Victory Media’s Chris Hale Honored by Department of Defense with ESGR Seven Seals Award

ESGRPITTSBURGH (July 11, 2016) – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, honored Chris Hale, Chairman and Co-Founder of Victory Media, with the ESGR Seven Seals Award during a ceremony at Victory Media’s headquarters on July 6, 2016. The award is in recognition of Mr. Hale’s tireless efforts to provide service members and their families with information about their best post-military education and career opportunities through Victory Media’s publications, digital tools and rigorous adjudication of its Military Friendly® ratings.

According to Tom Bullock, ESGR Chief of Engagement, “The ESGR Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by ESGR and is presented at the discretion of ESGR Senior Leadership.”

The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,700 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis.

“Our Military Friendly® ratings program has supported the good work of Tom Bullock, ESGR and the DOD for many years,” said Chris Hale, chairman and co-founder of Victory Media. “Military Friendly® is a highly influential advocacy change agent. When we include things in its criteria, or modify weightings, change happens. We have included Guard and Reserve policies since 2003 and have specifically included the ESGR Statement of Support for a number of years, with 71% of last year’s Military Friendly® Employers survey respondents indicating their support of it. We’re happy to work hand-in-hand with ESGR to grow this number on behalf of the military community we both serve every day. I am deeply honored to receive the Seven Seals Award in recognition of our efforts.”

For more than a decade, Victory Media’s Military Friendly® ratings programs, including the Military Friendly® Employers program, have evolved with the needs of the military community and in response to the growing number of companies interested in hiring and retaining military talent. This year’s ratings consider three sources of data in scoring employers: publicly available company data, personal opinion data from military employees, and proprietary survey data. Victory Media will also include new Military Friendly® Employers Awards showcasing the most powerful and effective programs by industry that support military employees.


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About Victory Media:

Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in, G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

Victory Media’s Military Friendly® Employers designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of leading companies nationwide. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent advisory council of educators and employers, and tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free. Criteria for consideration can be found at:

Learn more about Victory Media at For information or to arrange interviews, contact: Barbara Pflughaupt, BP Media Relations, at 212-707-8181 or Gabrielle Torello at 917-312-2832.

About ESGR:

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense office established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service.  ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

More information about ESGR Employer Outreach is available at or by contacting Jacqueline Leeker, Employer Outreach, at (571) 372-0690, or by email at

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