Workforce development at WTW24



New for 2024, the Work Truck Week educational program features Workforce Development Sessions, offered free to all WTW24 registrants on March 6 and 7.

Exploring Ways to Maximize Your Talent Pipeline
Wednesday, March 6, 1–2 p.m.

Join us as we showcase two unique approaches to workforce development and retention from industry leaders Godwin Group and TBEI. Learn ways to develop your existing workforce and plan for the next generation, using the Work Truck Industry Welder Certification Program as an example, in this engaging and informative panel discussion.

Moderated by: Tina Albright, VP of HR/Safety, TBEI Inc.
Presented by: Phyllis Godwin, Corporate Vice President, Godwin Manufacturing Company Inc.; and Ron Weingartz, Corporate CWI/Weld Trainer, TBEI Inc.

Empowering the Next Generation: Community Collaboration Opportunities
Thursday, March 7, 1–1:45 p.m.

Join us for an insightful session that explores the symbiotic relationship between high schools and local companies within the dynamic work truck industry. Discover innovative strategies and real-world examples of how businesses can collaborate with high schools in their communities to nurture student development and create promising career opportunities.

Moderated by: Tina Albright, VP of HR/Safety, TBEI Inc.
Presented by: David Allen, Engineering Instructor, New Castle Career Center; Andy Cole, Agricultural Mechanics Teacher, Triton High School/ Harnett County NC; Lindsey Hardee, Director of Career & Technical Education, Harnett County Schools; and Pete Lestinsky, Diesel Service Technology Teacher, Elkhart Area Career Center 

Exploring Careers in Commercial Vehicles
Thursday, March 7, 2–2:30 p.m.

Join us for an engaging and informative session that offers a unique blend of insights and perspectives from current young professionals thriving in the work truck industry. Paired with the wisdom of a college professor, this session will shed light on how high school students can enter into rewarding careers in the work truck industry.

Moderated by: Za Farley, Founder | CEO, Black Fleet Network
Presented by: Industry Representatives