Congratulations to our 2017 Award Recipients

The Veterans Recognition Banquet was held on Wednesday, November 8th at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. During this event, the American Heroes for North Carolina, their sponsors and local communities members had the privilege of recognizing three deserving Veterans who have contributed greatly to the Piedmont Triad area.


The Patriot Award

The Patriot Award was presented to LTG Walter Ulmer (USA, Ret.). LTG Ulmer served as a senior advisor to the South Vietnamese during the Battle of An Loc, one of the pivotal battles in the Vietnam War. His unit received a Presidential Unit Citation and they were cited for having saved South Vietnam for another three years. Later, LTG Ulmer served at the Army War College and revamped the entire system of officer evaluation and leadership for the Army.

After retiring from a long and successful Army career, LTG Ulmer settled in Greensboro and led the Center for Creative Leadership for 10 years, making the transition from a national to an international organization.


The Liberty Award

The Liberty Award was presented to HICAPS, Inc. They are a multi-faceted Services and Construction Management firm founded by Don Hood. They specialize in construction management and telecommunications solutions for public safety and building diagnostics.

Dan Hood earned a B.S. from The Citadel and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dan graduated from the U.S. Army Aviation School (both Rotary & Fixed Wing) and flew helicopters on active duty for five years. He earned an M.S. from Clemson University and has lead HICAPS from an initial startup company 34 years ago. Learn more about HICAPS, Inc.


The Freedom Award

The Freedom Award was presented to Zenergy Technologies, a software and delivery solutions firm started by Chris Laney in 2012. Zenergy is a company of recognized industry experts in Agile, DevOps, software QA and test automation with the intent of becoming the premier software delivery solutions firm in the United States.

Chris Laney is a Navy veteran, serving in sonar detection warfare in the Mediterranean. Learn more about Zenergy Technologies


We would like to thank everyone who nominated a deserving Veteran. A special thanks also to everyone who attended the event as well as our Sponsors!