Veterans CONNECTED  

Episode 24: Butler Fuqua

Eric Bevevino | Contributing Host, Veterans Connected


Welcome to Veterans Connected! In this episode, Eric interviews Veterans Connected first Marine Corps Veteran, Butler Fuqua. Growing up in a military family, Butler describes his journey coming from small-town Alabama to coincidentally winding up in the Marine Corps enrollment office to eventually guarding President Obama on Marine One. Listen to Bulter’s adventures in the service and his eye opening life changes that have led him to his current endeavor in Hawaii.


I was born and raised in Alabama. I joined the Marines shortly after graduating high school where I served as a Military Police (MP) K-9 handler supporting the president’s Helicopter. I traveled the world and met a lot of great people including the President of the United States.

After the Marines, I bounced around with whatever job I could find. Once I was married, I knew that I needed to find a more solid career path, so I taught myself to code.

I became a Software Engineer and quickly leveled up my income. I can now provide for my family without needing to lean on help from the V.A. I was very timid growing up, but the Marines gave me a backbone and launched me into this life.

Today, I am in a place to pursue my dream of becoming a successful filmmaker and actor. I am planning to direct and star in my first feature film next year.

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Eric Bevevino Contributing Host, Veterans Connected

Eric Bevevino has spent his entire 27 year career in the business of heavy duty maintenance and reliability.  Born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania, Eric is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Honoring his ROTC scholarship commitment to the US Navy, Eric spent four years on active duty as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer with a Diving and Salvage specialty.  Following his stint on active duty, Eric entered the private sector by taking a position with Castrol Industrial.  This five years with Castrol was followed by eight years with Chevron Lubricants.  Looking to gain more perspective while using his solid foundation in maintenance from the Navy, Eric left Chevron to join a small reliability consulting firm in Connecticut.  Over the next five years he focused on preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, reliability centered maintenance and best practices in asset management.  This ultimately led him to his current position at Valvoline as the Senior Director of Channel Partner & Heavy Duty Sales, officed out of Valvoline World Headquarters in Lexington, KY.   In the 31 years after graduating from college, Eric has set foot in almost every type of commercial and industrial operation in over 10 countries around the world.  Eric is a married father of two, a retired Navy Reserve Commander, a Certified Lubrication Specialist, a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional, and a Certified Reliability Leader.