V3 Featured Company: Cole Engineering Services Incorporated (CESI)


Cole Engineering Services Incorporated (CESI) has a worldwide presence, with active nationwide hiring, and sustained growth fueled by government client performance. The rapidly expanding Virginia footprint is in Fredericksburg, the national capital region and southeastern Virginian Peninsula.¬†Recently celebrating ten years, Cole Engineering was founded in response to the training needs of warriors who made the commitment to serve and protect the United States. CESI is headquartered in Orlando, Florida on the edge of the University of Central Florida campus, a Modeling, Simulation and Training hub. CESI’s hallmark is managing the unpredictable, breaking down technological boundaries, breaking through communication barriers, and anticipating problems before they impact the mission, all with the utmost integrity.

CESI earned V3 Gold status in June 2014. The fifteen month progression from Bronze to Silver and Gold reflects Veteran Founder Bryan Cole’s personal commitment. CESI met their Bronze commitment in December 2013 earning Silver-level acceptance on February 4, 2014. CESI exceeded their Silver commitment in the May 2014 report with 6 Veterans hired/100% retained. CESI’s Gold hires pledge is 4 more hires as the organization leans forward in the V3 program.

Cole Engineering is a well-respected and award-winning company for Employees. Industry recognition, customer confidence, recurring performance awards include:

  • Military Training Technology – Top Simulation & Training Companies
  • Orlando Sentinel – Selected Top 100 Company in Orlando
  • Military Training Technology – Top Simulation & Training Companies
  • Top 100 IT Company
  • Florida Trend Magazine “Best Company to Work For”
  • Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Company in Orlando
  • Small Business Up and Coming Award
  • Small Business Innovation Award
  • Best of Orlando Award – Computer Software Development category
  • CESI ranked in the Top 15 of Modeling & Simulation companies in Central Florida
  • I/ITSEC Governor’s Award Significant Achievement in Modeling & Simulation

Cole Engineering is successful because of Veterans, and their client-focused performance. The CESI roster has 26% Veterans. Seventy-eight percent of Veteran employees were hired since 2012 and 65% since January 2013. Thirty-two percent of their Veterans have 1 year of service, 27% have at least 2 years of service, and 11% have at least 4 years of service.

The June 2013 to June 2014 comparison showcases the commitment

  • Overall employees: 107 to 141
  • 22%to 26% Veterans
  • Veteran hires since January 2013: Now, 65% versus 30%, a 35% percent increase
  • Virginia Veteran hires since September 2012: 6 with 100% retention
  • Veterans are 75% of the 2014 corporate footprint in Virginia; 33% in the June 2013 report

Veteran-owned Cole Engineering Services Incorporated is a medium-sized organization (141 employees on Memorial Day 2014); however, the Virginia footprint fits the Small Business category. In the V3 pilot year, CESI had 3 permanent employees in Virginia. Their first Virginia hire in September 2012 was a Veteran who is still serving today in Newport News.

CESI is also active in Florida’s veteran and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs with similar objectives. There are four Newport News employment opportunities now, with more expected next quarter: http://www.coleengineering.com/employment/employment.htm.

-Regan N. Hertzler, V3 Assistant Program Manager
This article’s purpose is to highlight best practices in recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining Veterans. Publication of this feature does not constitute an endorsement, by DVS or the Commonwealth of Virginia, of the company’s products and services.