Massachusetts Ambassador and CEO of AccuRounds, Michael Tamasi recently had the distinct honor of visiting President Obama and the White House for an event to discuss strategies for helping the long-term unemployed get back to work. A focal point of the discussion was focusing more attention on sector partnerships, which essentially involve partnerships between businesses, educational institutions, and others to establish specialized curriculums for those jobs available in a localized area.
According to Tamasi, part of the problem is that there is a “huge skills gap that we need to address.” His 70-person company has 5 current job openings that he just can’t fill because there is “nobody with the skills to match the needs.” AccuRounds is a contract manufacturer that machines and assembles precision turned components, and requires highly skilled and trained workers. To compensate for the current gap in skilled labor, Tamasi said his company “looks for attitude” and supplements that with on-the-job training. He believes that developing more “sector partnerships” in Massachusetts and across the country could help to close that skills gap and lower the number of long-term unemployed.
Tamasi had an opportunity to share those viewpoints as one of only two small business representatives at an intimiate CEO roundtable held prior to the main event. The roundtable included President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary Perez, Secretary Pritzker, and CEOs from some of the nation’s largest corporations including:
- – Richard Davis, Chairman, President, and CEO, US Bancorp
- – John Donahoe, President and CEO, eBay, Inc.
- – James Gorman, Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley
- – Jim McNerney, Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing Company
- – Brian Moynihan, President and CEO, Bank of America
- – Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriot International
- – Don Thompson, President and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation
- – Greg Wasson, President and CEO, Walgreen Company
An impressive group for sure! According to Tamasi, you could “feel the power in the room.” He said, “It was as honor to represent AccuRounds, Small Business and groups like MassEcon at the White House. It truly was a very special and exciting day!”
To hear more about Tamasi’s experience and his opinions on the skills gap, you can check out his appearance on the Fox Business News show “After the Bell” here.