great help in preparing for the interview and providing great feedback and coaching throughout the interview process. I ended up getting an excellent offer in the exact location I wanted and in a position I was actually excited about. I have already recommended Lucas Group to many of my friends who are considering getting out of the military in the next few years and have no reservations in recommending them to anyone else making the transition from the military.

Former Marine Infantry Officer
USNA ‘09
NOW – Software Industry – Account Manager
January 2015


I began my initial research into Lucas Group and civilian transition while still forward deployed in August 2013. Upon returning to Camp Lejeune in November 2013, I immediately made contact with Jim Lose and started the application process. Jim and I spoke frequently via phone call and email and through that contact I was able to develop my resume as well as focus in on particular areas I felt I would be most successful in post transition. I was immediately signed up for an April career conference in Atlanta, GA which was single handedly the most important and beneficial experience offered throughout this process. In no other forum could you participate in six separate interviews with six different companies in one day. Absolutely phenomenal opportunity with which I can verify was extremely successful. Throughout the entire process both Jim Lose and the Lucas Group team continued to provide information and council in order to prepare me for second round interviews and eventually company offers.

Former Marine Ground Intelligence Office
Purdue University ‘09
NOW – Tire Manufacturer – Manufacturing Manager
January 2015


I’ve spoken with a lot of my friends about my experience with Jim Lose and the Lucas Group — I’ll tell anyone who will listen to look you guys up when they transition. The opportunity afforded to a Lucas Group candidate is far beyond what they would get if they simply uploaded their résumé on a corporate website. Seriously, I can’t thank you enough for your guidance and professionalism during my transition.

Former Marine Infantry Officer
Penn State ‘10
NOW – Medical Diagnostics Company – Clinical Service Consultant
January 2015


Jim, I just wanted to drop a quick line to say thanks again. I finished the 2nd best salesman in the country last quarter and now I’m getting a commission check so big I don’t even know what to do with it (just kidding I’m buying a boat). My family and I love life here in New York and at my new employer, and I just wanted to say thanks again for your efforts on getting me here! It’s almost hard to believe that 2 years ago I was unexpectedly leaving the Marines and not knowing if a check was coming next month.

Former Marine Logistics Officer
USNA ‘07
NOW – Medical Device Company – Account Manager
January 2015


Imagine the things you can accomplish when you are at your best. Jim Lose and the Lucas Group team can help you get there. After getting introduced to their military JMO program, they provided mentoring and coaching to help me prepare for a corporate career. Their service was exceptional and delivered with a personal touch. I felt like I had a team of well-experienced professionals that were in my corner helping me to navigate a new journey. In just one day at a hiring conference, I interviewed with seven different companies all of which were solid opportunities. The expedience of that many options in such a short period of time was a huge benefit. It permitted me the luxury of selecting an option that was the best fit for my family and me. Words can not describe my elation and gratitude after interviewing with and getting hired by a top tier oil/gas company. Thank you Jim and Lucas Group!

Former Air Force Logistics Officer
Angelo State University ‘03
NOW – Oil/Gas Company – Operations Manager
January 2015


My new company has been absolutely fantastic!!! I continually tell my friends looking to make the transition that Jim Lose and the Lucas Group team are the only way to go. You guys were great to work with and made everything painless. Thanks again and I look forward to keeping in touch and hearing from you in the future!

Former Army Infantry Officer
Clemson ‘07
NOW Ops Manager with Auto Manufacturer
December 2014


Thank you for your very kind words. I couldn’t be happier with my experience with Lucas Group, my position at Indiana Tube and the terrific transition mentoring provided by Nate and Chris. They are terrific individuals.

I have been and will continue to be a strong advocate of Lucas Group. Your company’s professionalism and willingness to work with me during that critical time was outstanding for me and my family (especially having experienced how I felt like just another number by your competitors). It is what truly sets you apart from the rest.

Former USAF Contracting Officer
USAF Academy 2009
NOW – Steel Manufacturing Company – Leadership Development Program
November 2014


I knew that making a transition from a military career to a civilian one would require knowledge I was lacking. I quickly contacted several of the Junior Military Officer (JMO) transition firms hoping for some reassurance in my decision to leave military service and a quick and painless process. Lucas Group immediately set themselves apart from the other JMO transition firms. They listened to my needs and desires and were able to provide me with multiple career options in the field and region I was looking for. The process was smooth and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The skills I’ve learned in the military have enabled me to become a contributing member of the operations team at United Technologies immediately. The projects and tasks I’m assigned are challenging and the people I work with are motivated and of the highest caliber. I would highly recommend Lucas Group to any JMO looking to transition to the civilian business sector.

Former Navy Surface Warfare Officer
B.S. Political Science & Masters of Business Administration – Florida State University
NOW – Industrial Equipment Manufacturer – Production Supervisor
November 2014


I spoke with several JMO recruiters who made strong promises, but Lucas Group delivered. I had some very demanding requirements. I wanted to be an Engineer living near Minneapolis, MN. Rather than simply sending me to conferences where a potential employer might be there and it may work out, Jim Lose and Dan McCall setup phone interviews with only the companies that would work for me and I was interested in. How did Jim know what would be the right fit? He spent a lot of time on the phone with me, gathering the details of my desires and interests. I have recommended Lucas Group to many JMOs leaving the Army and would continue to recommend Lucas Group over other services.

Former Army Infantry Officer
USMA ‘09
NOW a Project Manager at an International Mining Corporation
November 2014


I was a recent college graduate and brand new 2nd lieutenant in the National Guard looking for a full time job when I was contacted by the Lucas Group. I was invited to go to the hiring conference where I was able to interview with 6 different potential employers, all of which would have been great opportunities. With their help and feedback I was able to get several follow on interviews and eventually a job with United Technologies Electronic Controls. I am so grateful for everything the Lucas Group did to help me get this great job and all their assistance throughout the process.

Current Army National Guard Officer
Bachelor of Science: Health and Fitness – Purdue University 2013
NOW – Industrial Equipment Manufacturer – Production Supervisor
November 2014


As I transitioned from the military to Corporate America, I didn’t know how best to market the skills and experiences I had acquired in the Army. Comprised predominantly of former military, Lucas Group placement professionals understand the unique attributes transitioning service members bring to business and were able to market these skills to industry leading companies. Of the recruitment firms I spoke with, Lucas Group showed the most interest in my personal circumstances and employment desires and they encouraged me to explore all my options by remaining engaged throughout the transitioning process. Lucas Group took the time to learn about me as an individual so that they could select the best opportunities and provide personalized preparation. This preparation armed me with the skills to excel throughout the interview process. As I completed follow-up interviews, they stayed engaged and provided invaluable insight that allowed me to select my next career with confidence.

Former Army Special Forces Officer
USMA ’05 – Mechanical Engineering
Now – Building Products Manufacturing Company – Six Sigma Black Belt
August 2014


Words can’t articulate the gratitude I have for the Lucas Group team, especially Dan McCall and Chris Kehl. The unknown of the civilian labor market created a majority of my anxiety, but Dan’s team continuously answered my questions and addressed my concerns. From the initial phone introductions to the face-to-face meetings, I always felt Dan’s team had my best interest in mind. Dan also called me several times before his Chicago conference to help me prepare. Lucas Group placed me on interviews which met my criteria, met the needs of the company, and with the companies which I had the greatest opportunity with. It was a great strategy for the hiring company, Lucas Group, and I to all come out satisfied with the process!
Prior to coming on with Lucas Group, I had attended two conferences from another military recruiting firm. I had call backs and second interviews, but the other military recruiters couldn’t seal the deal with the potential employers. In contrast, Lucas Group had a list of interested employers for me – in areas which I was interested in working during the first conference. In addition, they listened to what I wanted to do with the next chapter of my life, not just get me a job. A week after my first (and only) Lucas Group conference, I was already at second interviews with companies I wanted to work for! Within two weeks I had an offer letter and accepted.
Dan McCall fully supported me throughout my transition from the service. His candid feedback on my career set the expectations I could anticipate in the civilian market – and his assessment was accurate. Our open dialogue resulted in an offer letter which exceeded my expectations and met all the needs of my family!

Former Army Engineering & Acquisitions Officer
Marquette University, BA ’97 / Naval Postgraduate School, MSM ‘08
Now – Utility Industry – Operations Project Director
August 2014


Wanted to shoot an email to say thank you to John Caputo and the whole Lucas Group team for all the help through the whole process. The guidance, interview prep, and opportunities presented were incredible. One of the best parts was the prep that Spears Latimore gave me before each of the interviews. Before each of the four interviews he spent ~20-30 minutes on the phone with me which caged my brain and put me in the right frame of mind, while also “pumping up” with motivation. Great stuff.

Former USMC Cobra Pilot
NOW – Specialty Construction Products – Sales Representative
April 2014


“I can’t thank Jim Lose and Lucas Group enough. My family and I are very excited about the next career. Thanks again for all of your help. I will sing the praises of Jim, Mike, and Lucas Group to everyone I know. In fact I have a few friends already who are asking me those leading questions that tend toward departure from the service. I will definitely stay in touch.”

Former Army Infantry Officer
NOW – Construction Industry – Manufacturing Manager
January 2014


“Jim Lose and the Lucas Group were instrumental in my rapid transition from infantry officer to civilian. Throughout my contact with Jim and his associates, I continued to narrow my focus for prospective careers based on: 1) Location, 2) Level of interest in a position, and 3) Compensation. I effectively limited my options based on my lack of mobility but Jim was able to place me in front of the right company and its leadership which created a follow-on opportunity with one of its sister companies. I honestly expected to take a pay cut going into a new career in the private sector; however, Jim and his team hit a home run for me in the sense that the opportunity provided through them more than fit my location and interest level needs, but also enabled no change to my annualized salary. Although such instances may be the exception to the rule, I knew that Jim was working for me and focused on the bigger picture instead of finding a “good enough” placement . I couldn’t be happier going forward into my new career, and I am extremely grateful for Jim’s support and that of everyone I had contact with at Lucas Group. Jim and his associates earned my trust and respect; as such I am referring friends and family on active duty to him for when their transition happens.”

Former Army Infantry Officer
USMA ‘05
NOW – Sports Equipment Manufacturer – Factory Focus Manager
January 2014


“I cant begin to say enough good about my experience working with Jim Lose from the Lucas Group. I know I wasn’t in the pipeline long, but I think that speaks volumes to the efficiency of the process. Jim did an excellent job of ‘driving the bus’, something I appreciated since I really had no idea what I was getting in to when it came to a civilian job search. This started from our first conversation, after which I received the resume skeleton and interview packets, through the initial conference where we were briefed on the company information, etc., and through the subsequent interviews where we were provided more in-depth information on the companies, what they were looking for, and who would be interviewing us and finally the constant communication and feedback during the offer/acceptance phase. I have already recommended Lucas Group to several individuals, both in the active and reserve components, and again, can’t say enough about the efficiency and overall effectiveness of the process.”

Former USMC MP Officer
Albright College ‘06
NOW – Utility Industry – Project Manager
January 2014


“In my opinion, working with Lucas Group was the difference between my transition to civilian life being one of stress and apprehension and one of excitement and opportunity. Jim Lose has been a trusted advisor to me for a number of years. He initially reached out to me two years ago, as my initial end of active service was nearing. I was not ready to transition at that time, however Jim and I maintained contact until such a time as I was ready.
Due to a deployment, I was forced to transition almost immediately after my return from Afghanistan with little time to prepare for my transition before it was upon me. In what could potentially be a very stressful time, Jim Lose, Michael Mercier, and the rest of the Lucas Group team were there for me. Within days of my return I had already interviewed with one company and was preparing to attend a hiring conference. The hiring conference allowed me to see a variety of employment opportunities in a short amount of time, and presented me a chance to interview with six companies. This was an opportunity I could not have possibly enjoyed without the Lucas Group. In the end I had options with five excellent employers, all fitting the pay and location options I desired. I eventually accepted an offer for a position at an Software Company, and I couldn’t be more excited! Along the way I knew I could trust Jim, Michael, and the rest of the team to provide advice and counsel. More than anything, I truly value the commitment they showed in making my transition the best possible experience. I am very grateful for the Lucas Group and the opportunities and support they gave me, and give my highest recommendation to any officer thinking of transitioning to allow the Lucas Group to serve as their trusted partner through the process. Thank you Lucas Group!”

Former USMC Combat Engineer
USNA ‘07
NOW – Software Company – Sales Engineer
January 2014


My experience at Lucas Group was phenomenal. Jim Lose was extremely professional and worked tirelessly to find me opportunities that best matched my criteria. Their hiring conferences were well organized and brought in top companies for the candidates. Through one of their conferences, I was offered a great opportunity with Carrier Corporation (Owned by United Technologies, a Fortune 40 company). I would highly recommend Lucas Group to anyone transitioning out of the service. The opportunities provided through them are second to none.

Former Army Artillery Officer
USMA ‘08
NOW – HVAC Manufacturer – Field Service Manager
January 2014


“Leaving the Military and entering a new career can present a few challenges for JMOs. From day one, Jim Lose and his team worked with me in order to overcome those challenges, and prepared me for what turned out to be a successful job search. Throughout the process, Jim continually provided me with insight and candid feedback; allowing me to only pursue opportunities that best fit my needs. Unlike other recruiters, Jim was very selective and never tried to pressure me into a job. Thanks to Jim’s patience and vast network, I am now working in a field that other recruiters were unwilling to help place me in. I highly recommend Jim and the Lucas Group in general, to any JMO seeking a recruiting firm.”

Former Army Artillery officer
USMA ‘08
NOW – NHL Team – Dir. of Arena Operations
December 2013


“My recruiter, Jim Lose, presented me with multiple opportunities in the fields I was interested in and then equipped me with the knowledge and mentorship to succeed in the interview process. I found every member of their team to be extremely professional and eager to help me achieve one of the most important goals in my search for a civilian career which was finding the right profession for my skills and personality with a quality organization.”

Former USMC Pilot
USNA ‘04
NOW – Software Industry – Sales Engineer
December 2013


“Working with the Jim Lose and Lucas Group truly was an honor and my pleasure. I was blown away by the level of professionalism, sincerity, and diligent attention paid to my concerns and desires. I would recommend working with Jim to any of my peers, and intend to do so in the future. “

Former Army Intel Officer
Ohio State ‘09
NOW – Textile Industry – Human Resources Advisor
December 2013


“Having used 3 or 4 other employment headhunters, having sent out a few hundred applications to targeted companies, having attended over 20 different career fairs, and having connected with close to 300 recruiters and references in linked-in over a 5 month period, Lucas Group was able to get me more serious and competitive interviews that lead to real opportunities than all of the other attempts combined. Jim Lose and his team not only sought out opportunities that matched my interests and skill levels, but he also consistently took the time to provide feedback, updates, and mentored me, even if I was not selected for a job offer, which is something that never happened with their competitors. Jim took the time to get to know me and really worked to find me an opportunity. I could not be happier to have given them a chance to assist me and I have no regrets. Thank you! “

Former Army Engineer
University of Dayton ‘03
NOW – Industrial Equipment Manufacturer – Value Stream Manager
October 2013


Words cannot adequately express the debt of gratitude I owe to Michael Mercier, Jim Lose and Lucas Group. My experience began with Jim Lose in 2007. Through two deployments and a B-billet, he never lost interest in my aspirations to pursue a corporate career (let alone, one with executive reach). A steadfast professional and consummate mentor, he stayed with me until my transition in 2013. As I moved from the military to business owner/entrepreneur I began to lose contact but never fell out of touch. As I made the decision to finally set foot in the corporate world, Jim referred me over to Michael to investigate specific career opportunities. Michael was a true partner in my search in every sense of the word. Having worked with other military recruiters and having had my own business, I can tell you that Michael’s commitment to providing excellent service is second to none. Lucas Group provided me with interviews for outstanding opportunities with great companies in attractive locations at a quantity and quality that far exceeded their competitors. They exceeded my high expectations. Listen to and heed their advice, and they will deliver! Lucas Group placed me as an IT Sales Engineer for a major firm in the Silicon Valley. I obviously had no experience in this field, but they saw the fit…for me and for the employer…and prepared me for success in the interview process so I could effectively present my skills and experience. The career path at my new employer is nothing short of amazing. My roadmap is set, and my future is golden!

Marine Corps Intelligence Officer
USNA graduate
NOW – Chemical Industry – Sales Engineer
September 2013


The complete professionalism, timely customer service, and overwhelming desire by everyone at Lucas Group to make the journey of transitioning out of the Army meet and even exceed the expectations of transitioning Military Officers is exactly what JMOs hope to find when deciding who to work with, how to transition, and ultimately when to move forward with the best possible opportunities at the time of their transition. I was truly amazed at how unbelievably positive this experience was for me, and I would recommend to any transitioning Military Officer to reach out to Jim Lose and the Lucas Group when making the life-changing decision to pursue a career outside the US Military.

Former Army Intel Officer
USMA ‘04
NOW – Mining Industry – Plant Manager
August 2013


“I really appreciate all of Jims Lose’s help, especially all the guidance he provided with interviewing. I took all the advice Jim gave me and now I’m employed with a Fortune 500 company. I can’t thank him enough.”

Former USAF Financial Officer
University of Puerto Rico ‘12
NOW – Tool Manufacturer – Sales Rep
July 2013


Jim Lose and his team provided outstanding support to my job searching efforts. The hiring conferences I attended in Chicago and in Washington D.C were well organized and efficiently ran. Jim paired me with great companies which matched my interests and skill sets. I am confident that I would not have been exposed to the same quantity and quality of companies during my job search if I had not had the assistance of Lucas Group. I definitely would not have found the great job I am in now without their assistance. Every member of the Lucas Group team whom I worked with was personable, flexible, and committed to assisting me in my job search.

Former Marine Combat Engineer Officer
U of Michigan ‘09
NOW – Medical Device Industry – Engineer
July 2013


“I attended a hiring conference where Jim Lose was able to arrange for me on short notice. Jim did an excellent job of preparing me for the hiring conference and interviews. As a result from attending the conference, I landed on site interviews and accepted a great offer. The Lucas Group team prepared me thoroughly for the on site interview and provided me with seamless support from beginning to the end. The whole process was very short in its duration and I am very pleased with the assistance that I received.
Without the Jim’s team, I would not have been able to land the same offer in such a short amount of time. I felt comfortable with the entire process and would high recommend his services any transitioning military officer.”

Former USA Logistics Officer
Virginia State University ‘08
NOW – Chemical Industry – Contracts Manager
June 2013


“Jim Lose was the main effort toward getting me prepared and successfully transitioned. Everything was excellent from top to bottom. Thank you!”

Former USA Chemical Officer
West Virginia University ‘05
NOW – Food Industry – Production Manager
June 2013


Today I accepted an offer with a company that was facilitated to me through Lucas Group – Granite Services International. I just want to personally commend Nate Hope and Chris Kehl for their exceptional customer service and dedication to assisting veterans like myself. They were readily available 24/7 and made my transition out of the Army successful. I have nothing but great things to say about Lucas Group and will recommend them to all my peers transitioning. Thanks for all your company does.

Formerly U.S. Army Intel officer
USMA graduate
NOW – Power Generation Industry – Leadership Development Program
June 2013


Lucas Group helped put me in touch with great employers and cared deeply about my family and our wishes as we conducted the job search. From the beginning to the end, Jim Lose provided excellent service and immediate contact to all my questions and concerns. Without him putting me in touch with great employers through the hiring conference I would not have had as much success in transitioning to a new career. I highly recommend the Lucas Group team to any person transitioning from the service to civilian life as they set you up for success and care about your future.

Former Army Armor Officer
USMA ‘07
NOW – Medical Device Industry – Operations Manager
June 2013


“I first contacted the Lucas Group through their website in early March of 2013. Within a few days, I was on the phone with Jim Lose working on numerous opportunities. In almost no time at all, he had high caliber companies lined up to match my profile and preferences. A couple weeks after first speaking with him I was at a conference with numerous interviews already set up for me. He prepared me to such an extent prior to the conference that I was successful enough to get second interviews with multiple companies in attendance. Jim saw my resume, understood my potential, and went to great lengths to connect me to the right company. This all happened within two months from the time I started to the time I accepted a great offer. I highly recommend Lucas Group to anyone considering leaving the military because the quality of their service and their job placement skills are the best. Thank you very much, Jim! I’m extremely grateful and happy for your time and energy during my transition. “

Former USA Ordnance Officer
SUNY ‘10
NOW – Packaging Industry – Production Supervisor
May 2013


“The experience with Lucas Group was very efficient and professional. I was offered a role within my geographic preference within a few weeks of initial contact. Jim Lose was very knowledgeable about the process involved, which gave me confidence and assurance with my first job outside of the military. The company I am placed with is everything that was explained to me. I would not have changed anything about the process. I especially appreciated the flexibility in me not having to sit through the first day of orientation, as I have been through several prior with competing companies. On the day of the interview, the instructions were very clear and I went into it with confidence and ease. I credit this to the relaxed, yet professional demeanor of Jim and his colleagues. I will definitely recommend other transitioning veterans to Lucas Group, as I have found it to be a very rewarding experience. All of my phone calls and emails were addressed in a timely manner, and with more than enough information. I appreciate the role Jim played in jump starting my new career.”

Former USAF Acquisition Officer
USAFA ‘05
NOW – Trade Show Logistics Industry – Operations Manager
April 2013


I had always kept Jim Lose’s contact information in my hip pocket just in case I wanted to get out. When that time came, Jim was responsive and lined out an exit strategy as I transitioned out of the Marine Corps. He provided invaluable assistance with my resume and prepped me for the next chapter of my life in regards to hunting for a new occupation. I received a genuine response from Jim every time I contacted him about my concerns and he provided candid feedback on what would and wouldn’t work in my resume. Thanks for everything!”

Former Marine Pilot
USNA ‘02
NOW – Oil/Gas Industry – Engineering Manager
April 2013


Lucas Group was extraordinarily helpful with my military transition. Jim Lose began working with me more than 12 months from my transition date, providing me useful feedback on resume production and more importantly greatly assisted with interview preparation. Most officers have very little experience conducting interviews and I truly believe I would not have had the confidence or success I had without his help. Jim connected me with great potential employers and I was able to obtain a phenomenal job with a starting salary and benefits well above and beyond what I expected. I have recommended Lucas Group to any officer looking for a professional, tailored transition to an exciting new career.

Former USA Infantry Officer
San Diego State ‘06
NOW – Industrial/Specialty Gas Industry – Plant Manager
April 2013


Thank you so much for your help with my transition from the military to the civilian sector. While it initially seemed somewhat daunting at times, the Lucas Group seminars really helped me prepare for interviews properly. In addition to learning valuable interview techniques, the hiring conference gave me the opportunity to apply these skills in actual interviews. This experience truly helped me build confidence and undergo a much smoother transition than I anticipated. I am extremely excited about starting my new career and credit Jim Lose and the Lucas Group with helping me find a challenging career which I look forward to continuing for a lifetime. I strongly recommend Lucas Group to anyone transitioning from one career to another. Thank you again for all of your help.

Former Army Intel Officer
USMA ‘08
NOW – Major Industrial Conglomerate – Leadership Development Program
March 2013


“Jim Lose took the time to identify with my personal experience and capabilities and recommended a unique opportunity that was a perfect fit. Tactful, professional, and thoughtful, he ensured I was as prepared as possible for each step in the process. The Lucas Group hiring conference was a great opportunity to get exposure to a wide variety of companies and also gain valuable experience in interviewing techniques. The insight provided by other members of the Lucas Team was crucial to my ability to land my dream job. I highly recommend Jim Lose and Lucas Group to help you make a smooth and successful transition. Thank you, Jim!”

Former USMC Pilot
USNA ‘03
NOW – Software Industry – Sales Engineer
March 2013


When I made the decision to transition out of the Army I did it with the shortest timeline allowable – meaning I had six months to find a job that would not only provide for me and my son, but also meet my needs as a single father. Jim Lose and Lucas Group couldn’t have done a better job. From beginning to end, their service was first class and unmatched by any other resources available. They did an excellent job of preparing me for the hiring conferences, site visits, and off conference interviews. Their willingness to work with me and help in my preparation was definitely a key factor in my success. One thing that was important to me throughout this process was communication and whenever we had an appointment to talk it was kept, whenever I had a question, whether by email or phone, it was always answered and almost always within a few hours. I consistently received an email back from their staff letting me know they had received whatever I sent them. Hands-down their service is unrivaled and I have and will continue to recommend them to my friends in the military.

Former Army Quartermaster Officer
NOW – Industrial/Specialty Gasses Industry – Regional Manager
March 2013


Lucas Group proved to be an invaluable partner in my career transition. They were attentive to my needs and found multiple opportunities that fit my interests and desires in a new career, and provided the help and support along the way that allowed me to be successful. After attending two hiring conferences and receiving multiple interviews and opportunities for possible employment, I received and offer from Frito-Lay. I have been employed by Frito-Lay as an Operations Resource Manager now for over three months. I completed my training period and now lead my team in the Potato Chip Packaging Department of our manufacturing plant in Vancouver, WA. It has been a great experience and I couldn’t be happier with the team here in Vancouver that I work with.
Frito-Lay has been an excellent fit for me, and the skills and leadership qualities that come from my experience as a Junior Military Officer have set me up for success. I have had instant positive feedback from my team from the qualities that come with being an Army officer: integrity, commitment, a strong work ethic, leading by example and taking care of the people in my team while guiding the unit to success. Although I had no manufacturing experience, the ability to learn, to set high standards, and to keep asking questions have allowed me to keep up with the steep learning curve that comes with the job. I am very happy with my transition to a company that is an industry leader, with multiple promising opportunities for my professional growth.
I would like to thank Michael Mercier, Jim Lose, Eddie Commender, Eric Stagliano, Lisa Austin and the whole Lucas Group team for their efforts in placing me with Frito-Lay. It has been an overwhelmingly positive experience and I highly recommend them to any service member looking to transition to civilian employment.


Former Army Field Artillery Officer
BA History, UCLA
NOW – Food Industry – Operations Resource Manager
February 2013


Jim Lose and the rest of the Lucas Group team were instrumental in the success of my career transition following separation from the Army. I received all of the advice and information critical to my preparation for my recent career conference in Washington DC from Lucas Group and was impressed further with the professionalism in execution of the career conference itself by the Lucas Group team. Even after the career conference, Lucas Group maintained contact with me and ensured that I was prepared for follow-up interviews throughout the north-east. As a result, I received and accepted an offer from my top choice company. I couldn’t have done it without the help of the team at Lucas Group!

Former Army Armor Officer
USMA ‘08
NOW – Financial Industry – Program Manager
February 2013


I first contacted Lucas Group through their website on a Thursday. Later that very same day I received a call from Jim Lose, one of their most tenured recruiters. He saw my resume and was working with a company that he thought I’d be a perfect fit for. Jim made sure I’d be able to meet with the company at an upcoming hiring conference. The interview went great and the company invited me to visit the following Wednesday. The next day, two weeks to the day that I first contacted Lucas Group, I had a job offer at my dream job with an unbeatable salary. Jim saw my resume, understood my potential, understood my wants and desires, and had the contacts with quality companies in order to get me an amazing job. I’m extremely grateful and happy for their help. Thanks again for everything.

Former USAF Pilot
USAFA ‘01
NOW – Logistics Industry – Project Engineer
December 2012


I really cannot say enough good things about the support I received from Lucas Group. What really separates Lucas Group from the other military recruitment organizations is their level of personal attention and being proactive. The other military recruitment firms that I spoke with had little to no consistent communications with me. With my recruiter, Jim Lose, I was able to define the type of positions I was interested in and within hours I had numerous Lucas Group representatives getting in touch with me about positions that were available and that I would be a good fit for. I immediately started conducting phone interviews and getting my resume in front of key individuals within organizations looking to hire someone like me. Furthermore, the ability of Lucas Group recruiters to get their officers in front of key executives cannot be understated. It was very clear to me that companies trust Lucas Group and readily believe in the candidates they are supporting. Because of Lucas Group, I was hired before the other recruitment firms would have even had a hiring conference in my geographical area. Thank you!

Former Army Infantry Officer
USMA ‘05
NOW – Technology Industry – Program Manager
December 2012


I really appreciate the check in, Jim. I don’t know if I’ve had the opportunity to tell you in person, but thanks so much for all you guys do. I couldn’t be happier with accepting a position at Quidel and it’s all because of you and your team at Lucas Group. I have been recommending you guys to my peers left and right, especially since I’ve worked with most of the big name headhunter firms and you guys provide a service head and shoulders above the rest. Take care and best of luck in the future!

Former USMC Infantry Officer
USNA ‘07
NOW – Medical Device Industry – Sales Representative
November 2012


“I’m very pleased to be a success story for Lucas Group and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with your services. I will certainly speak highly of Lucas Group to anyone who might need your services (and be a good candidate) in the future.
In a time of war and high veteran unemployment what you are doing is very honorable and commendable. I believe the veterans of OIF and OEF are a great asset to the workforce of America and certainly the cream of the crop among the millennial generation. Keep up the good work. Thank you!”


Josh Jacobs
Former Army Corps of Engineers Officer
Now – Project Manager at Tenneco
August 2012


After leaving the Marine Corps I signed up with a couple of military JMO placement agencies. Lucas Group was by far the most professional and responsive of the bunch. Jim Lose from Lucas Group was just as interested in finding me a job as he was ensuring it was what I was looking for. There was no pressure to accept anything that I wasn’t absolutely convinced I was interested in. Other agencies simply threw job openings at me with little concern of what I was looking for and expected that I would jump at anything. Lucas Group took the time to listen to what I wanted, provide me with great opportunities and prepare me for a variety of interviews. Their professionalism is definitely what has gained them a number of corporate clients and a number of opportunities for those leaving the military. I would enthusiastically recommend Lucas Group for anyone making the transition out of the military. Thanks again for all your help and best of luck to you.

Former USMC Infantry Officer
NOW – Financial Industry – Program Manager
August 2012


From day one, I felt that Lucas Group treated me like a priority. I was about two months out from my ETS date, had not even made initial contact or started the employment search, and I knew that my chances of securing a good job were slim. Given my timeline and ideal location preference where jobs were known to be scarce, this made it even more difficult for Lucas Group and myself to find available job openings. Despite these limitations, Lucas Group was still able to find prospective employment opportunities for me and prepared me well for the hiring conference in Alexandria, VA where I was able to interview with eight companies in a single day – all within one month of my initial contact with the company, and about 4 weeks before my ETS date! Due to my preparation and countless hours of Lucas Group’s professional counseling, coaching, and mentoring, I interviewed on-site with many of these employers who all became interested in my background, education, and the skill sets I could bring to their teams. Throughout the process, I felt an extreme sense of care, speed, and attention to detail with regards to my timeline and location preferences from the Lucas Group staff. I was very impressed with the level of individual attention and constant communication I received, especially from Jim Lose. I knew he had a sense of accomplishment with placing me exactly where I wanted to be, what I wanted to do with my new career, and who I wanted to work for. I highly recommend Lucas Group to anyone considering leaving the military, because the quality of their service and their job placement skills are simply the best. I had a great experience. Thank you very much, Lucas Group!

Former Army Logistics Officer
Norwich ‘01
NOW – Aerospace Industry – Program Manager
July 2012


Lucas Group was exceptional in helping me throughout the process of finding a job. For months, I had no luck searching for positions on my own; then from the first hiring conference to accepting an offer took just over a month. Two of the things that I think Lucas Group does exceptionally well is matching candidates with positions that suit them and then preparing them for the interviews. Also, Jim was always engaged and helpful throughout the process. I’ll definitely continue to recommend people to Lucas Group.

Former USMC Logistics Officer
Indiana U ‘07
NOW – Metals Industry – Maintenance Manager
June 2012


“As a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps and recent graduate from a top-tier MBA program there was a lot of pressure on me to find an employer who not only valued my military experience, but also the time and effort I had invested towards my graduate degree. The job hunting advice I got from my graduate school’s career management office was generic and unhelpful to say the least. The phrase “go post your resume online” was overused and became increasing annoying to hear. I decided to contact Jim Lose, an Executive Senior Partner at Lucas Group, who immediately gave me a call that day. Jim outlined the steps I needed to take and his guidance and mentorship were absolutely priceless. He gave me his undivided attention and introduced me to the Lucas Group team during my first and only hire conference. At the hiring conference the entire Lucas Group staff, conducted all phases of the hiring conference with impeccable professionalism and class. They did a great job preparing me for all my interviews; more so than anyone I had met in graduate school. Due to their advice and mentorship I won 6 out of 7 interviews and won the follow-up interview with the company I had ranked on top of my list. I now work for a company well on its way into the Fortune 500 and I could not be happier with its corporate culture and my salary. Lucas Group helped me find an employer who is literally 20 minutes away from my back yard, and most importantly, appreciates my entire skill set and looking to promote members with advanced degrees. I also want to point out that my total compensation package is higher than the national average in regards to MBA graduate total compensation. If it wasn’t for Jim and Lucas Group my resume would still be floating around somewhere in cyber space while I was sitting in a Starbucks waiting for automated email replies.”

Former USMC Communications Officer
Univ. of Miami ‘03
NOW – Industrial Services – Service Operations Manager
May2012


“Like many Junior Military Officers, I came to The Lucas Group without a clear idea of what I wanted to do outside of the military. The adage of “you don’t know what you don’t know” seemed to be the essence of my job search. Despite my vague preferences, Jim Lose was able to line me up with several amazing opportunities. Throughout the entire process, Jim seemed to have a better understanding of not only the type of work I’d be good at, but more importantly, the type of work I’d enjoy — despite the fact that I was never able to adequately articulate these things myself. I’ve recently accepted an offer with an incredible company and a compensation package that surpassed even my wildest of expectations. Jim Lose and The Lucas Group team are nothing short of amazing, and I can say without a doubt that I would not have been as successful without them.”

Former USMC LAAD Officer
USNA ‘05
NOW – Building Materials Industry 0 Six Sigma Black Belt
March 2012


Lucas Group is a top tier organization that provided a tremendous service to me during my search for my new career. Jim Lose and the rest of the team are true professionals who worked tirelessly to help me through every step of the process. I could not have asked for better. Everyone who I met at Lucas Group was dedicated to ensuring that I was satisfied with the process and that I found the career that was best for me. They provided me several opportunities that literally spanned from coast to coast. I interviewed with 8 companies at a December hiring conference and was offered follow on interviews by all 8. Jim also worked to find me opportunities outside of the conference, which is where I ultimately found my new career. Thanks for all of your help. I would definitely recommend Lucas Group to any JMO who is looking for a new career. You will not be disappointed!

Former Army Air Defense Artillery Officer
USMA ’06
NOW – – Medical Device Industry – Production Manager
January 2012


Lucas Group is an excellent organization for Junior Military Officers looking to transition from military to civilian careers. Specifically, Jim Lose showed and gave me excellent service, tips, communication, and support throughout the entire process from contact to accepting a position. All of the professionals I met in Lucas Group are truly a unique, helpful, and intelligent group of individuals who truly provide an excellent service to transitioning service members. I plan to continue to foster my relationships with them as they are a great source for both career and personal information and a truly genuine class of individuals. I would not have been able to secure a position and my “Dream Job” without the assistance of Lucas Group. The companies and positions they initially matched me with were exactly the people and positions that both fit my personality and my expertise. I would recommend Lucas Group to any of my friends and colleagues in the military who are considering making the jump from a military to civilian profession.

Former USA Corps of Engineer Officer
USMA ‘07
NOW – Automotive Industry – Continuous Improvement Consultant
November 2011


I started my process with Lucas before I had even decided for sure if I wanted to get out of the Army. I figured that no matter what I decided, it would be best to have knowledge of the process. Lucas stood out to me amongst their competitors for not feeling arrogant or aggressive, and being very willing to move at a pace I was comfortable with. They also focused on my strengths and leveraged them, rather than trying to make me fit a specific mold. Jim Lose, who works out of the Washington DC office, was instrumental in my success. He provided countless pointers on my resume, assisted with prep work for the interviews, and was available whenever I had an issue or question.
I attended a hiring conference in the Washington DC area in late August. I interviewed with six companies in my preferred region and was offered follow up interviews with all of them. By the end of September, I had several job offers. I ended up accepting a position as an Operations Manager with a salary quite a bit higher than my targeted salary range in the area of the country that I wanted to be in (not to mention, great benefits and a large degree of upward mobility). I highly recommend Lucas Group to any JMO considering life on the outside!

Former USA Signal Corps Officer
Rochester Institute of Technology ‘ 02
NOW – Telecommunications Industry – Field Service Manager
September 2011


In 2011, Jim Lose contacted me about career opportunities as I was preparing to transition from military service. After identifying my priorities for transition, which first and foremost was location, we realized it would be hard to find me employment in my top location. Jim never gave up and within 6 weeks he had arranged my interview with Humana in my hometown. I interviewed with them at the Washington D.C. hiring conference and in less than two weeks I more than gladly accepted their offer. Thank you!

Former USA Armor Officer
USMA’ 01
NOW – Health Insurance Industry – Project Manager
July 2011


Lucas Group truly provided top-notch support during my job hunt as I separated from the Air Force after ten years of service. Not only did they provide information on employment opportunities, but once I pursued an opportunity, they gave me all of the information I needed to succeed. From initial information briefs to actual interview scenarios and questions, I felt Lucas Group truly did all they could to assist in getting me hired and followed up every step of the way. When you are job hunting you can do it all yourself and rely on luck and your own instincts. Or, you can do what I did and work with true professionals who have the best information on the company you are pursuing — thus ensuring you beat out your competition. Thanks again!

Former USAF Security Forces Officer
USAFA ‘01
NOW – Grocery Industry – Store Leader
July 2011


“Everything is going well here. I am working as an Assistant Project Manager, a position they created to facilitate the workload for the project they have me working. Training remains steady as I am actually learning two companies at once while I work for Tom and Rod, both project managers. The company is a great fit, good people, and exactly the caliber I was hoping to work with while learning the packaging business. For the first month, the speed at which this project has been going has me learning where I can and leaving plenty of work to be done. I appreciate the hard work of you and the rest of the Lucas Group staff that diligently and patiently worked to find such a good fit upon my exit from the military.”

Former USAF Aircraft Maintenance Officer
USAFA ‘07
NOW – Consulting Industry – Asst. Project Manager
July 2011


“When it came time for me to leave the Navy, my first priority was to find a civilian career with good pay and benefits for my family and me. My second priority was to be hired by a company who could use and appreciate the skills and education I received in the military and multiple postgraduate academic programs. Receiving no response after sending my resume directly to corporate recruiters and desiring the best possible result, I contacted four military officer headhunters.
Inexplicably, after an initial consultation, I never heard back from one of the representatives of a major national military officer recruiting company. I thought this was quite strange, particularly with the amount of experience and education I brought to the table. The second headhunter contacted me occasionally, but the jobs they were offering me were paying 40% to 50% less than my current Navy salary. I wasn’t trying to “get rich” by entering the civilian job market by any means, but taking a massive pay cut was out of the question. The third headhunter wanted me to wait until I was within days of discharge to start searching for a job. Although I appreciated his confidence, I couldn’t afford to be jobless for an indefinite period of time following my discharge from the Navy.
Enter Lucas Group. I had the privilege of working with Lee Cohen, who, unlike the other headhunters, understood matching my skills and desires with the right job. Lee took great care to effectively screen the jobs he felt fit me best. Even better, I started working with Lee almost a year before my discharge, so I was confident that I would have sufficient experience to knowledgeably enter the civilian sector. Even though I could have potentially decided to stay in the Navy during that time period, Lee always fully dedicated his time and efforts to ensure my transition would be as smooth as possible. When it came time to start seriously looking at open career positions, Lee patiently answered my multitude of questions, always taking time to ensure the jobs were the best possible fit for me.
I would not have gotten the particular job I now have without Lee. The job sounded fantastic, but I balked at the location. Lee was unshaken. I can remember him telling me: “If you don’t swing at the pitch, you’ll never hit the ball!” With that, I took my first step at becoming an employee of a terrific company. Not only did Lee offer excellent advice for interviews, he connected me with that company’s account manager for Lucas Group, Serena Smith. Using what information she had from previous interviews and her knowledge of the company, she walked me through the interview process, coaching me on what to expect as well as providing a careful and experienced eye over my cross-country travel for the interview, and later follow-up discussions and negotiation. Her hard work on my behalf eventually resulted in an excellent offer for the job I now have, even though I had originally interviewed for a different job with the company.
Because of Lee, Serena, and Lucas Group, I ended up in an exceptional job, in a location absolutely ideal for my family and me, and with a company whose work ethic and standards match the very highest the military had to offer. I never once felt unsupported or lacking in options; if anything, they provided me with a smorgasbord of great career opportunities. Instead of what could have been an uncomfortable and stressful period, I look back at my transition from the military as one of the highlights of my career. It was an enjoyable and exciting process, due to the professionalism and experience of Lucas Group’s career transition specialists. I highly recommend Lucas Group to everyone considering leaving the armed forces.”

Former Navy SWO LCDR
NOW – Wind Energy Industry – Project Plant Manager
May 2011


I had the privilege to work with Lucas Group while transitioning from the USAF to corporate America. I could not have been more pleased with the entire process. It began with a simple phone call from Jim Lose after I applied online. Jim worked diligently with me to create a professional resume from scratch – guiding me on interviewing techniques and providing me material to study and prepare when my time came to sit in front of VPs making hiring decisions.
Everything went smoother than I ever imagined. I went to a Hiring Conference in Dallas, and all but one of the companies that I interviewed with wanted to fly me in for second interviews. I was unable to accept all the 2nd interview requests, but I jumped all over my number 1 choice, Dell. The 2nd and 3rd interviews with Dell went so well that I did not have to interview with any more companies. I accepted Dell’s offer as soon as they presented it to me and will begin working with them in May 2011.
Having grown up in Austin, where this position is located, I couldn’t have picked a better spot to work. Not only did I land an outstanding job with a huge successful corporation, I am able to move back home! All of this is thanks to Lucas Group and their team of recruiters, especially Jim Lose, Dan McCall, and Eric Stagliano. Thank you Lucas Group for all the hard work you did for me and my family. I would definitely use Lucas Group again.

Former USAF Officer
USAFA ’06
NOW – Technology Industry – Category Manager
March 2011


“As a Marine Corps Officer with 7 years of experience, I had no idea what my value was to the corporate world, nor how my experience would translate. I knew that I was ready to make the jump, but the process of “job hunting” was completely foreign to me. [Lucas Group Military Recruiter] Jim Lose eased the pain and the burden I was carrying in figuring out that “next step”. He served as a teacher, mentor, confidant, and friend. His instruction was on point. I felt like I was his top priority, even though I knew that he was working with many others in the same position I was in. The Lucas Group team put forth a tireless effort on my behalf. They are the sole reason I am walking into my next career with a 25% pay increase in a field where I know I will thrive. I never would have found this opportunity – let alone be prepared to interview for the opportunity – without their assistance.”

Captain, United States Marine Corps
USNA ’04
NOW – Retail Industry – Store Team Leader
February 2011


Deciding to leave the Military is always a difficult decision, but deciding what to do next can be even harder. I touched base with [Lucas Group Military Recruiter] Jim Lose shortly after I transitioned out in 2007. I decided to go a completely different direction and live abroad while completing my MBA. Jim and Lucas Group remained in touch with me for three years – just to keep updated on my situation. Lucas Group’s resources were amazing while I was actively pursuing roles. Not only do they have the conferences with great companies, but Lucas Group constantly has a number of great opportunities available. Within weeks, I was able to get an awesome job that I know I will truly enjoy. Thank you to the entire team for being so helpful every step of the way.

Former USMC Armor Officer
USNA ’99
NOW – Helath Insurance Industry – Product Analyst
January 2011


Prior to leaving the military, Lucas Group was one of the first and more prominent head-hunter firms that contacted me to help me with my transition into civilian life. However, during this time I did not need their services because I decided to aid my family’s business amidst the recession. After a successful year working for my family’s business, the next step for me was CEO, but I had no desire to continue in the family business. Soon after I made this decision, I contacted Jim Lose to help me look for a job. When I asked him to help me find a job, I had an idea that it would not be easy to find a great job at a salary I wanted. Initially, I was apprehensive about using head-hunter firms to help me look for a job, because of all of the negative stories I had heard. As I immersed myself in the process, I developed faith in Jim even though I was asking the impossible amidst one of the worst recessions in the history of the United States. During the entire process, Jim and his team really focused on what I wanted and remained patient and diligent, to help me find a job that met all of my criteria. Additionally, they were solely responsible for negotiating my desired salary that included a sign-on bonus, and for this I am eternally grateful. If I were to do this all over again, I would wholeheartedly trust Jim and Lucas Group to help me find the career of my choice.

Army Chemical Corps Officer
USMA ’04
NOW – Aerospace Industry – Senior Security Analyst
October 2010


Some called it brave and others called it irresponsible when I decided to get out of the Marine Corps with no civilian job lined up, and with a wife and three kids to support. In fact, I returned from Afghanistan less than two months from my EAS. I had been communicating on and off with Lucas Group for a little less than a year prior to this, but I was essentially starting from ground zero. I am not the type of guy who consistently networks and looks at monster.com on a regular basis, so had it not been for Lucas Group, I certainly would not have had nearly as many interviews as I did. In fact, at one conference, I had a total of 7 interviews in one day. Exhausting? Yes. A lot like speed dating? Yes. Did I interview my future boss that day? Also yes. There are a lot of reputable companies out there that the average candidate like me would not even know existed, but for Lucas Group. Additionally, Jim Lose and Dan McCall really helped me to figure out what I wanted in a profession, and they tactfully provided guidance when needed. It was also nice to have Lucas Group as a buffer between me and the companies, as it can sometimes be a fragile relationship in its infancy. Lastly, it was advantageous to benefit from Lucas Group’s professional reputation in the recruiting industry. Companies seemed to already expect quality candidates, especially in the military division. I hate to sound like a commercial, but Lucas Group provided an invaluable service to me, and it did not cost me anything!

USMC Supply Officer
NOW – Manufacturing Industry – Operations Manager
August 2010


“Lucas Group was an invaluable partner in helping me to identify and secure the next chapter in my career. They helped me to define my professional aspirations and skills, and match them to opportunities in my industry and location. I truly felt that Lucas Group was with me every step of the way, from my initial inquiry call to the day I accepted my offer. My hats off to Jim Lose, in particular, who was tireless in his efforts on my behalf, checked in with me almost daily, coached me for interviews, and was available for sound, professional advice. Moving forward, I hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful professional relationship. I would recommend him and Lucas Group to any of my colleagues and peers.”

Former Army Aviation Officer
USMA ’98
NOW – Financial Industry – Senior Operations Manager
May 2010


“Working with Lucas Group was a truly personal and professional experience. Unlike other professional job placement groups (which I chose not to work with), Lucas Group treated me as a highly valued asset to their organization and not just another name to add to their list. The personal attention to detail and really working with me to find my ideal job made the transition from the Military to the Civilian world easy and stress-free which is exactly what I needed after returning from a 15 month deployment. I have been working/traveling nonstop since beginning my job with FiberWeb (I love it!). Thank you so much for all your help in my job search and helping me find something that I am truly passionate about.”

Former Army Engineer Officer
USMA ‘03
NOW – Specialty Materials – Senior Sales Associate
November 2009


“I began my job search in March 2009, immediately following the worst downturn the economy had seen since the early 80’s. I worked with three different placement agencies to assist me with this search, as well as the normal services offered by the military, ACAP, TAP Workshops, and seminars. I found that Lucas Group immediately set themselves apart, with the quality of opportunities they presented. I had a pretty specific geographic location I was looking in, and they worked hard to find opportunities that fit my skill set and those geographic boundaries. They presented me with a great position at Boston Scientific; one that I never would have considered myself even qualified enough to apply. But they worked with me to prepare me for the phone interview and the onsite interview. [My recruiter] told me the characteristics, qualities, and abilities that the company was looking for, which I think was one of the key elements to my successful placement. Overall, Lucas Group took into account my personal goals as well as my skill set to find a position that I think is going to be a great fit and great start to my civilian career.”

Former Army Engineer Officer
USMA ‘03
NOW – Medical Device Industry – Facilities Engineer
May 2009


“Today (9/21/05) was my first day in my new job. While I’ve only been here a few hours, I know already that I am going to love it here. This is a great company and a great place to work. I really appreciate the effort and time your team put into my search. I realize that my requirements were difficult but you managed to find what I’ve been looking for all this time. Thanks again.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Telecommunications Industry
May 2008


Since my transition from the armed service, I have worked with three military placement companies and none were more successful than Lucas. The Lucas Group genuinely took into consideration what I was looking for in my career and put me in front of their client companies that met those criteria. Conducting a career search is much like hitting a moving target, and Lucas continually helped me refine my objectives based on the market and gave great information about their client companies so I knew what they were looking for and how to connect it to my experiences. Post-Conference support from Lucas group was great! I was kept informed about the follow-up process and was prepared for each follow-up I chose to pursue. My overall experience with Lucas was phenomenal. The support and guidance I received was instrumental for earning a job with a top notch company. I am now proud to say I am a Research and Development Team Leader for Stryker Medical.
I highly recommend Lucas Group to anyone transitioning from the Military to Corporate America and also those veterans who are currently in Corporate America looking for a new career. If you want to work with a military placement company who listens to your needs and makes those needs a reality; then Lucas is the right company for you.

Duke – Political Science/USMA – Systems Engineering
NOW – Medical Device Industry – Development Team Leader
March 2008


While preparing for my transition from the military to corporate America, I worked with five military placement companies ̶ all of them promising the best jobs with the most advancement opportunities. Lucas Group was the first and only company that delivered the kind of job in the location that I was looking for. The Lucas Group team took the time to know me and my strengths, really taking into consideration my personal priorities. After they had an understanding of me, they smartly matched companies to my priorities and strengths. Lucas Group worked with my schedule to help me make the best use of my time. Because I was stationed in the northeast, and I was looking for a job in the south, we decided to stick to initial phone interviews instead of conferences. I was extremely impressed at the level of information that was given to me about the companies and the interviewers themselves before-hand. The Lucas Group team stayed in contact with me throughout the entire process to help organize all of my follow-up interviews and provided invaluable insight and feedback. They helped me to receive and accept an offer that well above what was expected and way higher than comparable positions paid in the area.
I would highly recommend Lucas Group to any military member, officer or enlisted, transitioning from the military. Their dedication to me as a person and their exceptional knowledge of the companies I interviewed with led me in the right direction for my next career.

Former USAF Officer
NOW – Oil/Gas Industry – Mechanical Contact Engineer
March 2008


“I highly recommend Lucas Group’s services to anyone, particularly for personnel separating from the military. Lucas Group has the credibility that comes with a fairly large and well-known recruiting firm, but also has recruiters who operate with the utmost integrity while giving individual attention; this makes the difference.
I began working with Lucas Group approximately 8 months prior to my departure from the Army. They helped me translate my experience and information from past evaluations into a resume that best represented my accomplishments and my potential as an employee in the civilian workforce. I attended a couple of hiring conferences with some success but still did not find the “right fit”, but kept communicating and preparing for the next conference. All the while, my recruiter kept in touch with me to inform me of other opportunities as they arose. It was through this process that I learned of an excellent opportunity in the Houston area.
They consistently provided me with sound and specific advice on how to prepare for my interviews. Their efforts set me up for success and the rest was up to me. I did my “homework” and prepared diligently, using the information they provided and conducted an outstanding final interview; I received an official offer within the next few days.
Each member of Lucas Group took a very personal interest in my case and played a huge role in my hiring. I could not recommend this team of professionals any higher to someone considering entering or changing careers within the civilian work force. Well done!
Every word is absolutely true and from the heart. I’m extremely grateful for all of your efforts.”

Former Army Captain
NOW – Major Manufacturing Conglomerate – Project Manager
February 2008


“Since the last time I wrote you, I have transitioned from being a Leadership Development Candidate to a Unit Leader here in Norton, Ma. Again, thanks for setting me up with a great company. My branch is currently ranked 4th out of 65, and my unit is 28th out of 176 in the country for Service. I do not see anything but great opportunity for me in the future. I am set up for success and have Lucas Group to thank for it.”

Former Army Captain
NOW – Food Industry – Unit Leader
September 2007


“Every aspect of my experience with Lucas Group has met or exceeded my expectations. Because the Lucas Group team really took the time to get to know me and develop personal relationships, they were able to identify opportunities that fit my personality, goals, and values. Lucas Group was not the only recruiting agency I worked with, but it is the only one I recommend to friends.”

Former Air Force Officer
USAFA ’04
NOW – Technology Industry – Technical Sales Representative
July 2007


“I wanted to personally thank you for the exemplary, top notch assistance you recently provided me through Lucas Group. Transitioning from the Army to civilian life is chaotic enough, but knowing that I had Lucas Group and you as allies in my corner certainly alleviated the stress of finding a post-military career.
Your diligence was truly apparent in both the quality of companies and positions I was able to interview with and the ample opportunity to ask questions, prepare for interviews, and learn about the companies.
One must only ask if the juice produced is worth the squeeze. Having received numerous offers at small and large companies alike in my desired career field, I can say without hesitation that the Lucas Group process works wonderfully.
Pratt & Whitney has proven to be a tremendous match thus far. It was only from Lucas Group’s aboveboard performance that I was able to interview for, ultimately accept, and begin such an amazing position. Again, I am extremely thankful.
On a personal note, my recruiter’s assistance in preparing for the hiring conference given my very recent return from Iraq speaks volumes about Lucas Group’s dedication to its candidate-clients. Had it not been for him helping me buy a suit and get it tailored so quickly, my very ability to interview would have been in peril.
I would, and do, wholeheartedly recommend Lucas Group to any of my peers as they explore the decision to leave the military and work in a civilian capacity.
Keep up the good work. Please pass along these sentiments to the rest of the Lucas Group team who performed so admirably.”


Former Army Officer
Boston College ’02
NOW – Aerospace Industry – Business Unit Manager
February 2007


“When I made up my mind to leave the Army, I faced a very uncertain future. Many of the people I spoke with about the prospects for a civilian career were very critical about my lack of business experience and downplayed my chances for finding a great career with a great company. Lucas Group stood out from the crowd by reminding me that I had a lot to offer as a leader and that my skills were in demand across the business community. They energized me with their professionalism and enthusiasm and gave me the confidence I needed to market my skills. At the hiring conference, they made it possible for me to interview with several Fortune 500 companies that were looking for someone just like me.
I would never have gotten my foot in the door without Lucas Group, and now my career path is laid out in front of me with a great company. They made it easy, all I had to do was go to the conference and do well in the interviews they set up. I would recommend Lucas Group ahead of every other recruiting company out there simply because they are a down to earth, friendly, professional organization with great ties to the military. They have been where I am so they understand what I’m going through and they offered the best advice I have heard yet. Just relax and have fun with it.”

Army Field Artillery Officer
Central Washington University ’98
April 2006


“If you are a military officer, senior NCO, or highly skilled enlisted technician getting ready to transition you can do no better than to team up with the Lucas Group. My experience with Lucas Group was incredible every step of the way. From my very first phone conversation I was impressed with the professionalism of every member of the team. The Lucas Group Military Division listened to my needs and desires instead of “selling” me on a quick job solution that did not fit. Through their relationships with world-class companies and their intuitive evaluation of my job skills and capabilities, they were able to arrange interviews that I would not have had able to get on my own. From their excellent preparation for the interview process to my accepting a great job offer, the support that the team gave was unparalleled. They patiently answered all my questions and they gave me clear guidance on what I needed to do to be a competitive candidate. Then, after all the interviews they aggressively fought to pursue the jobs that I was interested in and to make sure that I got the best deal possible. I initially used other agencies before and switched because you simply can’t beat the professionalism, individualized attention or the dedication of the Lucas Group team. I would recommend the Lucas Group to any military member whether you’ve made the decision to leave the military or even if you’re simply weighing your options. Trust me, you will be astonished!!”

D. S. Kissler
Senior Warrant Officer
March 2006


“Deciding to retire from the military after 23 years of faithful service is a hard decision. The stress from preparing to relocate my family, changing from a uniform to a suit, and wondering about starting a second career were definitely on my mind. A fellow Officer had just transitioned out of the military and highly recommended contacting the Lucas Group. Without a doubt that was one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received in my life. The preparation they gave me on the interview process, setting me up with highly desirable companies, and the confidence they inspired in me, resulted in seven companies offering to fly me out for onsite interviews. The whole Lucas Group team worked tirelessly to ensure I had no question left unanswered. In the end not only did I get an offer 25% above what I had anticipated, but also the Lucas Group came through on my number one priority in getting a job exactly in the area I desired! The Lucas Group is absolutely the way to go for any military member whether you’ve made the decision to leave the military or even if you’re simply weighing your options. I was overwhelmed by their energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism, you will be too!!”

Navy Nuclear CWO
March 2006


“Lucas Group was definitely the best source I had while I prepared to transition out of the military into the corporate world. Their personal touch and dedication to my needs were vital in the job search process. From the initial email and phone conversations through the interview process to my accepting a great job offer, the team treated me with the utmost professionalism. They honestly listened to what MY priorities were for an ideal job, they patiently answered the many questions I had while making this major life change, and provided clear guidance on how to be the most competitive candidate.
Then, after all the interviews they aggressively fought to pursue the jobs that I was interested in and aggressively sought the best deal possible. Their efforts provided a meaningful job opportunity and financial security to my family. I would highly recommend the Lucas Group to any military member whether you’ve made the decision to leave the military or even if you’re simply weighing your options. Trust me, you’ll be amazed!!”

Army Ordnance Officer
University of Arizona ’97
February 2006


“Lucas Group was definitely the best choice when I was preparing to transition out of the military. They were incredible every step of the way. From our very first phone conversation through the interview process to my accepting a great job offer, the team treated me with the utmost professionalism. They honestly listened to what MY priorities were for an ideal job, they patiently answered the many questions I had while making this major life change, and they gave me clear guidance on what I needed to do to be a competitive candidate.
Then, after all the interviews they aggressively fought to pursue the jobs that I was interested in and to make sure that I got the best deal possible. I have a lot of friends who had initially used other agencies before and switched because you simply can’t beat the professionalism or the dedication of the Lucas Group team. I would recommend the Lucas Group to any military member whether you’ve made the decision to leave the military or even if you’re simply weighing your options. Trust me, you’ll be amazed!!”

Army Engineering Officer
USMA 98
December 2005


“I’d like to thank you for all your assistance and guidance throughout my job search. Your professionalism, combined with individual attention, made a normally confusing process enjoyable and exciting. You were always readily available to stop any crisis I created. Thanks so much!”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Consultant
October 2005


“Thank you for all your help with landing me a position at Stryker and the big offer from Lockheed Martin. I was very impressed with your guidance and with the professionalism throughout Lucas Group. Your pertinent advice along every step of the way helped fine tune my decision process at critical junctures. Not everyone getting out of the Navy after eight years finds themselves in a similar situation so, I can’t thank you enough. I’ll definitely pass on to my friends and co-workers my wonderful experience with you and Lucas Group, and encourage them to take a similar path.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Medical Device Industry – Engineer
June 2005


“I just wanted to thank you for the great job you did for me in getting this great job. I have just completed my first day . . . I am exhausted and elated that I am working with such a great group of people making and selling such a great product.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Electronics Industry – Sales Rep
August 2000


“Thank you for everything you and Lucas Group have done to assist me in finding my new career . . . I enjoyed all aspects of working with you and will recommend you to other JOs . . . everything you did was professional and considerate towards my needs and concerns.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Financial Industry – Business Analyst
December 1999


“I also wanted to let you know that Lucas is by far the best in the business! The professionalism of your hiring conference was evident from the start. Even more impressive was your commitment to always deal with your clients with honesty and integrity. Switching careers can be a difficult process – knowing that Lucas will always be candid removes a lot of the apprehension. Additionally, I would like to thank you for being concerned with my particular desires for location and remaining patient throughout the entire process.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Major Industrial Conglomerate – Engineer


Military success does not directly link to transition success. However, that ambiguous time period is greatly softened by the professional relationship Lucas Group has with their candidates and hiring managers. As my recruiter, Jim Lose wore many hats as a counselor, mentor, coach, cheerleader, and a sounding board as I arduously weighed my opportunities against my interests, abilities, and preferences. It is through the medium of a well positioned recruiting company comprised of dedicated professionals that I found a tremendous opportunity in an industry and discipline I would have never considered otherwise. I truly believe that the path I am on now in my post military career is a direct function of Lucas Group and their support networks. Furthermore, my current position is a “one of a kind” opportunity that would have been nearly impossible to break into otherwise.

Former Army Aviation Officer
USMA ‘02
NOW – Software Industry – Account Manager


When I first decided to transfer out of the military I thought about submitting the job applications myself instead of a recruiting agency, because I believed that was the only way to target the exact business and location that I desired. However, after a few short weeks I found that job-hunting cross-country was a very daunting task. I went onto Lucas Group’s website and filled out an application and within a few days Jim Lose contacted me. We discussed the industry and location that I was targeting, which was, Project management for a company in Vermont. Jim was honest and told me that my target was maybe a little too defined, but since I still had a few months before exiting the military I was determined to stay with my initial focus. Jim told me that he would see what he could find me. One week later he called me up and told me a company in Burlington, VT was looking for a commodity manager for their expanding product line, and they would be at the next hiring conference in 4 days. Since I wasn’t planning on flying across the country for that convention Jim set me up with a teleconference interview with the company. He helped me finalize my resume, I reviewed possible interview techniques, and he walked me through the process of a teleconference interview. This was my first job interview ever, but he prepared me. At the end of the interview the company told me they were going to fly me to their facility for a follow on interview, which again, Jim and his team walked me through what I should expect. At the end of the trip I was offered the job. Jim and his team not only helped me prepare for the interview and get the job, but they found me the company that was exactly where I wanted to end up. I know people might be thinking “why Vermont?” but its where I wanted to go and Lucas Group got me there. Many thanks to Jim and his team!

Former Army Artillery Officer
NOW – Aerospace Industry – Supply Chain Manager


“I have enjoyed working with you while transitioning from the submarine service. You were very professional and were able to get me interviews with great companies. I benefited greatly from the advice you and the rest of the Lucas team gave me. My friends unanimously stated that “Lucas will get you your dream job,” and I can now say that my personal experience has proved this to be true. I worked with several other JMO placement services and found Lucas to be more professional and have better opportunities. While other organizations made claims, I found that only Lucas did not waste my time. You were honest and forthright about all opportunities and options, which allowed me to make better decisions. I will recommend your services to all friends and would be happy to be used as a reference. Your dedication and hard work allowed me to make a transition to civilian life much easier.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Building Supply Industry


“I truly enjoyed working with you and the entire staff at Lucas. After working with several military officer recruiting organizations, there is no doubt Lucas has proven to be the most efficient, professional, and friendly; always putting the needs of the officer first . . . a definite 1st-class organization.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Aerospace Industry


“I really believe and have told everyone who is thinking about job-hunting that you are the most competent and professional group around and that they need not associate with the other firms around. After talking to you and then calling other firms, I got the distinct impression that the others were high volume, high pressure operators. I was extremely comfortable with you.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Consumer Products Industry


“Lucas Group offers the type of personalized service and support rarely found in today’s marketplace. Their recruiters truly took a unique and customized interest in my career aspirations and presented me with attractive opportunities which fully satisfied my requirements. More importantly, I developed a trusting relationship with my recruiters where I knew they always had my best interest at heart. My experience with Lucas Group was definitely one of the best professional relationships I’ve ever had.”

USAF Program Manager
Pepperdine MBA ’05


“Things could not have worked out much better. I had the opportunity to work with several recruiters over the last several months and you were by far the most persistent, with the best jobs at the best companies. I will definitely refer you to my friends . . . ”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Major Industrial Conglomerate


“From our initial phone conversation through my final job decision, all of you were nothing less than outstanding. Contrary to the opinion held by many regarding head hunting agencies, I always believed you had my best interests at heart.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Nuclear Power Industry


“The past three weeks were definitely one of the most exciting and rewarding periods of time I’ve ever had, and none of it would have been possible without the effort and hard work from you and the others at Lucas Group. I’m very glad that I chose earlier to seek my new career through you guys . . . the best and most professional of all!”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Semiconductor Industry


“Your help in my transition to Corporate America was invaluable. You were honest, up front, and very helpful to me throughout the whole process. I am glad that I went with a Lucas Company . . . you were the most professional recruiters out there. Please accept my warmest gratitude for all your help.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Medical Device Industry


“I truly appreciate the opportunities your provided me to interview with the corporations I met over the last two days at the Lucas Group Military Hiring Conference in the Norfolk area. Regardless of the outcome, the entire experience was beyond educational as I learned what the terrain looks like from aura to type questions to behaviors and mannerisms. Some were common-sense but simple details such as chair height adjustments, eye contact and body language made the experience invaluable. Saying I will forever take the last two days of experience with me as invaluable under-values the event completely. I sincerely hope I am able to continue working with you in the future as I continue the quest to obtain civilian employment. I found your advance preparation prior to the interview as well as through the entire process was quite reassuring and provided a resource in a den of uncertainty. I appreciate everything. Thank you!”

CW04. USN


“I would like to thank you for your outstanding assistance throughout the job hunting process. From resume feedback to final negotiation, you and your organization were always honest, professional, and very informative. Your experience and guidance were invaluable to help me secure an excellent job opportunity with a first rate company. I am very pleased with the results and look forward to another phase of my professional life as a civilian. I will not hesitate to recommend you to any JO separating from the military. Again, many thanks!”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Telecommunications Industry


“I want to thank you for all your efforts to place me in this position. I found every aspect of my experience with Lucas to be positive. After starting to grow into my new position I feel that my current happiness is due in large part to your efforts . . . I love this job! Without your flexibility, determination, and experience I doubt my career desires would have been met. I had very tight constraints on my job requirements. I never felt pressured by Lucas or pushed into interviews I was not interested in. You created an open relationship where I felt I could be honest and that my best interests came first. Your advice was sound and very useful. These traits are qualities I found only at Lucas. I would be happy to help Lucas as a positive reference to anyone going through the hiring process. Again, thanks for all your help. It was a pleasure working with you.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Technology Industry


I started working with Lucas Group about 6 years after I left the Army. My initial job coming out of the Army ran into economic hard times and promotion was non existent. I also had geographical restrictions in my job search. Jim Lose and the team worked tirelessly with me and provided several opportunities in the area where I was living. Within 3 months they found me an excellent position. I had searched previously on my own for over a year and had applied to many job openings in my immediate area. I was unable to get even a single call back. Lucas Group found an opportunity in the same area, got me an immediate face to face interview, and I was hired in less than one week. Thanks!

Former USA Infantry Officer
USMA ‘00
NOW – Steel Industry – Manufacturing Engineer


“I would like to take this opportunity to commend the performance of your Branch Manager in Irvine, CA. Over the course of the last several months, Lee Cohen has worked closely with me to achieve my professional and personal goals, ultimately resulting in an extremely successful placement. Despite restrictive job search constraints placed upon him, Lee displayed consistent patience and professionalism throughout the process. More importantly, he proved to me that not only was he an employee of the Lucas Group, he was also genuinely interested in my future and would not compromise his own integrity to ‘make a sale.’ Sadly, I found this characteristic lacking in other placement agencies I contacted. Former shipmates of mine who have worked with Lee Cohen continue to cite his performance as unequaled and say that he honestly cares. My transition from the Navy to the civil sector has been difficult and frustrating at times, therefore the assistance provided by your organization has been invaluable to me. Therefore, it is my intention to continue to refer your services in hopes that others will benefit from the same quality treatment that I received. And, if I am ever in a position as a hiring authority within my own corporation, I will not hesitate to call Lucas.”

Former Navy Nuclear Officer
NOW – Consulting Industry



NCO’s & Enlisted


A big thank you goes out to Corey Quill at Lucas Group for literally changing my life. Corey took the time to give me candid feedback regarding my interviewing skills that I didn’t want to hear…but needed to hear. He kept in touch as opportunities came up and when the right one came along I was ready, since he helped me make the corrections that allowed me to be more confident in my interviewing skills. Serena Smith (also at Lucas Group) helped prepare me for the interview as well, offering company-specific information so I knew what to expect in the interview. Between Corey and Serena, I could not have been put in a better position to succeed. Thank you for all the work you did for me and continue to do for others who have served.

Former Navy Nuclear Machinist Mate with corporate maintenance experience
NOW: Authorized Nuclear Inspector – National Nuclear Engineering Firm
September 2016


Lucas Group was there for me from the moment I transitioned from the military to the day I got hired. I was thoroughly impressed with their level of professionalism as well as their dedication to seeing veterans hired. They maintained open lines of communications daily, kept me informed of the process, and coached me on interviewing techniques designed to better translate my skill sets to today’s markets. I can’t thank them enough and would recommend them to any of my fellow brothers & sisters-in-arms for transition assistance hands down. Special thank you to Mr. Damon Grimes, words can’t express how grateful I am for you and your team.

Former USN Nuclear Machinist Mate First Class
NOW: Maintenance Technician at Corning Life Sciences
September 2016


I linked up with Lucas Group after getting frustrated with traditional efforts of job prospecting. I was fortunate enough to be linked up with Damon Grimes, and what a tremendous game changing experience this was for me.

From the first correspondence to the offer letters, Damon was at every turn. He was a true professional and kept me up to date on all of the next steps that followed. The quality of service that I received from the entire team at Lucas Group was top shelf, and the entire experience has been a key ingredient in my successful transition and subsequent job offers.

Even after I moved on to the acceptance and follow on training with my company, Damon continues to stay in contact with my progress. I would highly recommend to anyone in military transition to reach out to this incredible team of veterans taking care of veterans. I am so grateful to have had Lucas Group, and particularly Damon Grimes, at my corner during this critical point of my transition.

Former, U.S. Army Drill Sergeant, Sergeant First Class
Now, Commissioning Agent – Environmental Engineering Firm
August 2016


Lucas Group was a game-changer in my successful transition! Brent Hall and Patrick Walsh at Lucas Group did a tremendous job aiding me in the transition to the next chapter of my life. They helped me effectively translate my military experience and training into marketable and essential skills for various civilian employers and job opportunities. They coached me and provided me with new tools and techniques that effectively prepared me for the interview process. The team at Lucas Group was organized, professional, and detail-oriented. They kept an open line of a communication with me, so I always knew where I stood in the process. I highly recommend that any veteran retiring or separating from the military initiate contact with Lucas Group as soon as possible. Lucas Group made me feel like I did while I was in the military, where I worked with people that felt like brothers and sisters. They are a company that will go to bat for you and watch your six!

Former U.S. Navy Operations Specialist First Class
NOW: Retail Operations Leadership Development Program
August 2016


I was preparing for my military transition about six months ago and asked some former military members advice on the job hunting process. I had a strong recommendation to give Lucas Group a call and speak with Jim Lose specifically. I reached out to the organization and spoke with one of the recruiting coordinators to discuss my transition timeline. Once I completed the application process and confirmed my transition date, I received a Transitional Training Packet (TTP) which was very helpful in making the transition. Jim maintained contact with me throughput the entire process and ensured I received current information and was invited to every hiring event.
I worked directly with Jim and Mike Schwan during my interview stages with several organizations. The advice and guidance I received from both of them led to onsite interviews. I was eventually offered a full time position which was due to the diligence and hard work of Jim and Mike to set me up for success. The quality of service I received from Jim and the entire Lucas Group team was nothing short of excellent! Lucas Group not only made my transition from the military easy, but made it a learning experience I will never forget. I would highly recommend Lucas Group to anyone making the transition from the military and looking to work with a premier recruiting firm.

Former USAF Load Master
AMU ’08
NOW Manufacturing Supervisor with Fortune 200 Aviation Company
August 2015


I love my position and life couldn’t be better. Thank you for affording me that opportunity to use my military experience and find an amazing job that I love!

Former Special Forces NCO
U of Delaware ’08
NOW National Sales Rep with Telecommunications Start-up
March 2015


When faced with retirement after 26 years of active duty service in the United States Air Force, I was unsure of how to start my job search. Internet job search engines helped me to at least understand the market, what I was worth and the types of employment needs were out there. However, they were not getting me interviews. Since I intended to move home two thousand miles from where I retired I realized I needed some help as I could not build the requisite personal relationships. I contacted Lucas Group, as well as two other firms, to start the process several months before I was officially retired. One firm never contacted me except through email advertisements and the other stated outright that they would not even try to get interviews until roughly sixty days out from my date available for work. Lucas Group, specifically Mike Christ, went right to work, opening a dialogue with me personally, and quickly secured interviews with numerous companies. Three months before I was able to start work, I landed a position with a top rated company that I’m excited to work for, all with an amazing starting salary and benefits package. Best of all, the company in placed within minutes of my target retirement area.”

Former Air Force Master Sargent
Embry Riddle ’11
NOW Productions Supervisor with Global Conglomerate
July 2015


From beginning to end my recruiter Joe Smith was right there with me. He was constantly coaching and answering any and all questions that I had at that time. With him being prior military, he was understanding to my anxiety, nervousness and eagerness to find a job. After a long successful career he knew I wasn’t just looking for another job, but I was looking for a job that would allow me to grow within the company over the years.

While at a job conference in Dallas set up by Lucas Group, Joe Smith and team member Victoria Baires coached and set me up for an interview with that very company. After leaving Dallas, I was presented with a second interview for that company. Before coming off terminal leave, I was presented with a handsome offer, outstanding benefits and ample time off for family/friends with their current rotation. Lucas Group was truly a blessing to me and my family after walking away from the Military.

If you are nervous, scared, or worried about where your next check will come from after leaving the military, and you have the skills and know-how, you are searching the right website. Lucas Group will do any and everything they can to ensure that you are set you up for success. Once your resume gets you the phone interview, “ITS UP TO YOU TO GET THE FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW”. Don’t worry, they will make sure you are well equipped before you go out. Lucas Group is the launch pad for that transition from the Military to the Civilian sector.

Thank you so very much Joe Smith and Victoria Baires, words can’t express how grateful I am for the both of you.

Former United States Navy MMC/E7
NOW – Specialty Materials Industry – Production Supervisor
September 2014


Veterans looking for a great next career can look no further than Lucas Group. After failing to attain a single on-site job interview for 16-months after being downsized, Lucas Group secured my family’s future in an unexpected way, and quickly. I reluctantly said “Yes” when Joe Smith of the Dallas office asked me if I was willing to relocate. My family had only recently moved to Fort Worth, Texas and just bought a house. But in today’s struggling economy, I acknowledged the necessity of flexing to a genuine job opportunity.

Joe and his team are former Veterans themselves, and have made it their profession to secure good jobs and potential meaningful careers for other Veterans. They really put themselves out there on our behalf, knowing our stories, challenges, and concerns. As a result of entrusting the Lucas Group team, I now have a start in a new career in a new city. Many thanks to Joe Smith for his personal efforts on my behalf; Nicole Thomas was also a great help; and Victoria Baires brought the ball across the goal-line and immediately setup the extra point.

I strongly encourage any Veteran to contact the Lucas Group representative in their area – as the company is Nationwide. You may be pleasantly surprised at the results they can achieve for you.

Former Army Sergeant Major
Keller Graduate School ‘13
NOW – Specialty Materials Industry – Project Manager
August 2014


I could not have been more satisfied with the help of the Lucas Group during my transition! They worked to help me perfect my resume, prepared me for interviews and gave great guidance when you get offers.

I found it difficult to get in front of the right companies on my own especially when moving to a location where you do not have contacts. Lucas Group eliminated that for me and put me immediately in front of eight Hiring Managers in one day! I ended up receiving a great offer with a great company with the salary requirements I was looking for.

Nicole Thomas, Joe Smith, and Patrick Walsh got to know me on a personal level to better understand my particular situation and needs. Without their help I am positive I would still be searching for the right career and opportunity. If you are a transitioning service member it would be a mistake to not use Lucas Group as a tool to your next career!


Former USAF Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor
NOW – Beverage Industry -Production Supervisor
August 2014


As a retiring First Sergeant from the United States Army after 23 years of service, transitioning to a civilian career was unnerving, to put it lightly. Like many other people in my position, the hardest part was finding direction and developing a strategy to translate my skills and abilities to the civilian sector. Lucas Group helped me find that focus and created a winning strategy that all but removed the anxiety, enabling me to interview with confidence and translating into 11 of 13 positive interview results. These ultimately resulted in three offers of employment from highly sought after Industry leaders.

Lucas Group provided a team of professionals who were dedicated to my success in this endeavor. They truly helped focus my efforts and set the conditions for success. Through their guidance and advice I was able to formulate a plan on how best to present my hard earned skills and experiences in the Army, both in my resume and more importantly during the interview process. These are people who truly know their craft and take the time to help guide you through the process. Damon Grimes, my initial contact with the company, was a great coach and set the tone for my entire experience. Damon is passionate about helping veterans and transitioning military and it is apparent in everything he does. His advice on interviewing and his company briefs were nothing less than spectacular. I can tell you first hand, if you listen to his interviewing tips and apply them, you will have a positive experience.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Richard Vidoli. Richard came into the picture at my first hiring conference with Lucas Group and his sage advice throughout was invaluable. Richard helped keep me focused on the things that matter, especially when I was in the fortunate position of having to decide between offers from companies that were all winning options. Richard is grounded in the values we hold dear in the military community and he understands our decisions impact more than just us. He has a unique perspective and in-depth knowledge of the job market, both short and long-term, that proved critical in helping me keep things in perspective and ultimately make the right decision.

In addition I’m very grateful to Chris Kehl, Eric Stagliano and the rest of the company specific recruiters that were working behind the scenes on my behalf. You really did an amazing job and the Chicago conference was off the hook!

I say to anyone making the transition out of the military- you need this company of professionals in your kit bag. I did a lot of things to prepare for my transition, but the best thing I did was contact Lucas Group.
Respectfully,


PepsiCo – Maintenance Manager
Former U.S. Army First Sergeant
April 2014


Not only was the Lucas Group hiring conference my first, but it was also the first time that I had ever interviewed for a job. The services that Lucas Group provides are unmatched. I am forever grateful to Rich Vidoli and Damon Grimes who went out of their way to ensure my success. My interview with Baltimore Air Coil was actually unexpected as I was not intending on interviewing for the position, but Rich passed along my resume to the interviewer who immediately wanted to interview with me. After a successful interview I now have a job that I really love and truly believe in! Since my experience with Lucas Group I have told everyone that I know about the services that they provide and will continue to do so in order to ensure their success as they have mine! Thank you again Lucas Group!


Amsted – HVAC R & D Laboratory Analyst
Former USN Fire Controlman Chief Petty Officer
March 2014


Thank you for all that you have done. Lucas Group is privileged to have such top notch talent like Damon Grimes and Richard Vidoli working for them. I have encouraged many people to register with you gentlemen because of the fine job you did. I believe I made the right move to go with PepsiCo near my home town, for I have just been informed that my grandmother has been given three months to live due to cancer. It’s a blessing in disguise, and you gentlemen helped make it possible. Thank you again, and anyone that you work with, will truly benefit from your expertise. I will be writing a letter of appreciation to Lucas Group Executive leadership expressing my sincere appreciation and how professional and how great of a job you gentlemen did.

Very Respectfully,


PepsiCo – Maintenance Supervisor
Former USAF Aviation Maintenance Supervisor
March 2014


Thank you John Lutkenhouse! The job you and Lucas Group helped me get is going strong and the long-term prospects are very promising!

I’m using my GI Bill to take classes and one the classes I’m taking is a life skills class specifically for Veterans. We have a presentation project we’re working on with a theme of transition from Military life. I’ve chosen the Lucas Group as my topic because of the fantastic experience I had with you and your team.

Lucas Group is the best service for Veterans searching for a job. In today’s economy where jobs are scarce, Lucas Group widens the playing field. They’re why I have a job now!


Freedom Imaging – Field Technician
Former U.S Navy CM1
March 2014


I am very thankful and most appreciative for the help and guidance that Lucas Group provided me. From start to finish, my job placement took 4 weeks and I am currently in the ‘position of my dreams’. I started my new job as a Technical Trainer for Fujifilm Medical Systems on the 9th of December and things COULD NOT be any better. Between the coaching from Lonnie, and the guidance from Damon, I was put in a situation where success was easy, and never in doubt. I will continue to recommend the Lucas Group to all my military contacts both active duty and retired. Thanks again to everyone at the Lucas Group. Happy Holidays to me 🙂


Navy E-8 Instructor
Fuji Medical instructor trainer
December 2013


Thank you very much for the assistance you provided in my recent transition. One Hiring Conference, 2 interviews, position secured, couldn’t have asked for a better transition. This was my first interview ever and Richard and Damon had me ready. Lucas Group will always have my recommendation for any transitioning military personnel. Again, BRAVO ZULU!


FCCM(SW), USN (ret)
Field Service Technician, Anderson Instruments Inc.
November 2013


I’m thankful and very appreciative for the Lucas Group’s hard work and dedication. I was placed with Sunbelt Rentals in January of this year as a service technician. Rich Vidoli and Damon Grimes were instrumental in my success. I will continue to recommend the Lucas Group to all my military contacts both active duty and retired. Thanks again to everyone at the Lucas Group.


Former USN 1st Class Engineman
Sunbelt Rentals Service Tech
January 2014


I really appreciate the work that you all put in to help me find and secure the job at Trulite. Thanks again to you and the entire staff for the hiring conference. Joe Smith, Nicole Thomas and John Ahn went above and beyond to set me up for success. That was my first experience at a Lucas Group conference, and my first set of interviews in over 20 years. Trulite was actually my first interview since I was 19! I will definitely tell everyone in my unit about Lucas Group, in addition to the folks that run the Family Support Center at Nellis AFB. You all are world-class and I thank you again!


Former USAF Aircraft Maintenance NCO
Now: Production Manager at Trulite
August 2013


I would like to thank you and your staff at Lucas Group for helping me seamlessly transition from my military career to my civilian career. Interviewing was always very difficult for me as I never felt I had the proper tools or skills. The recruiters at Lucas Group spent a whole day teaching me (and others) how to interview effectively. They went over the some of the tougher questions we could expect, and it made me feel a lot more comfortable going into my interviews the next day. This training was extremely helpful to me and I am so grateful to the recruiters for working with me and getting me into the hiring conference. I will gladly refer my friends to your company when they ask how I got a new start after transitioning out of the military without any break in employment.


Former United States Navy Gas Turbine Mechanic
NOW: Quest Integrity Field service rep
November 2012


What can I say about my experience with Lucas Group? What can I say about how they compare to other job placement firms or as we know them, “Head Hunters?” Well, let’s see…

Lucas Group was not the first company I used. As a matter of fact, they were the last company I signed on with. I began my job search on my own using all the on-line tools like USAJOBS, Monster, LinkedIn, individual company websites, etc. Each time I logged in to a new web site and created an account it seemed as if I was getting further from the goal and would never land a job. The summer slipped to autumn. The first firm I signed on with told me my security skills weren’t their forte’ and my electronics skills too rusty. So, they pushed me to their on-line search engines telling me that was the best they could do. The second one told me more of the same and more web sites to log into. I then started calling people I knew that could possibly help me…you know, the classic “networking” method. This provided me with friendly advice and some new contacts but time kept slipping away and nothing was progressing.

This started looking up when I received a phone call from Neal Malik. That brief phone call got the ball rolling! He wanted to set me up for a hiring conference on September 24th. In a flurry of emails we worked on polishing my resume and with his and his colleagues’ help I was ready for the conference. Damon Grimes and Rich Vidoli were there to calm and prepare me for everything that was coming. The conference was a great experience, as I had not conducted a job interview in some 20+ years! By the end of day two, after meeting with representatives from some wonderful companies, I felt comfortable talking about my skills, accomplishments and myself. All key in making a cold sale and impressing on the interviewer what I am capable of doing for them.

Unfortunately, that conference only resulted in interview experience for me and not a job offer but the story isn’t finished here. As I was continuing my search, Neal constantly sent me job opportunity information and that had a calming effect of its own, knowing that the process wasn’t at “all stop” until the next conference! I felt like we were truly working together.

While preparing myself for the October 2012 hiring conference, I received a phone call from Dave Howe. Dave told me about an opportunity with a company in New Jersey who needed a spare parts coordinator and he wanted to know if I was interested. I immediately said, “yes” and we went to work tweaking my resume to better reflect my logistics, administrative and managerial skill sets. So on October 4th my resume was put into play for the position. After some discussion with Dave about why I was a fit for the position he set up a phone call with the hiring manager later that day. After 10 minutes on the phone, he asked me to come to their site for an interview with him and the two owners. I received a job offer two days after that visit for a position at a higher level than the one I though I was interviewing for! After Rich’s excellent negotiating on my behalf, I was extremely happy to accept their offer.

My experience with Lucas Group was outstanding. I went from stressing to celebrating in just a month . . . ONE month! So, how does Lucas Group compare to their competitors? In my opinion, they don’t compare, they simply blow their competition away.

Thanks a million Lucas Group!!


US Navy Sonar Tech & Security Supervisor
NOW: Production Coordinator at Croll Reynolds
October 2012


I would like to thank you and your staff at Lucas Group for helping me close my military career chapter and being 100% effective in all interviews. Interviewing was something new for me as I never had to interview for a job. I am so grateful for working with me and getting me into the hiring conference. One was all I needed!! LOL. I will gladly refer my friends to your company when they ask how I got a new start without a gap in employment.


Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy
Now: Maintenance Engineer at Rayonier
June 2012


I cannot say enough great things about John Lutkenhouse and Lucas Group. Without a doubt, John and his partners James Palumbo, Jeff Thompson and Marissa Kessler went above and beyond to help this retiring Marine land a great career. The Lucas Group team kept me informed throughout the process, presenting me with various employment opportunities that fit my profile and preparing me for every interview until I found the best situation for me and my family. I enthusiastically recommend Lucas Group to everyone that I know. Thank you for everything. You are true professionals with class… Semper Fidelis!


SgtMaj (Ret.) USMC
Now – P&H Mining Equipment


“The service I received from the Lucas Group has been nothing short of exceptional. After leaving active duty I took a lucrative contracting position overseas, but I still made it a priority to establish a relationship with Lucas Group because of the all the positive feedback I had heard. After returning from theater, I worked exclusively with Lucas Group when searching for the right position for me, and their whole national team worked together to place me. What more can I say? Lucas Group gets the job done!”


Former US Air Force Electro-Environmental Systems Technician and Supervisor
Now Assistant Project Manager, Tempest Telecom Solutions
January 2011


“Military friends, pay attention! If you are in the job market, or if you are soon getting out (be it voluntary or not, separating or retiring), check out Lucas Group. All I did was give them a call, signed up, sent them some resumes, filled out a “dream sheet” and went to a hiring conference in San Diego. (They have them in other places around the country as well.) They do the hard part of getting you the interviews, then it’s up to you to sell yourself. I littered the base where I’m at as well as the country with applications and resumes and got 0 results. 3 interviews at the hiring conference, 2 call-backs and 2 offers later, I got a job. Easy! It works! Do yourself, and your family a favor and go to https://www.lucasgroup.com/ and check them out!”


Former Navy Construction Mechanic (CM1)
NOW – Field Technician at Freedom Imaging