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Equipment Depot awarded for supporting military reservists

By Brock Huffstutler

March 3, 2024

Left to right: George Nami, Texas ESGR ombudsman director; Derrick Shannonhouse, Equipment Depot vice president of transformation; and Anthony Garcia, Equipment Depot president

Equipment Depot, Houston, an independently operated material handling and equipment rental source with more than 50 locations nationwide, has received award recognitions from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization for supporting its employees who serve in the U.S. military reserves.

The company was awarded ESGR’s “Above and Beyond Award” for hiring and supporting military reservists.

Derrick Shannonhouse, vice president of transformation at Equipment Depot, received the ESGR “Patriot Award” for supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force. Shannonhouse helped support citizen warriors by providing flexible schedules and an easy process so they can meet their reserve requirements, the company said.

“We are proud to support our military veterans and reservists,” said Anthony Garcia, Equipment Depot president. “Our employees with military backgrounds each have a common set of characteristics that make them successful. From strong leadership skills to excellent work ethic, they know what it takes to deliver and achieve our company goals. We are honored for the opportunity to play a role in supporting them and our country.”

George Nami, Texas ESGR ombudsman director, said, “We are excited to recognize Equipment Depot and Derrick Shannonhouse for supporting our reservists. We believe it is essential for employers to provide company benefits and flexible schedules while the reservists are deployed and it’s equally as important for leaders such as Derrick Shannonhouse to do their part and support the reservists and their families throughout the process.

“At any given time over 30,000 members of the Guard and Reserve are deployed around the world. Knowing that their loved ones are being taken care of allows them to focus on their mission.”

ESGR is a U.S. Department of Defense office that was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers, and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. According to ESGR, the National Guard and Reserve Forces make up roughly 40 percent of U.S. military strength.