Chief Executive magazine, in partnership with Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point, announces the inaugural Patriots in Business Award, honoring the Best Companies with Veteran & Military Initiatives.

This award will recognize 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.

AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED IN 3 CATEGORIES:

  • Large Enterprises
  • Medium-Sized Businesses
  • Small Businesses

The application deadline for 2018 submissions has passed. To learn more and get alerted when our 2019 application is live, please email PatriotsAward@thayerleaderdevelopment.com.

Awards presented October 2, 2018 at the 2018 CEO Talent Summit, co-hosted by Chief Executive and Thayer Leader Development Group.

Learn more about the award here.

Not ready to submit? View the application questions prior to submitting by clicking here.

For additional questions, contact: PatriotsAward@thayerleaderdevelopment.com

NOMINATION FAQs

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The awards are open to all for-profit corporations.

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?

  • Large Enterprises – greater than $1B annual revenue
  • Medium-sized Businesses – $10M-$1B annual revenue
  • Small Businesses – less than $10M annual revenue

WHO CAN SUBMIT A NOMINATION?
Entries may be self-nominated or submitted on behalf of corporations by those who work with them or by outside vendors and service providers.

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS
Materials submitted in support of nominations should relate to qualifications and activities from July 1, 2017 – June 31, 2018. All entries should be received by July 16, 2018, to be eligible for consideration. Eligible entries must consist of an entry form, an executive summary, and any relevant supporting documents. The following format for materials should be followed:

  • Nomination form with all relevant fields complete.
  • Supplemental supporting documents – Must directly support nomination qualification. Examples could include testimonials, press coverage of achievements, marketing materials, or other honorable mentions and awards related to the company’s programs and/or initiative for military, veterans and their families.  Please do not submit entire annual reports. Please submit in an attached Word or PDF file.

HOW WILL THE WINNERS BE DETERMINED?
Criteria for the award can be found below. An independent panel of judges will determine the award recipients in each category.

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CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD

HIRE VETERANS AND MILITARY SPOUSES
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: 2018 recruitment plans and annual veteran hiring targets as a percentage of total 2018 hiring goals
  • Hiring veterans and military spouses: percentage of 2017 hires who are veterans and military spouses

TRAIN, RETAIN AND SUPPORT VETERANS, NATIONAL GUARD, RESERVE AND 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 2017 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

HONOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITHIN THE COMPANY AND COMMUNITY
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 2018 and accomplishments in 2017