National Group Honors Sandia Labs Recruiter

image: Sandia National Laboratories talent acquisition specialist Tony Lona has been named Corporate America’s 2022 Veteran Champion of the Year.
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Sandia National Laboratories talent acquisition specialist Tony Lona, a recruiter focused on veterans and unique abilities, has been named the 2022 American Business Veteran Champion of the Year by GI Jobs magazine.

The award is given to those who champion the recruitment, hiring, retention, and career advancement of U.S. military veterans in corporate America.

Lona is one of 30 National Champions recognized for advocating on behalf of American veterans and military employees by helping to establish and grow long-term sustainable opportunities, services, and programs.

“This recognition is, by far, one of the most significant honors of my professional career,” said Lona, who retired from the US Marine Corps in 2014 and joined Sandia the same year. “To be trusted to support our nation’s veterans and their families as they transition from service to corporate America is truly a profound honor.”

In addition to recruiting and hiring initiatives, examples of advocacy include onboarding and mentorship programs, veteran network and affinity groups, bridging the cultural gap between veteran and non-veteran employees , recognizing and celebrating military service within the organization, and working with veteran service organizations and other community groups. Recipients do not have to be veterans.

“Tony and I met through Sandia’s Exceptional Warrior Career Development Program, which helps service members injured in combat complete their education, improve their skills, and identify meaningful employment opportunities,” said said retired Army First Sergeant Michael Scarlett, who joined Sandia in 2021 as a deployed security professional. “He reached out to me, matched my skills with what Sandia needed and helped me through the interview process. Tony has a heart of gold and a real talent for what he does” , Scarlett added.

“Sandia appreciates the sacrifices and contributions of our military to advance our national security mission,” said Brian Carter, Sandia Executive Champion for the Military Support Committee and Director of Human Resources. “Our recruiting programs and our passionate advocates like Tony demonstrate our dedication to those who have served our nation.”

VIQTORY, the veteran-owned company that owns and operates GI Jobs, connects veterans with education, employment, and business opportunities. Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges use VIQTORY to promote their employment, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities to the nation’s military community of veterans, spouses, and transitioning military members.

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