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Lunch & Learn: Employee Retention Strategies for 2021

  • August 24, 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Virtual




Employee Retention Strategies for 2021

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

11:30 am -12:30 pm

With all of the challenges finding workers in these post-pandemic times, holding on to our existing employees becomes even more important. Share ideas with other BAMA members. Proven strategies that have worked and continue to work. Join this interactive discussion.

1) Proven strategies that work

2) Why employees stay?

3) Things I can implement in the short term to retain staff

Learn about the IMT Apprenticeship Grant 

As one of the first statewide registered apprentice programs focused on entry-level manufacturing skills for new and existing employees, the IMT Apprenticeship Program is a competency-based, cost-effective alternative for employers to train their employees to their own standards.

Through mentorship and technical instruction, employees receive on-the-job training to learn necessary skills while earning a paycheck. This new program addresses entry-level skills gaps and provides foundational manufacturing knowledge regardless of the specific occupation, which will help give apprentices the tools they need to move on to more specific occupations. It also provides online, on-demand flexible access for students with lifestyle, work schedules and geographical barriers that often prohibit participation in traditional “classroom” offerings.


Bob Kinney, Accelerate Results Group

Bob Kinney honed his skills in a dynamic business career which included two expatriate assignments (five years in Asia, three years in Mexico), working for three global 500 companies and two smaller private companies.  

Bob has fifteen years in GM roles with full P&L responsibility and has led startups, turnarounds, acquisition integrations and transformations in safety, quality, productivity, and culture. As a business advisor and executive coach, Bob is able to call on the following areas of expertise: Business Acceleration, Business Startup - Lean Canvas & Lean Startup, Innovation, Product Development, Process Improvement – Lean & Quality,  Manufacturing Systems – ERP &MES, Psychometric Assessments: DISC Index, Values Index, Attribute Index; and Asia Sourcing.

Bob is on the Board of Bay Area Manufacturer’s Association (BAMA), heads up the Innovation RoundTable’s and is Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. Bob was the 2020 recipient of the BAMA Distinguished Service Award.

Bob is a Certified Manager (CM), Certified Mentor, Certified Innermetrix Consultant (CIC), has a Lean Management Certificate and is a Six Sigma Quality Coach. He has authored numerous handbook’s and best practices, including: EZ Kaizen™, JIDOKA Quality™, HuddleUp™, Innovation: Total Portfolio Approach and has taught these methodologies to over 2,500 people in Asian, Latin, and Western cultures.

Bob is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and earned his MBA from (Kellogg and Wharton) through a joint academic program of Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, and Chulalongkorn University.

Antoinette (Toni) Joyce, FloridaMakes IMT Apprenticeship Coordinator 



Toni Joyce has been in the professional, non-profit management sector for over 20 years.  She is a life-learner combined with an Associate Degree in Business Management, a certification as a Grant Writer / Consultant, and continuing education credits in Conflict Resolution, Professional Ethics, Motivational Speaking, Employment Law and Government.

Her primary professional background is in Association Management with careers as an Executive Director for the National Association of Social Workers; Membership Director with the American Federation of Teachers; Advocate and Lobbyist in both Frankfort, Kentucky and Washington, DC.; Development Director for Highlands County Habitat for Humanity; Sector Strategy Program Manager for CareerSource Heartland and in her current position as Apprenticeship Engagement Coordinator for FloridaMakes.

Toni has held volunteer positions with Hospice and with a community service organization for the rehabilitation and recovery of substance abusers and their families.  She is an 8-year resident of Highlands County, relocating from Louisville, Kentucky.  She enjoys music, theater, the Arts, decorating and providing mentoring and positive leadership to the next generation of our workforce.

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P.O. Box 167

1324 Seven Springs Blvd

New Port Richey, FL 34655 



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