Job Brief

July 2020 ι VOLUME 12 ι ISSUE 6
New Board Members
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas welcomes a slate of new board members whose leadership skills, education and training experience will help enhance the Board's oversight and management of workforce development funding and initiatives for Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties.

Demmos Issacs
W. Dennis Isaacs
W. Dennis Isaacs, executive director, Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR), has been a strong proponent of workforce development as a key component to help sustain economic growth. As GTBR's executive director since 2016, Isaacs has worked to effectively link business and industry to the public education system, community colleges, and training providers throughout Southeast Texas. His prior work history as Safety, Health and Environmental manager for a large industrial manufacturing company provided Isaacs with important knowledge and skills in environmental regulations and compliance.

Isaacs is a graduate of Lamar University and participates in leadership roles for local chambers and industry associations. He received recognition from the Southeast Texas Plant Manager's Association for his dedicated service and support of local industrial and commercial interests. Isaacs will represent community-based organizations (CBO) on the workforce board.

Justin Cooper
Justin Cooper
Justin Cooper currently serves as the President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 479 and will represent Organized Labor on the workforce board. Cooper, a highly trained electrical journeyman, has more than 13 years' experience in the skilled crafts field. His background includes performing worker's evaluations, organizing electrical workers in various counties throughout Southeast Texas, and maintaining strategic partnerships with elected officials.

Cooper received his welding credentials from Lamar Institute of Technology and completed training through the IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship program. He holds positions of leadership on the Sabine Area Central Labor Council and SETX Building & Construction Trades Council.

Chris Reeves
Christopher Reeves
Christopher Reeves holds the position of Business Assistant for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 479 and will also represent Organized Labor on the workforce board. His education, training, and skills set reflect the strength and effectiveness of technical training in Southeast Texas. After high school graduation, Reeves attended the IBEW Electrical Trade School, worked and trained under journeyman electricians in residential, commercial and industrial environments. He garnered over 8,000 job training hours and acquired his Texas State Journeyman license in one of the area's high demand/high wage occupations.

Reeves has participated in National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) contract negotiations and serves as trustee and committee member of the Electrical Training School.

We congratulate all new members on their appointment and welcome them to the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas board.

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