Press Release: ESGR Awards Patriotic Employer to Navanti Group’s CEO

Press Release: Washington, DC – September 21, 2021 – Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) named Navanti Group’s CEO Fred Payne a ‘Patriotic Employer’ for contributing to the national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

“We are honored to provide economic opportunity and support to the brave women and men of the National Guard and Reserve Force, veterans, and their spouses, who have all answered the call to serve, and those who continue to answer the call to defend our nation,” said Fred Payne, Navanti Group, Chief Executive Officer. “Service members and their spouses have the skills, talents, and capabilities that inspire organizations, build a strong company culture, and make our teams stronger.”

ABOUT NAVANTI GROUP: For 12 years, Navanti Group’s mission has been to deliver information through on-demand analytical reports, with clients benefiting from subject matter expertise and near real-time data on atmospherics, conflict, and population trends throughout Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, the Levant, and Eastern Europe. Through primary research, publicly available information, and open-source analysis, Navanti’s subject matter experts advise on cultural nuances and answer client driven requests for information on food security, health, civil society development, peace and conflict, and governance. For further information visit:

ABOUT ESGR: A Department of Defense program, 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. ESGR is supported by a network of nearly 3,300 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education, and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, Service members, and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve. For more information about ESGR and its programs, please visit