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Rear Admiral Brad Rosen

Rear Admiral Brad Rosen
Navy Region Southwest

A native of Randolph, New Jersey, Rear Adm. Brad Rosen is a 1995 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (with Honors). He also received a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2005 from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Rosen commanded Naval Station Norfolk, the largest base in the United States Navy. While in command, the Naval Station Norfolk Team earned the Commander in Chief’s Award for Installation Excellence. He also commanded VP-16, a P-3C squadron based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rosen assumed command of Navy Region Southwest in May 2022.

He is entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, as well as several other personal, unit, and campaign awards. Read full bio


Phil Blair

Phil Blair
Executive Officer

Job Won!

Human potential will be the next major agent of economic growth. But what does this mean to you? As the Human Age evolves, we will see talent and human potential replace capital as the new dominant resource.

Phil Blair will share strategies on how to be better equipped to go after the job you want by applying his proven methods. And you will be the one who gets to say "Job Won".

Phil's presentation will include but not limited to:

  • Employers are now hiring for attitude and training for skills
  • 85% of jobs are found through some level of networking
  • First impressions are key to moving forward

Importance of Networking and How to Do It (Virtual and Live)

Building relationships through networking is critical to your next job! The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics concludes that “85 percent of jobs are filled by networking” due to many jobs never being posted publicly. Since 2020 virtual networking has become even more important. Know the benefits and differences between networking in person and virtually.


  • Setting Networking Goals
  • Establishing and Expanding Networks – both in person and virtually
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships of Value
  • Networking for Introverts


Translating Military Skills to Civilian Workforce

A key step in securing employment after service is figuring out how to communicate your military experience with the civilian workforce. This panel will focus on helping you translate your skillset to facilitate a successful transition to civilian employment.


  • Where to Start - Learning Industry-Specific Jargon
  • How to Tailor Your Resume to the Job You Want
  • Translating Your Experience to Their Needs
  • Available Resources to Help Along the Way


Finance 101: Utilizing Your VA Benefits & Planning for the Future

One of the many challenges that service members face during the transition from active-duty life to civilian life is the financial health of that servicemember and their families. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of various financial literacy resources to ensure a successful adjustment from military to civilian life for Veterans and their families.


  • Overview of services/benefits provided by the VBA
  • Understanding Family Benefits - Education & Healthcare
  • Specific California Veteran & Tax Benefits
  • Budgeting for Post-Military Life
  • Financial Literacy - Retirement Funds, Life Insurance, Investments


  • Nelson Chase, Director, Military and Veterans Program - University of San Diego
  • David Dearie, President - Enlisted Leadership Foundation
  • Beth Juachon, Military Service Coordinator (MSC) - U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, San Diego Regional Office
  • David Yankaskas, Financial Representative - Western & Southern Life
  • MODERATOR - Tim Mathues, Veteran Outreach Coordinator - County of San Diego

Your Future Roadmap

Leaving the military and entering the civilian workforce can be daunting and scary. There are a lot of questions and thoughts associated with these big decisions and one of the biggest is, where do I start. What are my priorities, needs, and wants? Today's panel will shed some light on where to begin and questions you should ask yourself as you either transition out of the military or just want to change jobs.


  • Steps for Taking the Giant Leap
  • Selecting a Path - Education or Work?
  • Creating a 5-Year Plan
  • Value of Volunteer Opportunities
  • Importance of Building Relationships


  • Manisha Dhawan, Founder & CEO - MPath Coaching
  • Melinda Gomez, Regional Program Manager - Hiring our Heroes, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Tony Teravainen, CEO & Co-Founder - Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)
  • Laura Torres, Sr. Manager of Workforce Development - Blue Star Families
  • MODERATOR - Chris Thorne, President - Gary Sinise Foundation San Diego Chapter

Insights Into How a Company Hires

Your resume made it through an organization’s resume filtering software, and they called you to schedule an interview, now what? This panel will break down what to expect during the interview/hiring process so you can put yourself in a position to succeed.


  • Hiring Process Expectations
  • Resumes Don't Get You Jobs - Utilize Your Network
  • How and Why to Research the Company
  • How to Identify Companies with Veteran Hiring Programs
  • Interview Protocols and What to Expect


  • Josh DeBan, Talent Acquisition Leader - ASML
  • Garry Garretson, Retired
  • Irene Leal, Talent Acquisition Manager - The Arc of San Diego
  • Evan Wahl, Director, Project Management and Site Strategy - Catalent Pharma Solutions
  • MODERATOR - Chris Thorne, President - Gary Sinise Foundation San Diego Chapter

San Diego Military Summit features 8 different sessions for attendees.

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See which businesses will be at San Diego Military Summit or register your company for an exhibit.

NSDBC Members - $125
Non-Members - $250

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Strategy Team

SD Military Summit is made possible by a Strategy Team made up of leaders from around San Diego County. Each team member brought diverse thoughts, talent and time to insure the summit has relevant content and subject matter.

Meet the Team

Admission & Parking

Military - $10
(Active Duty, Veteran, Spouse/Family)

Non-Military - $40

Parking - Free


All events will follow the current CDPH Guidance for Use of Face Coverings