Des Moines, Iowa, USA, January 14, 2014 – The Weitz Company was honored with a Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, in recognition of outstanding patriotic support of its employee, Suzanne Higgins, Military Veteran and Weitz Industrial Human Resources Assistant, whose spouse serves in the Iowa National Guard and Reserve.
According to Dick Rue, Iowa ESGR State Chair, “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employee, who like their spouse have answered their nation’s call to serve.” Amy Williams, Human Resources Director, was nominated for being highly supportive of Suzanne Higgins and spouse deployed in Afghanistan, as she cared for her children as a single parent.
Weitz employees in the Des Moines office accommodated Suzanne needs and coordinated a “Red, White, and Blue” day to support Ms. Higgins’ husband safe return home to his family. “Weitz has been instrumental in helping me make sure that my family is taken care of and have the time off that I need to take care of things through this deployment. They have also made me feel like I have a second family here at work. I can’t say enough good things about this company. I’m so happy that I made the move. I committed Weitz to hire more veterans and started to attend the Veterans career fairs,” said Suzanne Higgins.
“There are many stories throughout our company that show how we respect people, and it’s those stories that make Weitz a special place to work. I am proud for Weitz to be recognized for all of our hard work,” said Amy Williams.