FASTPORT’s Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair Receives Support from La Quinta Inns & Suites by Offering Discounted Hotel Rates for Transitioning Service Members and Veterans

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Transitioning service members and veterans traveling to FASTPORT’s Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair on January 26, 2018 can receive discounted rates at La Quinta hotels in the Mobile, AL area. The event will take place from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm CST at the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, just steps away from the USS Alabama battleship and the day before the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The hiring event is co-sponsored by the Reese’s Senior Bowl, The South Alabama Veterans Council, Centurion Military Alliance and Kaplan University.

With La Quinta’s military discount, current and former service members will save money as they seek to travel to this unique venue and event. There are several La Quinta Inns & Suites close to the Mobile area so the attending military community will have multiple lodging options that will honor the military discount, including:

La Quinta Inn – Mobile

La Quinta Inns & Suites – Tillman’s Corner  

La Quinta Inns & Suites – Satsuma / Saraland

La Quinta Inn Inns & Suites – Daphne

Inbound travelers simply need to call the hotel direct and ask for the Military Rate Discount or book online at www.lq.com using the military rate discount code (Military). The guestrooms and military rate discount at each participating location is based on availability at time of the reservation.

“La Quinta recognizes that no one understands service like the military and that’s why we want to serve them,” said Liesl Vargas, La Quinta’s Vice President of Talent Acquisition. “We are honored the military community can use our discount to explore new career path opportunities at the upcoming Gulf Coast Hiring Fair.”

“As a military friendly employer, La Quinta has a long history of supporting service members, and this is a strong statement of how it will continue to serve our nation’s heroes in the future,” said Brad Bentley, FASTPORT President. “We are thrilled out-of-town service members will be able to travel with less cost as they seek new career paths from national, regional, and local employers in Mobile, and we look forward to helping them find great jobs at companies like La Quinta that value military service and training.”

La Quinta also offers a rewards program for all active duty service members, veterans or military spouses. It's called La Quinta Returns Military Rewards and is the company’s way of saying "thank you" for your service. To join, visit: www.LQ.com/militaryrewards and for career opportunities at La Quinta, visit: www.LQ.com/careers.

Centurion Military Alliance (CMA) and FASTPORT Announce Collaboration to Help Employer Veterans in Gulf Coast

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Centurion Military Alliance & FASTPORT Present the 1st Annual Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair with opportunities to network with employers from throughout the country. Service Members and Veterans are invited to participate in 1st Annual Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair hosted by FASTPORT.

Houston, Texas (January 8, 2018) — Our military heroes get world-class training throughout their career and as they transition; are prepared to bring these much-valued skillsets to perspective employers. However, when they get ready to return to civilian life, they may need some additional preparation to navigate the job market. Two organizations are working together to do just that by helping to prepare and equip those who are transitioning from their military career to civilian life.

Centurion Military Alliance (CMA) and FASTPORT are collaborating together for the first time to better prepare military members for the civilian job-seeking process during the 1st Annual Gulf Coast Military Hiring Fair on Friday, January 26th 2018 at the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion adjacent to the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile, AL. The event is open to service members, veterans and their spouses, where attendees will participate in networking and exchanging information with local and global employers looking to find qualified talent to fill their vacancies.

WHEN: Friday, January 26th 2018 | 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion next to the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile, AL
WHO: Hosted by FASTPORT, the South Alabama Veterans Council and the Reese’s Senior Bowl

 

About CMA
Established in 2011, Centurion Military Alliance’s mission is to serve the transitioning military service members, veterans, wounded warriors, primary caregivers to wounded warriors, and military spouses by providing vetted resources and military-to-civilian cross-trained expertise. CMA focuses on supporting and preparing the military community for professional career opportunities while providing personalized assistance to better serve them in achieving their short- and long-term employment readiness and job placement goals.

About FASTPORT
FASTPORT is a veteran employment software company with the sole mission to help all members of our nation’s military community find rewarding career opportunities with likeminded employers. We are delighted to help connect any Veterans, transitioning service members, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military spouses who need employment across the country by leveraging technology to help eliminate veteran unemployment.

Media Contact
Chaunte Myers, Chief Operating Officer
Chaunte.myers@cmawarrior.org
830-708-3604

FASTPORT Organizes Military Hiring Fair to Benefit Job Seekers and Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

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FASTPORT announces a military hiring event to take place at the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, adjacent to the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile, Alabama. The event will occur on Friday, January 26th from 11:00am – 2:30pm in a partnership with the Reese’s Senior Bowl that will take place the following day.

Local, regional and national employers are anticipated to attend from ten different industries in the mission to hire an estimated 200 job seekers into careers. Veteran-owned, local and small businesses as well as educator booths are available at a discounted rate. Due to venue’s size and in an effort to ensure each employer can engage with each job seekers, the hiring fair will be limited to the first 30 who register at fastport.com/hiring-fair-registration.

Each purchase of an employer booth  includes a catered brunch for two representatives along with two tickets to the Senior Bowl and VIP access to both the Coca-Cola Meet the Players event and to the Piggly Wiggly Tailgate Party. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team.

“Employers who understand the benefits of hiring from the military talent pool have a strategic advantage over their competition because they source the best talent. Veterans are well trained with the knowledge, skills and abilities that make them highly valued assets for teams in a variety of industries,” said Brad Bentley, FASTPORT President. “We are honored to help connect these industry leaders within eyesight of the historic USS Alabama with our nation’s heroes who are poised for incredible success in the civilian workforce.”

Employers interested in registering for this unique hiring event can visit fastport.com/hiring-fair-registration.

 

About FASTPORT

FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community.


FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visit fastport.com.

Karin Childress Joins FASTPORT to Connect Employers with the Military Community

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Karin Childress

Vice President, Strategic Sales

FASTPORT, a veteran employment software company with the mission to help all members our nation’s military community find meaningful career opportunities with great employers announces the addition of Karin Childress-Wiley as Vice President of Strategic Sales. Karin brings nearly 20 years of experience in the talent acquisition, employer brand and candidate outreach space with an emphasis on reaching and retaining niche candidate audiences including veteran, diverse, disabled, high demand and emerging workforces.

Karin with Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore "Sal" Giunta

Karin with Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore "Sal" Giunta

Karin’s most recent work has focused specifically on building veteran employment programs with employers for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. She created programs to bridge the gap between employers and veterans through streamlined outreach, brand development, training and strategy.

“I am extremely excited to join the FASTPORT team and dive into working collaboratively with our employers, partners and supporters. FASTPORT’s mission is the continuation of my professional and personal purpose—to simplify and ease the transition process for both veterans and employers to bring meaningful employment to both veterans and military spouses,” said Karin. “FASTPORT’s digital tools support some of the most successful military hiring initiatives today including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program, the USO, the President George W. Bush Institute, the National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. There is no organization better positioned to impact veteran employment than FASTPORT.”

The fact that she is a military spouse gives her a unique perspective, according to Brad Bentley, President of FASTPORT. “It is rare to find someone with niche media sales and marketing expertise who can also be relatable to the jobseekers that utilize our matching platform and digital tools,” Bentley said. “Karin’s skill-set has led to success throughout her career, and her vision aligns perfectly with our commitment to serve the Military Family unit.”

CareerSpark, the digital tool that FASTPORT designed for Hiring Our Heroes, spotlights employment issues unique to military spouses. This focus has a personal meaning for Karin: “I was honored to be the 2017 Wright Patterson Air Force Base Military Spouse of the Year and Top 3 Finalist as Marine Corps Military Spouse of the Year, and I am dedicated to raising the visibility of spouses to potential and current employers.”

“With the new year fresh in our minds, FASTPORT is reaffirming its constant resolution to provide the military community with great careers from industry leaders who are ready to compete for an incredible talent pool,” said Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT. “We are confident that Karin’s professional acumen in this employment-centric arena and personal dedication to the military will ensure FASTPORT continues to fulfill and exceed its promise to our nation’s heroes.”

Karin with her two daughters

Karin with her two daughters

Karin is married to a tough-as-nails Marine Corps Gunny with 21+ years of Active Service and is mom to two girls, Sweetness and The Wolverine who are nationally and regionally ranked competitive equestrians. Karin and her family spend most their free time at the Stillwater Valley Riding Academy with their favorite horses Jessica Waltz and Big Red Radar and are looking forward to the 2018 competition season.

National Guard and FASTPORT Sign MOU to Help Employ Guardsmen

FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan (left) and Brigadier General Jessica Meyeraan (right) display MOU between the organizations with 29 employers gathered at the Pentagon to sign ESGR Statements of Support.

FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan (left) and Brigadier General Jessica Meyeraan (right) display MOU between the organizations with 29 employers gathered at the Pentagon to sign ESGR Statements of Support.

In a joint effort to provide real economic opportunities to the National Guard, the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff and FASTPORT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that delineates a strategic partnership created to explore, promote, and improve military hiring initiatives in multiple industry sectors.

The signing ceremony took place at the Pentagon where 29 employers joined to witness the signing as well as sign their own Statements of Support for the Guard and Reserve. Because military service members have unique skill sets that equip them for successful careers, employers have united to inspire and hire these talented men and women.

Hiring military talent makes business sense. And that military talent does not end at those who have completed their service. Citizen Soldiers in the Guard and Reserves are disciplined and skilled workers who display pride, leadership, responsibility, and professionalism in all they do. They need and deserve great employers to support them with meaningful career opportunities. These talented Citizen Soldiers can find great career opportunities at https://vetfasttrack.org/.

“We are proud to stand with the National Guard and with our employer network in the effort to give our Guardsmen incredible career opportunities. Because employers are coming together on one platform, we can leverage our technology to bring job opportunities to these men and women across the country,” said FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan. “This is really a tribute to the military-friendly employers who work with us and the outstanding support they provide to those 460,000 Guardsmen who are ready to begin their careers.”

COL (Ret) Adam Rocke, Vice President of Military Engagement at FASTPORT, also signed a statement of support and said, "Veteran talent can be the lifeblood of our communities if more employers such as these step up to the plate and make their commitments to hire Vets and military spouses.  I've seen firsthand the unique skills and expertise these great Americans possess and they are an asset to any organization and will only make the business better.  From the battlefields to the front office, Veterans have the necessary skills to make a company succeed.”   

To join in this employer network to help employ members of the Guard, please visit fastport.com/employers.

 

About the National Guard Bureau

The National Guard is the first military responder in all domestic emergencies. The National Guard is in approximately 3,200 communities in all 54 states, territories and DC. http://www.nationalguard.mil

About FASTPORT

FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community.

FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and Veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visit fastport.com.