November 11, 2014
Ohio based custom builder Wayne Homes is pleased to announce that employee Dave Whipkey recently received the Patriot Award from Colonel Chaker Fadel of Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR’s mission is to encourage a stronger bond and understanding between employers and the members of the National Guard and Reserve that they employ. This national committee recognizes exemplary employers, like Wayne Homes, that support and encourage continued military service for our country.
President of Wayne Homes, George Murphy said, “The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is an admirable agency. We appreciate all they do to make the transition to and from deployment easier for Reserve Component Service members. We’re proud to employ brave people who have served or are serving our country and we will continue to create an environment where they feel empowered to do so. Dave Whipkey encourages our culture every day and his recognition by the ESGR is a great honor for Wayne Homes.”
To be considered for the Patriot Award, a member of the National Guard or Reserve must nominate a member of their management team. Brian Phillips, a member of the Air Force Reserves and a direct report to Dave Whipkey, took the initiative to recognize Dave’s consistent encouragement.
“I nominated Dave Whipkey of Wayne Homes for his support and understanding prior to my deployment. As my direct boss, Dave could have made it stressful for me to do what I needed to do. There are a lot of pressures and challenges for a team when someone has to leave for an extended period of time. But Dave was understanding and took away my worries. He reassured me that everything was going to work out,” said serviceman Brian Phillips.
After four years of active service in the U.S. Air Force, Brian decided that he would continue to serve in the Reserve. “As long as I can mentor, train and develop the next generation to have our core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All That We Do, we will be safer here at home,” Brian explained. Nearly 16 years later, it is clear that Brian is still making a difference to protect our country. His recent deployment this year was a five month stint overseas.
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