The Michigan Works! Association awarded SEMCA Michigan Works! CEO Gregory Pitoniak the Christine Quinn Excellence in Leadership Award during its 2022 Annual Conference.
The award recognizes an individual who has exhibited excellence in leadership by inspiring others and influencing outcomes within workforce development. The award was created in 2020 with Edythe “Edee” Copeland the former Capital Area Michigan Works! as its first recipient.
“Greg’s experience has been critical to the workforce system as he has provided valuable political and legislative insight as well as using his considerable connections to advocate for the system and provide direct access to decision makers,” Ryan Hundt, Michigan Works Association CEO, said. “His leadership and dedication to Michigan Works are unmatched and we are extremely proud to recognize his work with this award.”
Greg Pitoniak has been the CEO of SEMCA Michigan Works! since June 2007. Previously, he served as a Taylor City Councilman, State Representative, Mayor of the City of Taylor, and Deputy Treasurer for the State of Michigan. These roles prepared him for the challenges faced each day by the local and state workforce. His political and legislative insight as well as considerable connections allow to advocate for the system and provide direct access to decision-makers.
A leader in workforce changes from JET to PATH, Greg has been a champion for new and expanded youth programs including the preservation of the Jobs for Michigan Graduates program with a significant push for Michigan College Access Network support, critical for the Governor’s Sixty by 30 by initiative.
Greg has been diligent in overseeing and supporting the commitment to serve as fiscal agent for the Workforce Intelligence Network and the millions of innovative programming this resource has brought to the Southeast Michigan region for expanded apprenticeship and other programs, appealing for additional funding and advocating for and against changes at both the national and state level which could be detrimental to the system.
While Greg’s leadership skills have been critical to statewide success, he has also led one of the most successful Michigan Works! Agencies. SEMCA Michigan Works! regularly leads the way in performance measures, but his true leadership lies in his encouraging staff to be bold, be engaged and be a good partner. SEMCA staff are often involved in workgroups and committees dealing with significant issues impacting the workforce system as well as being asked to speak frequently on their successes. This is not by accident it is by design as he believes every team member plays a vital role in our collective success.