Joel Leonard has traveled the globe to elevate workforce performance. Over the last two years, he has helped support the growth and expansion of the 11-county region surrounding Fort Bragg by coaching the eight local community college presidents. Joel introduced numerous workshops, new industry certifications and technologies into that region. Most notably, Goodyear reports that by attending his classes, the company has saved more than $800,000 by conserving energy costs.
The average age of hundreds of thousands of maintenance people across the globe is 48. Members of the boomer generation have started to retire, leaving empty maintenance positions unfilled. Companies are facing a challenge in finding qualified workers to fill these vacancies. With no one to fix broken pipes, frayed wires, aging equipment, and few who understand how to support modern automation technologies, nations are finding themselves in what Joel Leonard has coined, “The Maintenance Crisis.”
A former vice-president of the Association for Facilities Engineering, Joel is taking the lead internationally in identifying, explaining and helping to solve the problem. His creative strategies to build awareness have included holding job fairs specific to the maintenance industry. As a result of his efforts, Joel was appointed to the United States Council on Competitiveness, a national think-tank whose purpose is to work with legislators and the White House to inform policy decisions that lead to effective strategies for economic development. Internationally, corporate and governmental leaders are seeking Joel’s advice, He has been interviewed on National Public Radio and CNBC.
Working with Chicago-based Putman Media, Inc., a publisher of nine trade magazines, Joel has been a contributing columnist for Plant Services Magazine since 2004. The 140,000 readers have followed his work onto the Internet, where, in 2007, Joel founded SkillTV.net, the first on-line television network dedicated to helping build awareness of and offering solutions to the “Maintenance Crisis.” Programming includes interviews with congressional leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, educators, engineers and maintenance technicians in the US, Canada and abroad.
In 2008, Joel received the Gold Award for his column in Plant Services Magazine from the American Society of Business Publications Editors. He writes for MaintWorld Magazine out of Helsinki, Finland and contributes regularly to the Strategic Asset Management Newsletter out of Australia.
Joel has often presented at and been the keynote speaker at national and international conventions since 1998. In 2008, he was the first American to deliver the opening address at the Euro Maintenance Conference in Belgium, a meeting attended by governmental and corporate leaders from 51 nations. He was the first American Chairman of the Middle East Maintenance Managers Conference in Dubai in 2008. His songs, “The Maintenance Crisis” and “Find Me a Maintenance Woman,” have been played on National Public Radio and downloaded more than 300,000 times. They are often played at major conventions.