North Carolina Meeting
On August 30 and 31, we moved to some of the best corporate cultivation meetings SkillsUSA has ever held. YDF member and Lowe’s Companies representative, Kelly Persons arranged a “lunch and learn” meeting in Winston-Salem on August 30 where several area companies heard SkillsUSA presentations from national student officers Kendra Lisec (N.C.) and Janie Martinez (Texas). North Carolina state association directors Glenn Barefoot and Peyton Holland participated in both days’ meetings to seek support from the companies for SkillsUSA North Carolina.
On August 31, Kendra and Janie presented to 15 of Lowe’s vendor partners at the Lowe’s corporate campus in Mooresville. SkillsUSA and the students were introduced by Lowe’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Larry Stone. Lowe’s senior executives Robert Wagner (SkillsUSA board member) Bob Gfeller, Nick Cantor and David Vaughn all provided powerful testimony on why Lowe’s is involved with SkillsUSA. Our next step is to develop partnerships with these companies.
While in Mooresville, we also discussed the FY11 Lowe’s grant distribution, the 2011 NLSC and several new opportunities within our partnership. A big thank you to YDF member Kelly Persons for arranging both of these meetings and to the Lowe’s executives for being amazingly supportive of our mission and our students!