National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board
To mobilize a common vision to LINK, ALIGN, and MATCH
America's workforce for economic growth and competitiveness
in the 21st Century.
Sonny Perdue, a founding partner of Perdue Partners, LLC, served as Georgia's 81st Governor and is the owner of a successful commodity trading company and logistics company in the southeast. On October 26, 2010 Governing Magazine named Governor Perdue a Public Official of the Year for his outstanding leadership. Reason Foundation's 2009 Innovators in Action Magazine recognized Governor Perdue as a leader who "aggressively pursued new strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government and deliver better value at less cost to taxpayers". And in 2008 the Pew Center on the States ranked Georgia among the best managed states in the nation emphasizing the value and impact of improvements made by Governor Perdue's Commission for a New Georgia.
Sonny Perdue served as Georgia's Governor from January 2003 until January 2011. Governor Perdue's firm belief that effective management is fundamental to good government brought significant reforms to the State budget which focused priorities and cut wasteful spending. In 2003 Governor Perdue created the Commission for a New Georgia, populated by 400 of Georgia's top business leaders, to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and culture of public service. The Commission for a New Georgia made and implemented 130 recommendations and inspired the book Smart Government: Bureaucracy with a Business Brain.
Under Governor Perdue's leadership Georgia produced dramatic results in creating a safer, growing, more educated Georgia. Perdue promoted Georgia around the world, visiting companies and governments in 25 countries to bring unprecedented new business to the state, including the relocation of two Fortune 500 company headquarters, a new automotive assembly plant and a new Global 100 manufacturing operation. The nation's first enterprise-wide state government customer service program was created in Georgia. High School graduation rates increased from 63.3% to 80.8%. And despite the most challenging economic environment in the state's history, Georgia held its position as 49th in state government spending per capita.
Governor Perdue's vision to link education and workforce development together in a way that aligns with economic development at the state and community level led to the creation of Georgia Work Ready in 2006. Perdue pioneered the Certified Work Ready Communities model, which has since been introduced in Oklahoma and Kentucky, plus several communities and regions across the country. Georgia Work Ready was powered by the ACT WorkKeys system and the National Career Readiness Certificate.
Prior to becoming Governor, Perdue served as a state senator for 11 years and was recognized as a leading authority on numerous issues including agriculture, transportation, emerging technologies and economic development. After earning a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and serving as a Captain in the United States Air Force, Perdue became a successful business owner, concentrating in agribusiness and transportation logistics.
Ronald Bullock is Chairman of Bison Gear and Engineering Corp., manufacturer of electric motors, gearmotors and reducers in St. Charles, Illinois. Mr. Bullock has been with Bison since 1981, and his career in the power transmission industry encompasses positions in R&D, engineering, marketing, operations, and general management. After acquiring Bison in 1987, Mr. Bullock initiated Bison's entry into the European market, expanded the product line, added new distribution channels and established a Research and Development facility, all of which has helped Bison's new growth and delivered value to its customers. That growth led to the requirement to build a state of the art headquarters in 1997 to consolidate operations and provide for future expansion.
Bison is recognized as an innovative company and has conducted research to develop high efficiency motor designs under a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. Mr. Bullock has served on the Industry Advisory Council on Electric Motors at Underwriters Laboratories; is a past director of the American Gear Manufacturers Association, led a research team for the Instrumented Factory for Gears (INFAC) at Illinois Institute of Technology funded by the Defense Logistics Agency; and has served as President and trustee on AGMA's cooperative venture with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Gear Research Institute. He is a past president of the Small Motor Manufacturers Association and founding president of their Electric Motor Education and Research Foundation. A graduate of Wright State University, he contributed to the establishment of the Wright Center of Innovation for High Performance Computing. Mr. Bullock plays a leadership role in numerous industry associations. He has served as Vice Chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), representing its 10,000+ small and medium sized manufacturers. He currently is a Director of NAM and Vice Chair of NAM's 501(c) 3 think-tank, the Manufacturing Institute.
In 2008, Mr. Bullock became Chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, the oldest and largest state manufacturers' organization in the U.S.
An advocate for reform of the legal system, Mr. Bullock has testified for N.A.M. on health care reform before the House of Representatives Small Business Committee, and has published papers on tort reform, product liability law, and other issues of public and business concern. He has also published technical papers on motor and gearmotor design.
Greatly concerned with the quality of secondary education, he developed numerous pilot programs at Bison Gear with the Downers Grove High School as a model of cooperation between industry and local school systems. As a result of Mr. Bullock's concern with the lack of alignment between secondary education and the shortage of skilled entry-level workers in manufacturing, in 2007 Bison Gear announced its Skilled Workforce Initiative in cooperation with the College of DuPage, bringing manufacturing leaders, educational institutions, economic and workplace development organizations together to create a talent pool of better qualified employees with plans to offer long term stable employment. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity recognized the Skilled Workforce Initiative by giving Bison Gear its Business Leadership Award. Testimony delivered before the National Science Board on K-16 STEM education in December of 2005 led to an invitation to serve on NSB's Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In 2009, he was appointed by the Governor to the State of Illinois' P-20 Council to help align and improve education throughout the entire state system.
Mr. Bullock is a graduate of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Systems Analysis and was honored as an Outstanding Alumni in 2001. He was elected an Eminent Engineer by Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honorary Society, in 2004, and received the McGladrey Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Lesa J. Francis is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Staffmark, one of the top ten commercial staffing companies in the United States. In 2011, Staffmark became part of Recruit, one of the top five staffing firms in the world.
With more than 25 years of staffing industry experience, Lesa is known as an industry leader and successful innovator. She joined Staffmark in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer. In 2009 she was named President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2011 was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Following an acquisition in 2008 that more than doubled the size of the company, Lesa was responsible for creating a unified field leadership team, integrating operations, and developing a new brand identity. She created and implemented new vertical sales approaches, developed cross-selling processes, launched new training programs, and created a branch best practices program. Lesa has also developed strategic partnerships designed to enhance Staffmark's service offerings.
Prior to joining Staffmark, Lesa held the position of Senior Vice President of Business Development and Operations at Spherion. In that position she had national responsibility for their Staffing and Workforce Management business. Prior to her 14 years at Spherion, Lesa held various positions with Adecco, from Branch Manager to Regional Vice President over her seven years with the company.
Michael D. Garrett retired president and CEO of Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation's leading generators of electricity. Garrett, a Georgia native, began his Southern Company career in 1968 at Georgia Power. He was president and CEO of Georgia Power from 2004 - 2010.
Prior to leading Georgia Power, Garrett was president and CEO of Mississippi Power. Before heading Mississippi Power, he was an executive vice president at Alabama Power with responsibility for Customer Operations and Regulatory Affairs. Garrett also held Alabama Power positions as vice president of Finance; Birmingham division vice president; senior vice president of External Affairs and later, executive vice president of External Affairs.
Garrett's Georgia Power career included district superintendent roles in Bainbridge, Valdosta and Macon. Before leaving Atlanta in 1990, he served as manager of Network Underground, South Fulton district manager and Airport district manager. The Georgia Power president and CEO served as the 2009 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and he chaired the 2008 Georgia Chamber campaign. Garrett also served as the 2008-2009 Woodruff Arts Center campaign chair. In addition, he chaired the 2007-2008 campaign for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Previously, Garrett was the 2006 chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MACOC) and chaired the 2005 MACOC campaign.
Garrett was named chairman of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Board in 2007 after Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him to a five-year term on the Board in 2005. He also served on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, MACOC, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Piedmont Healthcare, the Buckhead Coalition, Woodruff Arts Center and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Garrett was on the executive committee and board of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and was also a member of the Edison Electric Institute.
A native of McRae, Georgia, Garrett earned a bachelor of business degree with a concentration in management from Georgia College. He also holds an associate degree in mechanical engineering technology from Southern Polytechnic State University and attended the Oxford University Advanced Management Program.
Georgia Trend magazine named Garrett its "Most Respected Business Leader" for 2009. Garrett and his wife Karen have three daughters and sons-in-law and ten grandchildren.
Jim Gibbons currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries International, an internationally recognized leading social enterprise. He is also a past President and Chief Executive Officer of National Industries for the Blind (1998-2008).
Prior to joining National Industries for the Blind, Mr. Gibbons worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of Campus Wide Access Solutions�a wholly owned AT&T subsidiary. While at AT&T, Mr. Gibbons also held various leadership positions in marketing and operations. Mr. Gibbons has received several prestigious awards and recognitions including the 2010 National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, the 2009 Young Presidents' Organization Social Enterprise Leadership Award, SmartCEO 2010 ECO CEO award for organizational commitment to the environment and the Purdue 2007 Outstanding Industrial Engineer of the Year award. He was also appointed by President Obama in December 2010 to the White House Council for Community Solutions. Mr. Gibbons holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Prior to joining the staff and faculty at Georgia Tech, Retired Major General Ronald L. Johnson was the National Basketball Association's first Senior Vice President, Referee Operations from July 2008 until July 2012. He was responsible for all aspects of the NBA's officiating program, including recruiting, training and development, scheduling, data management and analysis, and work rules enforcement.
Prior to joining the NBA, General Johnson served as the deputy commanding general and deputy chief of engineers, the second highest-ranking senior engineer staff officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). He retired in April 2008 after serving 32 years of military service.
From October 2005 until his retirement, Johnson was assisting the chief of engineers in maintaining Army Staff oversight for organizing, training, and equipping 70,000 engineer soldiers in the active and reserve components and USACE. He additionally served as the principal engineer advisor to the chief of staff of the Army.
Prior to his appointment to this command, he served as the director of the U.S. Army Installation Management Agency (IMA). As the largest field-operating agency in the Army, the IMA manages all of the Army’s 181 installations worldwide with over 80,000 military and civilian personnel. Johnson was responsible for executing Headquarters; Department of the Army policy, guidance, and programs; and exercised authority for an $8 billion annual budget for all agency functions.
Johnson also served as the commander of USACE’s Gulf Region Division (GRD) and U.S. deputy director of the Program Management Office (PMO) in Iraq, where he was responsible for $18.4 billion of reconstruction in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was responsible for approximately 2,000 Soldiers, seamen, airmen, Marines, civilians, and Iraqi nationals who were involved in executing the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund Program.
In June 2003, Johnson was named director of military programs and G3 for the USACE, in which he was directly responsible for oversight of the Army’s Military Construction, Real Estate Services and Environmental Programs. He provided expert architectural engineering and design services to USAID, Department of State, and other agencies.
Additional previous command assignments included: Commanding General, Pacific Ocean Division, USACE; Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School/Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center; Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army; Brigade Commander, 130th Engineer Brigade, V Corps, Germany; Senior Aide to the Secretary of the Army; Battalion Commander in both Fort Lewis, Wash. and Fort Ord, Calif; and Assistant Professor and Course Director Freshman Mathematics (Calculus) at West Point.
Johnson's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star, Legion of Merit (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Recruiter Badge.
He is also the recipient of the 2003 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Professional Achievement in Government Service, an inductee into the 2005 Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Tech, and the recipient of the 2008 Black Engineer Lifetime Achievement Award. Ron Johnson serves on the Georgia Tech President's Advisory Board, the Tennenbaum Institute's Advisory Board, the Executive Advisory Council of Mission: Readiness, the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board and is a Trustee on the Georgia Tech Foundation. He has two scholarships endowed in his name at Georgia Tech and one at West Point. Ron serves on the Board of Directors of Leave No Veteran Behind and is an Advisor to the Rushman-Micah Foundation, both 501 (c)(3) nonprofits.
A native of Chicago, Ill, Johnson currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He is the proud father of a 24-year-old son named Ian.
Susan Lanigan is an Executive Vice President and the General Counsel of Dollar General Corporation. Dollar General is a Fortune 200 Company with over 9,800 stores and over $13 billion in revenue in 2010. In addition to her General Counsel duties, Ms. Lanigan has responsibility for Dollar General's Legal, Risk Management, Government Affairs, Internal Audit, Community Initiatives, and Corporate Events departments.
Prior to Dollar General, Ms. Lanigan served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Zale Corporation, in Texas. Prior to that, she was a litigator at Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1988), where she was a member and a Notes Editor of the Georgia Law Review. Ms. Lanigan also received her B.A., cum laude, in Journalism from the University of Georgia.
In addition, Ms. Lanigan is a member of the executive committee of the Board of Directors for the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and a Founding Member and a current member and former Chairwoman of the Red Cross Tiffany Circle. She is a director on the board of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Nashville Sports Council, the RILA (Retail Industry Leaders Association) Retail Litigation Center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She is also the former Chairperson for the Retail Industry Leaders Associations General Counsel Committee and for the UGA Graduate School Advancement Board.
Lanigan was named a member of the 2010 class of Women of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal.
Dr. Joe D. May is President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). Over the past four years, LCTCS has grown in unduplicated enrollment from 71,000 to 111,000. Dr. May has been the driver behind developing and passing landmark legislation that has made available over $200 million in construction funds for technical and community colleges. He also moved adult education from a K?12 program to a community and technical college program, and established a model articulation and transfer initiative that is enabling more students to purse a baccalaureate degree.
During his career, Dr. May has provided leadership for successful organizations throughout the United States and abroad. His background includes serving in leadership roles in business organizations, as well as public and private colleges and universities. He has provided consulting services in to new community college initiatives in Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. May's experience ranges from having served as a counselor and a faculty member to the System President of the Colorado Community College System.
As the System President for the Colorado Community College System, Dr. May provided leadership to over 116,000 students enrolled in 13 colleges throughout the state. Prior to that role, he served as the President of Pueblo Community College.
Before his move to Louisiana, Dr. May was associated with a Dallas?based private equity firm, Best Merchant Partners, where he helped to develop two major for?profit educational initiatives, the American College of Education in Chicago, Illinois, and Bogota Community College in Bogota, Colombia. Dr. May also held positions as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Partnerships at Regis University in Denver (CO), Dean of Instruction and Student Development at Danville (VA) Community College and at Vernon College (TX.), was Dean of Student Services at Navarro College (TX), and Assistant Professor of Education at Sul Ross State University (TX). He earned his Doctorate from Texas A&M-Commerce in Education, and a Master's of Education and Bachelor's of Science from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX.
A native of Northeast Texas, Dr. May has been married to his wife, Jeanne, for 37 years.
Laurie S. Moran is the President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since January 2002. Laurie has previously worked as the Communications Manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's Danville plant, as President of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, as editor of a weekly newspaper, and as a consultant to develop the strategic plan for Pittsylvania County Schools.
Laurie is the chair of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). She has served on the Board of Directors of NAWB for the past eight years and previously held the positions of Vice Chair and Secretary. Laurie serves as secretary and a past president of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board. She also chairs the Dan River Region Collaborative's participation in the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
Laurie is the past chair of United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County and serves as chair of the Southside Business Technology Center. She also serves on the board of directors of the Council for Rural Virginia, on the Workforce Advisory Board of Danville Community College, on the advisory committee for the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center at Danville Community College, and on the advisory committee for National College. She also serves on the board of trustees of Danville Regional Medical Center.
A graduate of Lynchburg College, Laurie was designated a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) in 2006.
Laurie and her husband, Bruce, reside in Gretna. They have two sons, Jeffrey Bond who is an architect with Dewberry in Danville and Austin Moran who is a junior at Gretna High School.
Laurie is a member of First Baptist Church of Gretna where she is a Deacon, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Youth Committee, and a member of the handbell choir.
Cheryl Oldham is vice president of the U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation and vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW). ICW is the education and workforce nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)3 affiliate of the Chamber. As vice president, Oldham manages the work of ICW and advances policy positions and promotes public-private partnerships to ensure that businesses remain competitive in a global economy.
Oldham has more than 15 years of experience in public policy development and implementation as well as in project management and government relations. Before assuming her current position, she worked as an independent consultant in both federal relations and public affairs. Her previous experience includes serving for 8 years in President George W. Bush's administration. In July 2008, the president designated Oldham to be acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education while also serving as chief of staff to the under secretary of education. The Office of the Under Secretary was responsible for implementing the work of the secretary of education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education and coordinated policies and programs related to vocational and adult education, postsecondary education, and federal student aid. As chief of staff, Oldham was the senior advisor on policy and strategy and oversaw the coordination of the programs and policies for which the office was responsible.
In September 2005, the secretary of education appointed Oldham to be executive director of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education. The commission was the first of its kind to look at needed reforms in higher education related to accessibility, affordability, and accountability.
Oldham began her career working in the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C., handling policy matters under the umbrella of health and human services. She then served in the White House as deputy associate director in the Office of Presidential Personnel and as associate director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs before moving to the Department of Education as White House Liaison in January 2003.
Oldham received her Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Jeff, and two sons, Jeffrey Jr. and Dylan.
Hartley joined KPMG LLP in June 2000 as a senior manager in the State and Local Tax practice. In 2005, he was promoted to Tax Managing Director and the National Practice Leader of the Global Location and Expansion Services practice. In 2007, he became a principal of the Firm.
During Hartley's career as a practicing lawyer, public servant, private advisor, and tax professional, and prior to joining KPMG, he worked with communities, industry, private businesses and public entities on a variety of matters, including:
- Assisting international and domestic corporations on the legal aspects of doing business in the United States, negotiated tax and business incentives, real estate and development agreements, and financing alternatives with state and local communities.
- Providing high-impact analyses designed to help companies (e.g. expansion, consolidation, relocation, or research and development) mitigate their start-up and operational costs on both a tax and non-tax basis, including incentive analysis and negotiation, strategic planning, target marketing, and corporate site selection.
- Working closely with state and local personnel who interpret and administer the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to existing credit, training, grant, and tax incentive programs.
- Providing economic development services throughout the southeastern states for a variety of public sector clients, analyzing the efficiency of existing economic development tax incentive policies of governmental agencies, through a comprehensive best practices review, focusing on the strategic reinvention of these structures. Past clients include State of Georgia, State of North Carolina, and various regional economic development organizations.
Relevant ExperienceHartley has over 25 years of experience in economic development, industrial development, and state/local tax incentives in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining KPMG, he practiced business and corporate law. Subsequently he joined the South Carolina Department of Commerce, serving three years in Frankfurt, Germany as Director of South Carolina's European Office, advising European investors and businesses on the benefits of doing business in the US. Hartley returned from Europe in 1996 to serve as Chief of Staff of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
- Steering committee of KPMG's Global Location and Expansion Services
- Frequent lecturer at U.S. and global economic development/tax forums, Industrial Asset Management Council's conferences, and KPMG's Global International Corporate Tax summits. He has been the keynote speaker for the Louisiana Governor's Council, Georgia's Economic Development Board, and Expansion Magazine's consultant forum.
- Featured in the April 2008 issue of Business Facilities Magazine.
Thomas J. Snyder serves as president of Ivy Tech Community College, the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college system and the largest institution of higher education in Indiana.
Appointed in 2007, President Snyder leads the strategic, academic and operational processes of Indiana's largest and fastest growing college serving more than 200,000 students annually at 23 campuses and 100 learning centers that provide a full-spectrum of educational resources, transfer credits, associate degrees, workforce training and professional certification.
Ivy Tech Community College hosted the largest regional U.S. Department of Education summit on community colleges this Spring as a follow up to the White House Summit on Community Colleges last Fall. More than 200 participants from 13 states joined in the historic sessions which focused on "Partnerships between Community Colleges and Employers," and engaged business and industry throughout the Midwest in addition to participants from higher education and government.
During his first four years, he successfully led the college through a 10-year accreditation process and has been nationally recognized for efforts and achievements, including a feature in The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of seven community college Presidents making a difference and as the 2009 Freedom Award recipient by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission for providing major, positive, societal influence in the community.
President Snyder has installed numerous growth and expansion initiatives to meet the future student services requirements. A negotiated agreement with Dell now provides students with significant computer discounts. Several new facilities projects also have been announced and completed.
President Snyder has installed numerous growth and expansion initiatives to meet the future student services requirements. A negotiated agreement with Dell now provides students with significant computer discounts. Several new facilities projects also have been announced and completed.
To upgrade student and community support and focus, he added new senior leadership by appointing the first provost, a senior vice president for Workforce and Economic Development, vice president of development to lead statewide foundation and fundraising initiatives and senior executive dedicated to organizational diversity.
President Snyder introduced a comprehensive Accelerating Greatness initiative which combines the expertise of statewide staff and student leadership teams to develop, track and achieve performance and service goals, optimize resources and ensure students achieve their educational benchmarks. Additionally, Accelerating Greatness focuses on making Indiana great by offering new and creative ways for Indiana citizens to access value-based workforce training, designed to keep Indiana employers and businesses competitive in world markets.
Additional achievements that chart progress of the Accelerating Greatness initiative include:
- New construction projects for additional classrooms, parking and student resources to accommodate record double-digit enrollment increases each semester since 2007.
- Established a Center for Entrepreneurship as an entry point for the practical application of entrepreneurial skills and ideas.
- Awarded 10,000 associate degree or certificate this academic year, the largest number of graduates ever for Ivy Tech.
- Announcement of an Indiana Department of Education $720K grant to fund a collaborative effort between the College and three other organizations to better prepare students at two Indianapolis public high schools for college.
- Installed cost savings and revenue enhancement initiatives in the last three fiscal years that have generated $24 million in total annual savings and $14.2 million in total one time savings to the college.
- Recognized as one of the fastest-growing colleges in the U.S.
- Ivy Tech enrolled 16,569 Indiana high school students in dual credit this year, a 43.9 percent increase from the number of students enrolled the previous year.
- President Snyder named to the first-ever national Education Council, focused on expanding and enhancing the manufacturing workforce.
Efficiency improvements, bookstore restructuring, a statewide call/fulfillment center, costs savings initiatives and joint ventures have generated more than $ 3 million in new revenue in his first year, plus the most recent consolidation contract to save 30 percent on furniture purchases and recognize minority suppliers.
Under his leadership, Ivy Tech has doubled enrollments in the last four years and realized upgraded bond ratings from both Standard and Poor's Ratings and Fitch Ratings.
Prior to joining Ivy Tech, President Snyder held Chairman and CEO/President positions at Flagship Energy Systems Center and Delco Remy International, Inc., respectively. During his 11 years at the helm of Delco Remy, he established a new business model and diversified the company from a $500 million automotive parts supplier to $1.3 billion in sales as global leader in truck, off-road and aftermarket products with more than 6,000 employees worldwide.
He began his career at General Motors Corporation, advancing through executive positions in engineering, marketing and sales for automotive batteries, magnetics and electric vehicle components. Snyder graduated from Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute in 1967, with a degree in mechanical engineering. Snyder also holds a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University. Snyder also completed a six-year tour of duty with the Air Force with research and development assignments at Vandenberg and Andrews Air Force Bases and the Pentagon.
Currently, he serves on the boards of Conexus, Ener1, ESN (Energy Systems Network), Indiana Chamber 2025 Taskforce, Auto Communities Network, The Manufacturing Institute, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, Great Lakes Manufacturing Council, and the Paramount Theatre.
Neal Wade is Senior Vice President of Economic Development for The St. Joe Company, leading the effort to bring businesses to the Company's commercial properties, including VentureCrossings Enterprise Centre. Adjacent to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and offering "Through the Fence" and runway access, the development provides unique opportunities for businesses interested in expeditious operation and plenty of room for expansion. The region's 8 military installations and high quality workforce are existing assets to support significant economic growth for the region and associated success for St. Joe.
Mr. Wade was part of the St. Joe team from 2000 to 2003 and rejoined in 2010. During the interim 7 years, Mr. Wade was the Director of the Alabama Development Office (ADO) and helped create 20,000 new jobs every year through successful projects such as ThyssenKrupp Steel, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Austal USA, EADS CASA Engineering Center, Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, and CGI Group Inc. Mr. Wade played a key role in helping Alabama twice attain the accolade of top state economic development agency in the United States. Alabama's economy has been named the best in the Southeast for five straight years.
Mr. Wade also served as Director of Corporate Communication for Alabama Power Company and was the first President of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, a private statewide organization that supported quality economic development efforts in the state.
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