Our Mission

To connect employers with a passion to support veterans by facilitating community collaboration in the Sacramento region.

Our Vision

Veterans and their families thrive in the Sacramento Region.

Our Story

During the course of growing business relationships, DVBE Connect Founder and CEO, Chris Haney visits and networks with many area businesses. In that process, Chris discovered that many leading Sacramento regional companies have internal employees that focus on helping to transition Veterans to jobs outside of the military. During late 2017, while having lunch with one local company‚Äôs internal Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG), the group members expressed interest in finding out if there were other local businesses with similar groups and, if so, what activities they did to support their Veteran employees. From these types of meetings, it was evident to Chris that the veteran-focused  group members from different companies wanted to meet each other.

As such, we hosted an initial networking gathering and the attendees had an immediate spark, the conversation was lively and the time passed quickly. At the end of our first meeting, the answer to the question of having another meeting was a resounding, YES! Those early and passionate members were from Blue Shield, Intel, Sutter Health, Virtusa, and DVBE Connect.

Over many Thursday nights, buoyed by snacks and pitchers of beverages, we hashed out how we could grow the numbers of interested collaborators and make a difference in the community.

We spent a long few months creating an organization that we could define, would have a purpose, and had the necessary organization to meet those goals. With inspired direction from Major Jeff Douglas, USAF Retired, he was able to lead us through the creation of a charter. Now we have a group with a plan and the momentum to take this to the community and watch it evolve. It is exciting to participate and observe the growth and impact we are having on the community.  


Our Leadership Team

We consider everyone associated with our organization to be part of our collaborative team. That said, we are fortunate to have the additional contributions of a small group of individuals that serve on our Leadership Team.

Jeff Douglas

Chair

Sacramento VERG. LinkedIn bio

Chris Haney

Board Member & Sponsor

President – DVBE Connect. LinkedIn bio

Shauna Harrington

Board Member & Sponsor

VSP Global. Full bio; LinkedIn bio

Juli Riles

Board Member & Treasurer

Unger Construction Co. LinkedIn bio

Justin Kwong

Board Member & Sponsor

Chair, Operation VET. Blue Shield of CA. LinkedIn bio

Eric Hanson

Board Member

Intel Corporation. LinkedIn bio

Breck Philip

Board Member

Blue Gaucho Productions. LinkedIn bio

Justin Iodence

Board Member

President – Semper Five. LinkedIn bio

Lilianna Bernal

Board Member & Sponsor

Balance Staffing. Full bio; LinkedIn bio

Join Us

There is always room for more individuals and organizations to join our Leadership Team. For more information, please contact Jeff Douglas (jeffofeastsac@gmail.com).