Further representing our commitment to quality in the way we communicate with the Veterans community, we were pleased to see that Advisory Board Member Gerry Byrne won a key media industry award recently.
“min,” the industry’s trusted source on the ever-evolving consumer and b2b media business, named its 2014 Hall of Fame Sales Executive of the Year Awards, and included Gerry this year. We at Veterans Advantage could not be more proud of him.
Gerry is not only a leader in the media world, but he battled many of the transition challenges Vets face today in the workplace. As a Vietnam Vet, Gerry recalls in his acceptance speech, how he got his start:
I was just back from 13 months as a Marine officer in Vietnam. It was early 1969. There was no “thank you for your service”…just the wide public sense that anyone in uniform was the cause of America’s problems. And that, indeed, was me. I was a mess. And I was angry. I wasn’t wearing my pride of service. I was hiding it. And that hurt. While my goal and focus back then was to become a “Master of the Universe” on Wall Street, fate intervened with an interview I accepted at The New York Daily News. The largest paper in the US. 3.5 million circulation on Sunday.
What mattered to me at the News, the entire management infrastructure was made up of former Marine, Navy and Army officers…most with service in Korea. They understood me. So I signed on.
We hope there are many success stories like Gerry when post-9/11 Vets tell their story 30 or 40 years later, and hopefully a lot sooner.
Gerry goes on to say in his acceptance speech:
My inspiration to get involved, particularly with Veterans causes, was seeded in Vietnam when a young Marine in a memorable tense moment lit my cigarette and showed me his Zippo lighter. Inscribed on it was….”For those who have fought for it, Freedom has a taste that the protected will never know.” That quote stuck and led me to my Veterans’ affinity.
Those words also inspires Veterans Advantage towards helping those enrolling in our member plans each and every day. Today, tomorrow and in the future.
Gerry is also quite modest about his accomplishments. He is currently Vice Chairman of Penske Media Corp (PMC), which owns leading entertainment and digital media brands that include Variety, Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Life, TVLine, and others. A fellow Vietnam Veteran, he is also on the boards of numerous influential not-for-profits helping his fellow Veterans, including Fisher House, The Intrepid Museum and The Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Hat’s off to Gerry!