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Bobby Dodd Institute Honors J&B Medical for Its Commitment to Veteran Employment

BDI celebrates the family-owned company at its annual Breakfast with Champions event for creating opportunities for veterans and people of all abilities to work, thrive and achieve self-sufficiency

Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) will honor J&B Medical at its 2021 Breakfast with Champions event on March 18. More than 300 guests will gather virtually to celebrate this year’s honorees, deemed Luminaries of the Year, for their dedication to transforming, empowering and employing those living with disabilities.

“Our work with J&B Medical spans six years now, and it’s been a partnership that we’ve seen grow well beyond its beginnings,” said Larry Gluth, President and CEO of Bobby Dodd Institute. “The call center is one of many ways that BDI is continuing to strive towards its vision of an inclusive world where people of all abilities can lead independent and purposeful lives. We’re proud to have J&B Medical as a trusted partner and to celebrate the company’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and excellence at this year’s Breakfast with Champions.”

J&B Medical is one of four luminaries this year. The global health care supplier with a wide range of medically related products including home health care, emergency-medical and medical-surgical supplies, and telehealth software, began its work with BDI in 2015 to hire veterans to fulfill its call center activities. The partnership that began with only four agents has since expanded to more than 80 representatives. The associates work at a facility in College Park, Georgia and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most have transitioned to a work from home environment. The ever-evolving relationship between BDI and J&B Medical has opened the door to new career paths for veterans, as well as individuals with disabilities, eager and ready to enter the civilian workforce.

 “Our work with BDI is consistent with our mission. Through our partnership, we’ve been able to not only meet but exceed our staffing needs, all while supporting and hiring our nation’s treasures—veterans,” said Stephen Shaya, M.D., Executive Servant Leader at J&B Medical/Managing Director at Akkad Holdings. “The possibilities are truly limitless. I’m excited to see this relationship continue to grow.”

BDI is an employment and empowerment leader, developing innovative programming and services that equip people with in-demand skills, all while fulfilling organization’s specific needs. In 2020, BDI served almost 1,400 veterans and individuals with disabilities and continues to average an 85% job retention rate.

For more information about BDI, please contact Todd Hermon at or todd.hermon@bobbydodd.org.

About Bobby Dodd Institute
Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping people of differing abilities maximize their potential through supportive services. BDI offers a continuum support for all ages, stages and levels of need for people with disabilities and their families. BDI also operates several social enterprises in order to fund its programs and to place people with differing abilities in inclusive-minded workplaces. These business services include: call center and switchboard operations, mailroom management, facility management, warehouse services and supply chain and logistics solutions.

BDI began as a program at All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) in 1960. After decades apart, the two organizations merged in 2018 to reconnect their shared mission and better serve those with disabilities. BDI is proud to carry on the legacy of the former Georgia Tech football coach, dedicated volunteer and passionate advocate of individuals with disabilities—Bobby Dodd. BDI serves people of differing abilities throughout the entire metro Atlanta area.

About J&B Medical
J&B Medical is a recognized market leader in health care focused on enhancing quality of life, improving clinical outcomes and reducing health care costs for consumers and businesses. Services include insurance-covered and emergency-medical supplies, pharmacy services, retail at-home, veterinary products and medical technology solutions. J&B Medical is a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise. For more information, please visit us at JandBMedical.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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