Feature - Meet the Staff: Rich Turner

Name: Rich Turner

Company Role: Workforce Development Manager

Favorite quote:

“Billionaires like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett – those guys can buy anything they want.  But the one thing they cannot buy is time. Time with their families, time with their loved ones.  And there’s nothing more valuable than that.”

– Charles N. Turner (my father)

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?

Anything by Ryen Russillo (podcasts); Pearl Jam Twenty by Cameron Crowe (book); The Big Show by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann (book).

What is something that the people you work with have to deal with that you want to fix?

Helping companies fill their open positions.  Almost every business that I have met with tells me, “we have jobs, we just can’t find anyone.”  So, I have worked with partners in education, business and several not-for-profit groups to increase awareness of these in-demand jobs, build talent pools and pipeline programs, and offer a wide variety of training programs.

What do you do as the Workforce Development Manager?

I create employment and training opportunities for businesses and job seekers through the County’s innovative programs; including Recruiting on the Road and LadderZup.  I also work with community stakeholders to develop pipelines for local industry.

What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?

During my 10 years in the media and prior eight years in public service, I have often met with businesses, constituents and others to discuss what they need to succeed.  As the County’s Workforce Development Manager for the past three-plus years, I have been able to take that feedback and create programs for job seekers, businesses and students.

What do you like about Workforce Development?

I love that I get to help people.  Monroe County has brought Recruiting on the Road job fairs to communities that never knew the business down the street is hiring.  Workforce Development has also provided free educational and training programs through LadderZup so participants can better themselves.  I have been part of something that has literally changed people’s lives for the better – and that makes me incredibly proud.

What’s your background?

I am born and raised in Irondequoit and I’m a proud graduate of Eastridge High School and St. John Fisher College.  I worked as a local television news producer for about 10 years, then made the transition into public service in 2008.  I had worked as the County’s Senior Community Relations Coordinator, a Chief of Staff in the New York State Assembly, and the Assistant Deputy Monroe County Clerk in charge of the Auto License Bureau.  Each stop along the way taught me how to lead, develop programs and listen to what people need to be successful.

What are the values that drive you?

I always try to make my wife, Jamie, my daughter, Isla, and my parents, Charles and Joanne, proud.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love spending time with my family, travelling for my daughter’s cheer team and baking.  I also love sports (Fisher, Penn State, Yankees, Cowboys), comedy shows and seeing Pearl Jam live in concert.