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SkillsUSA's Youth Development Foundation

Fall 2010

Inaugural CEO Champion of the Year Event Report
IRWIN Donates Mega Prize

John McGlade receives award.SkillsUSA's Inaugural CEO Champion of the Year event in New York City honored Fortune 300 Air Products' Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer John McGlade. The celebration was: "Amazing." "Successful." "A whole new level for this association." And, "This was the launch of a new national annual event for SkillsUSA to show the value of career and technical education."

Over 300 national and international corporate executives, community leaders and CTE students and their teachers attended the reception and dinner in the Waldorf=Astoria Grand Ballroom. They were there to honor John McGlade and Air Products' support for career and technical education and SkillsUSA.

Under McGlade's leadership, Air Products has integrated support for SkillsUSA. Air Product employees serve as technical committee members and judges for the SkillsUSA Championships, on task forces and boards of directors for state and local chapters and on the Youth Development Foundation and national board of directors. The company provides financial support for SkillsUSA programs and initiatives such the Alumni & Friends Association.

Named among the sponsors for the event: ArvinMeritor; Automotive Service Excellence; Bartha; Bosch; Capital Blue Cross; CareerSafe; Carhartt, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; eGroup; Embassy Bank; intelitek; Irwin Tools; JPMorganChase; Kansas City Convention & Visortors Bureau; the Lehigh Valley Council: Lehigh Valley Health Network; the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs; Lehigh University; MacKenzie Partners, Inc.; Mercury Publishing; The Mundy Companies; PPL; Perella Weinberg Partners; Sard Verbinnen & Co.; Snap-on; St. Louis Carpenters District Council; St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network; and, Toyota.

In his remarks, McGlade challenged SkillsUSA and the corporations represented in the ballroom to find the next CEO Champion of the Year so SkillsUSA's network will continue to grow serving students and the nation. Proceeds from the dinner - in excess of $300,000 - will be used to support mission-related activities such as the Alumni & Friends Association.

NLSC: Thanks and Preparation for 2011News image

We know that June feels like a long time ago, but it is never too late to say "Thank you!" Without the support of our partners, who give their time, donations, and materials, the SkillsUSA Championships simply would not happen. It's because of you we firmly believe that the Championships is the best showcase of career and technical education anywhere. For that, we would like to extend our most sincere appreciation for all of the efforts you put forth.

And believe it or not, it's already time to start planning for June 2011. The Championships staff has begun to identify the needs for each contest area. If your company, or one you know of, can assist again please contact Dave Worden, director of the SkillsUSA Championships at dworden@skillsusa.org. A complete list of contest needs can be found here.

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

IRWIN Night Race logo

Thanks to our friends at IRWIN, we celebrated our SkillsUSA 100% advisors at the IRWIN Bristol Night Race in Bristol, Tenn. during the August 21 weekend. An all-expense-paid trip for Rachel Montgomery, a local SkillsUSA advisor from Idaho, was the first SkillsUSA "Mega Prize" awarded from a drawing held at NLSC in June.

Rachel Montgomery, her spouse and Tim LawrenceIt was a spectacular way to recognize one of our best advisors and her husband (who just happened to be huge NASCAR fans - and Rachel's favorite driver won all three races at Bristol that weekend). Thanks to IRWIN and YDF member Cheryl Mehrmann and former board member Nick Morrisroe for their generous contribution of this Mega Prize. We'll be exploring more ways to recognize our teachers and state directors with incentives like this one.