We’re Celebrating 15 Years!

Today is a special one at Victory Media.

Fifteen years ago, Victory Media’s co-founders Chris Hale, Rich McCormack and Scotty Shaw celebrated the first day working at a new company—their own. Their mission was simple: create vital, civilian-produced resources for the 250K+ people leaving the military each year, at no cost to service members or taxpayers. In doing so, they introduced these candidates to civilian employment, entrepreneurship and education opportunities. Where companies and schools didn’t recruit from the military, Chris, Rich and Scotty showed them why they should.

Today, we celebrate a rich, 15-year history of creating opportunity and advocacy for our veterans, military spouses, service members and now high school students looking to take that “next step.” What started as an idea in “Suite B” (“B” for the basement in Chris’ house!) has become a thriving, growing business. We couldn’t be more proud of our employees, and thank our clients and business associates who have supported us along the way doing better for veterans and young professionals looking to make a difference in their own lives and careers—and ours.

We can’t wait to see what the next 15 years will bring… and show the world what we can do!

Happy Thanksgiving from Victory Media

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Victory Media

As we enter the holiday season we want to take this opportunity to say how thankful we are for our partners, clients, and advocates. Thank you for providing support and opportunities for our nation’s veterans and their families. We hope Thanksgiving finds you enjoying all the bounty and blessings of the season.

See how we show our gratitude to those who have served by providing them with the tools, resources, and inspiration they need to succeed, each and every day. Take a look at what’s inside this month’s issues of G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur magazines.

Meet the 2016 Base-Level Military Spouses of the Year®

msoy base winners 2016

The results are in, and a group of amazing military spouses have been nominated by popular vote to represent their bases, states, and districts this year. Check out their profiles and get to know them, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite on February 4th!

About the AFI Military Spouse of the Year®

The Military Spouse of the Year® award program was founded in 2008 by Military Spouse magazine. Each year military spouses from around the country are nominated and selected for the Military Spouse of the Year® title. Five spouses take home the honor for their specific branch, and one final winner is announced in May.

Highlights from the 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year® Award Ceremony

On Monday night we honored our 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year® Gordon Logan, founder and CEO of Sport Clips. The  National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) and USAA hosted the black tie award ceremony at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. Guests enjoyed Heinz Field tours, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails while mingling with prominent members of the veteran community.

Maria Contreras-Sweet, 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, presents the award of 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year®

Maria Contreras-Sweet, 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, presents Gordon Logan with the award of 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year®.

Now in its ninth year, Vetrepreneur of the Year® is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to one of the nation’s 3 million U.S. military veteran business owners.

Logan is a lifetime member of the VFW, received its “Citizenship Award”, and serves on the VFW Foundation Board of Directors. He also serves as chairman of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran committee and mentor program. Logan served as an Aircraft Commander in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1976.

Gordon Logan, 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year®, greeted by Rocky Bleier,

Gordon Logan, 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year® and Founder and CEO of Sport Clips, is greeted by four-time Super Bowl Champion and NaVOBA National Spokesperson Rocky Bleier, along with former Steelers Randy Grossman and Craig Bingham, and Eric Gozur of Sport Clips.

Other recognized awardees include:

  • Scott Denniston – John K. Lopez Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Wayne Gatewood – 2015 Veterans Advocate of the Year
  • Kaney O’Neill – 2015 Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year®
  • Robin Pulford – 2015 Corporate Veterans Champion
  • Georgia Marsh – 2015 Women’s Veterans Business Advocate of the Year
Awardees recognized at the 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year® Award Ceremony

Awardees, from left to right: Scott Denniston, Kaney O’Neill, Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., Robin Pulford, Gordon Logan, Georgia Marsh.

About The Vetrepreneur of the Year® Award

The Vetrepreneur of the Year® exemplifies the qualities and attributes crucial to leading a flourishing business, to developing marked and sustained business growth, and in cultivating veteran entrepreneurship. The notion that military training is world-class preparation for running a business is reinforced by the fact that veterans are at least 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans, according to Census data.

Vetrepreneurs are encouraged to self-nominate their businesses at voy.navoba.com, which offers a one-stop-shop for submissions and information on nominee eligibility, rules and regulations and past honorees.

Celebrating Our Marines

Today is the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. Visit the official website of the Marines, where you can find a host of facts, videos and history about the service of these dedicated men and women.  As 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller says, today is a day to “Reflect on our history, remember those who have sacrificed and reaffirm your commitment to the strengthening of our Corps.”

We asked one of our own what made serving in the Marines stand out to him:

You can serve your country in any branch of the armed forces, but it takes a certain type of mindset to become a Marine. We’re rightfully known as the toughest branch, and we attract those that don’t just want to serve, but want to serve amongst the best.” ~ Mike A.

We couldn’t agree more.

Semper Fi—and thank you for your service.
U.S. Marines with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) carry M240B machine guns and M249 light machine guns from a firing range after crew served weapons training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015. Crew served weapons training develops Marines efficiency with the M240B machine gun and M249 light machine gun and reinforces combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)

U.S. Marines with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) carry M240B machine guns and M249 light machine guns from a firing range after crew served weapons training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015. Crew served weapons training develops Marines efficiency with the M240B machine gun and M249 light machine gun and reinforces combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)