Thailand Update

The Higher Quest Foundation’s first ever fish farm is in Petchabun, Thailand. It has been providing fish to the neighboring orphanage and school for several years. At the end of March, our Thailand farm was emptied for the season and lots of fish were harvested and enjoyed. Here are some pictures:


Ultimate Hero 2017: Pfc. Cody James Patterson

Pfc. Cody Patterson was born April 12, 1989, in Corvallis, Ore. After graduating from Philomath High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Philomath, Ore., in January 2012 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning as an infantryman.

After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, also at Fort Benning. Patterson graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Company B, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in November 2012 and served as a rifleman. His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.

Sadly, he was killed on his second deployment, first combat deployment.


His awards and decorations include:

The Parachutist Badge

The U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.


Patterson also has been awarded:

The National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon

Posthumous Certificate of Promotion

The Good Conduct Medal

The Combat Infantryman’s Badge

Bronze Star Medal

Bronze Star Metal with “V” device

Army Commendation Medal

Purple Heart

Meritorious Service Medal

NATO Medal

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition


Pfc. Patterson was a true American hero and is missed by all who knew him.



Five 14ers for the Famished

The Higher Quest Foundation (sponsored by Trojan Labor and Acrux Staffing) is a non profit dedicated to ending global hunger in a sustainable way through the use of fish farming as well as supporting local initiatives around the United States.

Chase, a middle school boy from the Tampa Bay area in Florida is preparing for his third annual event to bring awareness to the Higher Quest Foundation. In 2015, at age 12, he biked 100 miles from Avon, CO to Aspen, CO in “100 Miles for Hunger.” Last year, he climbed Pikes Peak.

This year, we are pleased to announce that Chase, his father, Rick Hermanns (Hire Quest CEO), along with Benjamin Rasmussen (Trojan Labor District Manager) will be doing “Five 14ers for the Famished.” Over the summer, the trio will climb at least 5 of Colorado’s famous 14ers.

To qualify as a 14er a peak must have an elevation of at least 14,000 feet and be at least 300 feet higher than the saddle that connects it to the nearest other 14er peak.

The goal of this event is to raise awareness about fish farming and the Higher Quest Foundation. Stay tuned on this blog and the Higher Quest Foundation website to stay up to date on “Five 14ers for the Famished” as well as the latest Higher Quest Foundation projects.

Trojan Labor Scholarship at Colorado Christian University

Here at Trojan Labor we are big believers in the power of education. As part of our commitment to education and our local communities, we have scholarships at various colleges and universities across the country. One of those scholarships is at Colorado Christian University. We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Trojan Labor Scholarship at CCU is AnnaRose McDevitt from Fairplay, CO. AnnaRose is a pre-med major who plans on attending Physician Assistant’s school after she completes her undergrad education. We look forward to watching AnnaRose go far at Colorado Christian University and in her career.

scholarship winner

Trojan Labor Employee is Encouraging Others to “Go Out and Make a Difference”

Recently, a Trojan Labor employee in Gainesville, Florida made a big impression on the Executive Director Andy Hopson at The Agency at the University of Florida.
Trojan Labor employee Jeff Simon was working outside of the University’s basketball stadium ensuring that people did not enter the construction site. As the University of Florida employee passed by, Jeff greeted him with a smile and said “Let’s go out and make a difference in the world today.” According to Andy, Jeff’s words had a profound impact on him. He later wrote in his blog,


“Thousands of UF graduates will go out into the world after this week’s graduation with educations that have prepared them to make a difference in their various fields, while Jeff stands in the blistering Florida sun smiling and giving encouragement to everyone he encounters. The takeaway is clear. It’s not education or status in life that empowers us to make a difference. It is our attitude. Making a difference in the world requires the ability to truly care about the people who inhabit it.”


At Trojan Labor, we strive to be the “right people at the right time.” We are very proud of Jeff Simon for having a positive impact on the people around him and being a great representative of the Trojan Labor family.

To read Andy Hopson’s full blog, please click here



Community Service Spotlight: Warner University

Trojan Labor knows the importance of giving back to the community. That is why we have established scholarships at various colleges and universities around the country. The scholarship is awarded to a senior who has excelled in community service.

One of those scholarships is at Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida. The recipient for the 2015-2016 scholarship in Devin Lofton. Devin is majoring in Business Administration and is graduating in May 2016.

Devin belongs to the Entrepreneurship Club, helps with Habitat for Humanity, and helps with the Tim Tebow Foundation. Our hope is that receiving this scholarship will help Devin continue to make a positive difference in his community now and after graduation.