In 1976, armed with a commission as an Army 2d Lieutenant and a degree from Niagara University, this New York City son of Irish immigrants began his leadership journey.
In 33 years of Army service, Major General Vincent E. Boles developed his leadership skills and techniques in a number of challenging times: the Cold War; transition from a draftee force to a volunteer Army; service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; response to the attacks of 9-11; deployment to and command of our logistics forces in Iraq; and support of the surges in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each of these endeavors brought out the best in Boles and the teams entrusted to him.
Selected for promotion to Brigadier General in 2000, Boles’ first assignment was management of the nation’s $28 billion ammunition life cycle – from research and development, storage and use to disposal. Selected for Major General in 2004, his assignments included five years as a Commanding General with assignments at home and abroad; multiple combat operations; training centers and schools; and the nation’s industrial base. Boles’ final assignment was in the Pentagon, overseeing Strategic Integration, Readiness and Distribution operations on the Army Staff from 2006-2009.
In 2010 he founded Vincent E. Boles LLC, a leadership and supply chain consulting practice where his focus is about you and your team’s “Best Getting Better.” Boles serves as an Executive Coach for the US Army and is an adjunct professor at the Defense Acquisition University.
Major General Boles now travels the world sharing his talents and skills to help leaders and their teams. His audiences have included Fidelity, IKEA, The US Secret Service, USAA and the Global Health Exchange to name a few.
He has released 4-3-2-1 Leadership…What Americas Sons and Daughters Taught Me on the Road From 2d Lieutenant to 2 Star General which is now in its fifth printing. A review of the book stated, “He didn’t write this book exclusively for the military community. He learned countless lessons on leadership in his three plus decades in the Army, and he does us a great service by putting them in one volume and sharing them.”
The recipient of an MBA from Babson College, in 2004 Boles was named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary. In 2011, he was inducted into both the US Army Ordnance Corps and the Niagara University Army ROTC Halls of Fame and was awarded the President’s Medal, Niagara University’s highest award.
Former Major General Vincent E. Boles had operational responsibilities during the Iraq surge and is an expert on leadership and leading in times of stress. He will share insights on how “leadership” differs from “management” and why that difference matters. Sponsored by MicroD