U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh recognized Markon Solutions ("Markon") as one of the 849 recipients of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor.
Markon Solutions earned the platinum award after applying earlier this year. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.
Markon VP of Operations, Krissy Goff, said, "we are honored to be recognized by the Department of Labor with the HIRE Vets Platinum Medal. We recognize the extreme sacrifices our Veterans, and their families, have made while supporting our nation. The value and experience this unique group of men and women bring to our organization is immeasurable. We enjoy being part of their next chapter by providing resources, opportunities, and support."
"One of our core values is to 'Champion Diversity and Inclusion,'" noted Sherif Wahby, Markon's Senior Director of Talent Acquisition. "We are doubling down on our commitment to hire Veterans and we understand the tremendous value of their work ethic and impressive range of capabilities. This marks an important milestone for Markon and better positions us to hire an even larger percentage of veterans."
Markon joins 848 other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.
Recipients of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. More than 1,400 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.
With a legacy of serving government agencies that spans back to 1981, Markon specializes in consulting services that include deep subject matter expertise across management, finance, and systems engineering. Markon is consistently recognized on the Energage Top Workplaces USA list, as well as ENR’s Top 50 Program Management and Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firms lists. Markon is also a 2021 and 2022 HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion awardee, as well as the first GEN (Gender Equity Now) certified organization on the East Coast and in the government services industry. Markon is a portfolio company of Sterling Investment Partners.
About the HIRE Vets Medallion Program
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment to attracting, hiring and retaining veterans. The 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award application period will open to employers on Jan. 31, 2022. For more information about the program and the application process, visit HIREVets.gov. There are different awards for large employers (500-plus employees), medium employers (51-499 employees), and small employers (50 or fewer employees). Additionally, there are two award tiers: platinum and gold.