The Veterans Recognition Banquet was held on 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. This year’s award recipients included:
The Patriot Award
The Patriot Award is presented to an individual who served in the military with honor and distinction, led a successful business and who has made a significant contribution to our community.
The year, the Patriot Award was presented to Bill Moss. Bill is a US Marine Corps veteran and the founding commandant for the area Marine Corp League Detachment 260. He established the War Memorial Foundation and worked tirelessly for 8 years to complete his vision for the most beautiful private memorial on the East Coast, the Carolina Field of Honor.
The Liberty Award
The Liberty Award is presented to company with a history of at least twenty years in business. The company must show a proven success record, display veteran hiring practices and be owned or led by a veteran who served in the military with honor.
The year, the Liberty Award was presented to Haeco Americas. Haeco Americas provides aircraft maintenance, repair services and aerospace manufactured products to a broad array of commercial, government and private customers. They have been doing business in the Triad since 1990, formerly as Timco. Although headquartered in the Triad, Haeco Americas operates in locations throughout the US. Nearly half of their workforce is compromised of form service members and they have several veteran-friendly policies.
Present to accept the award on behalf of Haeco Americas was CEO, Richard Kendall. Richard too is a military veteran and served in the British Royal Navy as a Naval Warfare Officer.
The Freedom Award
The Freedom Award is presented to an entrepreneurial company, led by a veteran who served in the military with honor. The company will have existed for at least four years and operated successfully in the Triad.
The year, the Freedom Award was presented to Don Brady and Brady Services, a commercial HVAC and building solutions company headquartered in Greensboro, NC. Founded in 1962 by Chairman Don Brady, the company remains a family owned enterprise, today employing over 450 associates with locations in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, and Wilmington.
Don Brady grew up in New York and served 8 years in the US Army as an engineer officer. He received his engineering degree from the University of Rochester and in 1962 he started his first company, Brady Trane Services.
His company has a history of hiring veterans and it maintains many veteran-friendly policies. Don is recognized as one of the leading philanthropists in the area, giving time to Boy Scouts of America, JDRF and many other important causes.
A special thanks also to everyone who attended the event as well as our Sponsors!