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Wright Express honored for support of National Guard and Reservists
The Maine-based company will receive the statewide Pro Patria Award for going “above and beyond” in its support of employees in the military
SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE (May 6, 2004) — Wright Express will be honored by the State of Maine for its continued support of Guard members and Reservists on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and for its support of children and families in those countries.
The Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will present the 2003 Pro Patria Award on May 6. In addition, Wright Express, the nation's leading supplier of fleet cards and fleet card services, will be under consideration for the National Freedom Award, the ESGR's highest honor. This award is the highest given in Maine for employer support of Guard members and Reservists and this is the first time it has been presented in several years.
“Wright Express is passionate in its support of the men and women of the National Guard and the Reservists who are serving our country,” said Michael Dubyak, president and chief executive officer of Wright Express. “I am very pleased and honored that the people here at Wright Express are being recognized and honored by General Bill Libby, adjutant general, state of Maine, for all their efforts. It is another indication of how much our employees truly care about their community.”
In the past year, Wright Express has been very active. The company, which has employees in Maine and Utah, took up collections to create more than 60 care packages for soldiers in the field. The packages included food, books and CDs. Employees also gave support to the families of those deployed, donated more than 40 packages of toys, blankets, clothes, food and books to an orphanage in Afghanistan, sent more than 300 teddy bears to give to injured children as they were being airlifted to hospitals and raised money to support humanitarian aid. The efforts by Wright Express and its employees did not end in 2003, but have continued into 2004.
“Everyone at WEX was absolutely wonderful in their support for my family and their support for me while I was deployed,” said Jeff Lane, an employee of Wright Express and a communications supervisor with the 265th Combat Communications Squadron in South Portland who was deployed in Kuwait for more than 120 days. “Wright Express is a company with a big heart and I am proud to be a part of it.”
The ESGR is an agency within the
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Reserve Affairs
that was established in 1972 to promote cooperation
and understanding between reservists and their civilian
employers and to assist in the resolution of any conflicts
that might arise from an employee's military commitment.
About Wright Express
South Portland-based Wright Express is the leading provider of fleet charge cards to the fleet maintenance and fueling industry with its cards accepted at more than 160,000 locations. Wright Express also provides information management, payment processing, and financial services to fleets through card partnerships with oil companies and fleet management companies. Through its own universal card program, its partners' card programs and its MasterCard program, Wright Express has more than 4.5 million commercial cards in its markets. Wright Express LLC, a subsidiary of Cendant Corp., employs more than 600 people at its headquarters in South Portland, Maine and its subsidiary in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information about Wright Express, please visit www.wrightexpress.com.
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