July 15, 2020
Podcast by New River/Mount Roger Workforce Development Board (WDB)

Work Talk Podcast: VA Ready and 1901 Group Partnership Grows the Southwest Virginia Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis in our country, especially right in Southwest Virginia. With the recent news of business closure and job loss, Virginia and its workers face a high unemployment rate with claims reaching over 800,000.

Seizing the opportunity to help Virginians during the unemployment crisis, 1901 Group is working with VA Ready, a newly established nonprofit organization, as a Business Partner to help re-equip out-of-work Virginians with the training needed for in-demand jobs.

In the recent episode of the Work Talk Podcast, Marty Holiday, host of Work Talk, interviews Caren Merrick, CEO of VA Ready, and Sonu Singh, Founder and CEO of 1901 Group, to discuss the creation of VA Ready and how its partnership provides financial incentives for motivated, out-of-work Virginias to reskill for in-demand jobs in high-growth sectors.

Listen to the Work Talk Episode 36 – VA Ready here.

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Sonu Singh

Sonu is the founder of 1901 Group and corporate leader responsible for our strategic vision, innovative business model, and financial performance.

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George Batsakis
EVP and Chief Strategy Officer

George leads the company’s overall corporate development and strategy planning process and provides expertise in executive management, operations, new business development, emerging technology and technology partnership.

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Paul Wilkinson
Chief Growth Officer

Paul Wilkinson is responsible for managing the company’s growth, leading business development, capture management, marketing, and communications. Paul provides leadership for the development of new markets and managed service offerings.

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James Christopher
EVP, Operations and Engineering

James brings over 25 years of industry experience to 1901 with a focus on delivering Information Technology business solutions and managed services.

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Dana Pittman
SVP, Talent Strategy & Human Resources

Dana is the leader of our Human Capital Management function for providing organizational growth, performance, and profitability.

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Brendan Walsh
SVP, Partner Relations

Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.

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