September 24, 2013 // Franchising.com // New York - Human resources executives from La Quinta will attend Blackstone's inaugural Veterans Hiring Summit to support the hiring of American veterans across the alternative asset management firm's portfolio companies.
In support of the White House's "Joining Forces" initiative, in April Blackstone committed to hire 50,000 American veterans across its portfolio of 78 companies over the next five years. Today's summit was designed to help hiring executives within Blackstone's portfolio companies learn how to attract and hire veterans and to help the U.S. Military and veterans organizations learn how they can help facilitate this recruitment initiative. "At La Quinta, we want to hire veterans and military spouses because they have demonstrated leadership qualities of discipline, training and a passion for service. They are quick learners who work well as part of a team," said La Quinta's President and CEO, Wayne Goldberg.
In addition to human resources executives from Blackstone's 78 portfolio companies, the summit featured Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Terry Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) at the Department of Labor, Col. Rich Morales, Executive Director of Joining Forces at the Office of the First Lady, and Col. Robert Yost, Director of the U.S. Army's Transition Strategic Outreach Office.
The summit will cover a wide range of topics related to the veteran hiring initiative, including the strengths of the veteran applicant pool, coordination with local VA offices, and the role of mentorship in ensuring a positive transition to civilian life for those who have served our nation.
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