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Region Represented on Career Council

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July 9, 2013 — Hobart’s Dan Waldrop is one of the new members named today to the Indiana Career Council.

Governor Mike Pence cited Waldrop’s more than 30 years of experience in the electrical industry and 14 years of experience as a labor representative in appointing him to the Council to represent the labor community, “Waldrop is the Business Manager and Financial Secretary at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 697. He is active within his community through both civic and philanthropic organizations, including currently serving as a Board Officer and immediate past chairperson of the American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana. Formerly, Waldrop frequently volunteered in local youth sports organizations.”

Among other Council appointees, Pence named Joseph Loughrey, Gary Hobbs and Neil Pickett.

“The time has come to begin to address Indiana’s skills gap,” said Governor Pence. “I am grateful to the individuals appointed today to the Indiana Career Council for their commitment to bring this goal to fruition. Their breadth and depth of experience make them uniquely qualified to drive comprehensive review, reform and realignment of educational, career training and job skills development efforts for the benefit and betterment of Indiana’s workforce. I am confident that the work of these appointees along with several key members of my cabinet, leaders from secondary and postsecondary education and members of the General Assembly will provide exceptional insight and perspective to lead all Hoosiers on a pathway to success and ensure Indiana’s future as A State that Works.”

From Indianapolis, Loughrey has served in various roles including Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer during more than 35 years at Cummins Inc. He currently is Chairman of the Board at Hillenbrand Inc. while also on the Boards of The Vanguard Group, AB SKF, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and V Foundation for Cancer Research. The alumnus of the University of Notre Dame will represent the manufacturing segment on the Council.

Pence says entrepreneur Gary Hobbs will represent the business community on the Council. Hobbs, of Indianapolis, is President of development and construction management company BWI. He also serves as managing partner of Project Management and Business Analysis advisory services firm HTECH Training. Hobbs served on the Governor’s transition team before his inauguration. Hobbs has undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University along with an MBA from Purdue University and University of London.

The Governor chose Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Outreach at Indiana University Health, Neil Pickett to represent Life Sciences industry on the Council, “Prior to joining IU Health in 2009, Pickett, of Carmel, served for four years as Senior Policy Director in the Office of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Pickett worked for ten years at Eli Lilly and Company, where he held a number of corporate affairs and corporate strategy positions.” He earned his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his master’s degree from St. Antony’s College at Oxford University.

The three appointees are part of the Indiana Career Council, a 16-member board chaired by the Governor to increase coordination between education, jobs skills development and career training systems.

Pence also named Special Advisors to the Council, including President of the Indiana Manufacturers Association Pat Keily, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Kevin Brinegar, and Chairman of the Vincennes University Board of Trustees and President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. J.R. Gaylor.

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