At a recent meeting, Employment Horizons’ Board of Trustees welcomed Frank Crippen, Manager of Manufacturing Strategies at Hayward Industries, as its newest member. Crippen who had previously been heavily involved in his children’s activities sought a new volunteer challenge now that his children are grown. He chose Employment Horizons, a nonprofit agency that provides job training and placement skills for individuals with disabilities, due to his belief in the organization’s unique work.
“I like the fact that Employment Horizons uses its resources to provide training, skills, and jobs to their clients (as opposed to just handing out money) which leads to a paycheck and a sense of being a part of a company/community,” says Crippen.
Crippen has been in the manufacturing industry for over twenty-five years and hopes he can use that experience to assist Employment Horizons in expanding their manufacturing job base. Crippen’s manufacturing knowledge is extensive, including managing worldwide manufacturing strategies and Hayward Industries’ international supply chain. Crippen also designed and managed the construction of a 160,000 square foot factory in China.
“I hope I can bring some energy and new ideas to the board which make a positive impact on the organization,” says Crippen. “As a trustee I would expect to learn more about the operation of a successful charitable organization and to understand the challenges facing people with disabilities.” Crippen, who was introduced to the agency by current board member and past board president Nancy Delaney, will serve on the board’s Finance and Planning committees.
Crippen, who holds an MBA in Finance, has also served as a Commissioner for the Morristown Redevelopment Committee, Vice President of Morristown Youth Wrestling, and President of Morristown High School Wrestling Booster Club. Crippen’s philosophy is “live life to its fullest – work hard, but always enjoy the journey.”
For additional information about Employment Horizons or to make a donation, visit www.emhorizons.org or contact Maria Florio at 973-538-8822 ext. 240.