Vice President

Jake Barsottini

Vice President

Jake Barsottini was born in Beaver Falls, Penn., and graduated from Beaver Falls Senior High School in May 1970. He attended Slippery Rock University from July 1970 to July 1971. He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force as a delayed enlistment to finish his first year at university and entered active duty on Aug 11, 1971.

 

After basic training, Jake attended the Accounting and Finance School at Sheppard AFB, where he graduated with honors in December 1971. His first duty station was Sheppard AFB, and while there in May 1972, he attained a war skill of Security Police and later became a marksman for a tactical neutralization team. Jake continued his dual career in Finance and Security Police.

 

Jake is married to his lovely wife, Pamela, and has three adult children. Jake furthered his education, obtaining an AAS in Financial Management; a BA in Human Resource Management; and two Masters’ Degrees, an MBA in Finance and an LLM Master of Law in Employment Law. From 2001 through 2011, Jake served as vice president and chief operating officer for Employshare, Inc., a Human Resources and Payroll Consulting Company. He participated in lobbying Congress on behalf of the Society of Human Resource Management from 2008 through 2011 and gained valuable experience on Capitol Hill and with his State Legislature.

 

Jake is a proven leader in his industry and community. He served for eight years on the local school board as finance director and five years on his municipal council as finance chair. He was lauded for his work in both capacities for reducing expenses and increasing reserve funds.

 

Jake served from December 1972 to April 1973 in the 16th Special Operations Squadron out of Ubon Royal Thai Air Base. In 1979, Jake was assigned as a Security Police marksman on a team involved in Operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt by the United States to rescue the Iranian Hostages. Jake served with UN peacekeeping forces in Lebanon during the crisis of 1983; in Panama in 1989; with Desert Shield in 1990; and with Desert Storm in 1991. In addition to his varied assignments stateside, Jake served at Aviano AB, Italy; Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia; Bitburg AB, Germany; and with numerous temporary duty assignments throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

 

Jake’s awards include three Meritorious Service Medals; three Air Force Commendation Medals; one Air Force Air Medal; one Presidential Citation; five Good Conduct Medals; two National Defense Medals with two Bronze Stars; and two Expert Marksmanship Medals. He was Airman of the Year twice; NCO of the year twice; and Senior NCO of the year once.

 

Jake is a graduate of the NCO Leadership School, the NCO Academy, and the Senior NCO Academy. Prior to Desert Shield, in June 1990, Jake was one of eight Senior NCOs selected by SAC to develop the Comptroller Warrior Challenge, establishing a program of Joint Special Operations between Comptroller personnel, Security Services, and Procurement and Logistics, to ensure personnel were combat trained and ready to perform at a high level when called upon. Today, the Air Force has a program called Agile Combat Employment (ACE), which is a direct offshoot of the efforts put forth to ensure all career fields are combat ready and able to develop skills needed in the field outside of their primary Air Force Specialty Code.

 

Jake is currently executive vice president and treasurer of the VVA Pennsylvania State Council; treasurer of VVA Chapter 862, VVA’s third largest chapter in the Nation; and president of the Pennsylvania Veterans Assistance Fund. Jake has assisted with the establishment of numerous VVA 501c3 foundations, as well as establishing AVVA as a 501c3 and the Veterans Health Council, as a Pennsylvania 501c3. Jake received the AVVA Presidential Commendation Medal for his efforts. Jake has been an integral part of the VVA Pennsylvania State Council and his chapter, raising awareness of the needs of veterans and increasing revenue through unique fundraising skills. Jake is a true leader, an independent thinker, and a change agent who always moves any organization he works with forward.

 

Jake Barsottini was born in Beaver Falls, Penn., and graduated from Beaver Falls Senior High School in May 1970. He attended Slippery Rock University from July 1970 to July 1971. He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force as a delayed enlistment to finish his first year at university and entered active duty on Aug 11, 1971.

 

After basic training, Jake attended the Accounting and Finance School at Sheppard AFB, where he graduated with honors in December 1971. His first duty station was Sheppard AFB, and while there in May 1972, he attained a war skill of Security Police and later became a marksman for a tactical neutralization team. Jake continued his dual career in Finance and Security Police.

 

Jake is married to his lovely wife, Pamela, and has three adult children. Jake furthered his education, obtaining an AAS in Financial Management; a BA in Human Resource Management; and two Masters’ Degrees, an MBA in Finance and an LLM Master of Law in Employment Law. From 2001 through 2011, Jake served as vice president and chief operating officer for Employshare, Inc., a Human Resources and Payroll Consulting Company. He participated in lobbying Congress on behalf of the Society of Human Resource Management from 2008 through 2011 and gained valuable experience on Capitol Hill and with his State Legislature.

 

Jake is a proven leader in his industry and community. He served for eight years on the local school board as finance director and five years on his municipal council as finance chair. He was lauded for his work in both capacities for reducing expenses and increasing reserve funds.

 

Jake served from December 1972 to April 1973 in the 16th Special Operations Squadron out of Ubon Royal Thai Air Base. In 1979, Jake was assigned as a Security Police marksman on a team involved in Operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt by the United States to rescue the Iranian Hostages. Jake served with UN peacekeeping forces in Lebanon during the crisis of 1983; in Panama in 1989; with Desert Shield in 1990; and with Desert Storm in 1991. In addition to his varied assignments stateside, Jake served at Aviano AB, Italy; Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia; Bitburg AB, Germany; and with numerous temporary duty assignments throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

 

Jake’s awards include three Meritorious Service Medals; three Air Force Commendation Medals; one Air Force Air Medal; one Presidential Citation; five Good Conduct Medals; two National Defense Medals with two Bronze Stars; and two Expert Marksmanship Medals. He was Airman of the Year twice; NCO of the year twice; and Senior NCO of the year once.

 

Jake is a graduate of the NCO Leadership School, the NCO Academy, and the Senior NCO Academy. Prior to Desert Shield, in June 1990, Jake was one of eight Senior NCOs selected by SAC to develop the Comptroller Warrior Challenge, establishing a program of Joint Special Operations between Comptroller personnel, Security Services, and Procurement and Logistics, to ensure personnel were combat trained and ready to perform at a high level when called upon. Today, the Air Force has a program called Agile Combat Employment (ACE), which is a direct offshoot of the efforts put forth to ensure all career fields are combat ready and able to develop skills needed in the field outside of their primary Air Force Specialty Code.

 

Jake is currently executive vice president and treasurer of the VVA Pennsylvania State Council; treasurer of VVA Chapter 862, VVA’s third largest chapter in the Nation; and president of the Pennsylvania Veterans Assistance Fund. Jake has assisted with the establishment of numerous VVA 501c3 foundations, as well as establishing AVVA as a 501c3 and the Veterans Health Council, as a Pennsylvania 501c3. Jake received the AVVA Presidential Commendation Medal for his efforts. Jake has been an integral part of the VVA Pennsylvania State Council and his chapter, raising awareness of the needs of veterans and increasing revenue through unique fundraising skills. Jake is a true leader, an independent thinker, and a change agent who always moves any organization he works with forward.