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Wed, Oct 23


Hampton Inn & Suites Mobile- Downtown Hi

Fall Meeting 2019: Trends in Workforce Development

GSSC's Fall Meeting centers around trends in workforce development while featuring state and local workforce initiatives designed to meet the needs of employers. 

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Fall Meeting 2019:  Trends in Workforce Development
Fall Meeting 2019:  Trends in Workforce Development

Time & Location

Oct 23, 2019, 12:00 PM – Oct 24, 2019, 2:00 PM

Hampton Inn & Suites Mobile- Downtown Hi, 62 S Royal St, Mobile, AL 36602, USA

About The Event

With the unemployment rate in the US nearing a 50-year low and the number of job openings exceeding the number of job seekers for 16 straight months, employer approaches to workforce development must include new and innovative ways to attract new talent, to retain and engage with the newest generation to enter the workforce, to take advantage of untapped populations, and to manage productivity in a technology-driven workplace while mitigating cybersecurity threats.  Governmental agencies, too, play a role in meeting labor market demands.


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  • Guest - Lunch on 10/23

    This ticket is for guests of attendees.

  • Guest - Dinner on 10/23

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  • Guest - Lunch 10/24

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  • GSSC Member Registration

  • Educators

    This ticket is for high school teachers and school administrators.

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Ryan Lee

Workforce Development Manager

Austal USA

An operations minded human resource professional with 10 years of experience in recruitment, training and development, workforce analytics and other human resource roles in the shipbuilding industry, Ryan has demonstrated leadership through successfully navigating multiple teams through a rapid staff ramp up and managing projects for continuous development. He has served on various boards, panels and advisory councils to support workforce development, community engagement and promote Austal training and recruitment activities.

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Jerome Eymard

Director of Human Resources

Bollinger Shipyards, LLC

Jerome Eymard is the Director of Human Resources for Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, a leading provider of quality construction, manufacturing, engineering, repair, and conversion products and services to the marine industry, delivered in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. 


He started his career in 1999 with Bollinger Shipyards and has grown with the company over the years in various Human Resources positions and capacities.  Jerome has extensive knowledge in workforce development issues, compensation planning, EEO/OFCCP compliance, staffing planning, and other Human Resources development functions.  He is an active participant in local and regional workforce development committees and initiatives.  Jerome graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources and a Master of Business Administration.  He also maintains an active SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification.


Mike Leleux

Recruiting Training


Halter Marine

Leleux is responsible for training and recruiting at Halter Marine and established the first apprenticeship program for the company. Additionally, he serves as the Major Initiative Team Lead for the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Workforce Development Panel in addition to serving on the Board of Directors at GSSC.

Leleux served in the United States Navy for 21 years in Administration, Training, Finance, and Human Resources and 4 years with Trinity Yachts in Training and Recruitment before joining the team at VT Halter Marine.

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and Bachelor Degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) with additional course work in Training & Development and Administration. Leleux completed his Certified Training Professional Certificate at USM.

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Stephanie Koch

Director of Human Resources

Hendry Marine Industries

Stephanie is a senior human resources business partner with a proven track record of leading HR processes in a variety of different organizations. 

She is a creative thinker, problem solver, and decision maker with an ability to balance the needs of the company with the mission of the organization.  She has strong communication, interpersonal relations, mentoring, negotiating, and organizational skills.

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