By Molly Mulrain | GOV Con Executive | govconexecutive.com | August 16, 2011
President and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS Bill Hoover has been a leader in the information systems and services market sector for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, his passion and vision for the industry have allowed him to succeed in various executive roles for several companies.
However, while Hoover's impact on the IT market has been substantial, this veteran officer of the U.S. Navy has also been a force in supporting his fellow service men and women. As part of these efforts, he is co-hosting a fundraiser Sept. 8, 2011, with the Tavern at Great Falls in Great Falls, Va. to the benefit of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Hoover recently spoke with GovCon Executive and shared why this particular cause is important to him and what attendees can expect.
GovCon Executive: Tell us what prompted you and your company to become involved the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
Bill Hoover: My classmates and I celebrated the 40th anniversary of our graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy on June 9, 2011. In anticipation of this event, my 11th company classmates and I got together last October for a weekend of football, golf and telling "sea stories." We had a great time! At the dinner that Saturday night, we had a "planning meeting" for our 40th reunion weekend coming up in October of this year. During that serious, but also light-hearted meeting, we expressed our amazement at our good fortune to have attended and graduated from USNA, to have met and married the wonderful ladies who were both attendees and participants in the ad-hoc meeting and to be fortunate to live in our great country. We also remembered that our 30th reunion weekend occurred about 10 days after Sept. 11, 2001, and that in 2011, we would enter our 10th year of combat in the global war on terror. With this remembrance, we also acknowledged our awareness of the needs of our brave men and women who were and are doing the heavy lifting while we enjoyed a grand weekend and planned another one in 2011.To make a long story short, we committed to raising $71,000 for the benefit of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. The IMSFF is a charity that was established to support the urgent and real needs of our service men and women. We determined that we would do this through personal donations and fundraising events.
GCE: Why is this cause so important to you?
BH: The IMSFF supports the needs of our heroes, regardless of service, and their families at a time in which they are in real need of our support. Unfortunately, the needs of our wounded heroes continue to grow. Many wounded soldiers will need long-term assistance as they adjust to lives that are forever changed because of the extent of their injuries. Every donation – no matter if it is large, small, from corporations or from individual donors – makes a real difference. Approximately $0.92 of every $1.00 raised goes directly to the heroes we desire to support!
GCE: What will be some of the highlights of the upcoming fundraiser?
BH: The tavern will donate 10 percent of all "bar ticket" receipts to the IMSFF. Additionally, my family and I will act as "guest" bartenders and all of our tips will go to the benefit of the IMSFF. We strongly encourage and graciously accept personal checks, and will provide donation forms at the event.
Additionally, we are fortunate to also have two highly respected and well-known "honorary celebrity bartenders" who will be mingling among the guests and providing insight into our heroes' needs and how the IMSFF assists them. These honorary celebrity bartenders are retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Al Gray, chairman of the IMSFF, and retired Lt. Gen. John Sattler, former director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Staff, director of operations for U.S. Central Command and commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Additionally, we are trying to arrange some live music for the listening pleasure of all attendees.
GCE: What are your goals in throwing this event?
BH: My 11th company mates and I hope to raise at least $71,000. This objective was set since we are members of the Class of 1971. However, we would be thrilled if we were able to do so.
GCE: How else can others help contribute to this important charity?
BH: Please come to The Tavern on Sept. 8. You will have a good time and have an opportunity to meet some wonderful people. Most important, you will support a great and worthwhile cause which supports some of our real, bona fide heroes who have sacrificed greatly on all of our behalves.
If you are unable to personally attend, please consider making a donation. You can do so by check — Payable to: "The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund" Memo: USNA Class of 1971; 11th Company; 40th Reunion Fundraiser or on-line at www.semperfifund.org/donate. The event is USNA Class of 1971; 11th Company; 40th Reunion Fundraiser.
To learn more about the heroes and their stories, click here.