Carrollton, Texas-based sign shop franchisor FASTSIGNS announces that it has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award—commonly referred to as the Freedom Award.
The Freedom Award is the highest recognition presented by the Department of Defense to employers for their exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve members. FASTSIGNS was nominated for the award by business consultant and Air Force reservist Stephen MacKenzie from Indianapolis, Indiana, after his recent deployment overseas. MacKenzie and his family received support from FASTSIGNS International to ensure he and his family would be cared for while he was away from home serving his country.
“It’s an honor to be considered a top finalist for this national recognition on behalf of the Department of Defense and I believe that standing behind our active duty and veteran employees is part of our corporate responsibility,” says Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International. “We are deeply touched that Stephen MacKenzie nominated us and will continue to stand by our values to offer support and incentives to veteran and active duty servicemen and women who are part of the FASTSIGNS family.”
Nationally, more than 2,420 nominations were received for the Freedom Award nationally. This year’s finalists are comprised of 11 large employers, 10 small employers and nine public sector employers. Recipients of the award will be announced in late May and a formal ceremony at the Pentagon will follow. FASTSIGNS International is the lone finalist from Texas.
More than 10 percent of FASTSIGNS franchisees are current or former military members. The company is already a proud participant of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program (Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative), which assists military veterans by helping them access franchise opportunities through training, financial assistance and industry support.
That commitment to veterans has also been recognized by publications such as USA Today, G.I. Jobs and Military Times magazines.