Get To Know Veterans At Gartner: Meet David, Diego and Kirby

Below you will find recent interviews with Gartner associates: David Dunleavy, Diego Reyes and Kirby Traynham. They all demonstrate that Gartner is a great place for veterans and their families to work.

David Dunleavy300Name: David Dunleavy

Role: Senior Account Manager

Location: Arlington, VA

What’s your Gartner work history? I’ve been at CEB, Now Gartner for 13 years. I started out as an EXA, and after five years I moved over to the revenue side as an Account Manager. I have moved with CEB, Now Gartner three times, living in D.C., San Francisco and Chicago, and have switched between the IT practice and the HR practice. I currently run the Information Risk & Security revenue team. I also co-chair CEB Pride, our LGBT employee resource group.

What’s your connection to the military? My father is retired Admiral Dunleavy, my oldest brother is a retired Air Force OSI agent, and my other brother was a Navy pilot, including being a Top Gun instructor and a Blue Angel. Needless to say, I support our military and veterans 100% and admire them for their sacrifice. Every day I am thankful for our military in keeping our country safe and free.

How do you see veterans impacting Gartner? Veterans are awesome hires because the military teaches people to be organized, efficient and collaborative. In addition, military professionals often have to work in ambiguous situations and think on their feet, so I find them to be huge assets in our business and help us find solutions. From a cultural point of view the military is all about the unit or team you belong to, so veterans fit into our culture well as we are team based.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give a veteran applying to or working at Gartner? My advice would be to find a mentor fast who can help you understand how to play up the skills and assets that I listed above. I have seen veterans struggle to communicate in business terms what they bring to the table because they are accustomed to speaking in military terms such as units, ranks and deployments. The vernacular is different but what veterans bring to Gartner are awesome assets that we need, we just use different words.


Diego ReyesName: Diego Reyes

Role: MVP, Supply Chain Service Delivery Worldwide, Gartner

Location: Chicago, IL

What’s your Gartner work history? First, as Leadership Partner in Gartner Supply Chain, hired post-AMR acquisition. I was promoted to VP in 18 months to lead Enterprise Supply Chain Advisory Services for Gartner. I was awarded Gartner’s top VP in 2013 for highest net revenue gain by a Leadership Partner. My North American responsibilities expanded into Europe and Australia/New Zealand. I was awarded Gartner’s top VP in 2015 for highest retention and highest net revenue gain by Executive Partners & Leadership Partners. Then, I was promoted to MVP for effectively leading Enterprise Supply Chain Leaders and Chief for Supply Chain Officers programs on service delivery, retention and growth. I grew the Enterprise Supply Chain Leaders product 58% YoY 2016 and the CSCO product 202% YoY 2016. As an MVP in Supply Chain, I achieved highest client retention at Gartner for 2016, outside of the Research Board. In my current role, I manage Vice Presidents, Executive Partners and Leadership Partners globally. I am responsible for increasing service delivery of Gartner’s premier supply chain advisory/coaching products, retaining existing business and growing the business portfolio among the Fortune 2000 in CPG, Retail, High Tech, DOD, A&D, Industrial, Life Sciences and Healthcare.

What’s your connection to the military? I’m a former U.S. Army Major who published command plans directing deployments of United States European Command and its components. I actively engaged in more than 100 exercises and real-world operations that enhance our ability to play an active role in transatlantic security and defend the United States. I was responsible for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC); directing deployments, movement, and delivery of general cargo and ammunition via air, land and sea; supporting European continent, Southwest Asia and Somalia.

How do you see veterans impacting Gartner? Veterans bring distinctive capabilities and valuable skills developed through real-world, high-pressure experience. Veterans are performance-oriented, have a strong work ethic and know how to lead effective teams. They possess the ultimate team player mentality, have a big picture understanding, exhibit relentless attention to detail and provide leadership readiness at every level.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give a veteran applying to or working at Gartner? When applying to Gartner, lose the military look. Invest in a new suit and business-casual duds: dress slacks or conservative skirts, button-down shirts with long sleeves, some nice shoes. Grow your hair out just a bit. Once you land an opportunity with Gartner, find a mentor who understands your background. Your no-limits mindset, no task too great will fit right in with the Gartner culture.


kirby traynham300Name: Kirby Traynham

Role: Diversity & Veteran Recruitment, Program Management

Location: Remote- Michigan

What’s your Gartner work history? I have been at CEB, Now Gartner for almost 10 years. In 2008, I joined the talent acquisition team as a sales recruiter and then spent some time recruiting for our research and advisory teams. Eventually I found my way to Early Careers and led our entry-level and campus hiring teams until last year. In 2014, I worked closely with our Veterans ERG as they created their mission and leadership team. I continued to support their mission by leading our veteran hiring initiative and efforts. At Gartner, I was given the opportunity to join the Global Recruiting Programs team to continue to build and grow our efforts around diversity and veteran hiring.

Kirby and her husband, Erik
Kirby and her husband, Erik

What’s your connection to the military? I’m a military spouse. My husband was in the Marines Corps for 10 years and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan four times. We were stationed in D.C., which is how I found CEB, Now Gartner. I also saw the challenges he faced transitioning out of the military. As a member of the talent acquisition team, I feel a strong desire to support other military members’ transitions through identifying attractive career paths, building skill development training programs and being a voice for driving military talent to Gartner.

How do you see veterans impacting Gartner? Veterans bring a lot of attractive qualities to an organization. I know when I interview a veteran I will find someone with a force of presence, a drive for results and the ability to think quickly on their feet. These qualities will support and impact success across sales, client services, account management and more.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give a veteran applying to or working at Gartner? Don’t be afraid to tell your recruiter what it is you liked and didn’t like about your time in the military. This will help them identify the right opportunities for you internally that align to your strengths and interests.


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