William Obenauer

Billy ObenauerFor over a decade, Billy Obenauer performed in corporate leadership roles and managed individual location operations for both small, privately-owned retailers and nationally recognized corporations. During this time, he introduced innovative cost-cutting procedures to his employers and led dynamic sales teams while reviving the profitability of numerous failing retail locations. As a manager, Obenauer was responsible for hiring and training hundreds of employees over the course of his career, sometimes leading teams as large as one-hundred individuals.
Upon leaving the retail industry, Obenauer, who holds a B.S. in Professional Retail Management from Bellevue University and an M.S.E.D in Business and Marketing Education from SUNY Oswego, began teaching the leaders of tomorrow at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center. As an educator, Obenauer works with leaders in business along with other educators to develop curriculum that will prepare his students for a successful transition into the world of business. His high school students frequently perform field work with local businesses, participate in business competitions, and earn a variety of industry-recognized credentials through their studies.
Obenauer is also an MBA candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Presenting: Successfully Integrating Today’s Entry-Level Employee into Your Company’s Culture
Because of his diverse background that includes both management and education, this is a topic that Mr. Obenauer is uniquely qualified to discuss. Having seen and experienced a variety of viewpoints in this issue, he believes that despite some of the challenges that businesses often face with today’s entry-level employees, these individuals can bring a variety of skills to your business and become an asset to your success.
This, however, only holds true if they are in the right environment. This means that you not only have to hire the right –NOT THE BEST– candidate and that you must be willing to work with that candidate to ensure his or her success. Now, this does not necessarily mean that your company culture has to change to meet the needs of your new hires, but it does mean that you may need to be willing to adapt your approach.
For many of us, the concept of adapting our approach to meet the needs of new hires may seem absurd. If we are hiring them and giving them an opportunity, why should we have to change anything for them? The answer is simple: happy, educated, and productive employees improve bottom lines and in the end, a healthy bottom line is the only victory in the world of business. This session will guide you as to how you can adjust your approach with new employees without compromising your culture.
Contact Info:
Billy Obenauer
(802) 379-9222
william.obenauer@gmail.com