System Scale Partners With US Army to Train & Hire Veterans
June 15, 2016
News Release by Joe Culp,
System Scale Corporation
Photo right -Cpt. Magaly Thurman, Metro North Company Commander, presents a PaYS plaque to Mike Sale, CFO, System Scale Corp.
System Scale, an employee-owned industrial scale calibration and repair company, has signed an agreement with the US Army to be part of the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program.
"System Scale has long been an organization steeped in military tradition with original founder Larry Polster serving in the US Marines. We're excited to both work as an advocate for the US Army as well as have access to tremendous talent as individuals are finishing service", said Chief Financial Officer Michael Sale.
The PaYS program is designed to allow members of the Army the unique opportunity to simultaneously serve their country and prepare for their future. Individuals may choose to partner with a company during the process, which allows them to learn critical skills, receive mentoring, and likely receive an opportunity at employment with the prospective company.
With a job growth of 20 percent over the past 24 months, System Scale plans on using this partnership to fill a number of roles within the company. Chief Operating Officer Joe Culp added, "As a growing company, we recognize programs like this are critical for strengthening our core values like teamwork, ethics, loyalty and integrity."
System Scale has 12 offices throughout the Midwest and South and has been an employee-owned company since 1995. "The nature of our business requires employees to lead teams independently, have excellent problem-solving skills, and to work on extremely precise equipment. There is no better natural fit for these traits than the Army," added Sale.
About System Scale
Founded in 1979, System Scale has positioned itself in the weights and measures industry as a leader in building trust, developing relationships, and providing advice to its customers. With System Scale being a 100 percent employee-owned company, our team takes great pride in knowing we not only represent ourselves but the company we own. While selling and servicing over a dozen brands, System Scale also offers a calibration laboratory, ISO 17025 services, and a custom brand of HarvestWeigh agricultural products. Learn more at http://www.system-scale.com/.
Headquarters - 4393 W. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268
ARMY PaYS PARTNER AMTRAK CELEBRATES MILITARY HIRING INITIATIVE
Story and Photos by Senior Marketing Analyst
Damon A. Stinger
The US Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program would like to recognize and congratulate Amtrak for exceeding their military hiring initiative. Amtrak is a PaYS partner and one reason for joining the PaYS program was to attract, hire, and retain some of the most talented people in today's competitive job market. Amtrak's current President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Joseph H. Boardman, a Vietnam Veteran, recognizes and understands the significance and worth that veterans bring to the workforce when they separate from the military. So much so, in 2013 Amtrak began to actively recruit thousands of veterans who were returning to civilian life. Mr. Boardman wanted veterans to join Amtrak because of their leadership, strong work ethic, and high-tech skills they gain from military service and training. "Their ability to adapt to a dynamic environment, dedication and focus to safety and experience gained while on military duty is valued by Amtrak and directly contributes to meeting our company goals," said Boardman.
Photo right - On June 29, 2015, Amtrak commissioned the new Siemens-built ACS-64
locomotive No. 642. Pictured from L to R: Major General Francis Vavala of
the Delaware National Guard, Senator Chris Coons, Senator John Carper and
U.S. Representative John Carney.
In 2013, Amtrak launched a veterans hiring initiative with the goal that 25 percent of all new hires be veterans by 2015. To meet its goal, Amtrak participated in nearly 100 military hiring events and it partnered with recruiting groups that focused on veteran hiring, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring our Heroes, the Wounded Warrior Project, RecruitMilitary and Army PaYS. Since joining PaYS more than 19 percent of all new Amtrak hires have been veterans. On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Amtrak held a special celebration to commemorate the successful achievement of its Military Hiring Initiative. The celebration was held at the National Guard Association of the United States in Washington, DC. with more than 300 invited guest in attendance. Amtrak's hiring managers and recruiters accepted the challenged and exceeded the standards of the challenge; the goal of 25 percent was met and surpassed as 26 percent of Amtrak's new hires since 2013 are veterans. Brigadier General Norman Green, Deputy Commanding General, 377th Theater Sustainment Command (New Orleans, LA) and Major General Errol Schwartz, Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard were guest speakers that delivered vocalizations from the Army Reserve and National Guard Perspectives respectfully. Mr. Daniel Feehan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, gave an electrifying and inspirational speech while addressing the audience. "We know veterans are the most skilled Americans in
the workforce. Veterans are trainable and adaptable which helps them transition into the civilian workforce." Mr. Feehan encouraged Amtrak to continue its pledge of 25 percent while recommending other companies in the audience to implement a pledge that will continue to drive down veteran unemployment. Mr. Feehan thanked Amtrak for their pledge to hire veterans. "Amtrak leads the way, they set a standard, and they achieved it," stated Mr. Feehan.
Photo above left - Mr. Joseph H. Boardman, President and CEO National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)
Photo right - Invited guests listen as Mr. Daniel Feehan delivers his speech during Amtrak's Veteran Hiring Initiative Celebration.
Mr. Boardman was ecstatic when it was his turn to take the podium. Mr. Boardman was tremendously humble about Amtrak's Veteran Hiring Initiative accomplishment. Mr. Boardman donned his VFW hat before he said a word to let the audience know that he too was proud to be a veteran. Mr. Boardman started and ended his speech talking about the value of teamwork and how teamwork is instilled in veterans. "If we don't have teamwork to move this country forward we will never understand it. It's the leadership culture of a company, not the leadership that moves a company. And this is why we need veterans to help us change our culture," said Boardman.
The PaYS team would like to congratulate Amtrak for its Military Hiring Initiative achievement and for being an active PaYS partner.
The 2016 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition
Story by Damon A. Stinger Sr.
Photos by Damon A. Stinger Sr.
Senior Marketing Analyst
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC from June 19-22, 2016. This annual conference is dedicated to strategic HR practices and innovations, including International HR, Talent Management, Business Management & Strategy, Employment Law & Legislation, Compensation & Benefits, and Personal & Leadership Development. SHRM annually brings together CHROs, HR Generalists, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Associates, HR Assistants, HR Supervisors, HR Coordinators, Recruiters, HR Specialists, COOs, CEOs, and Attorneys.
SHRM is the world's largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in over 165 countries. SHRM has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals for almost seven decades. There are more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India, and United Arab Emirates.
The conference officially opened its doors on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at 4.p.m. with plenty of excitement in the convention center. Exhibitors, convention goers, workers, and guests were all excited to see SHRM 2016 kick off. This annual conference attracts over 15,000 attendees, including Presidents, CHROs, Vice Presidents, Directors and more. SHRM is the world's largest annual gathering of HR Professionals. There were over 600 exhibited companies in attendance at this year's conference.
The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) team was represented at the conference by Mr. Jacinto Morales (Northeast Marketer), Mr. Damon Stinger (Senior Marketer) and Ms. Angela Byrd (PaYS Program Manager). The team's intent during the conference was to bring PaYS awareness to the hundreds of companies in attendance that are not currently participating in the PaYS program. HR Professionals often stopped by the PaYS booth and asked, "Why the Army would be at a non-recruiting event? What is the Army's purpose here?" Those questions provided great discussion opportunities that enforced both the reason and the need to have PaYS at a SHRM conference.
Photo above - 2016 SHRM Conference and Exposition
Photo right - (left to right) PaYS Program Manager, Angela Byrd; Northeast Marketer, Jay Morales; from Fort Knox, Ina Tyler; and Senior Marketer, Damon Stinger.
The SHRM conference affords an opportunity for companies to launch new products and services, build brand awareness, cultivate customer relationships, and collect high quality sales leads, which is what the PaYS team accomplished during this year's conference. On opening day, Sunday, 27 individuals visited the PaYS booth and expressed an interest to hear more about Army PaYS. Business picked up on Monday and Tuesday at the PaYS booth; there were 117 visitors on Monday and 114 on Tuesday that expressed an interest to hear more about the PaYS program. At the end of the conference, 258 HR Professionals had visited the PaYS booth and expressed an interest in hearing more about the program.
Along with the many exhibitors, there were also break-out sessions and presentations during the SHRM conference. This year's conference held three press briefings with the authors of three surveys that provided insights into the workplace topics currently in the news. The survey topics were Policies on Politics in the Workplace, 2016 Employee Benefits, and New Talent
Landscape: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages.
The team made it a point to visit the booths of current PaYS partners to shake hands and to do a quick introduction. The PaYS team appreciated when PaYS partners would visit the PaYS booth to take photos and have a brief conversation. The team is looking forward to attending next year's conference in New Orleans, LA.
Photo left - Senior Marketer, Damon Stinger Sr.; Lloyd Songne Jr. with PaYS Partner Volt; and Northeast Marketer, Jay Morales
Photo right - Senior Marketer Damon Stinger at 2016 SHRM Conference with Shelley McPherson and Juley Bocardo from PaYS Partner Gila County Government out of Globe, AZ.
PaYS WELCOMES TWO NEW TEAM MEMBERS
Clarence E. Miller Sr. -
PaYS Project Lead
Clarence E. Miller, Sr. hails from Helena, Arkansas and joined the US Army in June 1989. He joins the PQC team as the Project Lead for the Army PaYS Program. He previously served in an array of leadership and managerial positions throughout a 25-year military career. He was the primary selectee to serve as Command Sergeant Major of the Milwaukee Army Recruiting Battalion and retired there in Feb 2015.
Clarence has completed a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University. He is a graduate of all Army Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) schools and earned Distinguished Honor Graduate of Advanced and Senior NCO Courses. He also attended the Army Sapper Leader, Combat Life Saver, Equal Opportunity Leader, Basic Recruiter, Station Commander and the First Sergeant Courses. He is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club of Leadership along with the Glenn E. Morrell Club of Recruiting Excellence, two of the most prestigious memberships in the US Army.
Clarence's military awards include 5 Meritorious Service Medals, 6 Army Commendation Medals, 6 Army Achievement Medals, 7 Good Conduct Medals, 2 National Defense Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, 4 NCO Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and Driver's Badge.
After military service, Clarence moved to Tampa, FL and later to Montgomery, AL. He recently moved to Alexandria, VA with his soul mate, Natasha, who serves in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Deputy Division Chief for Acquisition Force Development.
He enjoys working out, reading, and serving others. He has two sons Damien 26 and Clarence Jr. 24, both residing in Killeen, TX.
Alisha Reneau - Social Media Marketing Coordinator
Alisha is the newest member of the Partnership for Youth Success PaYS team as the Social Media Marketing Coordinator.
Prior to joining The PaYS Team, Alisha has spent most of her career establishing a reputation for outstanding customer service, and leadership for all sales, marketing, and administrative functions.
While attending college Alisha developed a passion for Social Media Marketing and has expanded her experience by taking on several freelance and full time social media roles for various small businesses.
Aside from just social media Alisha enjoys the beach, cooking, traveling, running, wine tasting, watching sports, and photography.
Her future plans are to start her own Digital Marketing Agency improving small businesses' online digital presence and overall marketing strategy.
A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their July PaYS Anniversaries:Southwest Airlines-14 years, NorthCrest Medical Center-14 years, McCann Industries, Inc.-14 years, Travel Centers of America-14 years, Broward County Sheriff's Dept.-14 years, Southwest Research Institute-13 years, Dell -13 years, North Carolina State Highway Patrol-13 years, BAE System - IEWS-13 years, New York State Police-13 years, Prince George's County-11 years, Montgomery County Police Dept.-10 years, Alabama Department of Corrections-10 years, Advanced Technology Service, Inc.-10 years, Weld County Government-10 years, Southern AG Carriers, Inc.-10 years, AAI Corporation-10 years, United Services Automobile Assoc. (USAA)-10 years, Schwan's Shared Services, LLC-10 years, Falcon Transport Co.-9 years, CareerBuilder, LLC -9 years, Kane Freight Lines, Inc.-9 years, Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority-9 years, Kansas Dept. of Corrections-9 years, Iowa Dept. of Public Safety -9 years, InfoCision Management Corporation-8 years, Newport News Sheriff's Office-8 years, Doggett Equipment Services Group-8 years, City of Bryan Police Department-8 years, The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack-8 years, Cajun Industries, LLC-7 years, Harrisonburg Police Department-7 years, Ken Garff Automotive Group-7 years, Village of Itasca-6 years, ADS Logistics Co, LLC-5 years, Dot Foods, Inc.-5 years, Jasper Engines and Transmissions-5 years, United Road Services, Inc.-5 years, Thyssenkrupp Waupaca, Inc.-5 years, Atlas Oil Company-5 years, Baltimore Police Department-4 years, Midland County Sheriff's Office-4 years, BMO Financial Corporation-4 years, Hewlett-Packard Company-4 years, Legacy Health-2 years, CamelBak Products, LLC-2 years,
Westar Energy-2 years,
QualTek USA, LLC-2 years,
Burns & McDonnell Eng. Co., Inc.-2 years,
BJC HealthCare-2 years, Phillips & Cohen Associate, Ltd-1 year,
Noranda Aluminum-1 year,
Guardian Logistics Solution-1 year,
TeamCraft Roofing-1 year
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