On 14 December Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services recognized organizations and individuals committed to addressing the well-being of veterans and military families.
Eugene and Ruth Freedman Leadership Award
The award is named for Eugene and Ruth Freedman whose lifetime of philanthropy continues through their family foundation and their three children, Penny Freedman, Nancy Remak and Rick Freedman.
This year's recipient, UBS, was recognized for its commitment to addressing the well-being of veterans and military families.
Following the ceremony, Tom Naratil, President UBS Americas and Co-President UBS Global Wealth Management said, "I am so proud to work alongside colleagues who are passionate about supporting our nation's heroes."
The company actively recruits, integrates, trains, and develops veterans and their families for careers in financial services.
During the ceremony the firm was also recognized for supporting education for military children, service member transition, and local support. Specifically, for:
According to Dixon Center Vice President of Programs and Services, Sam Whitehurst, "UBS's leadership is enabling Veterans and their families to work with purpose, heal with honor and live with hope."
2021 Eugene & Ruth Freedman Leadership Award
Tom Naratil, Co-President Global Wealth Management and President Americas at UBS, accepting the Award on behalf of all his UBS colleagues.
Herbert Metzger Service Award
Herb Metzger epitomizes the spirit of veterans who are wired to serve. Last week, hundreds of people joined us virtually in presenting the award to Dixon Center Command Council member and founder of Spring Creek Partners, John R. Anderson.
John's leadership has made his community and our nation a better place and he has made the work of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services more impactful.
According to Dixon Center President, Duncan Milne, "John understands that our nations support of our veterans and their families will have a direct impact on our national defense and military readiness in the future."
"History clearly shows that one person can make a difference in the world. It's not rare for a single individual to have a significant impact through extraordinary opportunities, actions, and creating positive situations," said Dixon Center Chairman, David Sutherland, "John is one of those people."
2021 Herbert "Herb" Metzger Service Award
Recipient: John R. Anderson
John Anderson receiving the award for his actions as a leader making his community and our nation a better place and to make Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services more impactful.
Michael Yauger Point Man Award
International Union of Elevator Constructors General President, Frank Christensen received this award in recognition of his leadership transitioning veterans from military service to civilian careers.
In an Army formation on patrol, the point man takes responsibility for others and assists them as they move through challenging terrain. This award, named for that role and responsibilities and in honor of Mick Yauger, recognizes the recipient's forward leadership in supporting others through challenging times and/or transitions.
Under Frank's leadership the Elevator Constructors Union recognizes veterans for their service and invites them to explore post-military apprenticeship and career opportunities in organized building trades.
According to Sutherland, "Bottom line: Frank knows that serving in the military prepares women and men for tough situations, and this translates perfectly into a career in construction. The union, just like the military, needs forward-looking, capable individuals who show up and get the job done – and done right."
The Lou Lowenkron Commitment to Veterans Excellence Award
The Lou Lowenkron Commitment to Veterans Excellence Award is presented annually by Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services to recognize an individual or organization for their support of veterans and their families in higher education, certification, licensing, or training.
The 2021 Lou Lowenkron Commitment to Veterans Excellence Award was presented to City Colleges of Chicago.
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) serves thousands of U.S. military veterans each year. It is the training institution that has partnered with the Utility Workers Union of America and established the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program in Chicago to put veterans into skilled careers. They have trained more than 700 veterans for meaningful careers in the electric and gas industry in the Chicagoland area.
"This Commitment to Veterans Excellence Award touches my heart because it represents the potential of our service members, our veterans and their families", said Lou Lowenkron during last Tuesday evening's ceremony, "It recognizes that they are destined to make a meaningful impact where they live and those who provide that HAND UP - the educators, the trainers, the scholarship organizations - recognize their, individual and collective, potential for greatness."
2021 Lou Lowenkron Commitment to Veterans Excellence Award
Recipient: City Colleges of Chicago
City Colleges of Chicago's Chancellor Juan Salgado receiving the award for the school's support of veterans and their families in higher education, certification, licensing, or training.
We congratulate all these honorees.