Allen, Executive vice president of operations, Qwest
First job, December 9
Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, December 9, 2006
Platoon leader, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
"I was responsible for the welfare of 40 soldiers," Allen
said. "I trained them and made sure they were ready for
deployment. We also maintained our vehicles and weapons."
Allen was in the position for one of his four years in the
military. During that time, he feels he gained a strong
understanding of loyalty, commitment, management and
"I learned leadership is about facilitating other people's
achievements and not your own," he added.
The position only paid $312 a month, and Allen was far away
from friends and family. But he enjoyed working with a
diverse group of people while building the confidence to