by Kurt M. HellauerGeorge Charos – Area Chair/MA ESGR,
Robert Miller – Co-founder/HMMH, Amie Hellauer,
and Tom Boyle, Area Chair Emeritus/MA ESGR
Photo Credit: Christine Deveau, MA ESGR
I am pleased to follow-up on my prior note that HMMH has been awarded the 2015 Pro Patria Award – Statewide Winner in the Small Business Category” by the Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Massachusetts chapter. The award was presented at a banquet and ceremony held in Fitchburg, MA on June 12, 2015. Ironically, a scheduled military drill weekend, followed by two-week trip to California for field work (noise measurements) prevented my being able to attend the festivities. My absence felt like an Annual Training tour that I would do for the Army Reserve, but without the uniforms or the military orders. Company business took Mary Ellen Eagan out of state that day as well. However, I was very excited and proud that my wife of nearly 25 years, Amie, along with one of HMMH’s founders, Bob Miller, could attend in our stead.
Amie knew well the experiences about which I and Mary Ellen have written previously (Dept. of Defense Patriot Award, LTC Kurt Hellauer) and was an excellent stand-in for me. Bob Miller, a veteran of the Vietnam War and former Air Force pilot (F-102 Delta Dagger) was pleased to accept the award on behalf of Mary Ellen and HMMH. The Pro Patria Award is the highest recognition a state chapter of ESGR can give each year. One award for each of three categories of employers are recognized: Large Employers, Small Employers, and Public Sector Employers. This award is related to, but distinct, from our recognition as a Freedom Award national semi-finalist.