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Industrial Executives Forum – May 18th

On Thursday, May 18th you will have the opportunity to hear innovative ideas around the themes of product and workforce from 9 different speakers in a fast-paced setting.  The 2017 Industrial Executives Forum is focused on sharing great ideas that can either be replicated or repurposed in your business.  You’ll hear best practices and ideas worth sharing from diverse speakers from inside and outside of our community.  We’ll start the Forum with networking because we know connections made at these events lead to great things.

Your engagement with the Forum ensures that our community, and our local economy continues to grow stronger, better connected and more secure.  RSVP nowto melissa@hcped.org, and please extend the invitation to others in your organization that would benefit from attending.

The Forum will take place at Blue Ridge Community College’s Bo Thomas Auditorium starting at 8:00 am and concluding at 10:30am.

8:00 to 9:00 am                Networking Breakfast
9:00 to 9:20 am                Didi Caldwell, Global Location Strategies
9:20 to 9:35 am                 John Delaloye, Diamond Brand Gear, Product Innovation
Margie Bukowski, WeaverCooke-Kirkland, Technology in Construction
Blue Ridge Metals, Hiring Plan
9:35 to 9:55 am                 Brent Graves, Cane Creek Cycling Components
9:55 to 10:10 am               Kelly Hollifield, Dampp-Chaser, Company Culture
Stephanie Emerson, Johnson Price Sprinkle, Corporate Wellness
Chris Hykin, SMARTRAC, Employee Engagement
10:10 to 10:30 am            Tamara Snow, Continental

Our Forum is possible for HCPED Members and Henderson County Manufactures at no cost because of our Patron Sponsors: Asheville Savings Bank, Blue Ridge Community College, Continental, Cooper Construction Co., Duke Energy, Ferncliff Park, First Citizens Bank, Friday Staffing, Lassonde Pappas, Morrow Insurance Agency, Morris Broadband, Pardee Hospital, PSNC Energy, SMARTRAC, & The Van Winkle Law Firm. Additional support provided by AT&T and Carolina Specialties Construction.

 

Made in Henderson County Job Fair

The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development and Henderson County Public Schools co-hosted the first ever Made in Henderson County Job Fair focused on connecting high school seniors with local employment opportunities.

23 Henderson County manufacturers attended the fair to market 79 open positions that students with little work experience or applicable skillset would be eligible for immediately upon graduation. 110 high school seniors participated by completing a standard application to share their skills and interests with prospective employers in advance. Employers profiled their open positions so that students could connect with the opportunities that interested them most.

The job fair emerged from a growing partnership between the school system and HCPED which has, through Made in Henderson County employer tours and events, showcased manufacturing careers to middle and high school students since 2012. The job fair is a unique workforce development solution in that it has the potential to positively impact current employer needs by connecting them directly with local students who are career-ready .

“Manufacturing has changed a lot. Today’s career opportunities are high-tech and challenging. Many of these positions are paying premium wages, reimbursing for education and offering great benefits,” stated Will Buie, Chair of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development Board of Directors. “We hope this job fair not only showcased manufacturing careers but placed many students in wonderful positions.”

“This was an excellent opportunity for our students who are prepared to enter the workforce after graduation,” shared Dr. Wendy Frye, Director of High Schools and Career Technical Education. “The job fair provided instant access to potential employers, and opportunities for students to network with professionals in their field of interest.”

Made in Henderson County is a coordinated effort established to enhance the connection between manufacturing businesses and Henderson County Public Schools, while telling the story of manufacturing, the products that are made here, and the people who make them. The effort to enhance connectivity between manufacturing businesses and the school system is focused on raising the visibility of manufacturing as a viable career path to ensure that Henderson County students have diverse employment opportunities in the community, and manufacturing businesses have access to skilled, local talent. Visit www.madeinhendersoncounty.com for more information.

5 Reasons to Attend the Industrial Executives Forum on May 18th!

We are looking forward to an incredible morning at the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development’s Industrial Executives Forum taking place on May 18th at the Bo Thomas Auditorium on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. We want to make sure you are there. Here are five reasons to RSVP today: 

  1. Networking: Join us for breakfast prior to the event to network with business and industry leaders in Henderson County. Arrive at 8:00 for the most networking time.
  2. Diverse Speakers: We have three great speakers from three very different backgrounds discussing innovation and change. There is something there for everyone.
  3. Short Sessions: No speaker will have the floor for more than 20 minutes. Quick, to the point information with real world application.
  4. Hear from your peers: SPARK! Sessions will give you the chance to hear from community leaders with great ideas.
  5. New venue: For the first time, this event will be hosted at the Bo Thomas Auditorium. This bigger space allows for more people from your organization to join us! Feel free to share this information with others in your office.

 Don’t wait to RSVP, email  Melissa@hcped.org to RSVP for your organization today! Networking will begin at 8:00 AM, with the event kicking off at 9:00 AM. The program will conclude by 10:30 AM.

Our Forum is possible for HCPED Members and Henderson County Manufactures at no cost because of our Patron Sponsors: Asheville Savings Bank, Blue Ridge Community College, Continental, Cooper Construction Co., Duke Energy, Ferncliff Park, First Citizens Bank, Friday Staffing, Lassonde Pappas, Morrow Insurance Agency, Morris Broadband, Pardee Hospital, PSNC Energy, SMARTRAC, & The Van Winkle Law Firm. Additional support provided by AT&T and Carolina Specialties Construction.

We look forward to seeing you on May 18th!