NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Mako Medical CEO Chad Price announced Mako Medical was selected to represent North Carolina for the small business category for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The company will now go on to a national selection board.
The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Each year, Guard and Reserve employees, or a family member acting on their behalf, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the Employer Support Freedom Award. The ESGR State Committees review nominations and submit recommendations to advance to the next round in each of these three categories: small employer, large employer, and public sector. A national selection board comprised of senior Department of Defense's officials, business leaders, and prior awardees selects up to 15 employers nationwide to receive the Secretary's prestigious award.
Adam Price leads the military programs at Mako Medical. Adam is a Major in the United States Army Reserves, a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and former active duty logistics officer. "When we started Mako Medical, we wanted to build specific programs around active duty military members that were transitioning out of full-time service," said Mako Medical CEO Chad Price. When Mako was founded in 2014, Chad Price, CEO, Josh Arant COO, and Adam Price all vowed to ensure Mako Medical was a business that respected and fostered a positive environment for those still serving or have previously served. "We wanted to develop entire programs around training and mentorship," Chad Price said.
Mako continues to shine as its programs find creative ways to support those still serving. In 2017, Mako brought back 140 soldiers to Louisiana to spend time with their families before they deployed. "Deployments are tough on the solider and their family," said Adam Price, who deployed to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in 2012-2013. "Having one last moment with your family creates a memory that can be used to help you get through a tough time when you are away for so long." Finding ways to help those that are continuing to serve is something Mako Medical is committed to doing. Mako Medical pays its service members while they are attending annual training, which is an annual two-week obligation for Reservists and Guardsman. Also, service members who have an extended drill weekend that includes a Friday and/or Monday are given PTO days for those days missed. Mako also fosters a small team structure that is very familiar to military-structured teams. In the Logistics division, each employee is placed on a team of six individuals. "Using a model the Army developed — small teams — allows us to foster deep relationships and really have each other's backs," explained Adam Price when talking about the team dynamic. "Structure of team, squad, platoon and a battle buddy system is vital within the Army and at Mako."
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