I am fortunate to work At Quorum Architects. They give all employees the ability to pursue alternative professions. This does not mean that they encourage Moonlighting? Far from it. But they allow many of us to pursue different interests. In my own time here, they have allowed and supported me in my second profession: that of a Navy Officer in the Naval Reserve. Many years ago they hired me in spite of me warning them that I had a second profession. They have supported me
for three deployments sending care packages, coffee (especially coffee) and other items regularly.
They have worked and scheduled around my deployments Annual Training, Four-day Exercises and required schools that my Naval Career demands. A Naval reservist (especially the Seabees) no longer only perform the ‘one weekend a month and two weeks of the year” training. Many times I have had to take up to four weeks of the year for required training or exercises.
Recently, Quorum Architects was recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR, http://www.esgr.mil/ ) with a Freedom Award at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve. This recognition is awarded locally and the recipients then are entered into the National Freedom Award package review (competition?) This was awarded for their outstanding support or me during my Naval Career. The Commander of the Naval Occupation Support Center (We used to call them Reserve Centers) presided over the ceremony and spoke to the awardees and service members. He reminded the employers that only 2% of all companies have a reservist on their payroll, a rare breed indeed.
Thank You, David Lee, David Duman, Scott Wilson, Doug Moon and Bill Blankenship for your support over these years.