2018 Key Note Conference Presenters

Ryan D. Burgess, Director Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation

Ryan Burgess was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation by Governor John R. Kasich in November, 2015. The Office of Workforce Transformation is committed to identifying the needs of business, connecting businesses and workers, and aligning training to meet the needs of businesses. Burgess leads initiatives to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of Ohio’s workforce programs.

Before his role as Director, he was the Assistant Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the agency in its mission to provide transparency and accountability when taxpayer resources are used for economic and community development.

Burgess joined the Ohio Development Services Agency after 20 years at Fifth Third Bank. During his tenure, he held numerous executive leadership positions within the corporate banking and investment advisors divisions. During that time, Burgess was also appointed to the Ohio Banking Commission by Governor Kasich.
His commitment to community service includes service on a number of non-profit boards. A native of Findlay, Ohio, he is a 1993 graduate of The College of Wooster. Ryan lives in suburban Columbus with his wife and daughter.

Thomas Dixon, Employment Law Attorney, Eastman & Smith

Thomas Dixon is an Employment Law Attorney at Eastman and Smith located in Toledo, Ohio. In addition to representing private and public employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, Thomas A. Dixon has a well-established reputation for audience-friendly coaching and training at every level of an organization including executives, HR teams, first-line supervisors and others. Training curriculums are tailored to the specific needs of the organization or team and can include: EEO/Diversity, Harassment, Codes of Conduct, Positive Employee Relations/Union Avoidance, Internal Investigations, Management Skills and a variety of other compliance and/or litigation avoidance topics.  Mr. Dixon is a member of Eastman & Smith.

Mailing Address: 
            Ohio Cooperative Education Association 
            P.O Box 5066
            Cleveland, OH 44101


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