Back in 2013, TAMKO Building Products joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission to help find jobs for military veterans. TAMKO was among 55+ companies and organizations that partnered with the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a nonprofit group that works with employees to help locate jobs for U.S. war veterans and military personnel.
The organization’s goal was to find 100,000 jobs for veterans by 2020. By June of 2013, the organization had already helped with the hiring of more than 77,000 veterans. While 100,000 Jobs Mission typically only partners with businesses that employ 10,000 or more people, TAMKO’s large number of past and present military employees uniquely qualified the company to join and help them achieve their initiative, despite the fact TAMKO has fewer than 2,000 employees nationwide. TAMKO employs approximately 150 veterans across its locations, accounting for about 10 percent of the company’s nationwide workforce.
“When we hire an employee with a military background, they generally fit well into the TAMKO culture,” TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys told the Joplin Globe. “Every employee at TAMKO must understand our culture of honesty, integrity and compliance, and the military does a good job of teaching those traits.”
Robert “Rob” Keeling, senior director of procurement and logistics, is among the U.S. veterans employed by TAMKO. He served as submarine officer and an on-shore instructor in the Navy. According to Keeling, “the skills veterans bring from the military are not only tactical skills, but leadership experience and being able to focus on a mission.” Veterans’ ability to work with a diverse group of people in diverse situations, combined with their core values of honesty, integrity, compliance and safety, makes them an asset to the civilian workforce.