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MGM expands Boots to Business program


Aug. 14, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – MGM Resorts International has expanded its commitment to the Boots to Business program that helps veterans transition from military service into management positions at properties owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.

Through a grant of $250,000, MGM Resorts becomes a partner in the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Giving Program, which helps support members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. The grant will help identify, recruit and hire veterans into a MGM Resorts management-training program as well as provide deployment support for current MGM Resorts employees who are called to duty, and ongoing support in the form of mentoring and networking.

“We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross in the development and expansion of an innovative program that identifies, recruits and trains recent U.S. military veterans for entry-level management positions at MGM Resorts,” Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts and MGM Springfield president, said. “The Boots to Business program will be an important part of our recruiting effort for MGM Springfield. The grant reinforces our commitment that MGM will place a significant emphasis on local and regional recruitment.”

The grant will support the initiative in five communities including Las Vegas, Nev., Detroit, Mich., Biloxi, Miss., as well as Prince George’s County, Md., and here in Springfield. The grant will support the identification, recruitment and transition support for veterans into existing community-based employers.

“MGM is perfect partner because our values, commitment, and dedication to veterans are in full alignment,” Rick Lee, director of the Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter, said. “The Boots to Business program creates an opportunity for veterans to showcase the talents they built while serving our country and is a natural convergence of our shared mission.”



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