Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Joins U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program Cooper Tires logo


Feb 05, 2015


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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and the U.S. Army today held a signing ceremony to mark Cooper’s commitment to the Army’s Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. PaYS is a national program that provides America’s youth with the opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future following military service.
Under the program, Cooper has committed to providing job interviews and potential employment to Soldiers who select Cooper during the enlistment process from more than 500 organizations participating in the PaYS program. Following completion of their military service, Cooper commits to interviewing the Soldiers for jobs with the company. In addition, Cooper has the option of working with the Army to see that Soldiers who select Cooper at enlistment receive specific training during their service that is relevant to future employment at Cooper.
Cooper Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Roy Armes joined Captain Jonathan Ogden, Commander of the Marion, Ohio, Recruiting Company, and Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bartley, Battalion Commander, Cleveland Recruiting Battalion, for the signing ceremony. The event was held Feb. 5 at the Cooper Technical Center adjacent to the Cooper corporate headquarters in Findlay, Ohio.
“Veterans make up about 7 percent of the total U.S. workforce at Cooper,” Armes said. “That’s a good number, yet we can do better and increase the number of veterans we employ. Veterans often possess the kind of skills, leadership and commitment that we are looking for at Cooper, and we are engaging with them in multiple ways to make job connections. The PaYS program is one important way to make these connections and Cooper is proud to be a part of the program.”
“Cooper is the 504th organization to sign on with PaYS,” said Lieutenant Colonel Bartley. “The Army wants to take civilians, provide them with training and job experience, and bring them back to their communities as responsible, productive citizens with marketable skills. We are pleased to have a connection with Cooper as we expect many Soldiers to have an interest in working for one of just two tire companies that are headquartered in the United States. Cooper is a well-known and respected brand, and we are excited about the opportunities that may open up to veterans who select Cooper as they enlist in the Army. We thank Cooper for making a commitment to engage with our veterans through PaYS,” he added.
About PaYS
The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program is a strategic partnership between the US Army and a cross section of corporations, companies, and public sector agencies. The Program provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. PaYS Partners guarantee Soldiers an interview and possible employment after the Army. This unique Program is part of the Army’s effort to partner with America’s business community and reconnect America with its Army.
The PaYS Program began in 2000 as an enlistment incentive for Regular Army enlisted Soldiers. In October 2002, the Program expanded to include Army Reserve Soldiers. The Program later expanded to include Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Reserve Component Cadets and ROTC Cadets who incur an active duty commitment.
About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company CTB, +0.70% is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper and its subsidiaries also sell medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit, or
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(Left to Right):  Angelo Lioudakis, Senior Director of Enrollment Management; 8-Time NHRA Champion, Tony Schumacher; Damon Stinger, PaYS Marketing Analyst (Northwest Region); Lance Knight, Veteran Recruiting of Goodwill Industries of Orange County

(Left to Right): Angelo Lioudakis, Senior Director of Enrollment Management; 8-Time NHRA Champion, Tony Schumacher; Damon Stinger, PaYS Marketing Analyst (Northwest Region); Lance Knight, Veteran Recruiting of Goodwill Industries of Orange County.

The National Hot-Rod Association took place in Pomona, CA on February 7, 2015 with eight-time Top Fuel Champion Tony Schumacher. PaYS partners attend NHRA events across the country as participants in the Youth & Education Services (Y.E.S.) program.

Check out the Pomona Photo Gallery to get a glimpse of the race, and so much more…

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A Message from the Program Manager….

Dear PaYS Partners,

As the PaYS Program celebrates its 15th year in partnering with military-friendly companies like our PaYS partners, we would like to thank you for your support in interviewing and hiring our Soldiers and veterans. Since the inception of our Program, over 180,000 active duty and Reserve Soldiers and 2,300 ROTC cadets have enlisted/enrolled in PaYS. At this time, our Army leadership is encouraging all recruiters to use PaYS as a part of their recruiting efforts. Our Program not only provides the best trained and most professional employees to your organization, but you, as our partner, positively impact the perceptions of America's Army and help to build an environment more favorably to the Army's Brand. Again, thank you for your support and enjoy this month's newsletter that features our recognition to the contributions of African Americans in building this Nation, in celebration of Black History month, our PaYS signing ceremony with Cooper Tires on 5 Feb 15 in Findlay, Ohio with the Cleveland Battalion and other informative articles.

Please remember to access our PaYS Information Exchange (PIX) on to annotate your PaYS Soldier interviews/hires. If you need assistance in accessing the PIX database, please contact me or your regional marketing analyst.

Angela Byrd

Ms. Angela Byrd, PaYS Program Manager

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A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their February PaYS Anniversaries: Deere & Company-14 years, NFI Industries-11 years, Pierce County Sheriff's Office-11 years, Shell Oil Company-11 years, Tallahassee Police Dept.-10 years, RDO Equipment Co.-10 years, Texas Instruments-10 years, Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept.-9 years, Orange County Sheriff's Office-9 years, Quad/Graphics, Inc.-9 years, Hawaii State Government-9 years, Las Vegas Metro Police Department-9 years, Sears Holdings Corporation-9 years, G4S Secure Solutions-9 years, Quest Diagnostics-8 years, Nationwide Truck Brokers, Inc.-8 years, OMNI Energy Services Corporation-8 years, Brock Group-7 years, City of Columbus, Department of Public Safety-7 years, Mississippi Dept. of Corrections-7 years, Albuquerque PD-7 years, Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice-6 years, Baton Rouge General Medical Center-6 years, Orion South, Inc.-6 years, U-haul International, Inc.-6 years, East Texas Medical Center-6 years, AT&T, Inc.-5 years, Haas Automation, Inc.-4 years, Don Schumacher Racing Corp.-4 years, Schumacher Electric Corp.-4 years, GSE Lining Technology, LLC-4 years, Minnesota Wire & Cable Company-4 years, Frank C. Alegre Trucking, Inc.-1 year, URRA CO., Inc. dba Flynns Tire Group-1 year, City of Cape Girardeau-1 year, Rivera Consulting Group, Inc.-1 year

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