maintenance and easy to get along with. My friends
would say I can be serious but also have a fun side.
Others might call me stubborn.
And, of course, I believe in sharing my skills to do
good for the community. I serve on the Columbus
Park Foundation and am a former president of the
board. I served on the board for Columbus Downtown
Inc. We have sponsored the local Literacy Festival and
Minds on Math. Those are just a few examples.
I appreciate everyone who has helped me get where
I am. It’s been an unbelievable ride to get to this
point. I can’t wait to see where the next 18 years go.
Ping Pong Champion of Staffing
If you went to Staffing World® 2014 in October, then you may have
caught a glimpse of the fierce competition taking place in the expo hall.
Not between the exhibitors vying for business—rather, the contest between
ASA chairman John Elwood and Dan Campbell, immediate past chairman
of the ASA board. The two met on opposite sides of a ping pong table—a
fun surprise for the new chairman and an entertaining match for attendees.
Elwood, who says he’s had a passion for sports since he was a child,
has a special knack for table tennis—enough that the Olympic training
committee recruited him when he was a teenager.
As a junior in high school, he moved from Indiana to Colorado, where he
lived and trained with other Olympic hopefuls. Although he didn’t make the
Olympic team, he does credit the experience with giving him the determination and perseverance he has today as a business leader.
SS: How do you see the American Staffing
Association’s role on that ride?
Elwood: At my company—and, I’m sure, at any
successful company—the question that executives
ask the management team when planning for the
year ahead is not “What can we do differently?” It’s
“What can we do better?” It is the same with ASA.
I’d like to see the association continue to be the
voice for industry-specific labor and employment
data and statistics. In the year ahead, we will continue to develop new and deeper analytics and
research that staffing firm executives can use internally—and to help clients devise and implement
smart workforce solutions strategies.
We also will be advancing our newest initiatives, on the skills gap, promoting the profession,
and preparing tomorrow’s workforce. Specifically, I
want to explore ways that our industry can become
more integrated into academic settings as a formal
field of study.
I’d also like us to get more traction and more visibility with local, state, and federal policy makers.
We will be working on the Affordable Care Act,
continuing our work with the U.S. Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, and making sure
that all of the newly elected members of every state
legislature and the U.S. Congress know who we are
and how important we are to their constituents, and
to this country.
And I would like to see more professionals earn
one of the ASA certifications, including the newest
certification, for health care staffing professionals,
which we’ll be introducing in 2015.
SS: It sounds like you have a busy year ahead.
Elwood: Yes, but I can’t—and don’t want to—
do it alone. ASA will continue to reach out to all
its members, through multiple platforms. We want
everyone’s input; we want staffing and recruiting
professionals to volunteer; we want members to help
us take our industry to levels that our parents and
our founders never could have imagined. n
Jennifer Silber, CAE, is editor for ASA. Send feedback
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