Lovey Hammel has spent four decades as the President and Co-Founder of Employment Enterprises, Inc., a strategic workforce solutions company and the parent company to Temporary Solutions, Inc. and Checks and Balances, Inc. Her entrepreneurial spirit drove her to start the company with her mother in 1980, working during the day and attending George Mason University (GMU) at night. Diversifying and expanding on a national level led to building Employment Enterprises' reputation to include being recognized in Inc. 500 magazine for three consecutive years as one of the fastest growing companies in America.
Lovey is active in business and community programs with special emphasis on veteran hiring, education, the environment and a special commitment to autism awareness. She has developed scholarship opportunities for families that struggle with rising tuition by providing the Employment Enterprises, Inc. Endowed Scholarship to a deserving freshman at George Mason University. Additionally, her company partners with The Fairfax County Restoration Project (FCRP) to promote efforts to restore the ecosystem functions in Fairfax County through collaboration with public, private, and volunteer organizations.
She has held numerous leadership roles including:
2018 Prominent Patriot in Business - George Mason University
- Officer to the Prince William County Advisory Board 2012-2016
- Chair of Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013
- Former Chair, Prince William County - Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce
- Chair of the Presidential Search Committee for George Mason University - 2011
- Governor Kaine appointee to George Mason Board of Visitors
- Governor Warner's Advisory Commission of Higher Education
- Prince William County Business Advisory Board
She has received multiple awards to include:
Lovey received a BS in Business Administration from George Mason University, and was named Alumna of the Year in 1997. She served on the George Mason Foundation from 1996 to 2005 and was the Foundation’s first alumni chair, serving from 2001 to 2003.
- NOVA Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award
- Honoree for Fairfax County Commission for Women's "Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business" during Women's History Month.
- SmartCEO Brava! Award Winner
- Prince William County Business of Year
- The prestigious Mason Medal for service to George Mason University
- 2010 Leadership Prince William Chair Award
- Seefeldt Award for Arts Excellence presented by the Chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors
- Distinguished Woman Award from the Prince William County Commission for Women
- Women Who Mean Business Award, presented by the Washington Business Journal
- Horizon Award in recognition of her work in building community partnerships and making a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities through employment opportunities