Jose Vasquez is the new director of Sanford World Clinic in Costa Rica. Here, we learn about the extensive experience the retired Green Beret brings to Sanford Health, his approach to leadership and his vision for the partnership with Hospital Metropolitano in Costa Rica.
At the age of 18, he joined the U.S. Army and headed off to basic training on the day of graduation. Vasquez recalls that his first leadership role in the military lasted 30 seconds, until his drill sergeant fired him for having unbuttoned pockets on his uniform.
Following that, Vasquez served in the Army Reserves and attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where his propensity to lead and serve led him to become a resident assistant. Vasquez earned a degree in international relations. Vasquez also earned a master’s degree in international relations from Troy University in Alabama during his subsequent military service.
Vasquez has led, organized or trained teams in upwards of 2,700 people and has experience working in Central and South America, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Most of Vasquez’s assignments entailed developing strategies to solve highly complex problems affecting nation-states.
At Sanford Health, he feels he is doing that every day. His role is not to give people the answers but to help guide them toward a solution. And as he learned when he was young, you must fail early, fail often and fail forward to make progress.