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CareerNerds is your career transition wingman

Meet our Founder & CEO Tom Kent (West Point ‘95)

CareerNerds is your career transition wingman

Meet our Founder & CEO Tom Kent (West Point ‘95)

After leaving the Army in 2000, Tom’s first job lasted one month when they laid off half the company. He decided he was going to learn to network and market himself and it worked. Tom rose through the ranks of Silicon Valley, holding multiple C-suite positions.

Then he realized he could help other Academy Grads do the same and founded CareerNerds in 2019. Since then, our team has helped over 500 Service Academy Grads improve their career trajectory and reach their earning potential.

And now, we’re on a mission to help every academy grad tap into the Hidden Job Market and reach their corporate career potential.

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By Academy Grads, for Academy Grads

As Service Academy Grads who have climbed the corporate ladder ourselves, we know exactly where you’re coming from. We’ve unlocked the blueprint to achieving career goals and are here to help you achieve your career goals.

Done-with-You services

We’re with you every step of the way, helping you build confidence, transforming your personal brand, and connecting you with the right execs to leapfrog your career to the next level.

High-touch and tailored approach customized for you

Your experiences and professional goals are unique. Regardless of what they are or what industry you want to be in, we adapt our blueprint to help you build the perfect elite network for your career trajectory.

Meet Our Team

Meet our team of Academy Grads:

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Tom Kent

USMA ’95

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Scott Leishman

USMA ’77

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Miguel Gutierrez

USMA ’80

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John McGrail

USMA ’84

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Julia Ruddock

USMA ’07

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Blaz Marolt

USMA ’12

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Alan Foote

USAFA ’11

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Some of the most common frustrations USMA, USNA, and USAFA grads feel include:

The truth is that far too often, people spend more time planning their vacations than their careers. To reach your career goals, you can’t just put things on autopilot and coast to success.

Yet the answer is surprisingly simple — it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.

Ready to see how CareerNerds can help you?

CareerNerds helped me get a C-Level job by optimizing my personal brand and creating my own elite network. The CareerNerds method yielded fast outcomes with LinkedIn and networking - and allowed me to get an exciting new job as COO."
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Bobby Petska
USMA ‘05
CareerNerds helped me get a C-Level job by optimizing my personal brand and creating my own elite network. The CareerNerds method yielded fast outcomes with LinkedIn and networking - and allowed me to get an exciting new job as COO."
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Kelly Doyle - COO Project Ready
USMA '95
CareerNerds really opened my world to a whole new level of networking that I didn't know about. It improved my branding, and laid out opportunities that I didn't know existed.
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Tim Johnson
USAFA '02
CareerNerds helped me grow and expand my network. As a result of that I was able to network with over 60 Academy grads, and then eventually land the role that I am in through the Hidden Job Market.
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Malvis Tarney
USMA '95

The CareerNerds Process​

With Done-with-You 1:1 personalized coaching, you’ll achieve your career goals in the shortest amount of time, and get the lucrative, high-satisfaction roles you’ve been hoping for.

1. Supercharge Your Personal Brand

Transform your online presence on LinkedIn and learn how to tell your story in a concise and effective way to showcase the value you bring.

2. Develop an Elite Network

Together, we’ll identify 500 execs and decision makers uniquely positioned to help you achieve career goals who also went to a Service Academy. Then, we’ll reach out to them on your behalf.

3. Get Access to Amazing Job Opportunities

By connecting to execs in your targeted industry, we’ll help you gain access to higher-level and higher-paying jobs that best fit your goals and help you make the impact you want.

Ready to see how we can help you?

Do you feel stuck in your career, undervalued, or like you want to do more?

Find out how CareerNerds can help you in a FREE 30-minute phone call.