HeroZona Announces Veteran Employment Forum Ahead of Veteran’s Day

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Annual Event on Nov. 3 Will Cover State of Veteran Employment Affairs in Arizona

The HeroZona Foundation is excited to announce it will be hosting the 2022 Veteran Employment Forum on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Travis L. Williams American Legion Post 65 (1624 E. Broadway Rd.) in Phoenix. The event aims to empower Arizona’s heroes through information from industry experts on the best vocational opportunities for military personnel in the state right now.

Forum panelists include Westmarc President and CEO Sintra Hoffman, West Valley Defense Alliance President Lynndy Smith, Sonoran Technology President Paul Smiley, USAA Regional Site Manager Director Patrick Fitzhugh, Arizona Department of Administration Human Resources Office Chief George McNeely, Arizona Coalition for Military Families Director Thomas Winkel and City of Tempe Veteran Services Coordinator Abe McCann. The event will be moderated by Brightworks Consulting Founder and CEO Christine Gannon, and HeroZona Foundation President and CEO Ron Williams will serve as master of ceremonies.

“This forum allows us to discern the issues our military heroes are facing when reentering the workforce and how to fix them,” said Alan “AP” Powell, Chairman of AP & Associates – Strategic Alliances, U.S. Army Desert-Storm Veteran, and founder of HeroZona. “Our goal is to find the best solutions so Arizona veterans have safe, stable careers that allow them to comfortably provide for themselves and their families.”

The event is supported by APS, the Arizona Department of Veteran Services, Sonoran Technology and more.

Paul Smiley, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with over 1,900 flying hours and a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Sonoran Technology President, has built one of the most successful and fast-growing small businesses in the U.S. providing professional service support to the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, General Services Administration and other federal agencies.

“With more than 75% of our employees being veterans, the maturity, professionalism, expertise, and problem-solving skills they bring to Sonoran Technology is priceless,” said Smiley.

HeroZona Foundation has launched various community programs including Phoenix Tools 4 School, The Bridge Forum, Holiday Bike Giveaways, MLK Celebrating the Dream, Play It Forward: Engaging Our Youth Through the Arts, Veterans Reach to Teach, the HeroZona Forgotten Heroes Breakfast, the first Nielsen consumer report on veterans, the largest COVID-19 testing site for minorities and most recently, the Blue Zones Activate initiative, an effort to help make the Greater South Phoenix area a healthier and happier place to live, work, and thrive.

For more information about the foundation’s upcoming events and partnerships, visit HeroZona.org or follow on Facebook.com/HerozonaOrg.

About the Herozona Foundation
The HeroZona Foundation is a non-profit organization that empowers Heroes in the community through entrepreneurship, employment, and education. The group works with veterans, first responders and those that bring social good to future generations and under-served communities. The foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for the brave men and women who serve their country, and community, every day. For more information, please visit Herozona.org.


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