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A Spectrum of Possibilities

A Spectrum of Possibilities Luncheon, October 18, 2013

 

The Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Keynote Speaker, The Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard, U.S. Congresswoman, 40th District

This year’s PVJOBS Spectrum of Possibilities Recognition Luncheon honored four individuals - including a military veteran - who landed their job assignments through our nationally acclaimed nonprofit which matches construction job opportunities with workers who are considered at-risk residents.

The awards event also recognized GH Palmer Associates for exceeding goals of its disadvantaged and local worker hiring program for The Lorenzo Project, a multi-million dollar development project near USC. “Visionary” awards were presented to the PVJOBS founding board members for their work in creating the organization 15 years ago. About 350 business, labor and community service representatives attended the event, which was held at the Center at Cathedral Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.

Four award recipients earned perfect scores from their employers for their job performances: Rocky Sutton, Core Worker of the Year; Larry Hooks, Veteran Worker of the Year; Mario Arano, Intern of the Year; and Eduardo Martinez, Positive Pathways Program Worker of the Year.

PVJOBS has nearly 10,000 active, job-ready candidates in its database. Since its formation in 1998, PVJOBS has filled more than 4,700 positions, maintaining a retention rate of 90%.

Veteran of the Year award recipient Larry Hooks graciously accepts his award as (from far left) PVJOBS Board President Jim Bickhart and PVJOBS Executive Director Ernest Roberts look on.
Veteran of the Year award recipient Larry Hooks graciously accepts his award as (from far left) PVJOBS Board President Jim Bickhart and PVJOBS Executive Director Ernest Roberts look on.

Pictured at the PVJOBS awards event are (from left) Veteran of the Year award recipient Larry Hooks; PVJOBS Executive Director Ernest Roberts; Intern of the Year Mario Arano; Positive Pathways Program Worker Eduardo Martinez; PVJOBS Board President Jim Bickhart; Core Worker of the Year Rocky Sutton; Sutton’s four-year-old son Malik; and GH Palmer Vice President of Development Greg Smith. 
Pictured at the PVJOBS awards event are (from left) Veteran of the Year award recipient Larry Hooks; PVJOBS Executive Director Ernest Roberts; Intern of the Year Mario Arano; Positive Pathways Program Worker Eduardo Martinez; PVJOBS Board President Jim Bickhart; Core Worker of the Year Rocky Sutton; Sutton’s four-year-old son Malik; and GH Palmer Vice President of Development Greg Smith.

News Release: At-Risk Youth, Adult Workers Recognized for Exceptional Job Performances at PVJOBS Spectrum of Possibilities Awards Event [Word doc: 176KB]

Please click the video links below for each recipients story.


GH Palmer Associates: Contractor of the Year


PVJOBS Founding Board: 2013 Visionaries of the Year


Eduardo Martinez: 2013 P3 Participant of the Year


Mario Arano: 2013 Intern of the Year


Rocky Sutton: 2013 PVJOBS Core Program Participant of the Year


Larry Hooks: 2013 Veteran Participant of the Year

 

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles