From Where I Sit
By Jim Murren
Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International realizes that our nation can take for granted the very things that are the most noteworthy for selflessness, and the very people who deserve the most gratitude – the men and women who are our nation’s veterans in a voluntary armed force.
Astonishingly, only about one percent of Americans choose the calling of military service on behalf of our country. The security and protection of our nation – and our freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness – rest in the hands of these few Americans who volunteer for service. In return for the responsibility they willingly accept on behalf of all of us, we owe them no less than our full support.
One way MGM Resorts honors them is by hosting a job fair specifically targeted to veterans and active-duty military members. In June, the company hosted its third-annual Veterans Job Fair at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Over 300 veterans and active duty military members attended the event, where they could apply for open positions and interview immediately with hiring managers. Nearly 15 percent of attendees received job offers on the spot.
Simply put, MGM Resorts believe that we owe our veterans a great debt of gratitude along with the opportunity to build a career. No ceremony or parade, no hug or handshake is enough to truly honor their service. It is not enough to say thanks for the sacrifice and give a free meal to our service men and women once a year in November.
Veterans are highly-trained, effective leaders who believe in teamwork. They adapt easily to change. They’re hard workers and loyal. Those are the qualities that make them excellent employees.
We are proud that, in addition to our job fair, MGM Resorts has a long tradition of continuous support for our military, including active duty, veterans and Guard and Reserve. For example:
- While many companies do not, we go above and beyond what the USERRA law requires for regular employees who are called involuntarily to active duty in a declared military action. For such employees we continue 100% of their base pay, and benefits for the employee and covered dependents during the military leave of absence.
- In 2012 we partnered with the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross to pioneer the Boots to Business Program here in Nevada, in which we hire and train veterans for company management positions. In 2013, we contributed $250,000 to the American Red Cross to extend this program to new jurisdictions in which we hope to expand our company’s operations, such as Maryland and Massachusetts.
- Veterans Weekend this November 2015 will mark our company’s fifth consecutive year of hosting Salute to Troops with American Airlines. More than 60 wounded warriors join us for a four-day weekend of rest and relaxation during Veterans Weekend, packed with meals, entertainment and of course, resounding applause for their service.
- And in 2014, my wife and I matched a company donation of $250,000 for the construction of a Fisher House in Las Vegas to accommodate families of military service men and women while they recuperate from combat injury.
All of these measures humbly express how deeply MGM Resorts values and appreciates the contributions of our military service, including our Guard and Reserve, to our country – and to all of us.
On behalf of the 62,000 employees who work for MGM Resorts International, we salute our military service men and women, and members of our Guard and Reserve, and we say “Thank you” from the bottom of our hearts for your protection of our security, our freedoms and our way of life in America.
Posted August 13, 2015 in 25115