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.”
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.
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.
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