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Jul 4, 2017 9:30 AM ET

Before Ingo Hentschel became vice president of California Field Operations at Cox Communications, he worked as a cable installer, telephone operator and even in supply chain for Cox Communications. But far before that, Ingo honed his leadership skills as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.

After leaving the Marine Corps in December of 1991, Ingo originally planned on working for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, but a hiring freeze was put in place to cut the city’s budget. This is when Ingo began his career journey with Cox as a cable installer.

Ingo was mentored by a Cox Communications employee who was also a former Marine. His mentor helped him transition back into civilian life and learn more about the business side of Cox. Most importantly, his mentor played a vital role in bolstering his confidence and provided encouragement as he shifted careers and adjusted to new aspects of the job – environment, culture and people.

“It’s a struggle to get businesses not to say ‘you don’t know Oracle,’…they lose sight of intangible skills that most veterans just get,” said Ingo about how leaders can help veterans transition into the civilian workplace. “You don’t have to do more with veterans than any other employee you bring on. Provide the same feedback and give direction to get better.”

Ingo’s story was recently featured in The San-Diego Union-Tribune. Click here to read the full story. 

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity 12 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at and