Announcing The 2014 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® H-Leg
Below, please find employer profiles of the 2014 MVEs. The brief snapshots capture some of the highlights regarding why these military-friendly companies were recognized as winners, and why they are employers worth seeking out if you are a military-experienced job seeker.
Halfaker and Associates, LLC (Arlington, VA): Halfaker is rapidly expanding into a leading information technology solutions provider. “We are providing several clients with intelligence analysis and operations center support, which requires clearly defined and highly skilled subject matter experts. Veterans are uniquely qualified to fill these positions,” says Kathleen Delarm, Director of Recruiting. Twenty-seven percent of the government contractor’s employees are veterans. President and CEO Dawn Halfaker is the President of the Board of Directors of Wounded Warrior Project. “We work closely with a representative from WWP Warriors to Work, which is a program that assists warriors with the transition back into the civilian workforce,” Delarm says.
Humana, Inc. (Louisville, KY): In January 2013, Humana hired 1,000 additional veterans and military spouses. Total hires since the company’s original commitment in August 2011 reached 1,593 by the end of 2013, says Jay Brethen, Talent Acquisition, Veteran & Military Spouse Programs. Humana attended the December 2013 national conference for the Student Veterans of America. “Our current area of focus is to attend Student Veteran Chapter engagements and invite them to military career events within our business markets,” Brethen says. Humana is a winner of the Secretary of Defense’s Employee Support of the Guard, Reserve Freedom Award for 2013, and was a finalist in 2012.
Ingenuity IEQ (Midland, MI): Ingenuity IEQ is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that recently requested to be certified as a Michigan Values Veterans Certified Employer. The company “is growing fast, and we are always on the lookout for new talent,” says Jacquelyn Beffrey, Staffing and Development Specialist. Ingenuity IEQ provides expertise and technology to make buildings more energy-efficient, healthier, cleaner and greener. Veterans comprise 20 percent of the workforce, and they made up 50 percent of employees hired in 2013. The company recruits from various sources, such as Pure Michigan Talent Connect, Veterans’ Service Divisions, US Department of VA, Army Strong Community Center and Hiring Our Heroes.
Integrity Applications Incorporated (Chantilly, VA): As a veteran-owned firm that provides high-quality technical and engineering services to enhance the national security of the United States, Integrity Applications Inc. “is very much aware of the many benefits offered to our company and to our customer by military-experienced talent,” says William S. Jugus, SVP & COO. The company primarily supports the intelligence community. IAI seeks military-experienced talent at all locations, but particularly in Dayton, OH, where it anticipates significant growth in 2014. Another focus area is at its headquarters in Chantilly, VA. Nearly 90 percent of IAI’s hires are a result of employee referrals and networking within the military and intelligence communities.
Intel (Santa Clara, CA): Intel ensures that, “once veterans are hired, they are given the maximum opportunities to succeed,” says Rob Polston, Program Manager for Military Staffing & Recruiting. The company offers Veteran Transition Resources training to new military hires. Supervisors receive specialized training on how to best manage veterans. This year, Intel is kicking off an apprentice and internship program for severely disabled wounded warriors, partnering with Project Hired. Recruiters attend several events, including Military Base Transition Assistance Career Fairs, Hiring Our Heroes Career Fairs, White House Joining Forces, 100,000 Jobs Mission Coalition and Operation Impact Wounded Warrior. In addition, Intel sources veterans at college campuses nationwide.
J Dog Junk Removal (Wayne, PA): Interested in opening a franchise with a junk removal business? J Dog Franchises is the only franchise to exclusively sell to active duty, Reserve, veteran and military families, says Jerry Flanagan, President/Founder and an Army veteran. “We are currently operating in Pennsylvania and have franchises in Texas and Michigan. Our goal is to sell franchises nationally, therefore employing veterans,” he says. The company is also hiring those in Sales, Marketing and Administration, plus Laborers and Drivers. “All of our hiring includes training, operations manuals and handbooks. Our franchisees are trained at our corporate headquarters and in the field in their locations,” Flanagan says.
J. M. Waller Associates, Inc. (Fairfax, VA): J. M. Waller Associates Inc. is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that values the expertise that veterans bring to the workplace, say Paula Roberson, Director of HR, and Brent Sinn, Marketing/Proposal Coordinator. It provides engineering, logistics, technical, management and professional consulting services to industry, municipal, state and federal agencies. J. M. Waller reimburses employees for professional registrations (e.g., architect, engineer, geologist, planner, environmental manager). The company will pay 100 percent of one registration for each employee, plus any others that are required for J. M. Waller to do business. Eighteen percent of J. M. Waller’s new hires in 2013 were veterans.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (New York, NY): JPMorgan Chase and 10 other firms launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission in early 2011 with the goal of hiring at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. In approximately three years, the initiative has grown to 133 member companies. “We have collectively hired nearly 117,500 veterans, surpassing our original goal seven years ahead of schedule,” says Tim Keefe, FVP/Communications Sr. Manager. “We have doubled our commitment and now pledge to hire a total of 200,000 veterans by 2020.” The company has unique programs, such as Military 101, training managers on military culture. And Body Armor to Business Suits helps veterans assimilate into the firm.
Kraft Foods (Northfield, IL): “Step inside Kraft, and you’ll meet veterans working in every area of our business, applying the skills they learned in the military and developing a whole range of new ones, too,” says Timothy J. Mote, Director, Talent Acquisition & University Relations. More than 1,100 veterans work at Kraft. Kraft launched a military talent community website last year and has a military recruiting team. It has a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and supports several organizations promoting veterans’ job placements. Kraft seeks veterans to fill a broad range of roles, including Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Logistics, Black Belts Finance, Sales, Marketing and Information Systems.
La Quinta Inns & Suites (Dallas, TX): La Quinta Inns & Suites seeks both veterans and military spouses. “As we have a heavy focus on ‘people’ and ‘family’ at La Quinta, we have always believed it is important to embrace ‘military families,’” says Derek Blake, VP, Marketing & Military Programs. This year, La Quinta expects to hire 20 percent of career positions from the military population. La Quinta is in 46 states with more than 800 hotels. It has created unique partnerships with organizations like the Fisher House Foundation, the Armed Services YMCA, Blue Star Families, Team Red White & Blue, Operation Homefront, Carry the Load, MOAA and the George W. Bush Institute.
Legion Logistics LLC (Florence, KY): Even though Legion Logistics is small, it is committed to hiring veterans. Its co-founder, Tony Coutsoftides, is a service-disabled veteran, says Mary Hall, Hype Woman. Veterans are given an opportunity to change positions if their current one isn’t a good fit. For example, one employee suffered a TBI during his military service, which made it difficult for him to do his job as a freight broker. The owners transitioned him into recruiting, and he is now “our greatest asset in our veteran hiring effort,” Hall says. Legion Logistics was one of eight finalists in the Tournament of Small Business Veteran Champions, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber.
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