Then in 2015, Hector had what he called an “inflection point”. He reflected on his time in the military and wondered how he could give back to something that meant so much to him. Realizing there is such a large veteran population in Texas, Hector decided to start a 501c3 called Merivis
. Merivis supports veterans preparing for their next mission through training, mentorship, and job readiness for Salesforce cloud technology careers. “Everything I learned to start this foundation was from my time at Salesforce. When we started the first cohort at Merivis there were 14 people that took a chance on the organization. I pulled on my networks to get people to come in. From that first cohort, we were able to get a veteran hired at Dell. It was this moment where I knew things would work. We knew we could transform lives in a positive direction,” said Hector.
Today, Merivis has now helped over 600 military veterans and spouses through over 35 different cohorts. Hector told us, “Merivis continues to grow. It is exploding in a great way. We are now spreading across the country and have been able to bring a few staff members on board to help. We have our Merivis Alumni at all sorts of tech companies with about 8-10 of them at Salesforce today.” So what sets veterans apart from your average job candidate? Hector told us, “I think it is a lot of things but at the core, veterans have experience that you can’t teach — including drive, passion, teamwork, and performing under pressure just to name a few. When things go wrong you know veterans will keep their cool and won’t buckle. The experience they bring to the table is simply invaluable.”