Competing for Talent in a Scarce Labor Market

Can you fill your open labor positions? If no, you’re not alone.
Ninety-eight percent of Cincinnati companies said finding qualified workers was a challenge, according to a Deloitte survey of the region’s private businesses.

On February 9, join us for lunch to learn why we’re in this fix, and see how local business owners are finding success in spite of it.

Janice Urbanik, Executive Director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce, will moderate a conversation between business owners who are implementing creative solutions in an effort to keep their workforce pipelines full.

  • Understand what the workforce pipeline is and why it should be continuously replenished
  • Identify the changing paradigms and regional factors contributing to a skilled labor shortage in our community
  • Self-assess and identify the policy and cultural barriers built in businesses that keep skilled labor workforce pipelines empty

Hear from those who are affecting positive change to discover how you can compete for talent. Reserve your seat for this luncheon and register today!



Meet Our Moderator

Janice Urbanik, Executive Director, Partners for a Competitive Workforce

In her role as Executive Director, Janice provides overall leadership in guiding and executing strategy, supporting activities, advancing shared measurement, building public will, mobilizing funding and policy advocacy for Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a partnership in the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana tri-state region focused on meeting employer demand by growing the skills of our current and future workforce. Prior to joining PCW, Janice was a consultant for Construction Process Solutions, and worked in health care and baby care for Procter & Gamble Co. for 18 years.

Meet Our Panelists

Dan Knowles, President & CEO, Tristate Veterans Community Alliance (TVCA)

Dan is an Army veteran, having spent seven years on active duty following his graduation from West Point.  He left the military to begin a successful, 16 year business career in consumer products and healthcare marketing at P&G and as Chief Marketing Officer at Reynolds & Reynolds in the IT services sector. Today, he leads the TVCA in their mission to make the Greater Cincinnati region a preferred location for former Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard service members and their families, connecting them to employers and a veterans’ support network that is aligned to welcome and seamlessly support them in their transition.

Dan Puthoff, Chief Operating Officer, JBM Envelope Co

As COO for JBM, Dan has responsibility for Manufacturing, IT, and Human Resources and is leading JBM’s efforts to keep their labor pipeline full, building inclusive programs for second chance employees, high school graduates and people with disabilities. Dan spent the first nine years of his career with a global accounting/management consulting firm working on assignments in multiple industries, including two years in Europe.  After this, he worked in a variety of operational roles with a focus on business process improvement.  Dan joined JBM in 2007 and progressively assumed additional responsibility before being named Chief Operating Officer in 2010.

Alvaro Pasquel, Market Research and Workforce Program Analyst at The Motz Group

Alvaro is a Market Researcher by trade with a passion for culture. His role at The Motz Group ranges from managing their CRM database to heading up recruiting and retention for Latinos. Alvaro brings a depth of cultural awareness to his role. Born in Venezuela and raised in Mexico, he has over 16 years of experience navigating the language and cultural barriers that exist for Spanish speakers in the US.

He graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in Marketing, and focused heavily on an international foundation; he studied at a top business school in France, worked for a summer in China, and was President of the International Business Club for 2 years. His multicultural background, combined with his perspective as a Market Researcher, allows him to look critically at the things that a company must keep in mind to become a more attractive and better workplace for non-English-speakers.


If You Go

When: February 9, 2017, 11:30 – 1:30
What: Luncheon Moderated panel discussion
Attire: Business casual
Location:  Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati
Who should come: Goering Center Core Members, Associate Members, Corporate Partners and anyone interested in the subject matter. Open to the public.

*Cost: Members: $39; Non-Members: $99; (*After February 2, 2017 Price is $49 for members and $109 for non-members)


Thank you to our Corporate Partner sponsors Graydon, KeyBank and Mellott & Mellott.