Raymond Jardine, Jr. Recognized as Finalist for Advocate of the Year Award

March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013

Molly Brogan

Washington, D.C. – NSBA has named Dr. Raymond Jardine, Jr., President and CEO of Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC in Honolulu, Hawaii as one of its outstanding finalists for the 2013 Lew Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. Jardine was recognized alongside four other small-business owners representing various industries from across the country. The award ceremony took place on Monday, March 18 in Washington, D.C.

“Ray is an incredibly dedicated, driven advocate for small business and I am proud to count him among the nation’s top small-business advocates,” stated NSBA President Todd McCracken. “He has made major strides in bettering the federal contracting system for small veteran-owned businesses and is a recognized leader in our field.”

Dr. Jardine has been an outspoken proponent of service disabled veteran-owned small businesses and the Native 8(a) program throughout the country. He has served on the VA Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans, National Veterans Business Development Corporation, American Legion Small Business Task Force, Vet Force and Native Hawaiian Organizations Association. Dr. Jardine was selected to participate on the White House Small Business Council and has testified before Congress.

Jardine was instrumental in the passage of legislation to improve small-business contracting and raise the stature of the Native 8(a) program, as well as in getting the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code revised. Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC has grown from four employees in 2005 to an impressive 150 in 2012 and was named Hawaii Business Magazine Best New Business in 2010 and Best Places to Work in 2011.  Dr. Jardine also served as the chairman of the Kina’ole Foundation a 501(c) (3).

“Mr. Jardine has set the bar very high when it comes to advocacy,” stated NSBA Chair David Ickert of Air Tractor, Inc., in Olney, Texas. “His efforts have made a difference for countless small businesses in the U.S.”

NSBA also recognized: Raymond Arth of Phoenix Products, Inc. who was named the overall award winner, Michael Canty of Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding, Inc., Socorro Harvey of NVision Solutions and John Hexter of Hexter Consulting.

Celebrating more than 75 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit www.nsba.biz.