Retired Captain Matt Tuohy is an influential veteran in his Jacksonville, Florida, community. Matt joined local workforce solutions firm Incepture in 2011 and assisted in the development of a strategic program called InVET (Incepture’s Veterans Employment Taskforce). InVET is
designed to assist service men and women – as well as their families – in finding employment in the civilian workforce. Veterans possess excellent skill sets which employers desire, but struggle to translate their military
experience into “civilian-speak.” To overcome this challenge, InVET’s mission is “to advocate for and positively impact the lives of veterans and their families through career counseling, military experience translation, active recruiting/referral, credential and certification counseling and assistance in providing for their needs as they bridge the transition to civilian/corporate life.”
With Matt’s leadership, Incepture became a founding member and assumed a leadership role in the City of Jacksonville’s public-private partnership, Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition (JMVC). The organization has since grown to more than 200 member companies. In keeping with the InVET mission, Matt’s team at Incepture has coordinated and participated in every monthly JMVC free career counseling session at City Hall since those began in July, 2012.
In 2012, The PGA TOUR, also a founding member of the JMVC, offered to host the first ever Military Veterans Job Fair as a part of a PGA TOUR event (THE PLAYERS Championship). With no experience in this type of event and given Matt’s role at Incepture and its InVET program, organizers recognized and tapped Incepture’s expertise to coordinate the event, which was no small undertaking. Expectations were high, as this would need to be a world-class event commensurate with the TOUR’s signature golf tournament activities.
While the TOUR provided the venue and coordinated media coverage, Matt and his team handled every other detail of this multi-faceted project. From setting up the participation criteria to recruiting the participating companies to coordinating set up and break down and establishing a unique, free career counseling program for veterans, Matt’s team executed every task flawlessly. More than 400 veterans and 21 companies – all with jobs to offer – participated in the event.
Due to the success of the event in 2012, the TOUR again looked to Matt to coordinate the 2013 event. That event set new standards with 41 firms participating and nearly 500 veterans in attendance; the 2014 PLAYERS Championship once again looked to Matt’s leadership in its third annual Military Veterans Job Fair. The fact that there is no cost to either participating companies or the veterans makes these events particularly unique. It is truly a community outreach event designed by military veterans for military veterans.
In early 2013, Matt began working with The Sulzbacher Center, a local homeless shelter, to provide career counseling to residents working on re-entering the workforce. This group has a high proportion of military veterans. Matt’s team provides counseling on-site and the center provides transportation to the monthly JMVC counseling sessions at City Hall.
Over the last few years, Matt has emerged as a trusted subject matter expert in the community for military veteran hiring, participating in many local media segments on the topic. Matt truly is an advocate for military veterans and has a passion for serving those who served.
Matt Tuohy was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in the early 1970’s to attend Jacksonville University. Matt was a member of JU’s first Naval ROTC class and became a Naval Flight Officer in 1976. During his naval career, Matt served in a variety of leadership roles during critical times in the nation’s history,
including deployments in Operation Desert Storm, Yokosuka, Japan, and the Arabian Gulf. In 1990, Matt was promoted to executive officer, and became a commanding officer in 1999. Matt served on the joint staff in Washington, D.C., then retired from active duty in 2001.
Matt’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, a Strike/Flight Air Medal and six Navy Commendation Awards. Additionally, Jacksonville University selected Matt as the 2000 recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award, and he was a member of the inaugural class of
‘75 Distinguished Dolphins chosen to mark the university’s 75th Anniversary.
Since leaving active duty, Matt has served in a variety of leadership roles including Director of Aeronautics at Jacksonville University, Executive Vice President of Wind Energy Consulting and Contracting and Executive Vice President of East Coast Ice. He currently serves as Director of Managed Solutions and Strategic Programs at Incepture.
On top of his role at Incepture and work with the JMVC, Matt is actively involved in the greater Jacksonville community. He has served as President of the Jacksonville Council of the Navy League and is Secretary and a member of the Board of Governors for the Florida Yacht Club. He is the Immediate Past President of the Jacksonville University Alumni Board of Governors and a former member of the Jacksonville University Board of
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