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Thursday, September 24



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Chief Executive magazine, in partnership with Thayer Leadership at West Point, announced the 3rd Annual Patriots in Business Award, honoring the Best Companies with Veteran & Military Initiatives.

This award recognizes outstanding businesses that lead our nation in supporting active duty military members, veterans and their families and exemplify the values of Duty, Honor and Country through their business practices and throughout their community and industry. Through their initiatives on hiring, training, supporting, and honoring Active Duty, Veterans and military families, these outstanding companies are the gold standard for other companies who seek to support those who serve.


The company has made hiring veterans and military spouses a priority.  They have defined objectives and established procedures to hire veterans, as well as encourage other employers to hire our nation’s heroes.

  • Attracting veterans: established programs or methodologies for attracting veterans, such as hosting hiring events targeting veterans, partnering with veteran support groups, exclusive advertising and messaging, etc.
  • Recruiting veterans: 2021 recruitment plans and annual veteran hiring targets as a percentage of total 2021 hiring goals
  • Hiring veterans and military spouses: percentage of 2020 hires who are veterans and military spouses

The company has established programs, policies and/or dedicated staff to support veterans and ensure their success as they transition to the corporate world.

  • Training veterans: established veteran’s assistance, transition and training programs
  • Retaining veterans: percentage of workforce who are veterans and the retention rate of 2020 veteran hires
  • Supporting National Guard and Reserve employees and their families: policy and programs established to provide support to employees and their families during military training and deployments
  • Provide income and tuition support for veterans: support additional education, training and certification required for veterans to be successful

The company promotes awareness and support of veterans and veteran organizations within the company, as well as throughout their industry and community.

  • Veterans networking within the company: provide support, networking and mentorship to veteran employees.  Inform and guide the company’s leadership on the value of hiring veterans, military culture, and veterans’ issues
  • Providing special benefits for veterans and military: program, policy and promotion of special benefits such as discounts or other incentives for veteran and active duty military customers
  • Using purchasing to provide service disabled veteran owned business or veteran owned business: established supplier diversity program and the number of Veteran’s Business Enterprises used as suppliers, and percentage of overall budget
  • Supporting veteran philanthropies: Goal for 2021 and accomplishments in 2020


  • Paul Huszar, CEO, VetCor (2018 Patriots in Business Recipient)
  • Chance Mims, CEO, Academy Securities (2018 Patriots in Business Recipient) 
  • Colby Barrett, CEO, GeoStabilization International (2019 Patriots in Business Recipient)
  • Jerry Flanagan, CEO, J Dog Brands (2019 Patriots in Business Recipient)
  • Jim Brown, Founder & General Partner, Arena Growth Partners 
  • Adviser to Panel: Dan Rice, President, Thayer Leadership
  • Adviser to Panel: Marshall Cooper, CEO, Chief Executive Group

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

New York, NY: ​​​Chief Executive's Corporate Citizenship Awards 2017

Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.