Charles Vollmer

Board Member and Senior Advisor

Mr. Vollmer is the author and founder of Jobenomics, which deals with the economics of business and job creation.  Jobenomics’ principal focus is on citizens at the base of America’s socioeconomic pyramid with special emphasis on minorities, women, youth, veterans and other hopefuls who want to develop a skill, career and start a business.  The Jobenomics National Grassroots Movement has reached an estimated audience of 30 million people via media, website, blog, and lectures.  In 2017, Jobenomics’ website received over 350,000 page views with the majority the viewers spending a half hour or more online, not counting time spent reviewing hundreds of thousands of downloads of Jobenomics ten e-books and special reports.  In 2018, Jobenomics America TV began airing on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, and Dish TV’s new America’s Voices News Network.  Today, Jobenomics has garnished wide-spread support for its economic, urban renewal, small business, and workforce development efforts.  Two dozen U.S. communities started Jobenomics initiatives led by local community leaders.

Mr. Vollmer is the CEO of eCyclingUSA, which is part of Jobenomics Urban Mining to reclaim high-value materials from electronic waste items and use the proceeds to finance highly-scalable startup businesses.  He is the Vice Chairman of ACTS Freedom Farms Advisory Board, an organization dedicated to producing 25,000 veteran-owned U.S. micro-farms employing 100,000 people in the next five years.  As a Board Member of Emerald-Planet, he is helping to identify the 1,000 best practices for green business and job creation.  Jobenomics is a strategic partner with the Institute for Sustainable Development, a non-profit organization that promotes community resilience and disaster recovery, and long-term community transformation based on sustainable development principles.

In 1996 to present, Mr. Vollmer founded VII Inc., a strategic planning, systems engineering, and investment capital firm, specializing in government and business initiatives.  VII’s clients include major domestic and international government agencies and corporations.  Mr. Vollmer regularly works with U.S. Congress, Department of Defense and government officials.  He authored the US Air Force’s VECTORS and Global Information Operations efforts, the National Guard’s VANGUARD campaign, and the Rapid Dominance and Shock & Awe concepts.  Corporations include numerous Fortune 50 companies.  He also helps innovators and entrepreneurs start small businesses.  VII Enterprise Solutions designed and maintained data networks for 20 U.S. Passport Agency data centers.

From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Vollmer was under contract to the U.S. Central Command to assist moderate Arab leaders in developing coalition-building strategies and operational concepts.  In this capacity, he wrote several hundred U.S./Arab strategy and policy documents and led twelve symposia in the Middle East attended by officials in the Arab Gulf, Europe, and the United States.  Today, Mr. Vollmer frequently lectures on the Mideast, Islam, Arabs and cooperative engagement. He is on the Advisory Board of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, a nonprofit dedicated to conflict prevention and resolution.

From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Vollmer was a Partner at Booz Allen & Hamilton.  He organized and managed one of the largest U.S. consortiums involved with industry privatization in the former Soviet Union.  These consortiums accomplished the most extensive privatization effort in history converting over 70% of state-owned industries to private enterprises.  He was a co-founder of the Community Learning and Information Network a distance-learning corporation that has installed several hundred sites across America.  Mr. Vollmer was also instrumental in establishing the National Automotive Center in Warren, Michigan.

From 1985 to 1991, he founded and was the Vice President/General Manager for General Dynamics’ new business and high-technology organization, called the Defense Initiatives Organization (DIO).  In this capacity, he founded a dozen new organizations including a Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance System that was used extensively in Operation Desert Storm, a Strategic Defense Initiative Division, and a Diamond Film Development Company involved in growing synthetic diamond substrate material for electronic systems.  Within three years, the DIO captured over a quarter of a billion dollars of contract awards.  Before the DIO, he was Corporate Director of Strategic Planning and Operations Analysis when General Dynamics was a Fortune 50 company and the world’s second-largest aerospace corporation.

From 1979 to 1985, he was a McDonnell Douglas senior engineer on the initial design teams of F-15E and Stealth aircraft.  He also managed the marketing effort for the $32 billion purchase of the F-15E to the USAF.

Mr. Vollmer served ten years active duty in the USAF and 13 years with the Air National Guard.  He accumulated over 3,000 hours in various fighter aircraft, flew 175 combat missions in Southeast Asia, and received six Distinguished Flying Crosses and eleven Air Medals.  Mr. Vollmer received a B.S. degree in Engineering Management from the USAF Academy, a Masters Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management for Senior Executives.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Trish Eagan, from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  Their son was the President of VII Enterprise Solutions and is now a Cisco Senior Systems Engineer.