Vision Media Marketing Inc., a full-service New Jersey public relations and media consulting firm, announced that The New Jersey Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has recognized two of the firm’s employee leaders with its Patriot Award. The Patriot Award honors supervisors who go above and beyond to support a guardsman or reservist employee during their time of service.
Juan Pablo “J.P.” Escobar, a Junior Associate specializing is bi-lingual media outreach and Private First Class in the New Jersey National Guard, nominated his leadership team in early 2014 and the award was presented to the firm in March.
Michael Makarski, a Senior Account Executive and Director of Business Development, and Philip Swibinski, a Senior Account Executive and Director of Digital Strategy, received awards presented by Dr. Maureen McGuire, ESGR Area Chair for New Jersey (pictured) and Tammy L. Cartagena, Program Support Technician.
“As a member of the National Guard, it is often a challenge to balance military obligations with a civilian career,” said Escobar. “The support, flexibility and understanding I’ve experienced from my team at Vision Media made this challenge a lot easier.”
Established in 1972, the ESGR is a Department of Defense organization that supports the relationship between civilian employers and members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Each year service members are asked to recognize employers who provide support of those who serve active duty and longer-term deployments.
“J.P. brings a lot of important skills to the table and he has already become a very valuable part of our team,” said Swibinski. “His service to our country as a member of the National Guard is very admirable and we are proud to have him as a part of our firm.”