Longtime businessman Tom Higgins has been named president of the Kentucky Teleworks work-from-home organization and service.
Higgins will oversee the day-to-day operations of Kentucky Teleworks, which identifies legitimate full-time and part-time work-from-home telework career opportunities with national and global employers, and provides citizens across Kentucky and other states access to these jobs.
Higgins brings to the position nearly 30 years experience as an accomplished sales executive with Audio Authority Corporation, a multi-million dollar electronics manufacturer based in Lexington.
This experience includes business and product development and account and project management with local, regional, national and international clients and companies, including Walmart, Best Buy, Sears, Fisher-Price, and Philips.
“As we prepare to expand Kentucky Teleworks into a true national service, we knew it was important to find someone to lead our efforts who has a proven ability to successfully establish and manage accounts with multiple major employers on a national level,” said Jeff Whitehead, executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP).
Based in Hazard, EKCEP is both the founder and an ongoing affiliate organization of Kentucky Teleworks.
“We’re looking to Tom to help Kentucky Teleworks grow to new heights, become an even more viable economic development tool for our region and state, and help more citizens than ever before find rewarding work-from-home careers,” Whitehead said.
As president, Higgins will help guide Kentucky Teleworks’ latest efforts, including the Jan. 1, 2014, launch of a redesigned and revamped www.kentuckyteleworks.com featuring enhanced job-search capabilities for jobseekers and new job-matching capabilities for telework employers and workforce development organizations.
Plans are also in place to fill to capacity the Teleworks Hub in Hazard and a second Hub planned for McKee in Jackson County, where citizens who lack the digital infrastructure required for telework jobs at home can still take advantage of remote-work opportunities.
Kentucky Teleworks connects jobseekers with work-from-home job opportunities once they register on the website. The service also hosts local events like job screenings and job fairs, as well as Web-based virtual job fairs.
Over the past three years, hundreds of citizens have found full-time and part-time telework jobs through the service. More than 1,000 available telework jobs have been posted to the Kentucky Teleworks online job board, and more than 13,000 jobseekers have registered for the online job-search service.
Additionally, partnerships have been formed with major national and global telework companies like StarTek, Convergys, Sutherland, IPSOS, and N.E.W. Corp. that have brought telework job opportunities to Kentucky.
Higgins said he welcomes the opportunity to help build on these successes.
“The need for this service is undeniable, the vision is unprecedented, and the opportunity for me to ‘pay it forward’ by helping others is unmatched,” Higgins said. “I am glad to be part of this extraordinary team and am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”