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VSAT Grad Mike Devine Doing Great Things!

Posted by Colin Archipley on June 28, 2016 at 5:42pm 0 Comments

It's been two months since graduating the VSAT class #34 and my professional life has been transformed! Not only have I obtained a rewarding job with an agricultural company, there are also wheels in motion to launch my own farm operation.  It's exciting.  

 I served in the Army and went into financial services and background investigations. I was a casual vegetable gardener to combat the hours I spent in a cubicle.  After being laid off in 2014, it was months later that I discovered VSAT, Collin, and Karen's story.  My participation in the VSAT class #34 has launched me into a new career and provided options that would not have been available.

 During the last week of class while preparing my presentation, I took the resume update guidelines and sent out at least five resumes all prior to graduation.  On the drive home, I got a call with a request for an interview.  From that five, I got two interviews and within a week from that, a job offer.  Currently, I am involved with launching the U.S. sales operations for Known-You Seed America; an international seed breeding and sales company with operations in Asia, Europe, and South America.  It's my job to speak with farmers and growers to determine their current pain points and develop an opportunity to try and use our superior, naturally bred, organic fruit and vegetable seeds.  

 Prior to the start of this position, I worked tirelessly doing local product research with grocers and restaurant buyers in my local area. It is my goal to grow organic salad greens, herbs, and microgreens.  This endeavor is ongoing and I am moving slowly and deliberately on this.  …

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