Bill Hoover, president and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS, oversees all of the operations the company’s approximately 1,500 employees in 16 office locations handle every day. He stays busy by making sure his team is meeting goals and continued corporate growth, which is a time-consuming task.
However, this veteran officer of the U.S. Navy also dedicates his time to making sure the needs of his other team are being met – his teammates on the war front. That is why this “CEO Who Cares” combines his two passions to help wounded soldiers in need through leading corporate involvement in programs like the Wounded Warrior Project and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
“Our warfighters at home and abroad are the finest in the world, and I’m proud that AMERICAN SYSTEMS has the opportunity to support their requirements, from training to real-time battlefield communications,” Hoover said. “The very least we can do as a company and as individuals is give back to those who sacrifice so much for us.”
- Every year, Hoover leads corporate events to gather employee donations for the cause, which AMERICAN SYSTEMS matches. Last month, Hoover personally matched the company’s donation to a charity event for Military Family Relief, benefiting the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
This “CEO Who Cares” also knows the importance of having fun during the company’s involvement in these charitable events. The company’s frequent “Fun-raisers” raise money for a number of charities while also encouraging corporate camaraderie.
“We have created a corporate culture that encourages our employee-owners to give back to our communities and our country,” Hoover said. “It’s my honor to be part of such a caring team.”
Wounded soldiers aren’t the only ones benefiting from Hoover’s commitment to charity. The AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ president and CEO has also involved the company in supporting the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society for the past eight years, and under the leadership of Hoover, has raised more than $150,000 through Light the Night Walks, company events and sponsorships of the society’s annual galas.
Hoover makes sure his company also stays involved in its local communities. Its support of Deer Park Elementary School in Chantilly, Va.; the Fishing School in Washington, D.C.; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and two VADM Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., USN (Ret.) Memorial Scholarships through the AFCEA Educational Foundation make AMERICAN SYSTEMS a positive presence in its surrounding neighborhoods.