Cushman & Wakefield is pleased to congratulate our own Tony Napier on being honored as a “Veteran of Influence.” A Senior HR Generalist based in our Orlando office, Tony serves as a trusted advisor to our Asset Services leadership in Florida, the Carolinas and Nashville. The Veteran of Influence Award comes from the Orlando Business Journal, an American City Business Journals publication that is widely read in the Central Florida market.
The award recognizes veterans in the Orlando business community who are making a positive impact through their professional and personal efforts. Tony was one of just 21 honorees selected from the metro Orlando area to receive this honor, and it’s well-deserved.
Tony served in the U.S. Army from 1990 to 2011. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Infantry and progressed through the ranks to retire as a Major. He spent much of his time in the Army overseas and was deployed to dangerous situations in Desert Shield / Desert Storm as well in Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.
Upon retiring from the Military and returning to civilian life, Tony worked hard to build a future for himself and his wife, Gissele. He found he was able to apply the strong interpersonal, listening and negotiation skills that he developed in the Army to build a new career in the field of human resources. Since then, Tony has become an invaluable asset to Cushman & Wakefield as part of our HR team.
Tony knows how challenging it can be to transition from military life, and that not all veterans are lucky enough to find promising careers in the civilian world. This has inspired him to use his platform as an HR professional and engaged member of society to help his fellow veterans in all stages of life.
When Tony volunteers at the local soup kitchen, where many of the diners are fellow veterans, he serves them with dignity and honor. He still feels it’s his duty to “leave no man behind.”
In addition to volunteering in his community, Tony has a been instrumental in helping Cushman & Wakefield launch its nationwide veteran recruitment program. He serves as a member of the steering committee heading up the efforts, which involve partnerships with Hiring Our Heroes and the Corporate Fellowship Program, an organization that provides veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses with training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce.
“It was truly an honor receiving this award and I want to share this with all our veterans who positively impact and influence our company’s day-to-day efforts,” said Tony. “I am proud to work for a firm that provides great opportunities for men and women who have served our country.”
Tony truly exemplifies what it means to be a “Veteran of Influence.” He bravely and proudly served his country for more than two decades, and today he continues to serve his fellow veterans. Employees like Tony make Cushman & Wakefield a better company and we are proud to have him.
At Cushman & Wakefield, U.S. veterans find challenging and rewarding work directly related to their skills and talents. They also find camaraderie among colleagues who support their needs and honor their contributions in the military as well as in our organization.
Click here to visit the Veterans Initiative Program website.
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