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Carrollton, Texas-based sign shop franchisor FASTSIGNS International announces it recently received the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at a ceremony at the Pentagon in late August. FASTSIGNS International Inc. business consultant and Air Force Reservist Stephen MacKenzie and his family were in attendance, along with CEO Catherine Monson, who accepted the award on behalf of the company.
MacKenzie nominated his employer for the award because of the personal and financial support provided during his most recent deployment overseas, he says.
The Freedom Award is the highest recognition presented by the Department of Defense to employers for their exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve members. FASTSIGNS International was one of fifteen employers from across the nation receiving the prestigious award. The other recipients were Alaska Airlines; the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department; Benjamin Franklin Plumbing; Burford Corporation; Carolinas Healthcare System; Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office; Delmarva Veteran Builders; Hope Valley Industries; the Idaho State Police; Lowe’s; the Maryland State Police; Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46; the Seattle Fire Department; and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
FASTSIGNS says that more than 10 percent of its franchisees are military veterans. The company has been recognized multiple times over the years by organizations and publications for its support of veterans.