Waste Management Partners with Hire Heroes USA to Help End Veteran Unemployment

Veteran-Friendly Waste Management pledges financial and ongoing support to assist in Hire Heroes USA’s efforts in 2012 and beyond.



Hire Heroes USA is committed to serving our Nation’s veterans through job search training and assistance. Essential to our mission – and to keep our services free for veterans – is the generosity and support of private individuals and corporate partners, such as Waste Management. Continue reading “Waste Management Partners with Hire Heroes USA to Help End Veteran Unemployment”

Nonprofits Lead Jobs Retraining During Tough U.S. Economy

Source: The NonProfit Times 4/16/12


After years of alcoholism, drug abuse and petty theft, Deborah Jane “Janie” Marsh found herself unemployed, homeless and facing almost three years in prison. While incarcerated, Marsh decided she’d had enough of that life.


The 43-year-old completed a rehabilitation program, then took a six-week workforce readiness course run by Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Williamette in Portland, Ore. She learned skills such as how to fill out a job application, how to search for a job, how to dress for an interview and how to address with potential employers her felony convictions for drug possession, burglary and identity theft. Upon her release, the Goodwill Job Connection Program helped her find a job, which she has held for three years. Marsh has earned a college degree in landscape architecture and is pursuing a graduate degree.

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Pacesetter 2011: Nancy Swain

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Nancy was an instructor at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX   from 1998 through 2003 teaching Career Management, Organizational Change, Human Resources Administration, and Business Communications.  She has facilitated career transition workshops and provided executive leadership coaching for multiple corporations in all industries ranging from privately held to Fortune 15.  During her career Nancy had a private counseling practice, and was founder of two successful consulting firms designed to improve personal and professional competencies. Nancy has developed and facilitated a broad range of customized training and development programs for various business and industry enterprises such as:  Voluntary Hospitals of America, Kinetic Concepts, GTE, AT&T, Kodak, Unysis, Lincoln Properties, Owens and Minor, IMCO, SKB, Right Management Inc, Abbott Laboratories, Scott Paper, Dallas Community Colleges, K.D. Modeling Studios, Cardinal Health, Time Warner, The MED Group, Sabre, Motorola, Hire Heroes USA, Staff Care, StratCenter and Right Management.

Her career includes developing and directing from start up, a Counseling and Career Center for Clarke College of Iowa, authoring the career management class for the Cox School of Business at SMU, and authoring the partnership selling course for Hewlett Packard.

Nancy created and implemented customized field sales training programs and performance measurement tools for VHA Supply Company, and the telesales division resulting in a ROI of 10 to 1 with an annual sales goal of $2.4 Billion. She also held the position of Southwest Sales Manager for Cardinal Health, a $60B global provider of healthcare services, and founded the telesales and member services division of The MED Group in conjunction with a 4-year contract to increase GPO membership by 50% in the DME market.

Formerly a professional member of the National Speakers Association, Nancy has served as a faculty member at national conferences with such prestigious names as Paul Harvey, Steve Allen Jr., Sander Vanocur, Charles Garfield, and Roger Dow. She is currently a member of Who’s Who Among College Presenters, and a former member of the American Association of Mental Health Counselors, the International Association of Career Management Professionals, and the National Society of Sales Training Executives[/column]

Pacesetters 2010: Mr. Bruce Maples and Mr. Rocky Sickman

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[column size=”2/3″]Mr. Bruce Maples and Mr. Rocky Sickman have earned this award due to their tremendous dedication to our Nation’s veterans, their initiative and significant contributions to Hire Heroes USA, through hosting numerous fundraising events and opening the door for many partnership opportunities with companies to help hire veterans.

Bruce Maples is the Chairman of the National Coalition of AssociationsBruce Maples of 7-Eleven Franchisees, a professional trade group that represents the owners of more than 5,000 franchised 7-Eleven stores across the country. Mr. Maples, who most recently served as a vice chairman of the National Coalition, has been a 7-Eleven franchisee since 1988 and an active National Coalition Board member since 1989. He is also president of the Tucson Franchise Owner’s Association. Previously, Mr. Maples served six years as Southwest Regional Chairman of the National Coalition, five years as a 7-Eleven National Advisory Council member, and as Chairman of the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance.[/column][divider style=”divider5″ top_margin=”20″ bottom_margin=”20″]

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[column size=”2/3″]Rocky Sickmann is the Director of Military Sales for Anheuser-Busch. Rocky Sickman 1979, just 15 days into his tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Rodney “Rocky” Sickmann became a player in one of the most terrifying events in U.S. history.

On November 4, 1979, after months of turmoil marked by the return of the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the American Embassy in Tehran was overrun by militants and its employees taken captive. Sergeant Rocky Sickmann, then just 21, was one of 65 Americans taken hostage. Sickmann remained a hostage for 444 days before being released on Jan. 21, 1981 following 14 months of diplomacy by President Jimmy Carter. Three months later, Sickmann retired after six years in the U.S. Marine Corps and entered the private sector, where his military experience has made him a valuable contributor at Anheuser-Busch for nearly 26 years.

As Director of Military Sales, Sickmann is responsible for increasing Anheuser-Busch’s market penetration among the Military by training wholesalers, coordinating marketing and publicity, executing national sales promotions, and planning special military events. Sickmann helped coordinate the “Here’s to the Heroes Tour” which salutes the men and women of the armed forces which allowed Americans to show their support for the troops via recorded messages filmed on location at community events, celebrations and festivals nationwide this during the summer of 2005 which were widely distributed to the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.[/column]

Pacesetter 2009: Mr. Joe Vonder Haar

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[column size=”2/3″]Hire Heroes proudly and humbly presents the 2010 Pacesetter Award to Joe Vonder Haar, Vice President of the Convenience Store Channel and Military Sales for Anheuser-Busch, Inc., in recognition of his initiative and significant contributions to Hire Heroes USA, through numerous fundraising events and opening the door for partnership opportunities with companies to help hire veterans. As a sponsor of the St. Louis Cardinals Legend’s Camp and the 1st Annual Salute to Veterans Golf Classic events in Pittsburgh and Alpharetta, Vonder Haar and Anheuser Bush have donated over $100,000 worth of beverage product and prizes this year alone.

Since Hire Heroes USA’s inception in 2007, Vonder Haar has donated over $500,000 both monetarily and through in-kind donations. On a personal level, Joe’s enthusiasm regarding the Hire Heroes USA program has also led to partnerships with such companies as 7-11 and Anheuser Busch. His continued dedication to our organization can only bring about more wonderful partnerships in the years ahead. The Hire Heroes USA Team extends its deepest gratitude to Joe Vonder Haar.[/column]

Pacesetter 2008: Mr. Carl P. Meyer

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[column size=”2/3″]The Hire Heroes USA team would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to a man who exemplifies the impact one individual can make. Carl P. Meyer elected this year to celebrate Independence Day and show his respect for the men and women of our Armed Forces by staging the first annual “100 Holes for Our Heroes” golf event benefiting Hire Heroes USA. The unique event, held yearly on July 4th at Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, WI, is  planned and executed by Carl himself and features an attempt by the longtime golfer to play 100 holes of golf in a single day. “The Fourth of July is the perfect day for this,” Meyer said. “We are able to celebrate our freedoms because of the sacrifices veterans, past and present, have undertaken.”

Funds were raised through the solicitation of both flat donations and pledges per hole played.

In 2008, With his golf cart decorated with American flags and his brother, Chris, serving as caddy, Carl first teed off at 5:45 am. Clocking in at 12 hours and 50 minutes for six rounds, Carl met and surpassed his goal, playing 108 total holes. For the 100 Holes, he recorded 7 birdies, 29 pars, 44 bogies and 20 scores to which he jokingly refers as “other.” However, Carl will be the first to point out that it is not his stats which matter. His focus rather was on accomplishing two objectives: to raise money in support of Hire Heroes’ efforts to create opportunities for our returning service men and women through placement in rewarding civilian careers and also to increase the visibility of Hire Heroes  and its mission.

In 2009, Carl surpassed last year’s results and golfed an unbelievable 115 holes!

The results of Carl’s efforts far exceeded all expectations. In addition to securing over 350 donations and pledges totaling upwards of $60, 000. This event is featured nationally in numerous print publications and TV news broadcasts. The Hire Heroes team again extends its deepest gratitude to Carl Meyer. Remarkable individual efforts such as these  are inspirations and true gifts.[/column]

Pacesetter 2007: Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals

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[column size=”2/3″]Sanofi-Aventis is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies. In the United States, Sanofi-Aventis employs approximately 16,000 employees located at 14 geographical sites throughout the country. Of these, approximately 8,000 are field sales professionals, making the company’s sales force one of the largest in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. The U.S. affiliate headquarters are located in Bridgewater, NJ.

Not only are we honored to call Sanofi-Aventis our Gold Founding Member of the Hire Heroes USA organization, but we are also pleased to announce they have hired three (3) of our veterans, and are in the process of interviewing a number more. In addition, for every hero hired, Sanofi-aventis also gives our organization a donation, though not required. For their support and recognition of need for HHUSA, we have named them the Hire Heroes USA Employer of the Year, Pacesetter 2008.[/column]