Amanda Crowe

Program Manager / In Gear Career and Hiring Our Heroes

As the Program Manager for In Gear Career, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes,

Amanda Patterson Crowe serves as an advisor to career-minded military spouses in networking chapters across the globe.

In Gear Career’s 18+ chapters work to create connections in their local communities and serve as a jumping off point for military spouses moving to the area and looking for professional connections.

As a U.S. Navy Veteran and now military spouse, Amanda also puts her own experience to work answering career questions in the new column “Dear Career”, a collaboration between and Hiring Our Heroes. More of Amanda’s writing on military spouse career issues can also be found monthly on NextGen Military Spouse.

Tom Tice

Military Talent Acquisition / Starbucks







Tom Downs

Diversity and Military Acquisition Manager / Capital One

Tom Downs, retired U.S. Army, is a member of Capital One’s Diversity Talent Acquisition Team and has the honor of leading the military and Person’s with a Disability (PwD) recruiting efforts for Capital One. Capital One is a recurrent addition to G.I. Jobs magazine’s annual list of the Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers, Military Spouse Friendly® Employers, and The Military Times “Best for Vets Employers” as well.

Before joining Capital One, Tom served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and retired with the rank of Master Sergeant. Tom also served in Afghanistan and in Kosovo. Tom and his wife reside in Alexandria, VA.

Joseph Pennington

National Military Program Manager / Combined Insurance

Joseph Pennington, retired Navy Seabee, is National Military Program manager at Combined Insurance. Joseph started his career at Combined Insurance in 2010 to launch the organization’s veteran recruiting program. Since the program was introduced, Combined Insurance has hired more than 2,500 individuals with military backgrounds. The organization is a perennial addition to G.I. Jobs magazine’s annual list of the Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers in the country, and recently was honored as the #1 Military Friendly Employer by the magazine for the second consecutive year.

Before joining Combined Insurance, Joseph served in the navy for 12 years. Joseph was Petty Officer 1st Class and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Global War on Terrorism and Operation New Horizon. He was stationed in Gulf Port Mississippi as a member of NMCB 7.


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