Spotlight on...Todd Bales
July 6, 2012
Describe your current position:
Currently, I create and manage contracts in support of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif. As a part of a two-person team, I wrote almost 100 actions and $48 million of contract awards in fiscal year 2011. In my two and a half years of contracting, I have been recognized by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command with coins of excellence for procuring in a mission-critical environment.
Describe your professional/education background:
Prior to joining the MICC, I was employed as a director of training for an art publisher. As a part of those duties, I became a certified curriculum developer creating a wide range of online and traditional curriculum tools. When not creating training, I delivered classroom training in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and both U.S.-based Disney theme parks. When the economy tanked in 2008, our company was hit hard and I was laid off. This opportunity presented itself and I saw the career advancement opportunities. The rest is history.
As far as my schooling goes, I have a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication from California State University, Chico, Calif.; and a master's degree in business administration from Oregon State University. I have also earned certification in curriculum design and a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level II contract certification.
Where do you call home? Are you married? Children? Pets? What do you do in your spare time?
Monterrey is home. My wife, Amy, and I have two children who are currently away at college. My son, Christopher, is a junior at the University of Arizona studying architecture and my daughter, Allison, is a sophomore at Biola University studying biblical counseling. My wife is a licensed vocational nurse and works for the Carmel Unified School District.
During my spare time, I enjoy photography and spending time with my wife exploring the California countryside.
How does your job support the Soldier?
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center mission is to equip military personnel with language skills. I purchase some supplies, but mostly professional services like test item writing and instructor services to further this mission.
I came from a sales organization before I joined the MICC at the Presidio of Monterey. I understand the need for regulations and procedures but at the same time I also recognize that the client may not. My goal is to train and inform clients on the most efficient way to meet their needs in a timely manner. As the mission is critical to the success of the military abroad, it is equally critical that I give great customer service to our clients so that the job gets done right, on budget and within the timeframe needed.