(Columbus, November 6, 2019) – The Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) was honored by the U.S. Department of Labor during the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards held in Washington, D. C. today for the facility’s demonstrated success in hiring military veterans.
The ceremony within The Great Hall of the U.S. Department of Labor recognized entities who excel in recruiting, employing and retaining our nation’s military veterans.
“I would personally like to extend my congratulations on your exemplary efforts to recruit, employ and retain our nation’s veterans,” said J.S. Shellenberger, acting assistant secretary for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). “By meeting the criteria required for a Gold Medallion Award, the Greater Columbus Convention Center demonstrated a model of patriotism worthy of praise as well as a recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace.”
As the only veteran hiring award at the federal level, the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Program implements the requirements of the Hire Vets Act of 2017, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump in May 2017.
The GCCC, managed by ASM Global and owned and developed by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, is considered a medium-size employer by virtue of having between 50 and 500 associates. The GCCC employs more than 200 full-time and part-time staff, including more than four dozen veterans.
“We are extremely proud to earn the Gold Medallion Award and even more so to hire veterans who have served our country and to be recognized at the federal level for our continued support of veterans in their workplace endeavors,” said ASM Global’s GCCC General Manager John R. Page, who accepted the award along with GCCC Human Resources Manager Kasandra Cook.
“We are most honored to be aligned with not only our military veterans, but also their families,” Cook added. “The GCCC realizes that we gain employees with a wide range of experience and competencies when we hire veterans and align our positions with skill sets common to transitioning veterans. The military prepares our veterans to understand how to bring a diverse team of people together to pursue strategic and common goals, adapt to information in dynamic and high-pressure situations that result in excellent service, and the highest standards of quality, safety and organizational imperatives.”
In addition to hiring military veterans, the GCCC:
• Offers reserved and preferential parking for veterans in GCCC parking garages
• Honors veterans with special patriotic ribbons and other visible means of thanks throughout the year
• Hosts the annual Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down, an event where service agencies and vendors unite to offer “a hand up, not a handout” to local veterans in need
• Displays in a special showcase Challenge Coins bearing the insignia of each veteran’s branch of service on one side of the coin and the veteran’s name and GCCC logo on the other
“The Greater Columbus Convention Center is one of the crown jewels in the ASM Global portfolio of properties and our talented team plays a significant role in making the convention center a leading, award-winning facility,” said ASM Global President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Newman. “Dozens of our associates are military veterans whose dedication and expertise benefit our company, as well as our country.”
For more information about the program, visit www.HireVets.gov.
The Greater Columbus Convention Center, located in downtown Columbus, is owned by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. The $140 million expansion and renovation of the facility was completed in July 2017. Visit www.columbusconventions.com for more information.
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ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefits from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.
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