Supporting those who serve
To those who give so much in serving our country, we owe a great deal. For almost 100 years, we've been dedicated to supporting active military personnel, their families and veterans through charitable contributions, event and program sponsorships, hiring military veterans and maintaining policies that support reservists when they are called to active duty.
For example, in March 2011, ten companies jointly pledged to hire 100,000 veterans and former active duty military personnel by the end of 2020. We are proud to be one of them. We also saw the first class of participants from the Operation Hand Salute protégé program graduate. The program is designed to help Disabled Veteran Businesses develop the tools and expertise to win large corporate contracts.
Learn about our Military Support programs (PDF).
Finding business success with bold leadership
The experience that veterans gain during their time of service equips them to tackle big challenges when they return home. Gary Herbold has more than 25 years of experience as a business owner and operator. As a disabled veteran, he is also actively involved in outreach to veteran entrepreneurs through the California Alliance of the DVBE, which encourages and supports veterans in their business ventures. In 2010, he took over as CEO of new joint venture KelleyAmerit Fleet Services (KAFS). KAFS had a significant history and record of success behind its two parent companies — Amerit Consulting and Kelley Fleet Services — but when we issued an RFP in 2010 for a single vendor to provide nationwide fleet maintenance, the two came together to establish a joint entity they felt could get the job done.
Though a new company, KAFS’s cost effective bid matched with its high standard of management inspired us to take the leap on this brand new company, and it paid off. Under Mr. Herbold’s visionary leadership, KAFS’s aggressive plan of going from zero to more than 800 employees in just two months worked.