May Member Highlight: Patrick Reynolds
Can you briefly describe your career path?
I retired as an Army Infantry Officer and spent some time working in Force Management during the latter part of my career. Joined the Deputy Chief of Staff, Resource Management, Fifth Army as a Manpower and Management Analyst and Division Chief. As Fifth Army transitioned from Reserve Component Support to U. S. Army North, I became the Chief, Program and Capabilities Division Chief, then in August 2010 was selected to be the G8, U. S. Army North. I joined ASMC in May 2002, achieved CDFM at the Cleveland PDI in 2007. Served twice as Alamo City Chapter President and multiple years on the Executive Board.
What are your future career goals?
To help others achieve more than they think possible. I believe I am in the position I am today to develop future financial management leaders in San Antonio. I continue to serve as an active ASMC member and leader in my neighborhood community.
How has your involvement in ASMC helped to develop your career? Which ASMC programs/offerings have you found to be the most beneficial?
Each step along my Army Civilian career, ASMC has provided me the opportunity to develop as a leader, communicator, and I hope in some small way, a motivator. The positive experience of working with Volunteers who care about your career and the value ASMC brings in the form of professional development opportunities are immeasurable. As Chapter President, I was able to interact with senior leaders across the San Antonio area and develop lifelong professional relationships.
Certainly, the National Professional Development Institute provides the single greatest week of impact. But, like all National organizations, the real benefit is found at the local level. From our Alamo City chapter Professional Development Symposium (which mirrors PDI in its content and format) to community service events and our annual Christmas Party, the benefits the chapter provides to its members are incredible.
If you could pass along one piece of advice to ASMC Early Careerists, what would it be?
Get involved. Be part of the solution. Every senior person you see in ASMC was an Early Careerist, although we didn’t know that. Learn to say YES with your time, talent and resources. You’ll be amazed at what you learn, and one day, teach others. Always learn and communicate. Work your bosses boss’ problems. Take notes from great leaders and then — USE THEM! Meet Al Runnels and my two Air Force heroes — Dave Weinberg and Chip Fulghum — sit down and talk with them. Know Laura Sandy, Ron Lloyd, and Libby Long — they all have a passion for ASMC and what it brings to the DoD FM workforce. Then, once you’re tired, sit down with my TX A&M buddy — Kat. She’ll teach you a lot!