Military Friendly® Announces 2024 Employee Veteran Leadership Awards

PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2024Today Military Friendly® proudly announced the 2024 Employee Veteran Leadership Awards, which honor US military veterans who excel in their careers.

The 2024 list features 40 veterans who demonstrate the finest qualities of our nation’s military, including leadership, teamwork, discipline, determination, adaptability, a strong work ethic and a never-quit attitude.

“Too often America only hears about the negative challenges associated with military service. These veterans personify those who are better for their service, who leverage their military training and experience to thrive as civilian employees,” said Dan Fazio, awards program manager. “We are honored to spotlight these veterans who bring excellence to their organizations.”

The 2024 Employee Veteran Leadership Awards honorees will be featured in the June issue of G.I. Jobs magazine, a print and digital publication distributed globally to transitioning service members, veterans and their families.

This year’s award winners are:

Justin Maunz, Safespill

Mihai Sofronie, Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Augie Keene, ADP

Jeff Boudreau, Old National Bank

Carlos Couto, Comcast

Terence Gragston, Amazon

Marc Migala, UPMC

George Garcia, HCA Healthcare

Richard Scott, Norfolk Southern

John Turner, PrimCorp

Fred Mora, Gulf States Toyota

Kenneth Killingsworth, Watco

Karl Williams, Easterseals Redwood

Ruben Martinez, United States Postal Service

Abigail Peterson, Merck

Cappy Surette, The Walt Disney Company

Nelson Labadie, Guild Mortgage Company

Damian Padilla, CoreCivic

Jennifer Cragg, US Navy

Brad Burleson, Stephenville ISD

Jesus Garcia, Lowe’s Companies Inc.

Paul Richardson, Zeiders Enterprises Inc.

Jeff Buchanan, Worthington Enterprises

Jack Fitzgerald, RingCentral

Nicholas Gross, AAR Corp.

Jacqueline Foster, Roche

Michael Edbauer, Highmark Western and Northeastern New York

Timothy Gahr, PRIDE Industries

Justin McEwen, The Office of Congressman Ken Calvert

Brian Moss, AAAC Wildlife Removal

Richard Jaynes, AcqCentric

Terri Page, Humana

Patricia Frost, Seagate Technology

Kyle Giffen, FIS

Elizabeth Chandler, Southern New Hampshire University

James Lane, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Riley Burdick, Arizona Public Service

Amy Bleken, Client Solution Architects

Brian Geer, The Mannik & Smith Group Inc.

Daniel Clabbers, GE Aerospace


For media inquiries, please contact:

Dan Fazio
412-269-1663 x131

About Military Friendly®

The Military Friendly® ratings program was started in 2003 as an advocacy vehicle to encourage civilian organizations to invest in programs to recruit, retain and advance veterans as employees, entrepreneurs and students. By providing a benchmark to aim for, by posting a “score,” this program has encouraged civilian organizations to help veterans thrive in the civilian workforce. We believe that this is the very cornerstone of creating sustainable civilian opportunities for veterans. 

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