G.I. Jobs® Announces 2021 Veteran Champion of the Year in Corporate America Awards

2021 Veteran Champion of the Year in Corporate America Awards

Pittsburgh, May 18, 2021 – G.I. Jobs® is proud to announce the inaugural 2021 Veteran Champion of the Year (VCOY) in Corporate America awards, a prestigious honor presented to those who champion the recruitment, hiring, retention, and career advancement of U.S. military veterans in corporate America.

The 14 VCOYs were selected for their advocacy on behalf of America’s veterans and military employees in helping to establish and grow long-term sustainable opportunities, services, and programs. In addition to recruiting and hiring initiatives, examples include onboarding and mentoring programs, veteran network and affinity groups, bridging the cultural gap between veteran and non-veteran employees, recognizing and celebrating military service within the organization, and working with veterans service organizations and other community groups.

“G.I. Jobs sets and promotes the benchmarks for the corporate programs that best connect the military community to civilian employment opportunities. But without people like the 14 honored this year, the execution at individual companies never happens.  I am so grateful for these 14 leaders for their role in lifting their veteran brothers and sisters,” said Chris Hale, CEO of VIQTORY, the veteran-owned business which owns and operates G.I. Jobs.  

Champions did not have to be veterans themselves to be nominated. Profiles of the Veteran Champion of the Year in Corporate America honorees will be published in the July issue of G.I. Jobs magazine, which is distributed free to transitioning service members, veterans, and their families.

This year’s award winners are:

  • Brian Prather, Facebook/Nike*
  • Jesse Campbell, Sanford Health
  • William Pishotta, Combined Insurance
  • Patrick Curran, Greencastle Associates Consulting
  • Erin Izen, The Home Depot
  • Melissa Stirling, Hilton
  • Jesse Scott, Modis
  • Bre’ Cameron, Amgen/Cielo
  • Gary Patton, CACI
  • Ed Wakeley, American Systems
  • James Simpson, Pike Enterprises
  • Eddie Dunn, Eddie Dunn Consulting
  • Courtney Browne, Maximus
  • Sean Passmore, Wells Fargo
*Worked for Facebook when nominated, but now works for Nike.


Founded on the belief that veterans are better for their service, VIQTORY® is the leading marketing firm connecting the military community to civilian opportunity. Its hundreds of clients include Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges that use VIQTORY®’s marketing products to promote their employment, education, and entrepreneurship opportunities to the nation’s military community of veterans, military spouses, and transitioning service members. VIQTORY® is a VA and NaVOBA certified service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001 by three Navy veterans. Its media brands include G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse®, and Military Friendly®. VIQTORY® offers digital and print advertising in its own media as well as managed programmatic advertising, which enables it to reach its audience on virtually any platform and any device, at the precise location and at the right time.

For details visit viqtory.com.

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