Since 1999 Mr. Daywalt has been the president and CEO of VetJobs, the leading military job board on the Internet, sponsored and partially owned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Daywalt is regularly cited and interviewed in the press, including USA Today, 60 Minutes, Military Times, New York Times, NBC, PBS Frontline, NPR, CNN and FOX Business News.
Mr. Daywalt served on active duty in the Navy for seven years. He initially served as a Line Officer on a destroyer with cruises to South America, Europe and Russia. He was then assigned to the Commander United States Naval Forces, European headquarters in London, England, as an intelligence watch officer and later as a geopolitical analyst with responsibilities for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. In 1978 he transferred to the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, from which he retired as a Captain (O-6) with 28 years of service.
Following his active naval service and obtaining an MBA, he entered private industry in 1980 as a plant manager and later as an executive in the steel industry. He has held senior and C level executive positions in the steel, electric utility, importing, chemical, biomedical waste and recruiting industries. Mr. Daywalt has been active in the recruiting and staffing industry since 1994.
Mr. Daywalt is published and is an in demand speaker for various business organizations, government agencies and universities, speaking on recruiting and retention, the Internet, educational and economic trends, military and veterans issues. Mr. Daywalt regularly works with congressional committees on veteran and economic issues and has been appointed to many government agency review committees regarding military/veteran, employment and economic issues.
Mr. Daywalt is a noted motivational speaker and is known nationwide as an advocate for veterans. Mr. Daywalt was one of the CEOs invited to the White House Jobs Summit in November 2009 and testified before the President’s Commission on the National Guard and Reserve. Mr. Daywalt is on the United States Chamber’s Small Business Council and the Procurement Council.
Mr. Daywalt currently sits on several Boards of Directors; is Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Military Affairs Council (ARMAC); Chairman of Congressman Tom Price’s (GA-R-6) Military Affairs Council; Analyst/Writer, Veterans Workforce Group; Director, College Educators for Veterans’ Higher Education; Board of Governors for the International Association of Employment Web Sites where he chairs the OFCCP Committee; and is a consultant for The Herman Group. Past board memberships have included the Board of Alumni for Goizueta Business School, Emory University; Board of Directors of Naval Intelligence Professionals; and Chairman, Employers United for a Stronger America.
Mr. Daywalt is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Disabled American Veterans; Vietnam Veterans of America; AMVETS; Military Officers Association of America; Reserve Officers Association; Military Order of the World Wars; Navy League;
Association of the US Navy; Navy Enlisted Reserve Association; Naval Intelligence Professionals; and National Military Intelligence Association.
Mr. Daywalt earned a BS from Florida State University (1971), an MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California (1977) and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University (1980).
Mr. Daywalt is married to Belinda Foye Daywalt (Burkhart) and resides in Roswell, GA. They have two children.