Genie to hold symposium on hiring veterans on Tuesday

Redmond aerial manufacturer Genie (18640 N.E. 67th Ct.), in conjunction with the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will host a one-day program on Tuesday highlighting industry best practices and state-of-the-art theory to meet current and future hiring of veterans.

"The goal of this symposium is to assist employers of all sizes to navigate and leverage the systems available so they can access these proven Americans and meet their organization's hiring and retention needs," said Joe Barto, founder and president of TMG, Inc. "The AME Values Veterans Program is not focused on hiring veterans because it is our patriotic duty but to teach employers to hire veterans because it is a better business decision that will result in increased workforce productivity."

The program will run in two identical sessions. One will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second will be from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Both sessions include lunch and keynote speakers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event's keynote speakers will be Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Director Alfie Alvarado-Ramos and Hire America's Heroes' board chair James Collins. Other sparkers will be AME Western Region President Jenny Snow-Boscolo, who will give a welcome speech for the event. Tom Tice, military and veteran outreach recruiting manager for Starbucks, will also be speaking. Barto will serve as the event's master or ceremonies.

This program is for organizations who desire to improve their business performance through increased workforce productivity and believe in re-capitalizing their workforce with veterans.

The symposium is free to AME members and $75 for non-members.For more information and to register, visit

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