After military men and women have completed their first term of service, they are then guaranteed at least a job interview with their PaYS partner, Ross said.
The ethics the military instills in soldiers are the same qualities business owners look for in new hires, Speedway CEO Anthony Kenney said.
“You think about the values that young soldiers have coming into the workforce — it’s about team, it’s about respect, integrity and honor. Those are the things that really help a business be successful,” Kenney said.
About 500 veterans are employed with Speedway nationwide and are a part of the workforce that the company wants to grow.
“One of our values is respecting diversity among our employees and diversity is also defined by the background and the kind of experience one has had,” Kenney said.
The gas station and convenience store giant decided to partner with the Army for the program because its purchase of Hess spread the company into 22 of the 50 states, Kenney added, with up to thousands of positions to be filled.
“Our local recruiting group here at Speedway has continued to grow and we’re thinking of creative ways to bring talent to the company,” he said.
The expansion has had a great impact locally, Kenney said, with jobs added at its Enon headquarters and a recent move into the NextEdge Technology Park.
In the next few years Speedway has promised to create 350 jobs in Clark County. Speedway currently employs about 1,000 people in its Clark County offices, not including its stores.
Speedway said the partnership with PaYS could employ numerous veterans both locally and nationally.
“It could be hundreds, maybe even thousands over time, that we would look for opportunities to interview and potentially hire coming out of the army as part of this program,” Kenney said.
To young recruits just beginning their time, the promise of help when their military commitment ends is a relief. Brittany Kozak, a 17-year-old Enon resident, signed up for the PaYS program when she enlisted in June.
“It makes me feel comfortable that if I go through the military and give my years, I’ll have kind of a safety net, that they’ll be watching over me and that I get on the right track after (my time),” said Kozak, who will leave for basic training in September.
Speedway also has refurbished its existing stations and stores in Clark County to make them more attractive to customers.
The chain recently rebuilt a heavily used location in Springfield at 1147 N. Limestone St. That new location includes a full-service convenience store and Speedy Cafe that allows customers to order food from a self-serve kiosk. The store had about 2,200 square feet; the rebuilt version is now closer to 3,900 square feet.
Construction has also started on a 4,000-square-foot, updated convenience store on North Main Street in New Carlisle.
By the numbers:
1,000: People employed by Speedway in its Clark County corporate offices
36,500: Speedway employees nationwide
350: New Speedway jobs to be added in Clark County by 2017
500: Current veterans employed by Speedway nationwide
Photo gallery of ceremony.
FDM Group Joins PaYS Partnership
Information from fdmgroup.com/us
FDM Group is a global professional services provider with a focus on IT, specializing in Project Management, Business Analysis, Development, Application Support, Production Support, Infrastructure Support, Quality Assurance and Testing, and Data and Operational Analysis. Its business model is both unique and robust, bringing people and technology together.
FDM has centers across North America, Europe and Asia and has firmly established itself as an award-winning service provider, supplying effective and innovative IT and business solutions to over 130 clients across multiple business sectors. Some of FDM's clients include NYSE Euronext, Credit Agricole, HSBC, Nomura, Sirius, UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Credit Suisse.
The FDM Academy is a unique fast--track center, designed to train recent university graduates and military veterans to become professional IT and business Consultants. FDM's award-- winning Academy Program bridges the gap between academia and employment, equipping aspiring Consultants with the essential combination of technical skills and commercial experience.
The FDM Veterans Initiative offers military veterans a tailored career path to support their transition into the corporate workforce. FDM provides veterans with vocational training in a number of disciplines both business and technically focused, followed by commercial experience working with our prestigious clients as IT and business professionals. This puts veterans on a specialized career path and supports their transition into the corporate world.
CB&I Ceremonial Signing
Photos of Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS)
Ceremonial Signing, August 11, 2015
U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Houston
CB&I, The Woodlands, Texas
Photo right - Ms. Brandy Cates, Director, Global Talent Acquisition far left. Far right, Mr. Tom Anderson, Senior Vice President, Staffing and Recruiting.
Photo below - Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey McCartney witnesses Mr. Albert Vanzant signing the agreement.
Photo above left - Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey McCartney presents
Mr. Albert Vanzant with signing Certificate of Participation plaque,
on behalf of Colonel Cedrick A. Farrior, Commander,
U.S. Army 5th Recruiting Brigade,
Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Photo above right - Left to Right: Mr. Paul Glover, Global Talent Acquisition, Military Recruiter, CB&I -
Brigadier General Henry Ostermann, (U.S. Army Retired), Army Reserve Ambassador East Texas -
Mr. Philip Asherman, Chief Executive Officer, CB&I -
Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey McCartney, Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Houston -
Mr. Albert Vanzant, Global Talent Acquisition Manager, Military Recruitment, CB&I -
Mr. Jeff Lyden, Global Talent Acquisition, Senior Military Recruiter, CB&I
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company known commonly as CB&I, is a large multinational conglomerate
engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company. CB&I specializes in projects for oil and gas companies. According to one of the founder's heirs, "The old joke is that Chicago Bridge & Iron isn't in Chicago, doesn't build bridges and doesn't use iron."
CB&I currently employs approximately 50,000 persons worldwide.
US Army Hosts Strengthening America's Youth (SAY) Committee Meeting
Photo right - PaYS Senior Marketing Analyst Charles Pulliam (far left) speaking on his 30-years Army experience on S.A.Y Panel
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL,VA (July 28, 2015)
Approximately 30 national executives from education and multicultural organizations gathered here Tuesday to participate in the annual Strengthening America's Youth (SAY) Leadership Committee meeting.
The SAY Leadership Committee was established by the Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG) in July 2010 to bring together a group of action-oriented leaders and organizations whose primary mission is to support and advance the success of students and young people across the United States. The committee participates in vigorous discussion and information-sharing about the challenges facing the Nation's youth including the crisis in education, childhood obesity, and workforce readiness.
Ultimately, the SAY partnership allows the Army to articulate its position as a leader in education, training, career development and science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM), while building and expanding its connection and support to like-minded and influential civilian organizations.
During his opening remarks, Mr. Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army for marketing, explained the importance of demonstrating the value of the Army as an institution in order to change perceptions.
"The complex work that our Soldiers do, day in and day out, in more than 150 countries around the globe, the values that they live by…and above all, their selfless dedication should be known," said Davis, while explaining the knowledge gap between the American people and their Army. "There should be no knowledge gap…and it's my job to help close the gap."
To demonstrate the AMRG's enterprise approach to bridging the gap and increasing the number of Americans who are willing to support, recommend or join the Army, Davis showed the committee several recent Army commercials and then opened the floor for their feedback.
Photo right - Mr. Mark Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing
The discussion amongst the group focused largely on long-held misperceptions by the American people about the Army, and how talking about the Army institution versus just the benefits of joining, makes sense.
Photo below - SAY Leadership Committee Participants
"This generation is focused on service and making a difference," said Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of Skills USA. "I think your campaign is on the right track."
During the conference, the SAY committee members also had the opportunity to listen to the personal stories of several Soldiers from different military occupations and in different stages of their career to highlight how Army professional development and educational opportunities allowed them to grow through the ranks to reach career aspirations.
"This is the first time I have been to this conference and I can tell you that I am learning a lot about the Army," said Albert Alfaro, a senior member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
"I am interested in understanding what we can do as an organization to partner with the U.S. Army to map the different Military Occupational Specialties, as we help transition veterans to the civilian workforce," added Alfaro.
At the end of the conference, the executives formally presented specific recommendations on how to enhance the collaboration between their organizations and the Army and how the Army can leverage SAY and the members' expertise to further connect with students and educators.
Gallery of photos.
A PaYS Soldier and his Continued Service
Story by Darline Goyea
Social Media/Marketing Coordinator
Photo right - (L-R) Recruiting Unit Supervisor Sgt. Frank Chisari, Recruiting Corporal Michael Denton, Training Supervisor Sgt. Danielle Bigelow, and Corporal Mathew Fluery
Outstanding student, very hard-working and popular, these are all adjectives we would all like to be affiliated with, right?
Michael Denton, 27, has surely heard these words to describe himself several times in his life, and according to his colleagues these accolades will continue to follow him throughout his career.
Michael Denton was born in Detroit, MI. and moved to Ocala, FL. with his father. After graduating from high school, Denton knew whatever he did with his future, it had to be something worthwhile and that gave back to the community.
Denton joined the United States Army in January 2006. Mr. Denton went to Airborne school and was assigned to 173d Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy. In May 2007, he deployed to Afghanistan and was severely injured in the Battle of Wanat on July 13th 2008. He spent 4 months at Walter Reed Medical Hospital and then transferred to Ft. Benning, Georgia to continue his recovery from his sustained injuries.
After being medically retired from the Army in April 2010, he was unemployed for about a year and a half. In September 2011, he became employed at the University of Central Florida Police Department, as an Administrative Assistant in their training department. In February 2013, he was then hired by G4S Government Solutions/Centerra Inc. as an Emergency Response Team Officer for NASA. Denton has federal arrest authority and his main responsibility was to respond to critical incidents at the Kennedy Space Center.
Mr. Ryan Pitts, Retired Staff Sergeant U.S. Army - Congressional Medal of
Honor recipient, stated "During our service together in Afghanistan, I witnessed Michael react calmly and respond effectively in the face of fear in numerous combat engagements. He was never inhibited by fear and always adhered to his training, regardless of the complexity or uniqueness of the situation. The quality of his character and conduct earned him the unwavering respect and loyalty of his peers. His dependability made him a top choice for challenging missions and positions of greater responsibility. He provided security and aid to the wounded, all while maintaining his composure in an unbelievably chaotic situation. Michael's actions that day led to him receiving the Silver Star, our
Nation's 3rd highest award for valor."
While in the Army, Denton chose Bally's as his Partnership for Youth Success company to become a personal trainer, but wanted to do more. To his advantage, things didn't unfold in favor of him partnering with Bally's and he went with the Orlando Police Department. "I always knew enforcement was for me," said Denton. Denton was selected by his peers as the class president, because of his leadership skills, willingness to care for his fellow comrades, and dependability. Denton was also selected by the Department for sponsorship through his 20 weeks of training. In order to receive sponsorship one has to be one of the highest qualified physically, pass the aptitude exam, and exude great leadership qualities. "He [Denton] epitomizes what we strive to find in every applicant," said Recruiting Unit Supervisor Sgt. Frank Chisari.
Getting the satisfaction of knowing you will make a difference is the reason why Denton pushed so hard during his training, "It may sound like a cliché, but it's the same reason why I joined the Army," stated Denton. From start to finish in the hiring process for the Orlando Police Department, less than one half of 1 percent is actually offered a position out of the 7,000 applicants in a year. "That's why we like the military folks, they have the right abilities, attitude and training," said Corporal Recruiter Mathew Fleury.
Photo left - Michael Denton gives speech to crowd on his last day as class president.
We here at PaYS cannot get enough of these success stories. Michael Denton is just one of many! The Orlando Police Department gained one of our best…partnering with PaYS is the first step to more of the likes of Michael Denton…oops, I mean, Officer Denton!
A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their August PaYS Anniversaries:
The Pepsi Bottling Group-15 years, LAPD-13 years, Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD-13 years, JX Enterprises, Inc.-13 years, Washington State Patrol-12 years, Rockford Police Department-12 years, City of Naples, Florida-12 years, Richmond Police Department-12 years, Scottsdale Police Department-10 years, American Systems Corporation-9 years, New Jersey Basketball LLC d/b/a Brooklyn Nets Basketball-8 years, General Motors Corporation-8 years, Kansas Dept of Social & Rehabilitation Services-8 years, Community Asphalt Corporation-8 years, Canam Steel Corporation-7 years, Oshkosh Corporation-7 years, Life Time Fitness, Inc.-7 years, City of Riverside, CA-6 years, Citrus Heights Police Department-6 years, Hawthorne Machinery Company-4 years, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California-2 years, Performance Contractors-2 years, HOLT CAT-2 years
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