Company Honored For Work With National Guard Employees

Company Honored For Work With National Guard Employees Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - The Employers Supportive of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) is honoring Leighton Enterprises for how it works with military members so they can serve their country and maintain balance with their work and personal life.

Leighton Enterprises, the owner of KNSI Radio, was given the ESGR Patriot Award on Friday.

ESGR is the lead U.S. Defense Department program promoting cooperation and understanding between civilian employers and their National Guard and Reserve employees.

The company was nominated by Human Resources Manager and Captain in the Guard Brian Zenzen. He talked about why he submitted the nomination.

"They have an outstanding dedication to Guard members, whether it be schedule accommodation, time off, making additional time for family on the front end, and the back end of military exercises."

He says if you're in the Guard or reserves, Leighton Enterprises is a good fit.

"Other veterans that may be out there looking for employment need to know that Leighton Enterprises is a veteran-friendly organization. I've worked for a couple of different corporations and a couple of different companies, and it's never been as seamless as this."

Retired Navy Reserve Captain Dirk Foster was at the company's headquarters in St. Cloud to present the award. He stated that the reserves couldn't protect the nation without companies like Leighton Enterprises.

"The reserve units couldn't function without the support of employers that also have members in the Army and Air Force National Guard. It's key to be able to have that flexibility and support from the homefront when they're deployed and also when they're on their weekend duties."

He says companies that take the time to hire a vet or Guard member will get an employee who already has training.

"They learn skills, knowledge, and abilities in their reserved capacity that they can bring to companies. I would highly encourage companies to look at veterans and look at active members of the Minnesota National Guard for employees."

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

The award was given to Leighton Enterprises, CEO Bob Leighton, and President John Sowada.

Patriot Awards are awarded to individual supervisors.

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