Q: Tell me how you first got involved with the Trident Workforce Investment Board (TWIB)?
A: I have been a member of the business community in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties and the owner of Alternative Staffing, Inc for many years. My involvement came out of my desire to see the needs of an under developed workforce being met. Witnessing first hand the frustration of hiring managers pushed me to want to be part of this Board.
Q: What do you find most challenging about serving on the TWIB?
A: With the slowing economy of the past several years, the program has experienced an ever shrinking budget paired with a growing need. There are more and more displaced workers, returning veterans, and unskilled youths attempting to enter a saturated employment market.
Q: If you could change one thing about the TWIB, what would it be?
A: If I could change one thing about the TWIB, it would be the budget. There should be more funds directed at the programs we serve.
Q: Tell me about some of the people you've met while serving on the TWIB?
A: There are many people who achieve certifications and whose skills are enhanced by our programs, and I have had the occasion to meet many of them as they complete their programs. On numerous occasions over the years, I have attended some very emotional CNA graduations. These events in particular seem to stand out to me as it is evident how the programs affect its participants and their families.
Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: My career in the Staffing Industry began twenty-six years ago at an office on Remount Road in North Charleston, and I have chosen to remain in this area and to serve this community. In 1993, we opened Alternative Staffing only a block from where I first started, and when we were able to build our own facility, we invested those dollars here as well. We built our office on the corner of Remount and Attaway in 2009. Something else few people know is that I bring my dogs to work with me everyday.
Q: What do you think will change about the TWIB over the next five years?
A: In the next five years, the skill set that our local market demands will change just as they have recently, with the introduction of Boeing. Hopefully, over the next five years we will see a strengthening of the economy and the TWIB's budget will grow to meet new challenges brought about by growth.
Q: What else can you tell me about the TWIB?
A: The TWIB Members and Staff are dedicated to a job ready workforce. They are true believers in people and what they are capable of.