Alec Reisberg

Project Engineer / Founder and President

Brightview Landscape Devel./Match Grade Apparel

Find me online:

“I own an apparel co. that sells military-inspired designs and gives back to vet-oriented charities.”

MY ROUTE:

The Roundabout Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Project Engineer / Founder and President

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of PROBLEM-SOLVING and the interests of ENTREPRENEURSHIP and NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

My day-to-day routine includes a balance between my daytime job & running an apparel company called Match Grade Apparel. During the day, I work as project engineer with Brightview Landscape Development. I arrive to Brightview around 6am & work with GPS location software to facilitate our jobs. Around 4pm, I'm on my way home to spend time with my family & catch up on Match Grade work, which includes planning new designs, answering customer service emails, making website updates and much more.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

People may not realize this, but technology is a huge part of construction. You have to have an interest in technology, as well as a basic understanding of a few different programs. If you don't enjoy the tech side of things, you're not going to succeed in that job. In terms of starting and running my own company (Match Grade Apparel), you just have to love it. When you're starting out, the money's not going to be there, so it has to be a labor of love, and it has to be driven by your passion.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Project Engineer / Founder and President

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate -

What I studied NOT AT ALL RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Associate's Degree / Some College - American Public University System

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN TRANSITION TO A NEW CAREER

Identify people in the field that you're interested in, then request a call with them. Informational interviews will be helpful in choosing your path. If you choose construction, you can enter field side as a laborer, or you can start in the office as a project coordinator. From each of those spots, you can work your way up into many different positions. For starting your own business, you've gotta just find your "it." Find it, love it, do it.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MYSELF

“Self-doubt: You've totally messed this up.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

The only "noise" I really hear is from myself. Every once in a while, something goes wrong, and I'll momentarily step back and second-guess myself. But I try not to let it happen too often, because if you don't think you're the best at what you do, no one else will, either. Other than that self-doubt, I've been very lucky to have a supportive community in my family, my wife, and my fellow vets, all of whom have been overwhelmingly uplifting throughout the process of starting this business.

Service Background and Insight

What branch of the military did you serve in?

Marine Corps

When did you complete active military service (ETS)? Please specify the year (YYYY).

2013

What is the highest rank you reached while in the service?

E-5 Sergeant

What are some tips you would recommend for someone transitioning into civilian life?

Don't forget about the people from your platoon who got out before you. They're a few steps ahead of you, so they'll have wisdom and experience to pass down. Take advantage of any and every network you have available to you.

As many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war. Have you experienced PTSD, combat stress, or TBI as a result of your service?

Combat Stress

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