Resident is winner of national Chamber award

Jasen Williams, at left, was in Washington D.C. on November 10 with the executive team of RecruitMilitary to receive an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,


While the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce prepares for its own awards ceremony honoring local heroes, kudos goes to a resident whose business was honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last fall.

Jasen Williams, husband of The Friday Flyer columnist Betty Williams (Cook's Corner) was in Washington D.C. in November to accept an honor on behalf of his company, RecruitMilitary, as the 2011 Small Business of the Year for Military Veteran and Military Spouse Employment.

RecruitMilitary, LLC, a company that has been helping veterans find jobs since 1998, received the inaugural “Lee Anderson Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award” from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on November 10 at Chamber headquarters in Washington. The award was presented at the inaugural “Hiring Our Heroes Awards” dinner gala.

Accepting the award on behalf of RecruitMilitary was Drew Myers, founder and president of the company and a former captain in the United States Marine Corps. Jasen, a former U.S. Marine whose role with RecruitMilitary is to manage relationships with many of the company's largest clients, says the trip provided a chance for them to spend quality time with those who have helped RecruitMilitary move thousands of military veterans into gainful employment.

So, during the same week Canyon Lakers were celebrating veterans, Jasen and the rest of his executive team were meeting with Michelle Obama and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, plus numerous other dignitaries involved in moving large numbers of military veterans and spouses into gainful employment.

Jasen says accompanying his CEO to Washington to receive the award was "an incredible moment to be among some of the best organizations in the nation active in the employment of military veterans, military spouses and troops transitioning out of the service." 

He adds, "Some very well-known companies had been nominated and we are proud to have come out on top in our category."

The Chamber presented awards in five categories to recognize specific businesses that have gone above and beyond to honor the sacrifices military families make in their service to America.

According to Jasen, RecruitMilitary collaborated with the U.S. Chamber by producing 13 hiring events, called "Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expos," between September and December 2011. The U.S. Chamber scheduled 100 Hiring Our Heroes events from March 2011 through March 2012.

RecruitMilitary connects employers, franchisors, and educational institutions with job-seeking men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, veterans who already have civilian work experience, members of the National Guard and reserves, and military spouses.

The company makes those connections via a nationwide schedule of Veteran Opportunity Expos, which are job fairs enhanced to include franchisors and educational institutions as well as employers; a job board with a database of over 450,000 job seekers who have military backgrounds plus more than 400,000 job postings; Military Sourcing Services, a recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) mechanism; and Search & Employ®, a bimonthly print magazine for job seekers with military backgrounds.

RecruitMilitary sends more than 36,000 copies of the magazine to transition counselors at over 200 military bases throughout the world, National Guard and reserve units, and men and women who attend RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expos.

RecruitMilitary has more than 50 employees. All of the company’s owners, officers and senior account executives, and the vast majority of the remaining personnel, have served in the armed forces. RecruitMilitary is headquartered in Loveland, Ohio, near Cincinnati. The company is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber’s Veterans Employment Advisory Council, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce.

For information about companies currently looking for veteran employees and to register as a job seeker in the online database, visit