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Announcing The 2015 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® So-Tr
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Company profiles: A-Ar, Ba-Ca, Ca-Cs, D-Ed, El-Fr, G-Hu, I-La, Le-Na, Na-So, So-Tr,U-US, We-X

Below and on the pages that follow, please find employer profiles of the 2015 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.



Southwest Airlines (Dallas, TX):  Southwest Airlines operates more than 3,400 flights per day and has scheduled service to 93 destinations across the United States. “We hire for all of these locations, as well as for our corporate positions at our Headquarters in Dallas,” says Tina Clanton, Senior Corporate Recruiter/Military Recruiting. The company partners with the ArmyPaYS program, Marines for Life, ESGR and the Texas Veterans Commission and attends Hiring Our Heroes events/job fairs and Military MOJO job fairs and focus groups. This year, the company will target veterans to participate in its Emerging Leadership Development Program. Southwest also has a Manager in Training Program, plus numerous other opportunities at a state-of-the-art training facility.




Sprint (Overland Park, KS):  In 2014, the Secretary of Defense nominated Sprint for the Employer Support Freedom Award, given to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. “Sprint employs more than 1,500 veterans,” says Summer Dean, Talent Acquisition Supervisor. Sprint’s involvement in national military organizations such as Business Executives for National Security and Association of the United States Army helps the company stay connected with potential future employees. Sprint’s employee resource group called VETS - Veterans and Employees helping others Through Sprint - has more than 940 active members. One of their notable programs is the Deployed Associates Committee, which gathers feedback from associates after deployments about their experience with Sprint’s support.




Sunbelt Rentals (Fort Mill, SC):  “Sunbelt Rentals focuses on attracting military service members by being where they are,” says Shawn Leo, Regional Recruiting Manager. The company attends workshops on base and assists transition teams. It attends career fairs through multiple organizations nationwide and partners with the Wounded Warrior Project/Warriors to Work program. Sunbelt created “SBR Veteran Spotlight on Success,” which highlights the success of a veteran employee each month. Sunbelt Rentals, one of the largest equipment rental companies in the nation, offers clients an extensive $4 billion equipment fleet for construction, power generation and other jobs. New hires work with a seasoned professional, gaining knowledge to be successful in their position.




The GEO Group, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL):  Veteran hiring at The GEO Group, Inc. has steadily risen since in the past four years, from 481 hires in 2011 to 717 hires in 2014. “GEO is rapidly growing, so the prospect for veterans to be hired is excellent,” says Gina Larsen Manager, HR and Marketing. A Military Job Translator on GEO’s website allows Veterans to plug in their current rank/title and receive a matching job for their current position. The company also posts jobs on more than 20 veteran-specific websites and attends eight or more military recruiting events yearly. The GEO Group, Inc. specializes in the design, financing, development and operation of correctional, detention and community re-entry facilities around the globe.



TMC Transportation
(Des Moines, IA):  TMC Transportation is an industry leader for its training and onboarding process. Since 2008, it has offered a two-year, VA-approved Education Apprenticeship. “Our program is longer than many in our industry, allowing veterans an easier transition into their new civilian career,” says Cheryl Freauff, Driver Recruiting Manager. In 2014, veterans made up 37 percent of new hires; they are 33 percent of the entire workforce. Eighty percent of job openings are for Class A Drivers. TMC is a partner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Program. It attends various military job fairs throughout the county. TMC supports veterans’ organizations such as Wounded Warriors and Toys for Tots.




Triple Canopy, Inc. (Reston, VA):  Founded by U.S. Special Forces veterans, Triple Canopy provides mission support, security and training services in support of the U.S. federal government in high-risk, complex locations throughout the world. “Due to the challenging scope of work we perform, Triple Canopy will continue to seek military-experienced talent in 2015 to exceed the required expectations of the U.S. government,” says Katy Pultz, Communications Manager. Sixty-two percent of new hires in 2014 were veterans. Former military personnel are in key leadership positions across the organization. Triple Canopy utilizes many recruiting efforts to attract veterans, including working with the Army Career and Alumni Program.


Company profiles: A-Ar, Ba-Ca, Ca-Cs, D-Ed, El-Fr, G-Hu, I-La, Le-Na, Na-So, So-Tr,U-US, We-X


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