ESGR Signing/Military Support, Houston, Texas, USA, 2016
Shell employees (left to right): Dylan Raymond, Lisa Jaster, Wade Vrtis and Jeampy Keto.

Shell Oil was recently honored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency presented the Above and Beyond Award to the company at a ceremony at Woodcreek. Representing Shell at the event was Scott Ballard, Vice President of Human Relations, US Operations.

“This is a special reward and I am honored to receive it on behalf of the company,” he said “Shell is committed to ensuring continued support for those in the National Guard, Reservists and Veterans alike.”

Scott also signed a Statement of Support for their Guard and Reserve employees. The statement is a pledge to publically demonstrate an employer’s commitment to uphold their legal responsibilities as a military employer, to value the characteristics and skills service members contribute to the workforce, and to identify opportunities to support Guardsmen, Reservists, veterans and their families.

Besides being the right thing to do, Shell as a company also benefits by hiring Guard and Reservist as employees. Joanna Nolte, Manager Equal Opportunity in US Diversity Community & Workforce, added “Employees in the National Guards, Reservists and Veterans bring a ‘can-do’ attitude, different ways of thinking and create a diverse community at Shell.” Joanna added, “Dylan Raymond embodies those qualities and uses them to help attract other vets and active service personnel to consider Shell as their employer of choice.”

Dylan Raymond is a Military Recruitment Lead for Shell. He is a two-time US Army combat veteran with a total of over 25 years of active and reserve service. At Shell, it’s his job to recruit veterans to Shell and help them transition from the military to working for a large energy company. Dylan is quick to mention the support of the Shell employee group MILNet. “It’s great that Shell has MILNET,” he said, “it helps vets and active military to network, meet Shell Leaders and do some career planning.”

Shell has found that vets and active military are excellent for many positions within the company. David Esquibel, a Workforce Development Specialist with Workforce and Community Strategic Initiatives (WCSI) says “Shell is investing in its reputation as a company welcoming to vets and active military and a great place for them to work.”

Lisa Jaster, Catalogue Project Delivery Engineer, was also in attendance. Lisa is one of three women to graduate the United States Ranger program and is always happy to talk about her personal experiences at Shell.

“Other companies may say that they hire vets, but Shell is unique in that it supports active military,” she said. “At Shell, I know that I can continue to develop my career and still answer the call to serve my country.”

Lisa added, “The leadership training you get in the military is hard to replicate in a text book. My military experience gives me an international perspective, and the energy industry is global by nature. I’m proud to bring that experience to Shell.”

Shell has been recognized by Military Times as Best For Vets for the last three years. To meet the challenges of the global energy industry, Shell is looking to become the employer of choice for this dedicated group of talent.

Visit the Shell Military Veterans page to learn more.

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