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Joe Labarbera


Military Service

U.S. Army Major


21 years served


Seeking a career in general business


Blairstown, NJ

About Joe

Currently half way through with my MBA living in the greater NYC area. Investment banking, financial advising, business continuity and risk management are all fields I'm drawn too. I'm ready to work now.

Born on Staten Island, NY, I enlisted in 1995 and then became an Officer through Marine Corps OCS in 1998. I was an artillery officer and then when 9-11 happened I thought I'd miss the war as I was getting assigned to security forces for 5 years. Little did I know this conflict would last an entire two decades almost. Anxious to go to combat, I transferred to Army Infantry where I spent 54 months in Iraq and Afghanistan, finishing my career as the Command Inspector General at Fort Irwin. My service in the military was personified by my combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and the times I was an adviser to the Iraqi Army and Afghan Police. I've lived among the tribes, been embedded with the local forces, and I've become very adept at adapting to any circumstance and solving any problem.

My interests: I'm a history fanatic, always learning and reading history. My first Masters is in National Security Studies so politics, economics, government all fascinates me. On one tour in Afghanistan I got to apply real national security type concepts and it was a life-changing experience. I love good wine and food and am a great cook. My wife and I love to host. We also love to ride horses. I love working in the outdoors, I have a hobby farm where I raise sheep and chickens. I also am a dog person. I breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks and I also work them on upland game like pheasant and use them to guard and herd my sheep. They live indoors with us and are part of the family.
I'm Married, two young girls, I'm real happy. We aim to have two more kids, a total of four. When I retired I went back to grad school on the GI Bill, for a second masters at University of Washington. Then, the opportunity to take a contracting job with Dyncorp International came and I'm now in Afghanistan. The money is good but I don't want to do this forever. I want to work in business, where I can use my imagination, creativity, and put deals together, coach others, be a problem solver. I get excited about working in the space between an ambitious company and who they outsource business too in a developing market. The idea of running a large project or setting up business in an emerging market where I can be a pioneer, a trend setter, a founding member appeals greatly to me. I want to be able to use my leadership skills, my experiences to do big things. I don't want to be stifled. Where I think I may be of great value is as a consultant for a business development section that is guiding their company through opening up business in an emerging market, in a developing nation.

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6 months ago

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8 months ago

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9 months ago

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