Firm honored for supporting employees in military

A Grand Junction-based technical management and professional services firm is among 15 companies that will be honored at the Pentagon in September for their support of employees who serve in the military.

J.G. Management Systems (JGMS) will receive the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the Defense Department’s highest recognition to civilian employers that support employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. A ceremony scheduled for Sept. 26 at the Pentagon will honor the winners.

The latest recipients were selected from among nearly 3,000 nominations received from members of the National Guard and Reserve for civilian employers that go far beyond what the federal law requires to support employees who also serve in the military.

“Guardsmen and reservists across the nation rely on strong bonds with their civilian employers. By recognizing these 15 exceptional employers, the Department of Defense celebrates the contributions made by American employers to our citizen warriors. I commend these extraordinary employers for their unwavering commitment to service members and their families,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Gene Odom, a colonel who serves in the Air Force Reserve, nominated JGMS for the award.

Odom said the company paid for an employee’s wife and children to visit the employee in Italy for a mid-deployment leave. JGMS also provided supplemental health insurance to an employee transitioning from military service, coordinated donations for an injured service member and supported a veteran who lost his home in a fire.

In addition, JGMS offers paid time off for employees who volunteer with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and other military support organizations.

The company is dedicated to hiring veterans and service members, and more than a third of its work force is comprised of current and former members of the  military.

Founded by Jerome Gonzales in 2001, JGMS offers a wide range of technical and professional services to government and private sector clients nationwide.

The firm has ranked among the fastest-growing privately held companies as well as the best companies to work for in Colorado. The firm also has been among the winners of the Colorado Biz magazine Top Company competition, one of the most prestigious in the state.