LovetoWork.org Skills Biographical Sketch:
The owner of LovetoWork.org, Gary Crossley, has
over 30 years of experience in workforce development, economic analysis,
and labor market information. From 2000 to 2006, Crossley served
as the Area Director of the Charleston Workforce Center with a focus on
fostering collaborative partnerships to help address local area labor market
needs. LovetoWork.org will provide consulting services and products
designed to improve company and individual performance. The new corporation
will rely on knowledge of labor market policy and programs designed to
aid performance of employment and training programs through resources,
career preparation, and employment trends. The new consulting company
will develop skill inventories, productivity motivational tools, and/or
employee surveys for improving job satisfaction and performance.
>>>>> Crossley has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from
the University of South Carolina (USC), with graduate credits at USC,
South Carolina State, and University of North Texas.
>>>>> Mr. Crossley worked for the South Carolina Employment Security
Commission in four different roles in Columbia and Charleston for over
twenty years until his retirement in July 2006. He had a ten-year
period in between Columbia and Charleston where he worked in Washington,
DC as the Research and Finance Associate for the Interstate Conference
of Employment Security Agencies, Inc. (ICESA, a nonprofit association in
Washington, DC representing state departments of labor – now called the
National Association of State Workforce Agencies/NASWA).
>>>>> As Area Director for the Charleston Employment Security
Workforce Center (from May 2000 to July 2006), he directed the office which
serves as the public labor exchange responsible for matching potential
workers with employer job openings, processor of unemployment compensation
claims, and is a satellite location of the Trident One Stop Career System.
>>>>> Crossley’s connection to economic development
and information began in the early 1970s when he coordinated the SC
Economic Indicators, a publication co-produced by the SC Employment
Security Commission and the University of SC (USC). He worked with
Bureau of Labor Statistics officials and USC economists to revise the state’s
economic indicators, creating the first measures of leading and coincident
economic indicators for the state.
>>>>> While in Washington, DC with the Interstate
Conference of Employment Security Agencies (ICESA), he worked with the
Department of Labor to improve economic statistics at the state and local
level, influencing decision makers to invest in local data and use these
data to improve policy decision making, Mr. Crossley participated with
national organizations like the National Governors Association, National
Association of Counties, National League of Cities, etc. to promote the
use of Labor Market, Career, and Economic Information in shaping effective
>>>>> Crossley returned to his native Charleston
in 1994 with one of his tasks to market the Naval Base civilian workforce
being displaced from the closing of the Charleston Naval Base. He worked
with federal, state, county, and local officials to market the talents
of the impacted workers.
>>>>> He completed the SC Economic Developers’
School through the College of Charleston in 1996 and coordinated the largest
job fair in SC’s history for over 100 employers and over 8,000 job seekers
at the North Charleston Coliseum.
>>>>> For the Charleston Workforce Center, he
directed a staff of over 40 individuals who provided unemployment insurance,
labor exchange, and other workforce services to job seeking individuals
and employers. He also provided information to Economic Development
officials about the Charleston area workforce (such as available labor,
wage rates, and occupational supply). He also served on the Economic
Outlook Committee for the Charleston Chamber, providing input on the conditions
of the Charleston labor market.
>>>>> Crossley was a member of several local
boards/workgroups dealing with workforce, economic development, and educational
issues. He serves as a contributing writer on workforce and educational
issues for several national and local organizations.