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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Summit Electric Supply is the only New Mexico private business to be selected as a semi-finalist for the 2009 national Freedom Award. The award, given by the U.S. Defense Department for exceptional support of the Guard and Reserve, is significant because only members of the National Guard and Reserve may nominate employers.
Summit was nominated by Army 1st Sgt. Daniel Sanchez, a veteran of the Gulf War who retired from the military in 2006. He joined Summit in 1991 as an associate in the company’s Phoenix service center.
“When I was on my last deployment, they took good care of me and my concerns while being deployed, and I can say that takes a lot off of you,” Sanchez wrote. “They not only made up the difference on pay, but they held my position for me. Plus, Summit has 20 branches that have actively participated in sending care packages and phone cards for military personnel. The Web site speaks about the veterans, about how we took up the challenge of serving our country, and they value our service enough to invest in us and our future.”
Summit is among 131 semi-finalists from across the nation selected from more than 3,200 nominations. A national review board will select 35 finalists and then a selection board comprised of senior defense officials and business leaders will narrow the group to 15. The U.S. Defense Department will announce the 2009 finalists in June. Awards are presented in July.