Riki Tate was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He graduated high school valedictorian, and in 2005 enlisted in the active duty U.S. Army as a Combat Medic. After receiving advanced training in tactical combat casualty care and military emergency medicine, he was assigned to Bravo Company 52nd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, HI. There he practiced and taught clinical and emergency medicine and received intense predeployment tactical and operational training.
In 2007 Riki deployed to Taji, Iraq for 14 months as a platoon medic embedded with a mechanized Quick Reaction Force tasked with responding within 10 minutes to de-escalate and assume control of any type of developing situation or emergency threat. In theater he practiced emergency medicine during day, night missions and raids and managed medical treatment and mental health support during downtime.
In 2009 (postdeployment) he was assigned to 7234th Installation Medical Support Unit, Western Medical Area Readiness Support Group of the U.S. Army Reserve at Vallejo, CA as head instructor of emergency medicine tasked with training deploying reserve service members.
During his time in service, Riki was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), and Army Achievement Medal.
In 2011, after 6 years of military service, Riki transitioned from the U.S. Army to pursue higher education full-time in the SF Bay Area. He achieved straight A grades and placed in the top 1% of the Honors Society at Diablo Valley College, and transferred to UC Berkeley to major in American Studies.
Riki’s journey as a Certified Salesforce Administrator began in 2014. He has accumulated work experience as a Project Manager and Salesforce Administrator for VetsinTech, Salesforce Database Manager and Administrator/Developer for Richard Milner Group, and Salesforce Advisor for Vet-Tech Startup Accelerator.
His career track preference is to begin work as a Salesforce Administrator in an enterprise level environment and, through applied work ethic and passion, evolve into a Salesforce Technical Architect.
Today Riki balances the development of his career as a Salesforce Administrator with the holistic practices that improves his health and well-being and by helping others as a young adult leader and life coach. He attributes his successful military to civilian transition to the significant support from family, friends, and veterans service organizations and initiatives--namely, VetsinTech, Vet-Tech, Veterans2Work and salesforce.com’s VetForce--who all contribute and work together to effectively provide the network, resources, programs, training and certification, and employment opportunities that truly benefit the lives of veterans.
Connect with Riki Tate via LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rikitate
To be part of a purpose greater than myself and put action into completing an immense mission with an amazing team was what truly inspired me to join the military. My military service as a combat medic developed and rounded my entire skill set, then trained me to be a quick learner of anything.
Ever since I learned of Salesforce in 2014, I have become extremely passionate about it. The Salesforce training and employment opportunity through Veterans2Work means the world to me. A job as a Salesforce Administrator in an enterprise level environment is the access I need to satisfy my drive for tech, flourish as a Salesforce Administrator, and build my career to become a Salesforce Technical Architect. I have the aptitude and motivation to succeed personally and to help the Salesforce Administrator Career Launch Program succeed.
I am prepared to contribute to the success of the program with my willingness and ability to go the extra mile and be an intelligent, proactive team player. I plan to share processes and best practices with fellow cohort members and assist those without a Salesforce background with suggestions of efficient and effective ways to learn the material.