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Marstel-Day LLC CEO Rebecca Rubin - spurred by the global rise of threatened and endangered species being killed each year - for creating the Stand with Wildlife campaign to shine a light on major wildlife conservation issues and present ways individuals and businesses can help. The campaign included monthly talks by national and global conservationists. Marstel-Day partnered with organizations like the National Conservation Leadership Institute; One More Generation; Soul River; the Jane Goodall Institute; Expedition Plastic; and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to focus on identifying and developing strategies to protect, restore and enhance the world's diverse wildlife and their habitats. This level of partnership and the implementation of such an awareness campaign has become a new model for a for-profit consulting firm, Marstel-Day said.

Arthur N. Mabbett, Chairman, CEO and founder of Mabbett & Associates Inc. (Bedford, Mass.), for working tirelessly towards passage of a specific provision contained in The Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016, signed into law in December. The law includes a new provision in Title V, Small Business and Employment Matters, Section 50l, (a), (C), (ii), which allows a surviving spouse of a veteran with a service-connected disability rated at less than 100% disabling who does not die as a result of a service-connected disability, a period of three (3) years after the veteran's death to retain the company's Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) classification. Previously, such an SDVOSB lost its small business classification immediately upon the death of the veteran, thus likely jeopardizing the viability of the company. Arthur N. Mabbett was the originator of the proposed transition legislation. In 2011, he submitted a resolution to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), which was unanimously adopted at the DAV's 2011 National Convention and became part of its legislative platform submitted to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as part of the 2012 Independent Budget. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS and Paralyzed Veterans of America all endorsed the proposed legislation, and Art worked for over four years on Capitol Hill to help ensure its passage by the U.S. House and Senate and eventual approval by the President.