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Summer 2011

SkillsUSA Champion of the Year Announcement
New Advisor Mega Prizes Announced

We are pleased to let you know that SkillsUSA has announced that Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. will be named our SkillsUSA Champion of the Year for 2011. Jim and Toyota will be honored at the 2011 SkillsUSA Champion of the Year Dinner on Friday, November 4th at the Waldorf=Astoria hotel in New York City.

The 2011 event will recognize Jim and Toyota for outstanding support of SkillsUSA and their commitment toward a skilled American work force. In addition to celebrating Jim's and Toyota’s leadership, the Champion of the Year Dinner is a major fundraising event for SkillsUSA. It provides important financial resources to invest in the mission of the organization. Many of you graciously supported last year's inaugural event that honored John McGlade, Chairman, President and CEO of Air Products.

In the coming weeks, you will be receiving further details regarding the sponsorship opportunities for the event.  We look forward to your help and support.

Please contact Chris Powell at 703-737-0621 or via email at cpowell@skillsusa.org with any questions.

Thank you for being a SkillsUSA Champion and we appreciate your support!


Tim Lawrence
Executive Director

NLSC and the SkillsUSA Championships 2011 - It's almost here!

Medalists at the 2010 NLSCBelieve it, or not, we are preparing for the 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, including the SkillsUSA Championships - the premier showcase of career and technical education.

This couldn't happen without the support of our business and industry partners, so we would like to convey our sincere appreciation for your efforts. In this spirit we would like to make sure your attendance at conference is a good one, so please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, or requests for information.

Information regarding TECHSPO exhibits, contests, VIP events, and pretty much everything else can be found on our conference website pages: www.skillsusa.org/events/nlsc.shtml

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you in Kansas City!

Questions or comments?
For questions or comments about the contents of this newsletter, reply to Chris Powell, Senior Development Officer, at cpowell@skillsusa.org.

SkillsUSA is launching a 100 percent membership campaign to honor those advisors who are able to enroll all eligible students in their SkillsUSA chapter. As an incentive, several of our national partners are offering "mega prizes" for selected 100 percent advisors.

IRWIN Tools will offer the following mega prizes: Two lucky SkillsUSA advisors, and their guests, an all-expense-paid trip to the 2011 IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. This Mega Prize includes airfare, hotel accommodations, shuttle service and grand stand race tickets to the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway for two during the weekend of August 26-28, 2011.

Solano will offer a membership mega prize for a Cosmetology instructor! The prize package will include the following for one cosmetology instructor and a guest:

Two tickets to attend a Fall 2011 NY Fashion Week Designer Show (designer is still TBD and details will be provided by August 2011)

  • Backstage photo opportunity with the celebrity hairstylist for the designer's show.
  • Round-trip airfare for two to NYC
  • Hotel accommodations for 2 nights (night before the show and night of the show)
  • Solano styling tool kit, having approximate retail value of $475 for the cosmetology instructor.

Lowe's will offer the following membership mega prizes:

Two VIP tickets to and cold passes to Phoenix NASCAR race on November 13, 2011.
Two nights hotel accommodations
$500 travel stipend

Two VIP tickets and cold passes to the Las Vegas NASCAR race in March 2012.
Two nights hotel accommodations
$500 travel stipend

Four tickets to SeaWorld San Diego (must be used by December 31, 2011)
Two nights hotel accommodation
$500 travel stipend

Four tickets to SeaWorld San Antonio (must be used by December 31, 2011)
Two nights hotel accommodation
$500 travel stipend

For a list of previously announced Mega Prizes, visit: www.skillsusa.org/join/megaprize.shtml