BENS Eisenhower Award

BENS to recognize Jeh Johnson and Joseph Plumeri on November 2nd in New York. Click here to register for the Eisenhower Award Dinner in their honor.

On November 2nd, BENS will present its 2015 Eisenhower Award to two extraordinary Americans in Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson and First Data Corporation Vice Chairman Joseph J. Plumeri. Johnson and Plumeri are embodiments of selfless leadership and pillars of Eisenhower’s definition of security as, “…the total product of our economic, intellectual, moral and military strength.” Johnson was sworn in as the fourth Secretary of Homeland Security in December 2013 following an already distinguished career which included serving as General Counsel for the Department of Defense prior to his secretarial appointment. Plumeri, who goes by Joe, serves on the First Data Board of Directors and has been a senior advisor to First Data Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano since 2013. Plumeri has had incredible success as a corporate leader with Willis Group Holdings experiencing over a thousand percent increase in share price during his tenure as their Chairman and CEO while his leadership at First Data has spearheaded the company to distinguish itself as a true champion of our military veterans and their families.

Over 400 industry and security leaders from all over the nation are expected to attend the exclusive event in New York City honoring these remarkable leaders.



In the spring, the Eisenhower Award was presented to Under Armour Founder and CEO, Kevin A. Plank and the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.). Plank, who founded Under Armour in 1996, built his company into a global brand with over $3 Billion in revenue and a company culture of giving back, particularly to those who served in uniform. Allen spent his entire adult life in service and continues to serve as the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL following his distinguished 37 year career in uniform.
The two were honored on April 15, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The evening was capped with further recognition for Vietnam-era veterans on the 50th anniversary of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War as well as recognition for Sergeant Bryan Anderson. Anderson received the Distinguished Service Cross for his valor while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2013. A video and photos from the event are below.


The BENS Eisenhower Award was first presented in 1986 on the 25th Anniversary of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address. Both public servants and private citizens have been selected by members of the BENS Board of Directors to receive the Award. Past recipients have included President Jimmy Carter; Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice; Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates, William Perry, and William Cohen; Senators Richard Lugar, Sam Nunn, Carl Levin, John McCain and John Warner; Generals James Jones, John Abizaid, Chuck Boyd and Michael Hayden, as well as business leaders Thomas Watson, Jr., Tom Peters, Norm Augustine, Denis Bovin, Mary and David Boies, Fred Smith, Robert Rubin, Joe Regent, Josh Weston, and John Whitehead, among others.

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