Wildcats@Work with Jason Cvancara

Jason Cvancara '14 obtained a master's degree in international security while simultaneously working as a police officer in Phoenix. In 2015, he was awarded the UA Alumni Association's Veterans Award for Distinguished Service. Jason is now the owner of Silbar Security of Phoenix and Zona Investigations. He also serves as a Senior Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

What do you do for work and what are your day-to-day responsibilities?
I am the owner of Silbar Security of Phoenix, which specializes in on-site security officers and roving vehicle patrol services. I manage all aspects of the business, which includes hiring and training new employees, completing payroll, ensuring all state requirements are met, etc.

I also serve in the United States Air Force Reserves as a Senior Master Sergeant at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. In this position, I am responsible for oversight of the weapons training and maintenance section, supply section and the unit deployment manager.

How did your time at the UA prepare you to make networking connections and be successful as a professional?
While serving on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, I learned very early the importance of networking and I have seen the same with my experiences at the UA. The connections I have made at the UA, both while working on my degree and through the alumni network, have proved to be invaluable. Some of these connections have provided insight into certain areas of business that have not only helped me grow my business, but also as a business professional 

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
The best advice I ever received in life has been demonstrated through action and not words. One example was while deployed to Kirkuk Air Base in Northern Iraq in 2008. I was posted at an entry control point on the exterior of the installation when a vehicle approached my location around 10 p.m. When the individual got out, I saw it was the installation commander, Col. Scobee (now Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, Chief of Air Force Reserves). The fact he took the time out of his busy schedule just to check on airmen was something I have never forgotten and it's something I make sure to do as I have risen through the ranks. #LeadershipIsActionNotPosition