The Indiana Career Council is taking shape. Governor Mike Pence has named 16 members to the initiative designed to address the state's skills gap. He also appointed three special advisors to the council. July 9, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Governor Mike Pence today named appointees to the Indiana Career Council, a 16-member board chaired by the Governor that will increase coordination among those who work on the state’s education, jobs skills development and career training system.

“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.”

With extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, Joseph Loughrey has been appointed to the Indiana Career Council. Loughrey, of Indianapolis, served in a variety of roles including Vice Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer during his more than 35 year career at Cummins Inc. Recognized as a leading proponent of advanced manufacturing both in Indiana and nationwide, he served from 2005 to 2007 as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Manufacturing Institute and from 2007 to 2012 as Chairman of Conexus Indiana, an organization dedicated to promoting advanced manufacturing and logistics in Indiana. Loughrey is currently Chairman of the Board at Hillenbrand Inc. and is also serves on the Boards of The Vanguard Group, AB SKF, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and V Foundation for Cancer Research. Loughrey has earned a number of service awards including the Dick Johnson Leadership Award by the March of Dimes, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the William R. Laws Human Rights Award by the Human Rights Commission of Columbus, Indiana. Loughrey is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Representing the business community, business entrepreneur, Gary Hobbs has been named to the Indiana Career Council. Hobbs, of Indianapolis, is the President of BWI, a development and construction management company in Indiana. He also serves as Managing Partner for HTECH Training, a leading provider of Project Management and Business Analysis advisory services. Prior to this position, he held a variety of roles at AT&T, Eli Lilly, and Roche Diagnostics. Hobbs served on the Governor's transition team leading up to his inauguration in January. Hobbs also serves on the board of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Purdue Engineering & Education Advisory Board. Hobbs earned his undergraduate degree and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He also has an MBA from Purdue University and University of London.

Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Outreach at Indiana University Health, Neil Pickett has been named to the Indiana Career Council to represent the Life Sciences industry. 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 has also gained experience at the Hudson Institute, a public policy research institute, and he spent two years working as a journalist for the New Republic and the National Law Journal. Pickett was formerly a member of the Indiana State Board of Education. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his master's degree from St. Antony's College at Oxford University.

Dan Waldrop, of Hobart, has been named to the Indiana Career Council. With more than 30 years of experience in the electrical industry and 14 years of experience as a labor representative, Waldrop will represent the labor community on the Council. Currently, 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.

Pence also named Special Advisors to the Council, including:

-Pat Kiely, President of the Indiana Manufacturers Association;

-Kevin Brinegar, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce;

-J.R. Gaylor, Chairman of the Vincennes University Board of Trustees and President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

Source: Office of the Indiana Governor

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