Marvin McDaniel accepts the Best for Vets Index award and is joined by (from left) Nick Antaki, Vets Indexes; Lacey Golonka, Xcel Energy veterans recruiter; Kynnie Martin, MOVE Colorado co-chair; Ming-Wa Hui, MOVE Colorado co-chair; and Andre Corpuz, Vets Indexes.

Xcel Energy was recently named to the Military Times’ Best for Vets Index in recognition of its outstanding support of military veterans, the Guard and Reserve, and their families. The Best for Vets Index measures the performance of publicly traded companies selected from the Military Times’ Best for Vets Employers survey, which measures company culture, policies and reserve accommodations. Xcel Energy is one of 37 companies to receive the Best for Vets Equity Index.

Marvin McDaniel, executive vice president and CAO, accepted the honor on behalf of the company.

“The vision that Ben Fowke had years ago in hiring veterans was what started it all,” McDaniel said. “He said to me, ‘You know, veterans have the right stuff for our industry and our company culture.’ As a utility, we are committed to service, so it only makes sense for us to have a commitment to veterans who share that same passion for service.

“It started with a goal of hiring 10 percent veterans, and it has grown into a commitment to veteran employees and their families,” he added. “We work hard to make XcelEnergy a great place for them to work.”

McDaniel listed several of the company’s recent accomplishments in supporting veterans and Guard and Reserve employees, which include being named a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon company, its letter of agreement with IBEW 111 to allow military training to qualify for mechanic positions, and its many years of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognition.

“The success of our veteran support programs is a credit to our whole company, it’s not just the work of one person,” said Lacey Golonka, Inclusion and Engagement consultant and U.S. Army veteran. “It’s the partnership among our leadership for providing the vision, and our employees being the boots on the ground as representatives of the company, and the military organizations working with us that make this successful.”