01-30-2017 Monday Memo

We only fail when we quit…
My father was someone who constantly challenged all of his children and employees to do more. To work harder and smarter, to attempt to get us outside of our comfort zones and accomplish more in our lives.   He had a lot of saying he used in his daily vocabulary and one was “Can’t never could do anything.”
I’m sure he didn’t coin that phrase, but his own upbringing was such that necessitated he share that colloquial form of encouragement.  He had a lot of ways to “encourage” those in his personal sphere of influence and he rarely missed an opportunity to impart his wisdom upon those who would listen.  
I think most of us have that opportunity in our lives, however, these days getting the attention of those who might be able to use the encouragement or wisdom might be a bit harder to obtain.
Regardless, those life lessons still hold value to us today as we focus our efforts on growing the economy of this region.  If we are going to be successful in our tasks, resting on past accomplishments isn’t enough and the competitive nature of this profession dictates we can’t stop, as the effort to regain any momentum is time consuming and arduous.
Far be it from us to discount that from time to time luck plays a part in the process of economic development, but more often than not, hard work, consistency and a well thought out strategic effort plays a greater role in our success.
In a highly detailed profession, where success of an economy can sometimes be dictated by staying in the game, kicking ourselves to the curb because we don’t think our community or area meets the exact needs of those we are hoping to attract isn’t an option.
And neither is looking back at what has taken place in our region and basking in the growth we have seen locally and all over this area. In fact, the success of last week has little to no bearing on what we need to do right now.   We live in a world and profession that constantly asks, “What have you done for me lately?”
As our media sources so kindly remind us, the millennial generation won’t have the same level of prosperity as the generations who went before them, and as a father and grandfather I find that statement both alarming and repulsive.  It is as if we are resigned to the fact and there is nothing we can do to change the course of the economy to ensure a different outcome.  To that I say BALDERDASH!
As we look at what this area, this community and this region offers to the generations who are now engaged and even those to come, we believe that a continued opportunity for prosperity is still attainable, IF an individual is still willing to keep working toward that goal.
No doubt there are great challenges to face, but quitting or accepting what others are assuming is the great demise of a generation won’t help anyone overcome any of those obstacles.
The Monday Memo message this week, to anyone who will listen, is to stay focused on the work ahead of us and adopt an attitude that individually and collectively we can make a difference in the economic prosperity of our own area and the lives of those who live here.  
“Educators Notes”
By now you probably have figured out that we like statistics and the information about education is helping to improve our community, region and state’s economy, plus the great things about the Career Tech system in Oklahoma.  You can expect more of that today.
The 2017 Annual Report from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education was just released and we found the numbers to be impressive.  In FY 2016 there were 356,982 enrollments within the 29 different Career Techs in the state, which operate 58 different campuses.  
Those numbers included high school student enrollments, those in adult enrollment programs, Adult and Career Development Training, along with those is the industry specific training programs.  Those are pretty strong numbers tied to a wide variety of training options.
Because of those enrollment numbers:
  • The Oklahoma Career Tech System graduates added more than $3.5 billion annually to the state’s economy…
  • Nearly half (83,321) of Oklahoma’s 9th through 12th grade students were enrolled in Career Tech classes…
  • More than 80,000 of those students learned important leadership skills in the Career Tech student organizations…
  • The Oklahoma Career Techs helped over 7,092 Oklahoma businesses increase their sales, improve productivity, reduce costs and expand their operations…
  • Oklahoma Career Tech Skills Centers offered specialized occupational training to 1,244 adult and juvenile offenders…
  • Student placement in FY 2015, (employed, continuing education or military) was 93 percent…
For us that clearly and decisively points out the fact that if our young K-12 students are not college bound material they should explore what the Career Tech system has to offer them so they can enhance their skills and earning potential.
At the same time, we can’t think of a better system that is in place to help our businesses all across the state prosper, which at the same time helps our economy grow at every level. 
Did we mention we are BIG fans of the Oklahoma Career Tech system?   Now you know that for sure… 
“We Like Em A Lot”
The individual we are highlighting today has been around Shawnee for a long time and has an extensive list of accomplishments that we don’t have time to mention.  But that isn’t why we want to acknowledge him today.  What we want to share is what you won’t find on a walnut commemoration plaque hanging on an office wall or in his den.
Our recipient this week is a person we enjoy being around immensely, as his enthusiasm for life is contagious and he is genuinely interested in others his path happens to cross.  We doubt that he has ever met a stranger
This individual has a positive manner in which he handles the daily trials and tribulations of life, which is often something he is able to share with others as they take on their own challenges.  In a world where others choose to avoid personal contact with others at all costs, he optimizes just the opposite by sharing his wisdom and understanding to those who need it.
There are countless individuals in this community, across the nation and even internationally who can share their own stories about how he has blessed their lives with his kind words, genuine concern for their personal well being and his desire to help others be successful.   
When we asked some of those individuals how they would describe him they shared their thoughts in ways that included words such as compassionate, caring, having a sense of humor and loyal.  We also heard words of praise that included his honesty, empathy, kind and caring manner, along with his desire to give back to his community and employer in a long list of ways.
Mix all that in with his role as a husband, father, grandfather, plus being a strong man of faith and we are fairly certain you will understand why we think he is someone we want to spend more time around.   If we could clone his generosity, passion for others and his gentle manner, we would have done it a long time ago.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Rocky Wade.  If you know Rocky, give him a call, send him a note or an email, and tell him how much you appreciate all he does for Shawnee. And if you don’t know him, make yourself a note as someone you have to meet.  Your life will be better for knowing him.
A-1 Staffing & Recruiting Agency:  Visit http://www.a1staffingok.com/apply-now.php or contact Brandy Helm at brandy@a1staffingok.com or 405-788-0001
Absentee Shawnee Tribe:  http://www.astribe.com/astribe/?reload
BancFirst-Shawnee:  Contact Deloris Page at dpage@bancfirst.com
Black Hawk Casino:  Contact Shirley McCormick at shirley.mccormick@blackhawkcasino.org
Blue Zones:  Send resumes to jon.werger@healthways.com or visit https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=sharecare&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US#
Buckle:  Apply online at http://corporate.buckle.com/careers following application contact the store to schedule interview at 405-878-0920 
Chick Fil A in Shawnee: Apply online only at http://www.work4cfashawnee.com/
City National Bank:  Visit https://www.cnb1901.com/ or contact 866-385-3444
City of Shawnee:  Visit http://www.shawneeok.org/jobs
Citizen Potawatomi Nation:  Visit http://www.firelakejobs.com/
Daliyah Greek House:  Contact Mazin at 580-235-8999 to set up an appointment and interview.  Restaurant located at 2033 N. Harrison, Shawnee OK.
Dickson Industries:  Visithttp://www.roadproonline.com
Enviro Systems:  Visit http://www.enviro-ok.com/careers/job-opportunities/ or email Personnel@enviro-ok.com
Express Employment Professionals:  Visit http://www.expresspros.com/ or contact David Kitts at 405-275-7575
Extreme Inflatables:  Visit http://extremeinflatables.com/EI/index.php.  To apply, contact us in person at 301 N. Oklahoma, Shawnee OK, call 405-878-0747or email apply@extremeinflatables.com
Farmers Insurance:  Contact Tim Seelig at 405-377-6671 or tim.binman@farmersagency.com
Freedom Personnel:  Contact Janet or Hyla at 405-275-9675
Gateway Pipeline LLC:  Visit http://www.gatewaypipeline.com and contact Kristin Paule at 405-275-0954
Gateway to Prevention & Recovery:  Submit resume to Amy Walton at awalton@gatewaytoprevention.org
GE Oil & Gas:  Visit http://www.ge.com/careers or contact Kimberly Topps at 405-395-0404
Georg Fischer:  Visit http://www.centralplastics.com, email Dani.Shields@georgfischer.com or call 405-878-3978
Global Production Solutions:  Visit http://www.globalproductionsolutions.com and contact Kristin Vinson at kvinson@gps-us.co
Indaco Metals:  Visit http://www.indacometals.com/ or contact Jordan McLaughlin at 405-273-9200
Jindal Films: Apply online at http://www.indeed.com/q-Jindal-Films-l-Shawnee,-OK-jobs.html or send resumes to careers@jindalfilms.com
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma:  Visit http://kickapootribeofoklahoma.com/ and contact Vasant Hanratagorn at 405-964-2075 ext. 107, 405-605-9390 or itoffice@kickapootribeofoklahoma.com
Mills Machine Company:  Send resume to Mills Machine Company at 201 N. Oklahoma Ave., Shawnee OK 74801 or email it to chuck@millsmachine.com
Oklahoma Baptist University:  Visit http://www.okbu.edu/businessaffairs/hr/jobs.html
Primrose Retirement Community:  Visit www.primrose-careers.com
Red Lobster:  Apply online at https://www.redlobster.com/employment/
Shawnee Milling Company:  Visithttp://www.shawneemilling.comand call Jane Lewis at 405-273-7003 ext. 314      
St. Gregory’s University:  Visit http://www.stgregorys.edu/about-us/employment Development Director and Systems Analyst – All interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and references to hr@stgregorys.edu.
TDK Ferrites:  (Workforce Oklahoma representing TDK) Contact Malisa Daniel at 405-275-2100 ext. 397 or by email at malisa.daniel@us.tdk.com
United Dynamics, Inc.:  Visit http://united-dynamics.com/ and contact Michelle Needham at 405-275-8041 ext. 280
Vyve Broadband:  Visit http://www.vyvebroadband.com/careers.html, call Angela at 914-234-8325, email employment@vyvebb.com and send resumes to career@vyvebb.com
Wolverine Tube:  Visit http://www.wlv.com/ and contact Express Employment Professionals  at 405-275-7575
HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL JOBS:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4
OBU –     Contact Oklahoma Baptist University and send them your job postings.  They can screen them and will be happy to
                  share them on their website.  – Visit their job board at https://okbu-csm.symplicity.com/
OSU –      Finding talented employees to drive your organization’s success can be challenging, but Oklahoma State University
                  Career Services can help.  OSU’s outstanding academic programs cultivate America’s brightest in a wide array of fields,
                  while Career Services (HireOSUgrads.com) helps make hiring OSU interns, recent grads, and alumni easy.  Available
  • Free Job Postings and Resume Browsing
  • Career Fairs and Networking Events
  • Employer Information Sessions and Tables
  • Faculty Connections
  • Customized Recruiting Strategy Assistance
Contact the Shawnee area Employer Development Coordinator Alicia Jackson (alicia.jackson@okstate.edu, 405-945-
8617) today to develop your personalized recruiting plan to Hire OSU Grads!
Shell Building Information:  http://sedf.biz/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Shell-Building-Flyer1.pdf
Downtown Façade Grant Program – The Historic Shawnee Alliance Is Now Accepting Applications
For a complete list of guidelines and the application, visit the HSA’s web site at: www.historic- shawnee.com or contact HSA member and city planning director, Justin DeBruin, at 878-1616.
February 7:  Small Business Development Classes – Marketing Basics:  A Guide to Winning Customers
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
February 8:  SEDF Board Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  3/8/17; 4/12/17; 5/10/17; 6/14/17; 7/12/17; 8/9/17; 9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
February 20:  SEDF Office Closed for President’s Day
Additional Dates: 05/29/17 Memorial Day; 07/04/17 Independence Day; 09/04/17 Labor Day; 11/10/17 Veteran’s Day; 11/23-24/17 Thanksgiving; 12/25-26/17 Christmas
February 21:  Small Business Development Classes – Small Business Social Media Marketing
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
February 21:  The Shawnee Educational Foundation 17th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet
6:00p at The Geiger Center, Oklahoma Baptist University.
For questions, please contact President Debbie Bosch at 405 585 412-(drdebbiebosch@gmail.com or any Board member.
March 7:  Small Business Development Classes – Dollars and Sense:  Basics of Business Finance
6pm at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
April 19:  Small Business Development Classes – Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map with Google
11:30am at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, One John C. Bruton Dr., Shawnee OK 74804
Call 405-273-7493 for more information.
Third Friday Each Month:  Downtown Block Party, presented by the Shawnee Art Guild
5-8pm in historic downtown Shawnee.  For more information, call 405-432-4131
Shawnee Senior Center Events:
Savvy Seniors: http://savvysenior.org/seniorresources.htm
English as a Second Language Class
6-8pm every Tuesday and Thursday, Pioneer Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee OK 74801.  Call Janie Davis at 405-273-3334 to register.
Yoga In The Park
6:30pm Every Tuesday at Sister City Park located at the intersection of Legacy and Airport Drive, Shawnee OK
Shawnee Little Theatre:
For show listings and more information, visit http://www.shawneelittletheatre.com or call 405-275-2805
C-Bar Horsemanship
We offer many opportunities to work with children and adults with special needs through our educational and therapeutic horsemanship classes.  Visit us at www.cbarhorsemanship.org or contact us at charla@cbarhorsemanship.org.
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