Must-Have Qualities For Managing a Nonprofit

Must-Have Qualities For Managing a Nonprofit

People who choose to work at a nonprofit tend to share a common desire to make the world a better place. They’re passionate, dedicated, full of heart. They can accomplish much…if they have great leadership.

A good nonprofit manager keeps all that passion and dedication focused in the right direction. He or she makes sure each individual knows their responsibilities, has the resources to carry them out, and stays energized along the way.

Strong nonprofit leaders are able to do this while also recruiting new members and volunteers, staying connected to donors, building nonprofit equity and other tasks. Let’s take a closer look at the qualities that allow leaders to manage their nonprofit successfully.

Skillful With Limited Budgets

Money is an issue for almost every organization, but in the nonprofit sector, the stakes seem higher. With a for-profit company if there are funding challenges or dips in income, the organization might not be able to grow as quickly or make as many widgets or give bonuses to employees. With a nonprofit, money problems could mean kids go hungry or life-saving medical research can’t proceed.

Successful nonprofit managers aren’t intimidated by the weight of the organization’s mission. They collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop and manage budgets responsibly. They always have an eye toward increasing efficiency and finding lucrative partnerships, grants and contracts.

Dynamic, Energizing and Magnetic

Effective nonprofit managers seem to have a super power when it comes to finding and attracting the right sponsors, donors, staff members and volunteers. They connect with people, and they’re so passionate about what their nonprofit does, those people can’t help but be inspired. They don’t have to be talked into donating their time or their money, they catch the vision and they want to help make a difference.

A good nonprofit manager’s skills don’t end there. It’s easy to get people fired up for a time, but emotion can fizzle quickly when staff and volunteers have a daily struggle with money constraints, apathetic or oppositional community members and the ongoing reality of the problem the nonprofit exists to solve.

Strong nonprofit managers know how to encourage and motivate. They keep teams focused on the mission. They honor individual contributions and positively influence teamwork.

Flexible and Agile

A good nonprofit leader can deftly switch between hats or wear several at a time. To illustrate the flexibility that’s required, check out this list of responsibilities for a current Executive Director opening with one of our clients:

  • Responsible for all aspects of the operation. Leads day-to-day operations and staff and is accountable to the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for hiring, developing, retaining, managing, and evaluating staff members.
  • Develops and manages the annual budget in collaboration with the Board and staff.
  • Ensures all necessary licensures and accreditations are in place and adhered to.
  • Works with the Board to position the organization as a strategic collaborative partner in developing better local and state mental health policy.
  • Secures grants and contracts (local, state, and federal) and develops creative entrepreneurial partnerships that will enhance the future development of the organization.

They’re responsible for pretty much everything. They have to manage the staff, answer to the Board of Directors and ensure compliance with regulations, all while raising money and building the nonprofit brand.

Compelled to Make a Difference

Why would someone take on such a challenging task? Good nonprofit leaders aren’t satisfied if they’re not in a career that makes a difference. They feel they make the best use of their skills and abilities when they’re helping make the world a better place.

If you’re looking for a job where your daily work has meaning and makes a positive impact on others, your dream career might mean working with a nonprofit. At Brelsford Personnel, we want to help. Send us your resume and we’ll be in touch.

The Real Brelsford Personnel Difference

The Real Brelsford Personnel Difference

Sherry has spent her entire working career in insurance and she’s very, very good at her job. However, last year she realized she wasn’t happy at her current place of employment, and decided to see what else was available.

She saw a Brelsford Personnel job posting through Indeed, but she hesitated. Eventually she sent in her resume but she wished she hadn’t waited, because by the time the Brelsfords received it, they had filled the position.

Brelsford Personnel’s Application Process

Sherry describes the Brelsford Personnel application process as very detailed. First, she had a phone interview with Driedra Brelsford, who she said immediately put her at ease.

“She’s so funny and personable. I’m a licensed agent and I knew what direction I wanted to go in, but I needed a little assistance, and she provided a lot of assistance.”

When the opening she originally wanted became available again, Sherry got her chance. Brelsford Personnel already had her information on file, and she says Driedra helped her get the job. “She thought I would be a really good fit for the office. She knew the company owner personally, and I feel like it helped. Plus she had my resume and had already done all the background work.”

After that, things moved quickly. “I had an interview with the office manager at my new job within a pretty short time,” Sherry said. “Within a little over a week they let me know I was hired.”

She says Driedra helped her through the waiting process between interview and job offer. “Mrs. Brelsford kept me updated. She checked in with them when we hadn’t heard within a week. She contacted the office manager and found out someone was on vacation. She made that process easy too, that way I didn’t have to feel awkward.”

Brelsford Personnel vs. Other Staffing Agencies

Several years ago Sherry says she tried to work with a different local staffing agency, but they didn’t provide the same level of service, and she had to take time off work to meet their requirements.

“They were not helpful. You had to go in and do a typing test, then interview with the staffing agency person. It’s difficult when you’re working to make an appointment and do something that takes that much time. Brelsford Personnel did it all on my lunch hour. We had a phone interview, then after hours I filled out the application and all of my background information and emailed that in.”

Instant Connections

Sherry felt Brelsford Personnel’s community connections made all the difference in her job search. “My personal opinion is that Mrs. Brelsford is very well connected and very active in the community. She knows a lot of people. Because she’s well connected, if you establish a relationship with her it’s very positive and you’ll get to see the results.

“And I loved talking with her on the phone. We talked about the serious stuff and just in general. I honestly don’t think I would have gotten that position if it hadn’t been for her. She made it really easy. It was very seamless. She kept me updated, and she’s just a great person. If I were ever going to look again, and I don’t plan on it, I would call her.”

What She Thinks of Her New Job

Sherry doesn’t see herself changing jobs again, ever. Of her new position she says, “I love it. I love the people that I work with. They’re an old establishment and they’ve been here for a long time. I thought it might be kind of stuffy, and I was prepared for that, but it’s not. Everybody is very laid back. It’s just a great atmosphere.”

If you’re looking for a new career opportunity, our services don’t cost job seekers a thing. We look forward to hearing from you when you apply to one of our online job postings.

Create Your Best Job – Your Two Minute Commercial

Create Your Best Job – Your Two Minute Commercial

To land your best job, you need to sell yourself. We advise job seekers to come up with a two-minute commercial, a quick summary of why they’re a perfect fit. It’s also sometimes called an elevator pitch because you can deliver it anywhere, in the amount of time it takes to go up a few floors in an elevator.

Why a Commercial?

“But I’m not in sales,” you might be saying. “I don’t want to sound like a salesperson.” When you craft a strong elevator pitch, you’re not trying to put pressure on hiring managers or make promises you can’t deliver. You’re delivering a quick presentation that positions you as invaluable to their company.

You’ll use a variation of your two-minute commercial in your cover letter, during interviews and when you’re networking. It should take between 30 seconds and two minutes to deliver and show how you can solve their organization’s problems or create more success.

When you give them a memorable snapshot or sound bite that summarizes your professional self, they’re more likely to retain your message. You stand out, you show you respect their time, and you’re more likely to get an interview.

What’s In a Good Elevator Pitch?

Create your two-minute commercial around your unique selling proposition. Identify what makes you better and more qualified for the job than all the other humans on the planet, and lead with that.

Many people feel uncomfortable talking about themselves, but you can motivate hiring managers to listen by focusing on how your unique skills can help them. Explain how what you do can solve a pain point and back that up with examples from your past work experience.

Make it clear you want a job. You’re not just having a conversation; you have a goal. Offer them a way to follow up by leaving a business card or following up through email.

How to Write Your 2 Minute Commercial

Your brief speech should explain who you are, what you do, what makes you stand out, what you want and include a call to action. It might go something like this:

  • Introduce yourself – First 5 seconds
  • Briefly state what you do – 5 to 10 seconds
  • Grab attention by asking a question or stating a problem – 5 to 10 seconds
  • Deliver your unique value proposition and connect it to their pain points – 10 to 15 seconds
  • Share achievements – 10 to 15 seconds
  • State your goal and call them to take action – 15 seconds

Use the above as a basic framework for getting started but make it your own. You may need to spend more time on one aspect and less on others.

Two Minute Commercial Examples

If you’re currently out of work and looking for a job at a networking event, an appropriate two-minute commercial might be:

“I am currently looking for a new opportunity in B2B sales. I have ten years of successful sales experience with a technology firm and a marketing degree from UT Austin. If you know someone who is looking for a sales rep with my experience, I would certainly appreciate a referral. May I give you my card? I am ready to work and excited to find a new career home!”

Or, if you’re sitting in front of a hiring agent, you might say something like:

“I have spent the last five years as the top sales representative out of twenty-five reps for a leading technology company. I will bring my ability to generate revenue and profits to your company. I’m extremely confident in my sales abilities and have a very high level of interest in working for you and your company.”

Use your elevator speech to highlight what you’re good at and illustrate what you can do for them. For example:

“I’ve been the Office Manager at ABC Organization for the past five years. Some of my main responsibilities were planning and overseeing corporate meetings and events, sticking within budgetary constraints by finding the most cost-effective venues and vendors, making sure the office ran like clockwork and serving as the central point of contact for the entire office. I’d like to bring my experience to your company. May I give you my business card?”

Don’t Stop At One Elevator Pitch

Once you’ve created your basic two-minute commercial, develop variations for different situations. You might create one version for career fairs, a second for networking events and a third for use during interviews. The written version you use for online profiles and in your cover letter will most likely be different from the ones you deliver in person.

Delivering Your Two Minute Commercial

A carefully crafted two-minute commercial grabs attention, makes you stand out and helps you sell yourself, but it’s also useful because it helps you relax. Memorize your speech, then use it in response to questions like these:

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What kind of job are you looking for?
  • What are you doing these days?
  • What kind of job are you looking for?

Practice giving your speech in front of a mirror. Rehearse until you can deliver it naturally, with confidence and positivity. Practice more with friends and family members so the first time you present it to a person isn’t during a high-stress interview. Soon you’ll be ready to sell yourself in a variety of situations, giving you the best chance to land your best job.

The Benefits of Utilizing Outplacement Services

The Benefits of Utilizing Outplacement Services

These are unprecedented times. When you drive through East Texas, it’s like a ghost town, with empty parking lots and dark businesses everywhere. We don’t know when it will end and how far the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic will reach, but companies are already floundering, and unemployment numbers are shockingly high.

If you own or run a business, you’re facing hard choices. It’s heartbreaking to have to let staff go, especially when things are already difficult, but you don’t have to just walk them to the door and hope for the best. As a business owner, you can partner with Brelsford Personnel to help them navigate this environment and locate new work with outplacement services.

Replace Fear With Hope

You and your employees have a lot of legitimate worries. Where will you find the money to pay the bills? How much worse will things get before they improve?

If you have to lay off staff members, the anxiety only gets worse for you and them unless, at the same time, you also offer hope. Outplacement services give them tools and resources so they can put processes in place to get back to work as soon as possible. Instead of floundering alone in what feels like a sea of other job searchers, they have the advantage of being supported by a firm with outplacement experience, as well as years of experience helping people find the right employment match.

As an employer, you can’t answer all their questions about what steps they should take next, but you can give them tools to find the answers and the processes to help them get there. The resume and cover letter development skills, interview preparation, and career coaching that employees receive through outplacement services aren’t just temporary help. They gain abilities that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Encourage Your Remaining Workforce

The people who still have a job are thankful, but they are also weighed down by the knowledge this pandemic is far from over. It helps when they know your company will support them whatever may happen.

Managers making tough decisions are disheartened when they have to let people go. It may be the only way to keep the company afloat and keep on at least some of the staff, but it still makes you sick inside. It helps when you know Brelsford Personnel has worked with laid-off employees in the past—one-on-one or in groups—to provide them with the tools, knowledge, and a roadmap to direct them down the path to new opportunities.

Show You Care

Offering your employees outplacement services demonstrates that your company cares about them and their future. Importantly, it also demonstrates your commitment to your community. Another way to show support is by offering a severance package to the degree possible. It shows not only your concern for their well-being but also your appreciation for their loyal service through the years.

Partner for the Future

Things are going to get better. Your business will thrive again. When it does, you’ll need qualified staff to fill those empty desks. In between now and then, your staffing needs might fluctuate.

When you use Brelsford Personnel for outplacement services, you have a strategic partnership. The structure and cost of their outplacement services can be tailored to your objectives, scope, and budget.

Find out what outplacement services we offer when you contact us today.

4 Indispensable Skills for a Customer Service Representative

4 Indispensable Skills for a Customer Service Representative

Customer service can make or break a business. Dimensional Research found consumers rank customer service the number one factor impacting whether or not they trust a business. When Microsoft surveyed consumers around the globe, 96 percent of them said customer service was the deciding factor in brand loyalty.

Good customer service wins trust and loyalty, but poor customer service loses business. Eighty-nine percent of consumers report they’ve switched to a competitor because they had a bad customer service experience. That’s what makes the right customer service representative indispensable to East Texas employers.

At Brelsford Personnel, those employers sometimes ask us to send them workers who will be an asset to their customer service department. Here’s what we’re looking for when we evaluate customer service representatives.

Professionalism

People don’t typically chat with, call or visit customer service because they’re having a nice day and they have positive things to say about what the company offers. They call because they have a problem and they need help. Problems make people feel confused, frustrated, angry and impatient. Often they wear those negative emotions on their sleeves.

A strong customer service representative can act professionally even in emotionally charged situations. They remain polite and friendly, even if the customer is rude. If they can’t resolve the issue or the customer’s emotions get out of control, they know when to transfer the situation to a supervisor.

Empathy

A good customer service representative can turn problems into positive interactions because they empathize with the customer. They can identify the emotions that person is feeling and remember a time they felt that way. It helps them form a connection with the person they’re helping. That connection helps the customer feel heard and eases their frustration.

Strong customer service representatives realize just having to contact support is a headache most people would rather avoid. They’re sensitive to the feelings that come from having to navigate a long phone menu or wait on hold. They make things a little better when they sincerely thank the customer for their patience and loyalty.

Good Listening

Great customer service representatives have strong listening skills that allow them to answer questions quickly. They’re attentive and engaged, even when they’ve been on the clock for hours. Customers know they’re listening because they note small details. They never sound bored or like they’re reading canned responses from a script.

Problem Solving

Sometimes there’s not an easy solution to a customer’s request. It’s not just a matter of issuing a refund or providing an exchange. That’s when a good customer service representative’s problem-solving skills become invaluable.

Consumers appreciate when support representatives take personal responsibility for their care. When you stay positive and don’t give up, customer loyalty often results.

Workers who come with all those traits are so hard to find, employers sometimes wonder if they’re unicorns. Brelsford Personnel has an extensive database with highly qualified customer service representative candidates. Learn more about what we offer employers or get in touch today.

6 Surprising Facts About Commuting in East Texas

6 Surprising Facts About Commuting in East Texas

The drive to and from to work cuts into your personal time five days a week. If you have a long commute that means you have to get up earlier, spend more on gas and stay away from home longer. Unfortunately, commute time has been increasing for Americans and Texans for more than a decade. So how does yours stack up? Let’s compare.

Most East Texans Have a Shorter than Average Commute

Across the nation, the average time for the drive to work is 27.1 minutes. That means in a Monday through Friday work week, people who take two weeks of vacation and work the rest of the time spend an annual 225.8 hours getting back and forth to the office.

In Texas, the average commute time is 26.7 minutes. That’s just slightly less than average, but still eats up almost an hour of every workday for the round trip.

Some States Have Speedier Drives

An American Community Study from the U.S. Census Bureau found people in South Dakota get to work fastest, averaging 16.6 minutes for their morning drive. Wyoming and Montana aren’t far behind, with around 17 minutes one way. Alaska comes in third at 18.5 minutes.

It Could Be Worse

If you work in Washington D.C., the average time it takes to get to the office is a whopping 43.6 minutes. New Yorkers have about a 35-minute commute.

Commute Time Varies Widely Within Texas Counties

Several East Texas counties have one city that acts as a hub for area workers, with communities clustered at varying distances from that hub. For example, Tyler acts as the major employment center for Smith County, Longview employs many Gregg County residents and people from all over Bowie County travel to Texarkana. Those larger cities are also where most of the population clusters, shortening their commute.

That means averages don’t tell the whole story. In Smith County, while the average is 23.8 minutes, 13.1 percent of workers take less than 10 minutes to get to work. However, almost a quarter of employees drive up to an hour to get to their workplace. Both groups are far from the average.

Smith County Workers Come From All Over

The Tyler area provides jobs for people from all over the region. As of 2017, of the 103,344 people working in Smith County, almost half of them (46,989 people) lived in another adjacent county. About 54 percent live in Smith County, the rest drive from Van Zandt, Henderson, Anderson, Cherokee, Wood, Upshur, Gregg and Rusk Counties.

Commuting is Safer in Texas

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) compiled data from 2012 and 2016 to analyze when and where people had fatal traffic accidents while driving back and forth to work. Texas was in the bottom 10. New Hampshire, South Dakota and Oklahoma topped the list of states where fatal crashes occurred during commuting hours.

Job Search Emotions – Surviving the Roller Coaster

Job Search Emotions - Surviving the Roller Coaster

Looking for a new job is exhilarating and exhausting, electrifying and draining. Sometimes it takes a while to find the right fit. Every time you fill out an application or submit your resume, your emotions yo-yo from hope to nervousness to frustration to excitement.

If you know what’s normal, it can help you survive the bumps and curves. Let’s look at common job search emotions, and then talk about how to make the ups and downs a little less extreme.

Normal Emotions During a Job Hunt

Whether you’re a 16-year-old applying for your very first job or a seasoned member of the East Texas workforce, these emotions are all completely normal.

  • Excitement – You’re energized by the possibility of change and ready to go find that great new job.
  • Overwhelmed – When you start to realize how many choices there are and all the work you face finding a new employer, it can feel like too much.
  • Fixation – You apply at one company that seems like a perfect fit, and suddenly all you can think about is working there. You feel like you can’t wait to hear from them and your life just might be over if they don’t offer you the job.
  • Hope – The employer calls you for more information or to request an interview. You see a potential light at the end of the job search tunnel.
  • Frustration – Time goes by and you’re tired of knocking on doors, tired of waiting to hear something, just fed up with the whole process.
  • Impatience – You’ve lost track of how many times you checked your email, voicemail and text messages. It feels like you should have heard something by now.
  • Deliriously happy and relieved – You finally hear you got the job.

Tips for Staying Focused

Just recognizing what you’re feeling is normal will go a long way toward making things easier. Most people connect what they do for work with who they are as an individual, so it’s understandable if you feel unsettled when things are up in the air.

If you’re out of work, treat job hunting as an actual job. Make sure your resume is mistake-proof and accurately showcases your skills. Use your contacts to find openings that might not yet be posted. Apply for more than one position at a time so you have a chance of hearing back from multiple employers.

Recognize when you don’t get the response you hope for, most of the time it isn’t because you aren’t likeable or skilled at what you do. Sometimes organizations promote from within. Other times they’re looking for something specific that wasn’t on your resume. When you stay positive and keep moving forward, eventually you’ll find the right fit.

Work With a Staffing Agency

At Brelsford Personnel, you’re not just a list of qualifications on a piece of paper. Our primary mission is to provide truly personal staffing services. We love what we do for work, and we thrive on helping others find ways to do the same. Search our open positions and see if we can help you find the job of your dreams.

Virus Proof Your Workplace in 4 Steps

Virus Proof Your Workplace in 4 Steps

The news is full of unsettling information about Coronavirus spread, and that’s likely to escalate in the next few weeks. But the truth is, there are almost always germs floating around, and no one wants to risk getting sick.

Bosses and managers can emphasize good habits and show workers they care about their overall well-being by prioritizing good health. Protect against both bacterial infections and viruses in the workplace when you follow these steps.

Educate Everyone

It’s okay for them to think of you as the company germophobe if it leads to better health. At your next meeting, spend a few minutes giving a refresher course on how microscopic organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa spread. Then explain how regular, thorough hand washing kills them.

Most germs, including Coronavirus, spread through moisture droplets that pass from person to person. Sneezes, coughs, saliva, even breath can transfer infection. Since with many illnesses, hosts can be asymptomatic and still contagious, employees should be proactive about guarding themselves and their co-workers from the risk of infection.

Supply Germ Fighting Products

It doesn’t do any good to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze if after you do, you touch doorknobs, light switches and shared computers. It’s better to catch those germs in a tissue, but employees don’t always have much warning before a coughing or sneezing fit. Help them out when you stock up on tissues and place them where they’re easy to reach.

Place hand sanitizer right next to the tissues. Grab a squirt now and then yourself to subtly encourage others to do the same.

Pass out packets of sanitizing wipes so staff can disinfect their personal workspaces. If employees eat lunch in a breakroom or other shared area, leave a tub of wipes there as well.

Encourage Sick Staff to Stay Home

Some employees don’t call in when they aren’t feeling well because they’re afraid it will reflect negatively on their performance. Others feel like they need to “tough it up” and power through, so they take medication to mask symptoms and report to work as usual.

However, it’s better for everyone if sick employees stay home. They’ll get well faster and won’t risk infecting their co-workers. Make sure your team knows you encourage them to take time off if they get sick.

Make Disinfecting Easier

Virus and bacteria-laden droplets can stay infectious for hours, even sometimes days after they land on surfaces. Disinfectant kills them, but if your workplace is cluttered, they have plenty of places to lurk in the mess.

Consider requiring employees to clear their desks at the end of the day and to not leave personal items in shared work areas. That will make it easier for your cleaning crew to thoroughly disinfect.

When everyone works together, germs don’t have a chance to spread. You significantly reduce everyone’s risk of getting sick at the office.

How to Know if Job Hopping is Hurting Your Opportunities

How to Know if Job Hopping is Hurting Your Opportunities

Nobody ever sets out to bounce around between employers, sometimes life just works out that way. If you’ve made a few job changes and you have a reasonable explanation, it might not hurt, but if it’s a pattern, it can be a red flag to employers.

So how do you know if recent job changes are keeping you from finding a better job? How much change is too much? Is there anything you can do if you’ve made several moves in the recent past? Read on to find answers.

How Much is Too Much?

Last year the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of a national longitudinal survey that sheds some light on averages. They looked at people born between 1957 and 1964, individuals who have had plenty of time to experience job movement. On average, they held 12.3 jobs after they turned 18. They were employed 78 percent of the time. When they were working, 75 percent of their jobs ended in fewer than five years.

In contrast, people born in the 1980s had worked at an average of six jobs by the time they reached their 26th birthday. People are changing jobs more frequently than they did in the past, especially younger workers.

Some movement is expected. Employers aren’t looking as much at your overall number of jobs as the time you’ve spent at each one. When employers see you’ve had multiple jobs and you’ve been at each of them for a year or less, that’s when job hopping becomes a problem.

How Long Should You Stay at a Job?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published averages for that too. In a 2018 survey, median employee tenure was 4.3 years. Most of the time, older workers stayed longer in one position (an average of 10 years for those between 55 and 64), and younger workers moved sooner (workers between 25 and 34 changed at about 2.8 years). It’s not a problem if you quit one job soon after your hire date, what concerns employers is when quitting becomes a pattern.

It could hurt your chances of getting a new position if you quit before your one year anniversary unless you have a good reason. Employers will understand if you had to move when your spouse got transferred or if your company shut down, but if you changed frequently because you were bored or you didn’t like your co-workers, they could feel you’re not going to stick around at their company either.

What You Can Do at Your Next Interview

If you’re looking for a new job because you feel like your current situation isn’t working for you, take a hard look at what you don’t like now and what you want for your future. If you’re looking for a company with more advancement opportunities, better technology, a more flexible schedule or some other benefits, only apply with employers who offer what you’re looking for. Then don’t turn in your notice with your current boss until you’ve found a job that will be a long term fit.

Ask questions at your next interview to learn about the benefits, opportunities and culture of the company you’re considering. Let your interviewer lead, but look for signs you could be happy working there long-term. If you jump into a new role just thinking short-term, you might find yourself unhappy again in a few months, but with a little patience and research, you could end up on a rewarding career path.

Brelsford Personnel has positions with the opportunity for long-term career growth, and we take the time to talk with candidates about their career objectives. On our website you’ll find resume writing tips, dress code guidelines for the job search and interview tips to help you land a job you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Change In the Wind at the 2020 Energy Summit of Northeast Texas

Change In the Wind at the 2020 Energy Summit of Northeast Texas

Mark your calendars now for the 10th annual Energy Summit of Northeast Texas on March 24. In the past decade, this event sponsored by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee has become the most well-attended and recognized regional energy conference. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event.

What’s Changing in Texas Energy

This year’s theme is Texas Energy Matters: The Changing Face of Texas Energy. The conference has always offered the latest insights on oil and gas. Now for the first year ever, part of the focus of the Energy Summit of Northeast Texas will be on renewable energy. Consider these statistics:

  • Texas ranks number one in the nation for installed wind capacity and number of wind turbines.
  • Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma, just four states, account for 52 percent of the nation’s wind electricity generation. Of that, Texas generates more than 25 percent.
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts by 2050, renewables will provide almost half the world’s electricity, with wind energy making up nearly 35 percent of that total.

Oil and gas won’t be going away anytime soon, but the mix of energy sources is changing. There’s so much room for growth in terms of renewable energy. It’s an exciting topic Energy Summit speakers will explore in-depth.

Why 10 Years of Energy Summits

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee has sponsored the Energy Summit of Northeast Texas 10 years in a row to raise awareness about the industry in general and to highlight its connection with jobs in Northeast Texas.

“Most people relate to the energy industry only when they are filling their car up with gas,” said Gates Brelsford, Chairperson for the event. “But it’s one of the most important industries in Northeast Texas. Not just in Tyler but in Longview, Kilgore, Gladewater and the surrounding areas.” As much as one in six area jobs are tied to the Texas oil and gas industry.

The impact of Texas energy spreads far beyond Northeast Texas. “We’re literally changing the future of countries” says Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil and Gas Association and one of the event’s speakers, “because we are making affordable, reliable, clean-burning energy available for them.”

Who Will Be Speaking

At the Northeast Texas Energy Summit, this list of current speakers (to date) will address the significant changes and adaptations happening now in the industry:

  • Wayne Christian – Chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). This state agency regulates the oil and gas industry, industry safety and surface mining. Because of RCC’s influence on oil and natural gas pricing and supply, it might be one of the most important regulatory entities in the United States.
  • Brent Bennett, Ph.D. – Energy Storage Consultant for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The challenge when it comes to renewable energy involves storing harvested wind and solar energy and putting it into the grid. This Texas native shares his expert knowledge in utility-scale energy storage systems.
  • The Honorable Jason Isaac – This four-time State Representative is now Senior Manager and Distinguished Fellow of Life: Powered at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He’ll speak on the topic of Raising America’s Energy IQ.
  • BP Strategic Planning Group – A representative will share with attendees The Impact of Renewables on Global Energy Demand.

Who Should Plan to Attend

The 2020 Northeast Texas Energy Summit is for anyone who has an interest in developments in the energy industry. Last year’s event had more than 450 attendees and speakers integral to the industry, with similar numbers expected this year. Event participants weren’t just from oil and gas companies, they were a broad mix of representatives from accounting firms, banks, government agencies, law firms and other business entities.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are a way to help raise awareness of top energy industry issues while getting your name in front of a large audience. The Conference takes place in the Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center on March 24 from 10:30 to 2:00. For more information or to secure tickets, call the Tyler Chamber of Commerce at (903)592-1661.