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Hire Faster, Stronger with Veterans: Q2 Member Meeting

May 3, 9:00 am to 10:30 am EDT

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Time: 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Location: TechSolve, 6705 Steger Dr Cincinnati, OH 45237 + Google Map

If you are searching for skilled employees hiring military veterans could be the solution. Veterans typically possess the hard skills, soft skills and other characteristics any employer welcomes in new hires. There are numerous programs in place that make hiring veterans easier and more cost-effective.

Keynote Speaker: Amy Thomas

Military to Manufacturing: Heroes MAKE America is Your Pathway

Amy Thomas is the Senior Director, Strategic Growth and Development at the Manufacturing Institute, the nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In her role, Amy oversees the growth and expansion opportunities for Heroes MAKE America – the Institute’s initiative to connect the military community with the manufacturing industry to build a pipeline of military-trained and industry-certified candidates.

Before joining the Manufacturing Institute, Amy was the Program and Events Development Specialist for Grantham University in Lenexa, Kansas. She was responsible for developing the institution’s national events platform, including the university’s commencement ceremony and student and alumni career branding workshops. Amy also specialized in producing programs to assist our nation’s transitioning military members and veterans.

As director of events at the University of Kansas School of Business, she played a key role in the development efforts to build a $70.5 million new business school facility during KU’s $1.6 billion capital campaign. Amy sits on the executive board for the Honor Flight Network of Kansas City. She is a former executive board member of the Council for College and Military Educators. Amy is a Certified Professional in Catering and Events.

Amy is a proud fourth-generation graduate of the University of Kansas.  She and her husband, Jerrold, a Marine veteran, reside in Kansas with their two daughters, Payton and Riley.

A-Jay Orr

Board Chair of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce for Veterans

A-Jay Orr, PMP: Is a 3x Award-Winning Author, United States Army Veteran, Cancer Survivor, Internationally Certified Project Manager, founding member and Board Chair of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce for Veterans, and the CEO of Simple Plan IT. He is a digital risk management expert with more than 15 years of experience in the ever-evolving field of technology and cybersecurity.

He is the expert companies rely on to provide sophisticated solutions to achieve business growth and maintain compliance. Through his work he helps business leaders to create and implement a framework that allows them to “futureproof” their business. His company, Simple Plan IT, utilizes behavior-based security solutions to protect businesses from cyberattacks that target their people, control systems, robotics, IoT and other smart devices that often times go undetected.



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    May 3
    9:00 am to 10:30 am EDT




    6705 Steger Dr
    Cincinnati, OH 45237 United States
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