"Where Military Talent Meets Business Needs"

Contact: Stuart Ruffin

Phone: 919-828-1322

Date: 8/18/2015

NC for Military Employment Hosts Inaugural Military Employment Summit to

Educate Employers on the Benefits of Hiring Military Service Members

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Tuesday, Aug. 18, NC for Military Employment (NC4ME) launched its Military

Employment Summit series with a well-attended event at MetLife’s Global Technology Campus in

Cary, NC. Designed to help NC companies integrate military hiring into their workforce strategy

and make annual veteran hiring commitments, this inaugural Summit was attended by more than

100 industry, government and military leaders. It featured powerful speeches on how the state is

utilizing military talent to drive economic growth and how industry leaders are incorporating

veterans into their workforce. Speakers at the Summit included:

  • Lt. Governor Dan Forest
  • Secretary John Skvarla, NC Department of Commerce
  • Ilario Pantano, director, NC Division of Veterans Affairs
  • BG Kenneth Beard, assistant adjutant general, NC National Guard
  • Binu Thomas, vice president, MetLife Global Technology & Operations
  • Michael Veysey, director of veterans programs, Cisco Systems.

During her introductory remarks, NC4ME’s Executive Director, Kimberly Lindsay, explained that “[t]hese Summits are a critical piece of NC4ME’s strategy to make North Carolina the number one state for military employment, and are intended to spread our partners’ shared conviction that veteran hiring is not about altruism – it’s about driving bottom-line business results.” She went on to say that, “none of this would be possible without the generous support of NC4ME’s founding sponsors, Cisco Systems and MetLife... Private sector support is critical to the success of this program, and we look forward to adding additional sponsors to our ranks in the near future.”

"MetLife has a long connection to the U.S. military, with our first policies insuring Civil War soldiers against wartime-related disabilities," said Binu Thomas, vice president, MetLife Global Technology & Operations and an executive sponsor of the Cary chapter of the MetLife Veterans Network. "Today we are continuing that commitment not only through the products we sell, but also by actively recruiting veterans for roles across MetLife. We are proud that by being a founding sponsor of NC4ME, we are helping other North Carolina employers connect with talented veterans and make the most of their unique skills and experiences."

“The NC4ME program illustrates how a public-private partnership can make a difference by helping veterans find meaningful careers,” said Michael Veysey, director of veterans programs, Cisco Systems. “North Carolina veterans represent a highly-skilled workforce and we, along with MetLife and various state agencies, aspire to make North Carolina the showcase state for veteran employment.”

In 2015, 27,000 service members will transition out of North Carolina military bases, adding strength to the 372,000 working-age veterans already in the state. NC4ME complements the vast number of programs currently preparing these veterans for civilian employment by making improvements on the – often overlooked – "demand side" of the employment equation, in the process giving a much needed boost to military job seekers in North Carolina.

Additional events will be held in Wilmington, NC and Charlotte, NC later this year. For more information, or to register for any of the events, visit www.nc4me.org.

Pictures from the event are available here

About NC4ME:
The NC4ME initiative is a public-private partnership hosted by the nonprofit North Carolina Veterans Foundation, whose mission is to make North Carolina the number one state for military employment. Leveraging existing workforce development resources and best in class technology, NC4ME educates North Carolina’s business leaders on the value of hiring a military workforce, trains small businesses and human resource professionals how to hire military personnel, and connects military talent to open jobs, education, and training opportunities in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.nc4me.org.