Dept. of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve partners with Aventura Marketing Council

Ready for liftoff! Aventura Marketing Council Board Members await the much-anticipated shuttle launch (l-r) Michael Shear, Wells Fargo Advisors; AMC Chairman of the Board Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Jaqui and Fernando Levy Hara, The McKafka Group

A number of years ago, the Aventura Marketing Council (AMC), the community’s premier not-for-profit business organization, developed a strong working relationship with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense Agency established to gain and maintain active support and assist with employment opportunities for returning Guardsmen and Reservists.

In order to help the business leaders understand the mission and the people behind the ESGR, there were some very special activities that the AMC members were invited to participate in. Two AMC Board members, Ben Launerts of Marksman Security and Jordan Laser of Northwestern Mutual Laser Financial Group had the opportunity to join the US Army “Golden Knights” on a parachute jump. “It was an incredible life-changing experience!” said Launerts. Laser added, “If you’re going to jump out of an airplane, you definitely want to do it with a Golden Knight!”

Later that week, five AMC Board members drove up to Patrick Air Force Base to participate in a VIP view and briefing of the February 24th Shuttle Discovery Launch. Briefings by Air Force Reserve units and the Coast Guard preceded the launch, giving the civilians an opportunity to meet some of the young servicemembers who have dedicated their lives to the protection of our country. Participating in the Shuttle Discovery Launch trip were Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Fernando Levy Hara, The McKafka Group; and Michael Shear of Wells Fargo Advisors, national award-winning supporters and friends of the ESGR. Wells Fargo Advisors also sponsored the luncheon for all participants and military on the day of the launch.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Schulman, “and aside from getting married the week before and becoming a first-time grandfather the week after, the shuttle launch ranks right up there with the most memorable events in my life.”

For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council and opportunities with the ESGR, call 305-932-5334. For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council and opportunities with the ESGR, call (305) 932-5334.


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