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Hiller Ignite Presents 2013 Ignite Awards to The Travis Manion Foundation and InfraScan

The Ignite Warrior for Warriors Award and the Ignite Lifesaving Innovation Award Recognize Their Outstanding Work in Support of Our Active Duty Military, Veterans and Their Families

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA July 11, 2013 Hillier Ignite, an organization dedicated to promoting democracy and freedom by creating economic opportunity, today announced the recipients of the Ignite Warrior for Warriors Award and the Ignite Lifesaving Innovation Award for 2013.

The Ignite award annually recognizes and rewards outstanding achievements tied to each of Hillier Ignite’s core focus areas: entrepreneurs/innovation, youth, and active duty military and their families. The Ignite Lifesaving Innovation Award recognizes the company responsible for creating and introducing a product that Hillier Ignite has judged to be the year’s most significant lifesaving innovation; the Ignite Youth Award recognizes a person or organization that has taught and inspired disadvantaged youth; and the Ignite Warrior for Warriors Award recognizes a person or organization that has provided significant support to veterans in overcoming the challenges related to the transition to civilian life or the challenges faced by military families. The Ignite Warrior for Warriors Award and Ignite Youth Award both include an unrestricted grant of $25,000. The Ignite Youth Award will be presented later in 2013.

Hillier Ignite Lifesaving Innovation Award
The Hillier Ignite Warrior for Warriors award was created to ignite broader awareness and support for organizations assisting veterans and military families, both by recognizing and financially supporting their critical work. The inaugural Hillier Ignite Warrior for Warriors Award was presented to the Travis Manion Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting our nation’s veterans and families of fallen service members, continuing their service to community and country at home, and creating a generation of future leaders.

“There are many great organizations out there working to make a difference in the lives of those to whom we all owe so much,” said Luke Hillier, Founder and President of Hillier Ignite. “The Travis Manion Foundation is an outstanding warrior for our warriors, having touched the lives of over 18,000 veterans and families of fallen service members, while inspiring over 40,000 young people to serve their communities in honor of a fallen hero. Their motto ‘If not me, then who?’ is a poignant reminder to all Americans of the vital role that our active duty military, veterans and their families play in our lives.”

“Our vision is to inspire and activate everyone with the generous spirit of those who serve,” said James Brobyn, Executive Director of the the Travis Manion Foundation. “Imagine veterans in communities all across the country instilling strong core values and a service mindset in our young people: local communities would benefit; veterans would find a renewed purpose, realize their potential, and continue their service at home. Most importantly, veterans would be positioned as leaders and assets – not as charity cases. That is why it is such an honor to partner with the Hillier Ignite Foundation. Our core values and goals are aligned. We view our veterans, their families, and our youth as pivotal to the future success of our country.”

About Hillier Ignite
Opportunity. Democracy. Freedom. Hillier Ignite is an organization dedicated to promoting democracy and freedom by creating economic opportunity. Focusing on groups pivotal to our future success as a society – entrepreneurs, youth, and active duty military, veterans, and their families, Ignite initiatives support, encourage, educate and nurture to create economic opportunities through the development of successful new businesses, good jobs, and a qualified workforce that contribute to a strong democracy. Ignite also serves to tell their stories, provide inspiration and motivate others to lend a hand. For more information please visit www.hillierignite.org.

About InfraScan, Inc.
InfraScan, Inc. is a medical device company that focuses on developing, commercializing, and distributing hand-held diagnostic devices for head injury and stroke assessment based on near infrared (NIR) technology. The company has received funding from the U.S. Marine Corps, the Office of Naval Research, BioAdvance, the Biotechnology Greenhouse of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. For more information please visit www.infrascanner.com

About the Travis Manion Foundation
Headquartered in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the Travis Manion Foundation has built a national reputation for using innovative programs that transform communities through service and how we honor those who serve.Our team is comprised of Gold Star family members, military veterans – many with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan – and spouses and family members of service members. The passion and dedication of our staff is evident in the impact we have empowering survivors, veterans, and citizens to take positive action and never forget the sacrifice of those who gave their all for our today. We characterize our programs and impact as the “If Not Me, Then Who…” Movement. The movement serves as a catalyst for activating service based on the example provided us by our Fallen Heroes. For more information please visit www.travismanion.org

 

 

 

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Luke Hillier Establishes Hillier Ignite, an Organization Dedicated To Promoting Democracy and Freedom By Creating Economic Opportunity

Initial focus on three groups of people who are pivotal to our future success as a society: entrepreneurs, youth and our military – active duty military, veterans and their families.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA July 11, 2013 Luke Hillier, Virginia Beach resident, entrepreneur and business leader today announced the establishment of a new organization, Hillier Ignite, dedicated to promoting democracy and freedom by creating economic opportunity. Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hillier Ignite will initially focus on three groups of people who are pivotal to our future success as a society: entrepreneurs, youth, and our military – active duty military, veterans and their families.
Luke Hillier is a successful entrepreneur who believes deeply that economic opportunity is an engine of democracy and freedom. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for ADS, Inc., the leading provider of tactical and operational equipment and logistics solutions. He is also the Chairman of the Warrior Protection Readiness Coalition, an industry organization dedicated to ensuring our warfighters are provided with the equipment that is crucial to accomplishing their mission and bringing them home safely.
“I have seen firsthand the desperate situations that have arisen from the extreme poverty in countries like Nicaragua and Afghanistan as well as those in the United States faced by too many veterans and military families confronted by the loss or traumatic injury of a loved one, as well as unemployment, substance abuse and homelessness,” said Luke Hillier, Founder and President of Hillier Ignite. “I have also seen the benefits of creating several successful businesses, hiring hundreds of veterans, assisting entrepreneurs develop innovative ideas and paving the way to a better life through education and a good job. I firmly believe that economic opportunity is the best way to promote democracy and freedom, and I have established Hillier Ignite to make it happen.”

Ignite Initiatives
Through programs that support, encourage, educate and nurture entrepreneurs, youth, veterans, active duty military and their families, Hillier Ignite will help create economic opportunities through the development of successful businesses, good jobs, and a qualified workforce that contribute to a strong democracy. Ignite will also serve to tell their stories, provide inspiration and motivate others to get involved. Hillier Ignite’s initial programs include: The Ignite Accelerator for Lifesaving Innovation to increase entrepreneurial activity relating to the development of lifesaving innovations that can benefit military personnel and first-responders; the Ignite Fund for Orphans and the Ignite Scholarship, to help break the cycle of poverty by expanding educational opportunities to children in developing countries; and the Ignite Scholarship for Military Families, benefitting children and spouses of veterans and active-duty military by helping to provide the financial support needed to earn a college degree.

Ignite Award
An additional, highly visible initiative of Hillier Ignite is the Ignite Award. The Ignite award annually recognizes and rewards outstanding achievements tied to each of its core focus areas. The Ignite Lifesaving Innovation Award recognizes a company responsible for creating and introducing a product that Hillier Ignite has judged to be the year’s
most significant lifesaving innovation; the Ignite Youth Award recognizes a person or organization that has taught and inspired disadvantaged youth; and the Ignite Warrior for Warriors Award recognizes a person or organization that has provided significant support to veterans in overcoming the challenges relating to the transition to civilian life or the challenges faced by family members of active duty soldiers while deployed The Ignite Youth Award and the Ignite Warrior for Warriors Award both include an unrestricted grant of $25,000. The inaugural Ignite Lifesaving Innovation Award and Ignite Warrior for Warriors Awards were presented on July 11, 2013 to InfraScan, and the Travis Manion Foundation, respectively. The Ignite Youth Award will be presented later in 2013.

More information about Hillier Ignite is available at www.hillierignite.org

About Hillier Ignite
Opportunity. Democracy. Freedom. Hillier Ignite is an organization dedicated to promoting democracy and freedom by creating economic opportunity. Focusing on groups pivotal to our future success as a society – entrepreneurs, youth, and active duty military, veterans, and their families, Ignite initiatives support, encourage, educate and nurture to create economic opportunities through the development of successful new businesses, good jobs, and a qualified workforce that contribute to a strong democracy. Ignite also serves to tell their stories, provide inspiration and motivate others to lend a hand. For more information please visit www.hillierignite.org

About ADS
For more information about ADS please visit www.adsinc.com

About The Warrior Protection Readiness Coalition (WPRC)
For more information about WPRC please visit www.warriorprotection.net