KRA Executive Chosen for Job Recovery Panel

On June 14, 2011, Don Scott, KRA Senior Vice President, Workforce Operations, will be a featured panelist as part of the prestigious Cox Business Executive Discussion Series. The symposium, moderated by Cathy Lewis, Host/Executive Editor, WHRO-TV (PBS), Norfolk, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina, Hampton, Virginia. According to Cox Business, part of Cox Communications, a large broadband communications and entertainment company, “Many industries including ship repair, ship manufacturing and transportation expect to face a wave of retirements as the baby boomers start leaving their jobs. Other industries, such as health care and financial services, anticipate job growth because of growing demands. Within each of these industries are special technology needs that workers with the right skills must address. Cox Business…will take a look at the challenges these industries face and what they are doing to prepare and remain competitive.” When 2009 economic reports indicated that more than 6,000 jobs were lost in the Hampton Roads area, Cox Business began gathering some of the State’s key business and workforce development leaders to talk about job recovery priorities for the region. On its website, Cox had posted, “The 2010 job recovery indicators are important measures in helping businesses prepare for the economic recovery. When the recovery begins in earnest, talent acquisition will be important to ensure that businesses are able to keep pace with customer demand. We’re pleased to give Hampton Roads businesses this important future outlook [through the Cox Business Executive Discussion Series] into the job recovery forecast.” Other panelists for the upcoming forum include Juan Cunningham, Assistant VP of Human Resources, Norfolk Southern Corporation; Matthew James, President/CEO, Peninsula Council for Workforce Development; and Rob Shuford Jr., Executive VP/COO, Old Point National Bank. Cox Business says additional panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.