After 46 years Gary Herbold, former Navy-Marine Combat Corpsman, has returned to San Diego to help other Disabled Veterans with employment.
Amerit Consulting was founded in 2002 but one could say Amerit started when Gary Herbold joined the Navy in 1965 in San Diego and enlisted in Medical Corps School at Balboa Naval Hospital. Following two more hospital assignments, Gary was back in San Diego again in early 1968 at Camp Pendleton for additional FMF (Fleet Marine Force) training to prepare him for duty in Viet Nam with the 1st Marine Corps Division, 3/26 Marines, as a combat medic.
Gary served on the ground during the TET Offensive in Viet Nam, and while helping fellow Marines injured during a series of land mine blasts, was injured himself in both legs and spent the next year recuperating in Naval hospitals.
His heroic acts earned him a Purple Heart, and modern medicine allowed him to keep both legs.
Unknowingly, his disability instantly threw him into a different kind of life changing experience equally as difficult and challenging as serving with the Marines, but with land mines of a different sort. He had to find a job! But who was going to hire a disabled veteran?
These life-changing events shaped the rest of Gary’s life and set the table for him to become a successful Disabled Veteran Business owner. In 2002 Gary started his own business, Amerit Consulting, under the state mandated DVBE program. Gary’s experiences continue to fuel his desire to provide support and outreach to other disabled veterans and are the backbone of the culture and values that the company operates by today.
Currently, Gary serves in both local and statewide positions with roles that support the DVBE process. Most recently Gary was elected as the President of the California DVBE Alliance. The Alliance was formed in response to California’s 1989 establishment of the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) program. The Alliance continues work with the California state government to help pass and maintain legislation in favor of DVBEs. Through these roles and outreach, Gary continues to encourage entrepreneurial-minded disabled veterans and assist them in building their businesses.
Eve Nasby, Amerit’s Vice President of Business Development, is passionately involved with the local San Diego DVBE Alliance Network, VANC and Operation Re-Boot for the purpose of helping returning veterans launch their civilian careers.
Founded in 2002 in the San Francisco Bay Area, today Amerit Consulting has grown to become a part of The Amerit Family of Companies, which includes two DVBE companies, Amerit Consulting, Inc., and KelleyAmerit Fleet Services, Inc. as well as two non- DVBE companies: Suna Solutions, and Zempleo, a certified Minority Business.
The Amerit Family of Companies currently operates in 46 states, with over 2,000 contractors; approximately 325 on assignment with San Diego clients. In 2011 The Amerit Family of Companies was ranked as the 13th fastest growing staffing firm in the United States and one of the Top Ten Diversity Staffing Firms by Staffing Industry Analysts.
Other awards include Diversity Supplier of the Year from Mckesson Corporation, award for outstanding support of Operation Hand Salute by AT&T and ongoing support of Keeping the Promise, a California DVBE Alliance initiative.
This year The Amerit Family of Companies positioned themselves for continued growth by opening two new offices- new corporate headquarters in Walnut Creek, California and a new recruiting and sales center in San Diego California. With these locations and their best-in-class human capital management professionals, The Amerit Family of Companies has positioned themselves nationally and internationally to strategically support a wide variety of companies including those in industries with unique needs like Defense, Life Science, Manufacturing, Utilities and more.