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C.W. DRIVER RECOGNIZED FOR ITS
COMMITMENT TO MILITARY EMPLOYEES
(l-r) Andy Kirby, project director, Christina Kirby,
Dana Roberts, CEO, Bessie Kouvara, CFO, John
Thornton, executive vice president, Tara Myers,
and Chris Myers, project manager.
BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
EDITOR-IN CHIEF, CONSTRUCTOR
"IT'S 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE."
A familiar line from a familiar song.
For many of us, it means clocking out,
cruising home, putting our feet up and
maybe watching a little TV. But, for those
who serve in the National Guard or the
Reserves, 'quitting time' is not always the
same as it is for the rest of us. Many of
these individuals leave their homes and
their jobs and say goodbye to family and
friends - all to serve and defend their
country. This sacriﬁce does not go unnoticed by C.W. Driver, a premier builder in
California and an AGC of California member. This company goes the extra mile for
its military workers and their families,
and this commitment was recognized in
October 2013 when the Department of
Defense awarded C.W. Driver with the
Secretary of Defense Employer Support
Freedom Award, the agency's highest
honor for employer support of National
Guard and Reserve employees.
Christopher Myers, U.S. Navy Reserve
- Civil Engineer Corps and C.W. Driver
employee since 2007, nominated the
company along with reservists Andy
Kirby (director of operations, San Mateo)
and Aaron Pusztai (project engineer,
Driver Urban) for this tremendous honor.
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"While I was deployed," he says, "C.W.
Driver communicated regularly with me to
check on my status and keep me informed
of company events. Executives, senior
managers, and colleagues reached out to
me regularly to make sure that I still felt
like I was part of the C.W. Driver family."
But keeping Myers in the company
loop wasn't the only objective the builder
wished to achieve. Ensuring the family he
left behind had support and assistance
was important too. "It was so nice knowing that while Chris was deployed I could
always count on our friends at C.W. Driver
to be there when I needed them," says
his wife, Tara. "I was a full-time student
and had a toddler in the house so it was
important to know that help was only a
phone call away."
Military support is a continual part
of the corporate culture at C.W. Driver.
"People are our most valuable asset,"
says Dana Roberts, CEO of C.W. Driver.
"Those individuals that have served our
country in the military and continue to
serve our country in the military reserves
or National Guard, deserve something
extra, to say 'thank you for your service'
and to show our appreciation for their
sacriﬁce. If a candidate for employment
has served in the military, we consider
that service a beneﬁt and enhancement
to his qualiﬁcations."
Only 15 Freedom Awards are handed out
each year and the 2013 recipients represent
large and small businesses, as well as public sector agencies. They have distinguished
themselves from a ﬁeld of nearly 2,900 nominations submitted by Reserve Component
"I nominated C.W. Driver for the
Freedom Award," says Myers, "because I
know that they go out of their way to care
for their Veteran and Reservist employees and to support the greater military
community. I have seen, ﬁ rst hand, how
the sailors in my charge were impacted
by employers that did the minimum or
less to support service members and the
impact that it can have on their families and their ability to serve. I'm proud
that C.W. Driver values our service as an
asset to the company and that Dana has
instilled this attitude at all levels of the
Because C.W. Driver has more than 400
employees, the company is able to move
people around to accommodate the loss of
the reservist to deployment. More importantly, "We want them to know they have
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