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  • June 25 - Construction and Maintenance- Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project cost and shorten schedule leading to shorter service outage.

    June 25, 2019 Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project costs and shorten schedules, leading to shorter service outages? Chad Earle, director of business development at ORDERS Construction Company, will provide an overview of the design/build process. He will examine the pros and cons of the design/build process and discuss what pitfalls to avoid.  Earle will demonstrate and discuss how design/build can expedite the construction process and ultimately reduce the costs associated with shutdown down time and save owners money related to actual construction costs and expenses.
  • July 17 - New Markets Tax Credit Financing

    July 17 The federal new markets tax credit program provides up to 25% of any short-fall in financing (which generally must be at least $4 million) for (a) the purchase, expansion, and/or renovation of manufacturing facilities; (b) the purchase of equipment; and/or (c) other operational needs.  This subsidy is in the form of a 7-year forgivable which only requires approximately 1.5% interest-only payments during 7 years.  Facilities and operations must be located in a rural community or low-income census tract.
  • August 12 - Using Public Relations to Advance Public Policy

    August 12 Have you ever wondered what why certain pieces of legislation are passed and others are forgotten? What communication tools are best to effectively send your messages to the correct audience? Join us as TSG Consulting goes over how public relations interacts with public policy and the tools to use to get the results you desire.   Tom Susman has a decade of experience providing lobbying, public relations and strategic planning services to his clients. He is president of TSG Consulting, LLC. 
  • September 16 - WVMAEF Explore the New Manufacturing Program: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

    The WVMA Educational Fund’s (WVMAEF) mission is  to link industry and education through its Explore the New Manufacturing Program which  consists of presentations, academies, and video contests.  The goal of these programs, targeting middle school students across West Virginia, is to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, as well as the subsequent educational and training pathways through manufacturer-student engagement. The WVMAEF is continually building networks and seeking collaborative opportunities with organizations to more effectively and efficiently create a workforce and provide avenues for our young folks to stay in their home state.
  • October 10 - Apprenticeships: A Customized Approach to Workforce Problems

    October 10 Apprenticeship Works at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) offers an affordable option for customizing apprenticeship programs in 20 occupations. This grant-supported initiative has partnered with 26 manufacturers, including 12 in West Virginia. These employers recognize the primary benefits to apprenticeship: improved recruitment, standardized training and reduced turnover. Learn how Apprenticeship Works can help your company develop an apprenticeship program targeting your specific needs.
  • November 6 - iOS in Business: Applications that Work for You

    Mobile applications and processes that support your business while giving you the freedom to make the entire world your office Jamie Summers-Brown is the founder and president of Bricks Without Straw, a web-development and design firm in South Charleston, W.Va. Since 2004, his company has served a diverse clientele with offices in both West Virginia and Tokyo, Japan.

August 12

Have you ever wondered what why certain pieces of legislation are passed and others are forgotten? What communication tools are best to effectively send your messages to the correct audience? Join us as TSG Consulting goes over how public relations interacts with public policy and the tools to use to get the results you desire. 

 Tom Susman has a decade of experience providing lobbying, public relations and strategic planning services to his clients. He is president of TSG Consulting, LLC. 

He was appointed by Governor Bob Wise as Director of the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) on January 16, 2001, Director of West Virginia Insurance and Retirement Services (IRS) on June 1, 2002, and Acting Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Administration in April 2003. He resigned from state government in June 2004, returning to TSG Consulting, LLC. 

As a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1987 to 1992, Tom served as Chairman of the Insurance Committee in 1990, 1991 and 1992. During that time, the state completely rewrote its small group health insurance laws. 

Tom is the former President of Mountaineer Outdoor Sign Company and the former managing editor for The Gulf Times. His experience in advertising and public relations is extensive. 

He also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Beckley, and he serves as a member of the Board of Governors of West Virginia State University.

Rachel Coffman is the Vice President and Director of Creative Services for TSG Consulting. At TSG, Rachel plays a pivotal role in all aspects of governmental affairs representing Fortune 500 companies, associations and others in state politics. In 2016, she was appointed to Governor Justice's transition Health Care Policy Team and in 2018, was selected by the Governor for the Governor's Milk Task Force. She specializes in topics around economic development, manufacturing, healthcare, food safety, and taxation. She is a member of the WV Manufacturers Association and WV Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committees. 

Rachel was awarded the honor of being named a 2018 Young Gun from West Virginia Executive Magazine. Also, she was awarded the West Virginia Public Relations Society of America's Young Professional of the Year Award in 2012. Completing her MBA from the University of Charleston, Rachel has specialized in governmental affairs, public relations, strategic communications, and graphic design for 10 years. She was a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Marshall University earning a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications concentrating in public relations. She has a passion for finding creative ways to reach audiences through the work of her campaigns.

Although she is very driven professionally, Rachel is very dedicated in giving back to the community. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Clay Center, Opportunity WV, Facing Hunger Food Bank, FestivALL, Greater Sissonville Development Council, and the WV Public Relations Society of America.

She is also a travel contributor to WV Executive Magazine.