SkillsUSA names Snap-On CEO its Champion of the Year

Jan. 1, 2020
SkillsUSA has chosen Nick Pinchuk, chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated, to be its 2012 Champion of the Year.

SkillsUSA has chosen Nick Pinchuk, chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated, to be its 2012 Champion of the Year. The award will be presented during a dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18.  A press conference is also planned for 10:00 a.m. on the 18th at the National Press Club.

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The SkillsUSA Champion of the Year award is given annually to recognize the leadership of a corporate executive for exemplary work in supporting and influencing the growth of a highly skilled workforce throughout America. The award also recognizes executives and their corporations for involvement in promoting career and technical education and for support of SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit that strives to provide a quality workforce in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Creating a skilled workforce has always been critical but it’s especially important in the current environment. Research shows that technicians and skilled trade workers represent two of the top three most difficult job categories for employers to fill. Add in the fact that the experienced baby boomers are leaving America’s workforce – with 10,000 turning 65 every day for the next 19 years – and it is easy to see that America’s already significant skills gap will only become more challenging, and must be addressed now. 

“I’m honored to represent Snap-on in receiving this prestigious award.  A capable and flexible workforce has seldom been more crucial to the future of our country.  SkillsUSA is at the center of the national effort to develop that resource,” said Pinchuk. “SkillsUSA helps develop great young men and women: building their competence; imparting leadership skills, and nurturing their confidence…all essential ingredients for a prosperous American future.” 

“Nick has been a strong advocate for career and technical education and has provided leadership in the development of new initiatives to link industry and education. His passion for developing young people and preparing our nation’s workforce is evident in many ways and that includes SkillsUSA,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “Snap-on has been associated with our organization since 1977 and has been one of our most loyal corporate sponsors, lending both leadership and grass roots support to our efforts. Nick and Snap-on assist SkillsUSA not only financially, but even more importantly they donate the expertise of so many Snap-on associates who work with us at the national, state and local levels. Our member schools, teachers and students know that Snap-on is investing in their future and the success of this country.”

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