Nominations for the 2016 Vetrepreneur of the Year® Are Now Open


PITTSBURGH (February 18, 2016)—The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) has opened nominations for the 2016 Vetrepreneur of the Year® (VOY), powered by Armed Forces Insurance. Now in its tenth year, VOY is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to one of the nation’s 3 million U.S. military veteran

business owners. Vetrepreneurs are encouraged to self-nominate their businesses at NaVOBA’s Vetrepreneur of the Year® website, which offers a one-stop-shop for submissions and information on nominee eligibility, rules and regulations, and past honorees.

“NaVOBA is honored to open the search to find the 2016 Vetrepreneurs of the Year®,” said NaVOBA President Chris Hale. “We’ve recognized so many great vetrepreneurs over the years, and including the new category winners has made it possible for us to distinguish many more exceptional veteran business owners across the scope of the veteran business community.”

To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a U.S. military veteran business owner who actively runs the company. The Vetrepreneur of the Year® demonstrates the finest attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success; and a strong drive to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship.

“Armed Forces Insurance salutes the multi-skilled veterans who have transitioned from the military to create businesses. These businesses stimulate the local and national economy, and provide jobs for other veterans,” said Lori Simmons, V.P. Armed Forces Insurance.  “We’re proud to
sponsor the 2016 Vetrepreneur of the Year® Award and look forward to seeing the great submissions we will receive for 2016.”

Awardees recognized at the 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year® Award CeremonyThe 2016 Vetrepreneur of the Year® will grace the cover of the November/December 2016 issue of Vetrepreneur® magazine.

Additional veteran-owned businesses in the following categories will be honored in Vetrepreneur® magazine and at special ceremonies held at corresponding events. Those honorees and events include:

  • Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year® Honoree / 2016 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council National Conference and Business Fair.
  • Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year® Honoree / 2016 U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Conference.
  • Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year® Honoree / 2016 National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference and Business Opportunity Fair.

Gordon Logan, Air Force veteran and founder and CEO of Sports Clips, was named the 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year®.

“Gordon’s story of overcoming adversity, learning from his failures and persisting patiently personifies how the U.S. military prepares our men and women who serve for success as entrepreneurs,” said NaVOBA President Chris Hale. “His focus on serving not only his customers but also his employees and franchisees is why Sports Clips is a household name today.”

Other 2015 VOY recipients have included: Kaney O’Neill, the Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year®, William “Bud” Almas,” the Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year®, Bede Ramcharan, the Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year®, and Andrell Harris, the Franchise Vetrepreneur of the Year®

To learn more about the Vetrepreneur of the Year® Powered by Armed Forces Insurance program, visit

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About The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA):
NaVOBA unites the nation’s 3 million businesses owned by military veterans by providing a single voice to advocate for important issues. For more information visit us on the web at, or follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @navoba.

About AFI:

Armed Forces Insurance was founded in 1887 by military leaders with a single mission: to protect the property of those who protect our nation. The company provides premium quality, competitively-priced property/casualty and business insurance to military families and veteran-owned businesses. Armed Forces Insurance understands that military members have unique circumstances and insurance needs, enabling the company to offer a level of personalized service that’s unequaled in the industry.  For more information, visit the website at or call 1-800-495-8234.

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