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    Advantages of Hiring a Veteran & How to Set-Up a Veteran Hiring Program

    Date: October 8, 2014, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
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    This lunch program will provide both tangible and intangible benefits of hiring veterans! You will also learn how to set-up a veteran hiring program and be provided with resources for developing or enhancing a Veterans hiring initiative. This presentation will include information on qualities, experiences and abilities that our military veterans bring to the workforce as well as how companies are setting themselves up to locate and leverage these veterans to support their business objectives. Additional information will include understanding the military culture and how to translate military experience into everyday actions.

    About the PresenterWilliam Adamek, WorkSource Whatcom, Local Veterans Employment Representative

    Bill Adamek works for the Washington State Employment Security Department and is located at WorkSource Whatcom in Bellingham, WA. As the Local Veteran’s Employment Representative he is the only state and federal representative responsible for assisting Whatcom County veterans and businesses connect in an employment relationship. Through these endeavors, he is always looking for the opportunity to create win-win scenarios for both business and veteran job seekers.

    Bill’s state veteran and business assistance history includes the last 3 years in Whatcom County and a previous 10 years covering Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties with the same mission. Along with his business assistance he has an emphasis on working with disabled veterans and veterans with barriers to employment. From 2004-2006 he was one of six to be chosen by the Department of Labor – VETS (Veterans Employment and Training Services) nationwide to work with a Presidential “Hire Vets First” Committee. In this position, he represented the 8 western states for that committee and promoted the value that veterans bring to the workforce. To this end he assisted business entities from Anchorage, Alaska, down through the Silicon Valley in California, and over to Honolulu, Hawaii, to set up corporate level veteran hiring programs with an emphasis on employing our returning wounded warriors.

    The last 11 years of Bill’s 22 year Army Career saw him serve not only as a successful Army Recruiter and Recruiting Station Commander, but also as a Career Manager for the US Army Recruiting Division out of the Washington DC area for his final 7 years. In this position he was responsible for proactively determining the recruiting force structure needs and briefing those requirements to Pentagon officials on a monthly basis. Upon his retirement, bill was recognized by both the Army Personnel  Command and the Army Recruiting Command for maintaining the recruiting strength at prescribed levels. He accomplished this through the use of managed historical data of retirements, departures, promotions, discharges, and new recruiters (using accurate projections for: selected-qualified-attend school-complete school-start work) while working around real world missions and crisis. 



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    • Member Lunch & Program: $20.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program: $25.00
    • Program Only: $12.00
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

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    If you are not able to or do not want to pre-pay, we accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card and must be paid at the time of check-in at the event. See cancellation policy below.

    *This program is approved for 1 Business HRCI credit.

    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed the full price of the event if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

    To Cancel an Existing Reservation send the names of the attendees and the date of the event you cannot attend to

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