Greater Irvine Chamber’s Business and Workforce Development Committee Off to a Great Start

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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With a packed room of business, community, and education leaders, the Greater Irvine Chamber’s newly debuted Business and Workforce Development Committee, a combination of former Education and Workforce Development and Business Attraction and Retention committees, introduced its 2017-2018 co-chairs Brian Andersen and Dr. Brian Dozer, and co-vice chairs John Kurth and Brian Montes.

The committee, mentioned as “ground zero” for bringing workforce and business development together, formed a 30- to 60-day “Future of Everything” task force, which will focus on analyzing how to overlay with what is known about the Irvine economy. 

Also under the committee’s domain are programs such as Career Edge, providing workplace soft skills workshops to students enrolled at any college or university in Irvine; Career Readiness, including ethics and financial forums, and job discovery and internships programs; Emergency Business Recovery & Preparedness; Start-up Ecosystem; and a Business Outreach Rally, aimed at introducing valuable Chamber resources and tools to local businesses and gathering data on the challenges and needs of Irvine businesses.

About BWD co-chairs

Brian Andersen, founder and CEO of Telecomprehensive Solutions, has been active with the Chamber for several years. He is actively involved in attracting and retaining businesses to the greater Irvine area. He has led several Business Outreach Rallies as Task Force leader, contributes to the startup Eco-System Task Force, and the Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Task Force including their upcoming October 19 event, and is actively involved in the Chamber Wednesday Leads Group. 

Dr. Brian Dozer is the adjunct faculty director at the Irvine location of Webster University. He is one of the facilities’ 2017 Global Leadership Academy Fellows, an annual leadership development program. He has been a member of the Chamber for several years and served as co-chair for the Education and Workforce Development Committee.  He helped steer the Career Edge soft skills program development and served as an instructor.

About BWD co-vice chairs

John Kurth, president of Syntactics Sales Scripting, has been active with the Chamber since 2011.  His company assists sales personnel with tools and resources that take their sales skills to the next level.  He led the Soft Skills Gap Task Force from which vital data and solutions emerged resulting in the launch of the Career Edge soft skills program for which he served as an instructor. He previously co-chaired the Education & Workforce Development Committee with Brian Dozer. For the 2017-2018 term, he assumes the role of vice chair, Committee Member Relations, performing outreach to current and former committee members to sustain engagement and contribution.

Brian Montes has been active with the Chamber for several years, most recently as the co-chair of the Business Attraction and Retention Committee.  His business, KEB Business Consultants, provides human resource management and workforce optimization solutions for business. He serves as the co-chair of the Start-up Eco-System Task Force, assisting smaller businesses to grow and thrive and assists with the Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Summit scheduled for October 19.  In the 2017-2018 term, Brian assumes the role of vice chair, Committee Resources for the Business & Workforce Development Committee specializing in developing, assembling and managing resources that will produce better outcomes.

For more information on the work of the Greater Irvine Chamber Business and Workforce Development Committee and how to become involved, contact Pepper Russell.

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