A Collaborator and an Advocate
John is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Synergy Workforce Solutions, LLC, a workforce development consulting firm with a strategic focus on helping the skilled trades industries with their recruitment and retention efforts. He is also a member of the Employee Growth Services team at the Manufacturers' Association of Maine (MAME). John and his wife have been residents of Cape Elizabeth since 2003. They have two children in the Cape Elizabeth School District.
For over a decade, John has been developing programs and strategies which have led to the creation of talent pipelines to industry as well as increasing employee retention. At the national level, John served as Senior Director for Workforce Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he led a team whose purpose was to create and establish the first-ever Workforce Development Initiative for the organization. This important and necessary work laid the foundation for establishing relationships with employers across the nation, which fostered opportunities for skill development and work-based learning, which eventually resulted in job placement.
At the local level John has worked with employers in the transportation and manufacturing industries across Maine and New Hampshire to create awareness of employment opportunities as well as pipeline programs for talent acquisition for entry and mid-level jobs. John is a co-founder of the Maine Marine Troubleshooting Competition for high school students in Maine. An example of creating synergy, John partnered with Portland Yacht Services in Portland, Maine, to create this competition, which showcased the marine trades industry while simultaneously raising over $20,000 in scholarship money for Maine students to pursue relevant education and credentials in the marine trades, which led to eventual employment in the field, filling critical skilled positions in the industry.
As an ardent advocate for students, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE), community and the skilled-trades, John has brought much-needed attention to the skills gap in Maine and America. John believes it will take a shift in culture and collaboration among industry and education to bridge the divide by first closing the "awareness gap". The right leadership in Augusta will create and foster the appropriate environment conducive to the necessary success of this endeavor.