Upon Frank’s graduation from West Point, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army. Serving as an Air Defense Officer, Frank was stationed with the 5th Infantry Division in Ft. Polk, LA. While there, Frank served with units that trained the National Guard and Reserve units that were deployed to the first Gulf War. Frank’s activity duty responsibilities included Platoon Leader, Assistant Operations Officer, and Executive Officer of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery. After serving a total of 8 years active and reserve duty, Frank left the Army to pursue a civilian career.
As a civilian, Frank has held numerous sales positions with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Genzyme Biosurgery, and Sanofi. Frank has been a multiple award winner as both a salesperson and as a manager. Currently, Frank is the Cardiovascular and Specialty Care training lead for Sanofi US.
Whether in the military or as a civilian, Frank has always held the belief that people need to see people that look like them in positions of influence in order to be able to fully feel a part of an organization. Just as Frank saw someone that looked like him that motivated him to attend West Point, he saw role models that looked like him in higher positions in the Army, and he has seen them in the corporate world too. Diversity in any organization, across and vertically in the chain-of-command, has been shown to result in more engagement, productivity, and profitability among the members of the organization.
When it comes to West Point, the sad fact is that the recruitment of qualified African-American candidates is yielding admissions results that are far below those of any other ethnic group. Frank has had the idea of commissioning an artist to produce collectible artwork centered on the African-American experience at West Point. He believes that portraying the African-American component of the history of West Point, qualified African-Americans candidates will see themselves in that history and want to become a part of it in increasing numbers.
Frank is working with world-reknown, master pencil-artist John Nelson to produce high-quality, collectible artwork that will evoke deep emotion based on the African-American experience at West Point. The first series is the Heritage Collection, a series of portraits of distinguished African-American graduates of West Point.