7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Networking & Light Breakfast Paul Latture, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Many-Bears Grinder, Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Affairs 8:15- 8:35 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks 8:35– 8:50 a.m. Labor Market Update: Planning for Today and Preparing for the Future Beth Duffield, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 8:50-9:10 a.m. Hiring Veterans: The Best Business Decision You Can Make Jeff Davidson, Retired Colonel, U.S. Army, Deputy Mayor, Rutherford County 9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Soldier for Life: Ideas and Resources for Hiring Veterans Steven M. George, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Solider for Life Shane Perrett, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, Soldier for Life 10:10—10:30 a.m. Break 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Veterans in Transition: What Veterans Want Employers to Know 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Paychecks for Patriots: An Economic Opportunity for our Military Community 1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Break 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. A Look at Corporate Support Group Best Practices in Hiring and Supporting Veterans: How to Make Them Work in Your Organization Panel Call to Action: Opportunities to Connect at Ft. Campbell Harold Riggins, Ft. Campbell, Army Career & Alumni Program 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Bridging the Gap: Helping Employers Understand How to Effectively Hire Veterans February 17, 2015 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Embassy Suites Murfreesboro, TN Bridging the Gap will serve as an opportunity for human resources professionals to explore and understand best practices for hiring, engaging and retaining veterans in the workplace as a key component of their workforce strategies. Panel Steve Brophy, Dollar General Corporation Melinda Kelsey, Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development This program has been submitted to HR Certification Institute for review. Sponsored by: PROGRAM SPEAKERS Fred Bissinger Attorney, Wimberly Lawson Fred J. Bissinger is a Regional Managing Member of the Nashville, Tennessee office of Wimberly Lawson, which he joined in 1999. His law practice includes emphasis in handling employment discrimination and wrongful discharge matters at both the administrative level and in Federal and State Court litigation. Steve Brophy Vice President, Government Affairs Dollar General Corporation Steve Brophy serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Dollar General Corporation. Prior to taking this position, Brophy served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) since she first took office in January 2003. In 2007, Steve received the Tennessee Adjutant General’s Distinguished Patriot Medal from the Tennessee National Guard. He also serves on the board of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Catholic Charities of Middle Tennessee. Jeff Davidson Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, Deputy Mayor, Rutherford County Colonel (Retired) Jeff Davidson is a native of Nashville, TN and currently resides in Eagleville, TN. COL Davidson graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in History. COL Davidson, an Armor and Cavalry officer with over 30 years in the United States Army served in a variety of command and leadership positions. Lieutenant Colonel Steven M. George U.S. Army Soldier for Life Program Director, Southeast Region Lieutenant Colonel George began his military career as an Army ROTC and was commissioned into the Army Transportation Corps in 1993. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Technology from Kent State University and a Master’s degree in Transportation and Logistics Management from American Military University. Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs In January 2011, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Many-Bears Grinder to be the Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs. Colonel Grinder became the first woman in the state to serve in this capacity. In order to accept the appointment, Grinder retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Colonel with more than 35 years of service. James Howard SEAL, U.S. Navy, Retired, Commercial Lender, Fifth Third Bank Jim Howard is in the Commercial Lending Group at Fifth Third Bank as an Associate Relationship Manager. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Jim was a credit analyst at Goldman Sachs where he covered a portfolio of technology, media and telecom companies. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Health Science and earned his MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Raymond G. Huntley Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Retired, MTSU Student Raymond Huntley enlisted in the United States Army and attended Basic Combat Training between his junior and senior years of high school. Upon completing high school, Raymond transitioned to the active component in 1994 beginning his 20 year career as a Power Generation Technician. Todd Johnson Major, U.S. Army, Retired, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Todd A. Johnson, Major, U.S. Army Retired, transitioned in 2013 from the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell, KY, after 29 years of enlisted and commissioned military service. He and his family decided to stay in Middle Tennessee to embark on a new career focus, moving from helicopter aviation to the financial industry. Melinda Kelsey Administrator-Communications, Constituent & Government Relations, Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Melinda Kelsey serves as Communications, Constituent and Government Relations Administrator. Prior to this, she served as assistant administrator with the Employment Security Division. Kelsey worked in private industry as human resource director for Big Bend Technology, an automotive supplier to Nissan. Avery King Lead Military Recruiter/ Executive Talent Acquisition, Hospital Corporation of America Avery King is a native of Middle Tennessee and began his recruiting career in 1988. He started working for HCA in March 2010. Avery is a United States Air Force Veteran and Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. He was instrumental in starting HCA’s Veteran Hiring Initiative which began in 2011. Master Sergeant Shane R. Perret Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army Soldier for Life Program, Southeast Region Deputy Director Master Sergeant Shane Perret enlisted in the Army as a tank crewman in September 1995, holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Master Sergeant Perret has attended the Abrams Master Gunner Course. Andy Rigby Senior Analyst/Talent Management, Nissan North America, Inc. Andy Rigby is in the Talent Management group at Nissan North America where he manages the Performance Management and Development (PMD) processes. In addition to his normal responsibilities in HR, he was elected by the members of the Nissan Veterans’ Business Synergy Team to serve as president of the group. Harold Riggins Transition Services Manager, Ft. Campbell, Army Career & Alumni Program Harold Riggins is a veteran with 27 years of service in the United States Army and National Guard. Enlisting in the Army in 1983 he served for four years as a Supply Specialist at Fort Riley, KS and in Germany. Riggins spent his next four years as a combat engineer in the National Guard while going to college where he participated in the ROTC program at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL. Thomas Stoquert III Sergeant, U.S. Army, Retired, Fraud Investigator, Insurance Division, State of Tennessee Thomas is a Fraud Investigator with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. As an advocate for Veterans and Veteran causes, Thomas assisted in the development of the Veterans Coalition with his colleagues and partners at the Department of Labor and the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a committee member for the Warrior Workforce Initiative. Ray Swatzell Director, Talent Recruiting and Systems at Brookdale Senior Living Ray Swatzell, LT USN retired, currently works at Brookdale, the largest provider of Senior Living solutions in the United States. Ray has twelve years experience recruiting healthcare leadership positions and managing related technology systems and recruiting processes.
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