‘Hiring Our Heroes’ Employment Fair Set for May 15 in Sherwood
Sherwood, Ark. —
Entergy Arkansas, Inc. is taking a lead role in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s
“Hiring Our Heroes” nationwide campaign to connect 100,000 veterans with job
Entergy has signed
on as a top sponsor of the hiring campaign, which targets all unemployed
veterans, but focuses on those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The drive’s latest
job fair is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sherwood Forest, 1111 West Maryland
Ave. in Sherwood. As of May 11, 75 employers and more than 300 job seekers had
registered to participate.
As an added
attraction, the Entergy Indy car will be on display at the event.
businesses of all sizes have a duty to recruit the men and women who have made
such extraordinary sacrifices for our country,” said Hugh McDonald, president
and chief executive officer of Entergy Arkansas, Inc. “Just as importantly, we
need the type of disciplined, organized and skilled workers you regularly find
Adam Zomant is one
of those types of workers. He works for Entergy Arkansas coordinating tree
trimming work in northeast Arkansas.
active-duty in the U.S. Army for 10 years, then joined the National Guard while
working as a tree trimmer. The Guard deployed him to the Middle East in early
2004. On April 24, 2004, a mortar round struck Camp Taji in Iraq.“Four of my
buddies got killed and six, including me, were severely injured and shipped back
to the United States.”
Zomant tried to
resume his career as a tree trimmer, but the injuries to his arm were too severe
to continue with the hands-on work. However, as he helped manage contract tree
trimming crews during restoration after hurricanes Gustav and Ike, he worked
closely with Entergy management, which noticed his work ethic and skills at
“They told me my
military background says to them that I have the ability to work with a team and
that I’m self-motivated.”
Entergy full-time as an operations coordinator in 2008. “Entergy does support
the veterans and the soldiers. Everybody’s really grateful for my service to the
Entergy and the
rest of the utility industry face a growing challenge in the years ahead as
members of the Baby Boom head toward retirement. More than 50 percent of the
industry’s workforce is 45 years of age or older.
“We are excited
that Entergy is stepping up as a leader in the utility industry to hire veterans
— not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s right for their
business,” said Kevin Schmiegel, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. “Entergy’s commitment to help
veterans find jobs in Arkansas and across America is an example for other
companies to emulate, and we welcome their representation on the chamber’s
national Veterans Employment Advisory Council.”
Employment Advisory Council includes such companies as 3M, Wal-Mart, Union
Pacific, Federal Express, and Chesapeake Energy. Entergy has joined the
council’s “Chairman’s Circle” of top corporate sponsors, which includes
companies like Capital One and CVS Caremark.
Employment Advisory Council is committed to five principles: 1) hiring veterans
and military spouses; 2) sharing and adopting best practices for veteran and
military spouse employment; 3) reporting measures such as job opportunities,
interviews and job placements; 4) providing mentors to help transitioning
service members and military spouses, and through the chamber’s grassroots
network 5) enlisting the commitment of thousands of small and medium-sized
businesses across America to do the same.
Since March of
2011, “Hiring Our Heroes” has hosted 130 hiring fairs in 45 states and the
District of Columbia, connecting more than 100,000 veterans and military spouses
with 5,000 different employers. More than 9,000 have gotten jobs.
provides electricity to 692,000 customers in 63 counties. It is a subsidiary of
Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily
in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns
and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric
generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the
United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more
than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.