Berry Aviation, Inc. has been named the winner of the 2020 Outstanding Midsize Employer of the Year Award by DAV (Disabled American Veterans.)
The award recognizes businesses with 250 to 999 employees that demonstrate by their employment policies, hiring practices and community outreach that they have an unwavering commitment and passion to ensure all veterans obtain suitable employment to care for themselves and their families-and have the opportunity to live life with respect and dignity.
"It is an honor to be recognized nationally as a company that values the lives and talents of our Veterans," said Stan Finch, President of Berry Aviation. "It is an even greater honor to serve at home and abroad alongside these men and women that gave so much to the service of our nation. Over the years, Berry Aviation has truly benefited from the experience and perspectives that our Veterans bring to the table. We're grateful for each Veteran that is a member of our Berry Aviation team."
The company opened its 31,400 square-foot maintenance hangar at the San Marcos Regional Airport in December 2019.
It's outreach efforts has resulted in approximately 1/3 of the company's current employees being veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
"At Berry Aviation, we've found that our veterans bring skills and a work ethic that easily translates into high quality, measurable results and leads to consistently satisfied customers." Warren Orr said, "We are proud that today, and throughout our 37-year history, veterans have made us their employer of choice. We honor and respect our veterans and their families and are grateful for the sacrifices they have made in service to our country."
DAV national awards are typically announced at the organization's annual convention.
Due to COVID-19, this year's convention was canceled for only the second time in the organization's 100-year history (the first was in 1942 due to WWII).
Representatives from Berry Aviation will be formally recognized during the DAV & Auxiliary Virtual Salute scheduled for Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. EDT on DAV's website
Prior to receipt of the national award, the company was recognized as the DAV Department of Texas winner.