- The Essential Military-to-Civilian Transition Resource

Announcing The 2015 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® I-La
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.


Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, CA):  “All new veteran employees are offered Veteran Transition Resources training, which assists their transition to civilian work,” says Kim McLaughlin, Marketing Manager, External Relations. The company also offers an American Veterans at Intel Employee Resource Group. Among its activities, the group assists Intel in recruiting veterans and offers supervisors training on how to best manage a veteran. Intel has more than 3,900 self-identified veteran employees. Intel attends several recruiting events, including military base career fairs, Hiring Our Heroes career fairs, state workforce employment agency veteran-focused career fairs, Marine for Life, Soldier for Life and the Veteran MBA career fair. In addition, Intel sources veterans at college campuses.




JDog Franchises, LLC (Berwyn, PA):  “JDog Franchises is an exclusively veteran-branded company and the only franchise concept for veterans and family members,” says Erika Land, Administrator. “Because of this, we have extremely high visibility in the market. People want to know who we are, and they talk about us,” Land says. The company is part of Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network, AMVETS, Military Connections and Veterans Hired. Wayne Turner, Regional Director of Operations and retired CW3, is the point of contact for new veterans. The company also has a MajGen from the U.S. Marine Corps on its Board of Directors. Seventy percent of new hires in the past year were veterans.




Johnson Controls (Milwaukee, WI):  Employees at Johnson Controls create products and services to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings, lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles, and interior systems for automobiles. “Veterans are needed for everything ranging from IT and engineering positions, to supply chain management, to accounting,” says Ray A. Cuttino, Military Recruiting Program Specialist. The company is developing a guide covering the hiring, onboarding and training of veterans. Last year, veterans made up 9.8 percent of all new hires. The company’s recruiting approach includes using military placement firms, attending career fairs and maintaining a presence at TAP/ACAP on military bases.




Kenny Construction Company (Northbrook, IL):  “Veterans possess an ability to think through complications and develop solutions,” says Dan Kobyra, Kenny Construction Logistics Manager. Their contribution has allowed Kenny to “rise to the top of the Material Management industry,” Kobyra says. Within the construction industry, many positions require certifications, degrees or years of industry experience to even get a foot in the door for interviews. The Logistics Solutions Team at Kenny Construction Company has established an on-the-job training process to convert veterans’ knowledge from active duty to the construction industry. “We recognize the experience, intelligence and hardworking attitudes of veterans and give them the opportunity to learn the industry with our Logistics Solutions Team,” Kobyra says.




Kraft Foods Group (Northfield, IL):  Kraft Foods, in business since 1903, has been hiring veterans for decades, but it stepped up its efforts in recent years. “We have grown our internal education of employees to understand how military experience adds value to our team. We have increased our new employee veteran hiring from 2.1 percent in 2011 to six percent in 2014. We are also researching new and creative ways to attract and train both veterans and spouses,” says Tim Corrigan, Veteran Employment Outreach. In 2014, Kraft launched a company-wide Veteran Employee Resource Group, signed the ESGR Statement of Support, joined MSEP and worked with veteran representatives in the states where it has a presence.




La Quinta Inns & Suites (Irving, TX):  La Quinta Inns & Suites has created an enterprise-wide approach to embracing the military, specifically military families. “Encompassing six pillars, our effort starts with hiring veterans, military spouses and caregivers,” says Derek Blake, Vice President, Marketing & Military Programs. La Quinta focuses on providing portable jobs and careers for military families while also offering flexibility and advancement opportunities. With more than 850 locations, the La Quinta Talent Acquisition team participates in U.S. Chamber Hiring Our Heroes Job Fairs and Military Spouse Employment Partnership’s Networking Events and Spouse-Specific Hiring Fairs, conducting interviews on-site during the fairs. Each year for the past three years, the company has more than doubled military hires.


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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