I believe there is no greater effect you can have on a person’s life than to provide them with employment that offers a livable wage and sense of pride and accomplishment. For the last thirteen years, I have done just that through employing almost 2000 North Carolinians. I am proud to say that I have employed people from all walks of life, but I take special pride in the work my company has done to provide targeted employment to our Veterans, military spouses, people reentering the work force and many others.
As President and CEO of AVANT Group, LLC in Durham, NC, a full service staffing solutions company serving the Triangle and Triad, I have seen first-hand how businesses can be a force for good. To show our dedication to that mission, AVANT became a certified Benefit Corporation (B-Corp), identifying it as an organization focused on sustainability and making decisions based on what is good for our community, our environment and the company.
To make a difference in our community, you have to be engaged in the community. I have brought the tools, experiences and opportunities AVANT provides and paired them with non-profit organizations including the Durham Living Wage Project, Dress for Success, Hiring our Heroes and Step Up Ministries as an intentional effort to provide job skills training and employment opportunities to the community. By collaborating with these great organizations, I am able to not only put people in jobs, but to also educate them on how to be successful in their workplace, and how to have confidence in themselves. By empowering people to determine their own future and providing them with the tools they need to be successful, we will create a dynamic workforce and a stronger community. My goal is to make sure all North Carolinians have access to that brighter future.