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Leadership Venango Holds Seventh Session: Business & Economic Development

The 2019 class of Leadership Venango met for their seventh session to learn and discuss diversity, local economic development, and conflict management. The session was hosted by Komatsu and included a tour of the research and development facilities the company uses to move their product forward.

Komatsu’s Alan McBride provided the first presentation on Komatsu’s approach to inclusion and diversity. There is a strong business case for making sure your teams are focused on respect and having an open mind. Having or allowing personal judgements in a group causes people to shut down and dampens creativity. Alan shared how one of the biggest hurdles can be getting the executive team to buy into the value of diversity and actively promote open mindfulness. Working with people who are different is all about learning what we can from people who see things from a different perspective.

The biggest areas for improvement include gender diversity, disability inclusion, and cognitive diversity. Cognitive diversity is simply accepting different ways of problem solving and different methods of thinking. Left unchecked, unacceptance of different ways of thinking will obstruct a productive work environment. Alan also shared with us how, as a company, Komatsu works toward development of individuals in these types of areas through professional networking and mentorship.

The second part of the morning involved an “MBA in an hour” where Frank Hajduk of SCORE discussed economics and particularly, the economics of the local economy. He provided input on the capitalist and socialist dynamics of the American economy. A lot of focus was put on our local economy, its history, its potential future, and what it needs to succeed.

The local economy is defined by its job centers and everything within a one hour travel time. One of the most important dynamics, according to Mr. Hajduk, is the flow of money and product into and out of the local economy. If money is brought into the area, the area will see economic growth, but if money is carried or spent outside of the local area, it hurts the local economy.

This stressed the importance of the shop local mentality and the Be Here initiative.

The final discussion was brought by Pamela Watkins about conflict management. Pam is an experienced human resources (HR) professional who is the director of HR at Matric Limited and provides HR consulting through Watkins HR Strategy. There are many things that create conflict in a workplace and in any group involving people. The discussion of causes of conflict correlates closely with the discussion on diversity.

Many of the biggest issues start with barriers to communication and respect of peoples’ position and perception. There are many methods that people use to deal with conflict ranging from detrimental to constructive, and the most constructive way may not always be the same. In the end, there are real and measurable costs associated with conflict. Building on the theme of the day, we need to learn how to manage conflict as part of maximizing productivity and enhancing the benefits of life in the local economy.

Pam challenged the group with further reading of the book Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott.

Leadership Venango will meet again on April 10 at the Venango County Fairgrounds on Empowering Your Community. For more information, visit

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s April 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

FLEX Member Highlight: Alan McBride Gets Job Promotion

IMG_0117-1Congratulations to the current FLEX Membership Committee Chair and past FLEX Vice President & Secretary Alan McBride for a recent job promotion! Alan is now the Global Manager of Inclusion & Diversity at Komatsu Mining Corp.

In this new position, Alan will focus on customer engagement, design for diversity, formal mentoring programs, recruiting and hiring practices, and inclusion and diversity elements of core leadership training programs throughout the organization.

He will be developing and leading projects with support from Komatsu’s Global Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Council, which is made up of 18 employees from 9 different countries.  Alan will also work with Komatsu Limited’s Diversity Department in Japan and their Global Women’s Network.

Alan has worked at Komatsu for about 7 ½  years. He started as an intern in 2011 and moved into the Talent Management Department in 2016.

“If I can make a positive difference in the lives of employees through our inclusion and diversity initiatives, as well as continue to support their career development and professional goals, then I feel like I am effective in my job,” he told us. Best of luck with your new position, Alan!

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) November 2018 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.


Matric Receives Komatsu Premiere Supplier Award

matric awardCongratulations to Matric Limited out of Seneca for receiving the Premiere Supplier Award from Komatsu Mining Corp. This is the third time the business has received this award, and the second year in a row. Matric also held a safety lunch in celebration of reaching it’s 60-day accident-free milestone.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Meet Our Board – Alan McBride

Alan McBride has served on our board since the beginning of this year. He has worked with the Komatsu Mining Corp. for six years in recruiting and talent management. His position is focused on employee-development, which has allowed Alan to experience a new perspective and truly make an impact on the organization.1-DSCF5759

Alan also serves as VP/secretary of the Chamber’s young professionals organization, Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Exchange (FLEX). He enjoys bringing Komatsu’s summer interns along to FLEX’s annual Summer Kickoff event to expose them to networking opportunities in our region.

Outside of the Chamber, Alan also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for United Way of Venango County. In his free time, Alan enjoys golfing as a member of Wanango Country Club. He also loves spending time on the river and exploring the area’s many trails.

Alan loves being a part of a smaller community. He feels that efforts made to improve the area have effects both regionally and globally. He is passionate about drawing people to the area and is very proud to work for a global engineering base located in Franklin.

“My goals align with the goals of the Chamber, especially when it comes to growth in the area,” said Alan. “Identifying emerging talent in our region invigorates and excites me.”

As a board member, his focus is on implementing the strategic plan to cause economic growth and development in our region.

“I really want to help create a community where young professionals can thrive,” Alan said.

Alan’s passion for the community drives him to continue to work towards creating a bright future for the region.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s August 2017 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.