With nearly 200,000 men and women transitioning out of the military each year, employers have a rich source of talent to tap that can greatly aid their organizations.

Michael R. Scotch

    Jim Herdt transitioned from active duty in April 2002 after serving 35 years in the U. S. Navy, culminating in serving the final four years as the most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Navy.  As such, his responsibilities included leading program and policy development for an enlisted force of over 400,000 personnel and serving as a personal advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Congress on all U.S. Navy personnel policies.  As an integral part of the duties assigned to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Jim was called on each year to provide informed testimony before numerous committees of Congress covering all aspects of U.S. Navy personnel policies.


    Considered an expert in the field of human resources management, training, and leadership, Jim was a major contributor to the Navy’s transformation of personnel programs and to the Navy’s revolution of training and education programs including their associated delivery systems.  He personally engineered and executed a major prerequisite for these efforts by successfully building and executing the momentum for change in a force of more than 39,000 Chief Petty Officers, the middle-level management of the U. S. Navy.  This change required overcoming the inertia of 109 years of tradition and culture to broaden the knowledge and leadership tools available to prepare the Chief Petty Officers to lead Navy transformation.


    Master Chief Herdt served tours aboard USS TEXAS (CGN 39), USS CINCINNATI (SSN 693), and on the staff of the Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL., prior to his tour as Chief of the Boat aboard USS SKIPJACK (SSN 585).  He has served as Command Master Chief at Nuclear Field "A" School, Orlando, FL., onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), and at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL.  In 1996, he was selected to serve and as the Chief of Naval Education and Training Force Master Chief.  He assumed duties as the ninth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on March 27, 1998.


    He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy as well as the U.S. Army’s Sergeants Major Academy.  Jim has earned a master of business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.


    After retiring from active duty, Jim founded Herdt Consulting, Inc. in 2002.  Herdt Consulting is a full service business transformation consulting company with a full line of products designed to help organizations become more productive and successful by leveraging enterprise resource programing, using predictive analysis, managing large data and employing robust cyber security.


     In 2007, Jim joined the former Sergeant Major of the Army, former Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force and former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard in founding Pinnacle Five, LLC.  Pinnacle Five, LLC is engaged in leading the charge to inform potential employers on the benefits of hiring veterans, building youth citizenship and linking veterans to employers.  Jim and all members of Pinnacle Five are well sought after public speakers, whose primary topic raises the public consciousness in support of military service members and veterans. Jim is currently a “Leadership Development Coach” for NewDay USA


James L. Herdt

9th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Retired