SecureNetMD announced it is a semifinalist for the 2017 Secretary of Defense Support Freedom Award, the Department of Defense's highest employer award. SecureNetMD was selected as one of 148 finalists from 3,064 nominations from throughout the country. The award is presented to companies for their support of workers who serve in the National Guard or Reserve. Nominations must come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization they are nominating, or from a family member.
SecureNetMD was nominated by Rob Nicholson, director of business development for SecureNetMD and a Navy Reserve meteorologist. Nicholson nominated his company for its support of his work in the Reserve, as well as the company support of veterans in the community.
Some of the SecureNetMD projects include collecting business clothing for veterans trying to return to the workforce, and Christmas presents to a local shelter for male veterans where company representatives handed out each gift and thanked each service member for their service. Company members also filled up a truck and a half full of toys and clothing to help veterans.
"SecureNetMD looks to give back to the veterans any way they can," said Nicholson, who gave an example of company generosity. SecureNetMD owners Jack Berberian and Drew LaRoche have been spontaneously picking up the lunch tab for service men and women at local eateries and coffee shops for years. They don't take pictures or ask for recognition; it's just another way to give back to those who put their lives on the line every day.
The award was created to publicly recognize employers who provide exceptional support to their Guard and Reserve employees. It is the highest in a series of employer recognition awards given by the Department of Defense.
"We are honored to be considered for this award again this year," said Berberian, CEO of SecureNetMD. "Our service men and women and veterans are so important to our country. We look for ways to help and honor them whenever we can."
Almost one-half of the U.S. military is comprised of the Guard and Reserve. The Department of Defense shares these citizen warriors with their civilian employers, many of whom provide significant support to their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. This award recognizes employers who provide the most outstanding support for their Guard and Reserve employees and is presented annually by the Secretary of Defense.
SecureNetMD is an award-winning internet technology company specializing in internet-based phone solutions, network security, help desk support, business continuity and disaster recovery. The Lewes-based company, with offices around the country, is known for its personalized approach to technology that delivers customized solutions and true partnerships.
Since the Freedom Award began in 1996, only 235 employers have received it. More than 17,000 businesses and organizations have been nominated since 2011. SecureNetMD was also nominated for the award in 2016.