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The Clay Center Looks to Fill Three Positions

The mission of the Clay Center is to inspire creativity, learning and wonder through experiences in the Arts and Sciences for all people of West Virginia and the region. 

The Clay Center is actively seeking applicants for the full-time positions of Membership Manager, Client Relations Manager and Marketing Coordinator. Applicants must have a minimum of two years related job experience and exceptional communications skills. 

For additional information including contact information and complete job descriptions please visit: www.theclaycenter.org/about/employment/jobopenings.aspx

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admin in Job Postings on May 31 2011 » 0 comments

Target Seeks Executive Leaders in Training

Imagine a career in store leadership. Target is looking for executive team leaders in training.

Use your business, leadership and people skills to inspire exceptional performance. Maximize sales and profits for your Target store. Ensure great guest service and team member satisfaction. Create a fast-paced, energetic environment that delivers a consistent brand experience.

As an executive team leader in training, you will:

  • Drive sales by overseeing the guest servicing and merchandising of two to three departments.
  • Act as leader on duty, as well as opening and closing stores on assigned days.
  • Assist with recruiting and hiring.
  • Receive extensive training.
  • Strive to achieve sales goals and maintain budget controls.

Requirements:

  • 4-year college degree
  • Supervisor level experience
  • Proven conflict management skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Flexible work hours
  • Organizational skills
  • Strong cognitive skills

Interested candidates can apply to www.target.com/careers.

Job reference #:

STO00057D – candidates with more than 24 months full-time work experience
STO0004UB – candidates with fewer than 24 months full-time work experience

In addition, candidates can apply directly to AmyL.Lauricella@target.com.

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MotionMasters Wins Telly Award

MotionMasters, a nationally recognized producer of educational media based in Charleston, has won a Telly award for its educational piece entitled, “Deadly Driving Distractions: Texting, Cell Phones and Other Killers.”

The 20-minute documentary style video, now in national distribution for use in classrooms across the country, features informal discussion groups with area teens who speak candidly about what they, and their friends, do while behind the wheel—other than driving. Texting, eating, drinking, talking on the phone, playing music and horsing around with friends make the list of distractions that nearly all the teens admitted to engaging in while driving.

The video also features interviews with local aeronautical paramedics who recount in ghastly detail the destruction wreaked by distracted driving. A hospital chaplain from a large local medical center gives an account of having to tell parents that distracted driving has claimed the lives of their children. Neurologists, emergency room surgeons and the country’s leading authority on “inattention blindness” and distracted driving, Dr. David Strayer of the University of Utah, also were interviewed for the MotionMasters project. The video concludes with a wrenching interview with the parents of a young Marine who died behind the wheel because he was texting. Flash cuts, fast-paced music, motion graphics and alarming national statistics on the deadly toll of distracted driving were incorporated into the video to keep it from being “preachy” or off-putting to its target audience of teen drivers.

“We knew that teens wouldn’t listen to an adult tell them why they shouldn’t engage in distracted driving, so we let the stories flow naturally—from teens to other teens—and it worked beautifully,” said MotionMasters CEO Diana Sole Walko, who also served as executive producer for the film.

The 2011 Telly Awards competition is the 32nd annual recognition of outstanding local, regional, national and international video and film productions; TV commercials and programs, and Web commercials, videos and films. Each year more than 10,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries vie for what is perhaps the industry’s most prestigious and coveted award. A judging panel of more than 500 industry professionals, each a previous winner of a Telly, call the shots on the winning titles. Last year’s winners included video productions from big names such as TV Guide Network, Harpo Studios, CBS Television Distribution and The Weather Channel, among others.

“We’re pleased to win another Telly to add to our collection, but we’re really gratified to know that the work we’re doing is being viewed by teens across the country—and that it promotes better driving habits,” said Walko.

See a clip of “Deadly Driving Distractions” at www.MotionMasters.com.

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Marshall to Host June 4 Open House

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Alliance Honors Leadership Class

The story below appeared in Thursday’s Charleston Daily Mail.

The Charleston Area Alliance recognized members of the 2010-2011 class of Leadership Kanawha Valley at its annual celebration at the Clay Center. Leadership Kanawha Valley is a leadership-development program affiliated with the Alliance.

Members of the class: Steve Burton of 1-800-Gambler/First Choice Health Systems; Patrick Snyder and Colt Sandoro of the Kanawha County Commission; Raymond Dodson of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Jason Golden and Daniel Vickers of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Joe Hager of Arnett & Foster; Tania Hotmer of Appalachian Power Co.; Jeff Sikorovsky of Hospice Care; Kelly Whitlock and Christopher Erlewine of BB&T; Michelle Taylor of First Choice Services; Almeda Tincher of Columbia Gas/NiSource; and Bruce Deal of Security America.

Also: John Bupp of Kay Casto and Chaney; Erin Brewster of Foster Law Firm; Trip Showen of Triad Engineering; Beth Maley of Fifth Third Bank; Mark Drennan of Children’s Home Society of West Virginia; Cartney McCracken of Rain Maker Inc.; Sheila Dickens of City National Bank; Jared Burdette of Summit Community Bank; Zach Cowan of Ernst & Young; Susan Blake of West Virginia American Water; and Andrew Beckner of Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s office.

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Summer Is Here … And So Is Live on the Levee!

Live on the Levee begins tonight! Be there!

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admin in Member Posts on May 27 2011 » 0 comments

Businesswoman Lives Entrepreneurial Dream

The story below ran in yesterday’s Charleston Daily Mail. Progressity Inc. is a success story from the Charleston Area Alliance’s Small Business Incubator.

By George Hohmann
Daily Mail Business Editor

Kathleen DuBois contemplated the breathtaking views from her fourth-floor office at One Bridge Place with wide-eyed wonder.

She is amazed at how far Progressity Inc., her marketing business, has come in 10 years.

“I grew up on the West Side,” she said. “I was the chief fundraiser for West Virginia University’s College of Engineering, working with entrepreneurial alumni every day. One of the alumni said, ‘You ought to start your own business.’ That conversation was in September 2001. I incorporated on Oct. 5, 2001, and left a wonderful job. I thought I needed to do this totally full-on.

“It was a jumping-off-a-diving-board leap of faith,” she said. “The day I left I landed a client. That was a sign to me I had made the right decision.

“We were getting hired to do marketing strategy, marketing plans,” she said. “Clients also wanted creative work. That’s where Michael Teel comes in. He started working part-time weeks after I started the firm. He’s a native of the Elkview area. He’s my brother-in-law. He was working in D.C., doing creative work for a global company, and he was our graphic designer on nights and weekends. Our creative business grew and his employment situation there was changing. He and his family packed up in 2005 and came here so he could work on site.

“We have changed and evolved so much in 10 years,” she said.

The company now has three employees at One Bridge Place – DuBois, Teel and Director of Operations Liz Hereford. Communications Strategist Melissa Macki works remotely from Virginia. The firm hires others, from videographers and photographers to direct-mail specialists, as needed.

“We do our own creative work,” DuBois said. “We developed a new website for our firm last September (it’s at www.progressity.com). We’ve evolved so much this year we will roll out another site in July. That’s two new websites in one year. We know our website needs to convey our abilities. It has to be fresh content. It has to be leading edge. We’re constantly looking at the landscape of the market. We have to change and adjust accordingly or we’re not going to be in business.

“From the beginning, somebody said, ‘Do you want to be a sole practitioner or a company?’ I was working out of my spare bedroom in Morgantown with particleboard office furniture. I said, ‘I want to be a company one day.’ It’s pretty surreal for me to walk in here and see what we’ve grown into.”

Progressity first set up shop in the Charleston Area Alliance’s business incubator on Smith Street. Then it built space on the Alliance’s fourth floor. “Then we needed more space and decided to shake things up and move to a new location,” DuBois said. (more…)

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BB&T CEO Predicts Steady Growth

This story appears in this morning’s Charleston Gazette.

By Eric Eyre
Charleston Gazette

The U.S. economy is “kind of sputtering along,” but that’s not a bad thing, BB&T CEO Kelly King told Charleston business leaders Wednesday night.

“That’s the way an economy has to rebuild itself during recovery, especially after a recession that was so deep and so broad,” said King, who heads the nation’s eighth-largest commercial bank.

Speaking at the Charleston Area Alliance’s “Annual Celebration” at the Clay Center, King said Americans shouldn’t expect a robust or “boomerang” economy during the next three to five years. Instead, he said, they’ll see slow, steady growth.

“What we need is jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said. “The recession is over. We are in recovery.” (more…)

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BB&T Chief Speaks at Annual Celebration

This story appears in today’s Charleston Daily Mail.

By George Hohmann
Daily Mail Business Editor

If the federal government hadn’t overreacted to the 2008 financial crisis, “which whipped the country into a panic frenzy, we would have survived fine,” said Kelly King, chairman and chief executive officer of BB&T Corp.

“Several big firms would have failed, we would have had 30 days of anxiety, then we would have moved on,” King said. “We would have had a tough recession,” but not a catastrophe.

King delivered the keynote speech Wednesday at the Charleston Area Alliance’s Annual Celebration. More than 400 business leaders from the region attended the event at the Clay Center.

Given that the federal government did create a panic, “there were days you could see the whole system collapsing,” he said. “Given that we were in that situation, you had to step in. In that context, TARP (the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, which pumped money into banks, General Motors, AIG and some other companies) was a good thing. But it did not have to happen.”

Although TARP gave the banking business a black eye because people still refer to it as the bank bailout, “when the dust settles the whole TARP program may actually turn a profit,” King said.

The federal overreaction was unfortunate, King said, because “when you have a big panic and the government steps in, it so undermines the system. The system is built on confidence. Before this, we bankers were fairly well thought of. Right after this we were down there with the lawyers.” (more…)

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Alliance Hosts Celebration

The story below aired this morning on WCHS Radio.

BB&T CEO Kelly Kings say business leaders in Charleston and around the nation are key to the an economic recovery.

King was the keynote speaker at the Charleston Area Alliance’s Annual Celebration at the Clay Center Wednesday night.

Generation Charleston Co-Char Ryan White says growing business is exactly what Charleston Alliance does.

“The importance of this organization is to encourage business to come in and add jobs, and also build a sense of community,” White said.

The Alliance’s Vice President, JoEllen Zacks, says over the next year the group will work to bring even more business to Charleston.

“Try to recruit companies here, help the companies that already are here become more successful, and improve the quality of life for everyone that lives here,” Zacks said.

King says more jobs can be created as the U.S. comes out of the economic downturn.

White says the Alliance will try to attract companies to drill in the Marcellus Shale in Charleston.  Several sites around the state, including an area in Kanawha County, have been considered.  White says they will work to bring it to Charleston.

“Bringing an ethane cracker to West Virginia, and what comes with that, which is additional chemical industry,” White said.

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