Hiring America announces the winners of its national “Helping Heroes Do Great Things video contest. The campaign afforded the opportunity for everyday American’s to demonstrate and showcase their support and concern, in a three-minute original video for veterans transitioning from the military to civilian life and careers.

NEW YORK, DEC. 14, 2016–Hiring America, the nation’s only television program dedicated to helping transitioning veterans prepare for, train and find good jobs–announced the winners of its inaugural “Helping Heroes Do Great Things” video contest, a partnership with Lenovo, the number one computer company in the world.

“Helping our veterans transition back into civilian life is so rewarding,” said first-place winner Daniel Pfaltzgraf of Toledo, Ohio. “I have a fire, a tremendous drive to help them build their own personal brand via engaging powerful resumes.  It gives me great satisfaction to assist in elevating his or her skills and accomplishments to exemplify their most marketable qualities–and I tried to showcase that in my three-minute video,”  For his first-place video, he receives a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 2-in-1 PC.

Second place winner Marianne Grady of Howell, New Jersey took a similar approach with her submission.  “I’m an HR professional and career coach,” she stated. “With a son who was in the Navy, I’m aware of the great sacrifice veterans make. Anything I can do to help them prepare for a fulfilling future job after leaving the military is a top priority for me.”   For her efforts, she receives a Lenovo ThinkCentre E63Z desktop PC.

“Vets have been my own teachers, mentors and friends, ” said third-place winner Mark Gatta, a former resident of West Hartford, CT now residing in Airmont, NY.  “I wanted my video to be short, energetic and help a transitioning soldier realize what great opportunities lie ahead,’ Gatta–a police officer–said.   His third place finish garnered him a Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet with keyboard.

The winners were selected from scores of entries–short videos that showcased how the entrant “helped heroes do great things”.  Criteria was based on originality and the ability to demonstrate genuine support, help and contructive thinking for transitioning military.  Judges included SM Sgt. James Tongate, HR Advisor to the Kentucky Air National Guard who also serves as Program Manager for  Military and Veterans Affairs for Marsh & McLennan Companies; James Boogle, USC Marshall School of Business, Master of Business for Veterans; and Evan Guzman, Global Head of Military Programs and Veterans Affairs for Verizon Corporate.

It’s a thrill for us at Hiring America to see the excitement the campaign generated,” said Bill Deutch, executive producer and creator of the nationally syndicated telervision show dedicated  to help veterans prepare for and find good jobs. “Our winning submissions demonstrated expertise, underrstanding as well as very important messages for our veterans and companies that can benefit from these heroes experience and skills.”

Lenovo, the world’s number one PC company, co-sponsored the contest. “We are grateful for the service and sacrifices of our military personnel,” said Scott Ottman, vice president, Lenovo North America Inside Sales and Operations. “It’s been a rewarding for us to take part in this program and thus enable service members to share and support each other on the very important next steps in their journeys.”

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