The Pro Patria award is the highest-level award that may be bestowed by an ESGR State Committee. It is presented annually to the most outstanding employer who has demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve.
Major Jim Burrows, the Vermont Service Technician Manager for CTI, nominated the company for the Freedom Award. Major Burrows is the Medical Operations Officer for the Vermont Medical Detachment of the Vermont Army National Guard. CTI was one of only 148 Freedom Award semifinalists out of more than 3,035 nominations nationwide.
“It is a pleasure to have Control Technologies Inc. honored with this fantastic award,” explained David Wheel, Executive Director of VTESGR. “It is evident how Major Burrows’ civilian career with Control Technologies has greatly contributed to his military career. Both careers have run in parallel tracks and have been mutually supportive. Control Technologies has not only supported Major Burrows’ military career but were a primary influence in facilitating a significant career shift to the rank of officer when he joined the Vermont Army National Guard.”
“It is a great privilege to be awarded the Pro Patria award,” said Len Pattison, President of CTI. “We are very grateful to ESGR for this outstanding recognition, as well as Major Burrows for his service and for nominating our company. CTI knows firsthand the value of hiring Reservists, Guard members, and veterans. We have employed numerous past and present military personnel over the last 30 years. Like Major Burrows, they demonstrate a very high level of dedication, teamwork, and leadership which directly contributes to the company’s success.”