Today WBENC would like to take a moment to thank all of the veterans. The incredible work that our veterans do to protect and serve this nation is always cause for celebration and gratitude. Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country.
Within the WBENC network we have many veterans, both entrepreneurs and their champions in supplier diversity and at WBENC. This month the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), in partnership with Armed Forces Insurance honored several veterans’ champions in our network including WBENC’s own Pat Birmingham, VP of Marketing and Technology. Birmingham was presented as the 2016 Women’s Veterans Advocate of the Year. A veteran herself, Birmingham is committed to supporting the development of veteran-owned businesses.
”I worked with incredibly talented men and women during my service in the military,” shares Birmingham, “entrepreneurism is a natural transition for former veterans and I love that every day I play a role in opening doors and furthering their development.”
In addition to recognizing Birmingham, NaVOBA also recognized Jay Sheldon Wesley, Global Head of Supplier Diversity and Performance for Pitney Bowes, as the 2016 Corporate Veterans Champion; Emmett Walker, founder and CEO of Walker SCM, is the 2016 Vetrepreneur® of the Year; John Moliere, President of Standard Communications, Inc., with the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Travis McVey, founder of Heroes Vodka as the Veterans Business Advocate of the Year.
In addition to Birmingham, we are proud to have veteran Laura Buckley, Director of Marketing, on our team. Laura served in the US Army for 8 years. Lakesha White, Associate Director, Compliance, is the proud wife of Senior Chief Darwin White of the U.S. Navy.
Thank you again to the incredible men and women who served this great nation.