DAV (Disabled American Veterans) has named Americom Technologies Group (ATG), an Oklahoma-based company that takes a veterans-first mentality to recruiting and hiring employees, its Small Employer of the Year. ATG representatives will receive the award Aug. 4 during the 98th DAV and Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

ATG, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) was founded in 2016 with the vision of having an organization that was capable of being a true “one-stop shop” for all electrical- and technologies-related services and materials for industrial, commercial and federal markets. ATG was selected over numerous other businesses with fewer than 250 employees competing for the national-level honor.

“I’m thankful Americom Technologies Group is helping ensure the promise our country made to the men and women who served is kept,” said DAV National Commander Dennis Nixon. “They know hiring veterans is smart business.”

Including its president, 28% of the ATG workforce is veterans. To assist in its veteran recruitment and retention, the company celebrates and thanks veteran employees by posting their basic military biography on the ATG website.

“As an SDVOSB, this award is a gracious honor and we are proud to have received it,” said ATG President Johnathon Shepherd, a Marine Corps veteran and DAV life member of Chapter 44 in Claremore, Oklahoma. “Americom Technologies Group’s hire-veterans-first policy honors and gives preference to our military veterans with every open employment opportunity. ATG’s focus is to assist them and their families in making the transition home as easy as possible.”

In addition to veteran recruiting and employing efforts, ATG gets involved in the veteran community as a whole. Johnathon also co-founded Eagle Ops, a military- and veteran-focused outreach program. The purpose of Eagle Ops is to assist local and national organizations in the veteran community in their efforts to reach their goals by volunteering, participating in events, fundraising and donations.

About DAV

DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them, fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill, providing employment resources to veterans and their families, and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with more than 1 million veteran members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932.