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Results of the Annual Awards Ceremony for Program Year 2017-18


Our mission is to build economic success through workforce development partnerships. We take pride in what we do, and we find it important to recognize local businesses and employees that showed outstanding achievement during Program Year 2017-18.

Here are the results of the Annual Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) and the Yavapai County Workforce Development Board:

Supervisors Tom Thurman and Randy Garrison were awarded the NACOG Director’s Award on behalf of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. We deeply appreciate their guidance, leadership, and outstanding partnership.

Grant Quesada and Jesse Burke, from the John Hancock Barbershop, were awarded the Chairman’s Innovation Award. They have done a great job with their business model, by hiring and training local veterans, and helping them pursue advancement opportunities.

Tom and Marie Corkery, owners of European Techniques, were awarded Large Employer of the Year. They hired 32 NACOG clients this past Program Year, with an 82% retention rate. They have signed more commercial accounts recently, bringing an additional 40 positions to our region!

Glen Hinshaw, the owner of RESA Wearables Inc., was awarded Small Employer of the Year. They hired 39 NACOG On-the-Job Training clients in the Program Year 2017-18 and helped to train 37 of them in 3D technical skills. RESA Wearables is now planning to hire over 100 new employees in the Prescott area within a year.

Lisa Forsher, from RESA Wearables, was awarded Adult Participant of the Year because of her strong dedication to work, which has inspired dozens of other employees.

Pei-Wen Yang was awarded Youth Participant of the Year for completing two sessions of the Summer Youth Program. Last month, she graduated from Mingus Union High School ranking 3rd in her class, and she will be attending UC San Diego this fall.

Jon Ricketts, from John Hancock Barbershop, was awarded Veteran Participant of the Year. He served our beloved country in the United States Army from 2013 to 2017 as a watercraft engineer and is currently an assistant manager for John Hancock Barbershop.

Mary Sorthun Williams was awarded Trainee of the Year for completing the 14-week RESA Wearables Inc. training classes at Yavapai College. She now works for them as a full-time production technician.

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