The Mystery of the Missing Workforce

The Mystery of the Missing Workforce

The objective of this forum is to discuss the state of our current workforce. Where are the workers?  Is there a labor shortage? Are people just not wanting to work or is something else happening?  The goal is a greater understanding of the changes in the workforce, the employment market and what some of the solutions might be.  If you are in business, your greatest asset is your employees.  What do you need to do to attract and retain your most valuable asset? 

We welcome you to be present for this Tower Forum discussion!

Tim Petrillo– Co-founder/CEO of The Restaurant People

Newton Sanon– President/CEO of OIC South Florida

Dr. Howard Frank

Dr. Howard Frank- Director of The Metropolitan Center

Mason Jackson MODERATOR-Former President/CEO of Career Source Broward





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Tim Petrillo

Mr. Petrillo is the CEO and Co-founder of The Restaurant People, Inc. (TRP). TRP has owned and operates various full service restaurants from casual to fine dining in Broward and Dade counties, including: Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle, Himmarshee Bar & Grille and SIDE BAR, The River House and Yolo and O Lounge, VIBE Music Lounge, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza West Coast Developer, S3 Sun, Surf & Sand, Fork & Balls and SKY26.

Tim is also the Co-founder of Urban Street Development which includes: Florida State University Collegetown, New River Trading Post Development, Foundry/Mill Lofts, Flagler Storage, and Atlantic Avenue East.

Mr. Petrillo is heavily involved in his community, serving on various boards and associations. Some of these organizations include the City of Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, Jack & Jill Children’s Center, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Himmarshee Village Association, Fort Lauderdale Downtown Council, Museum of Science and Discovery and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.

He has received numerous awards including the City of Fort Lauderdale “Downtowner of the Year”; Chamber of Commerce “Broward Business Leader”; Junior League of Fort Lauderdale “Community Service Award”; Sun-Sentinel “Excalibur Award” Broward Business Leader of the Year; South Florida Business Journal “Diamond Award” CEO of the Year; and South Florida Business Award “Up & Comers Award” Leaders under Forty.

Newton Sanon

Mr. Newton Sanon obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout; he continued his studies at UW-Stout and obtained a Master’s Degree in Training in Human Resources Development. Mr. Sanon is a recent graduate of Wharton’s School of Education Management Development Program, where he was able to further hone his skills and expertise to continue serving the mission of OIC of South Florida.
In his capacity of President and CEO of OIC of South Florida, Mr. Sanon is committed to the advancement of the underserved via vocational training and education. OIC of South Florida’s’ programming remains in working with individuals who are re-entering society after being incarcerated, and is the leading provider of job training and placement for returning citizens in the area. OIC’s Reentry Program has been highlighted on CNN and was instrumental in securing the “Honor of Hope” award from the White House Office of Faith and Community based initiatives. This prestigious recognition is given to only one faith or community-based organization per State.
Mr. Sanon has exponentially expanded OIC’s services in the South Florida area; having started with just 2 employees (himself and a part-time secretary) and has flourished to approximately 185+ staff members. Given the demand for OIC’s services, Mr. Sanon saw it fit to change the agency’s name and reach in 2009 and is now OIC of South Florida, providing services in Broward County, Miami Dade County and Palm Beach County to come in the future. OIC of South Florida’s annual budget began at $125,000 upon Mr. Sanon’s arrival, and is now $10 million annually and growing. His stewardship at OIC has solidified over $85 million in state, local, federal and private dollars.
As a result of Mr. Sanon’s leadership, and dedicated staff, over 45,000 now former recipients of public assistance, returning citizens, incumbent workers, un-employed and or underemployed residents of South Florida have obtained employment over the past 19 years and are now taxpaying and therefore contributing citizens of South Florida.
A proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Sanon is also a past honoree of The 40 Most Influential & Prominent Black Professionals of South Florida Under the Age of 40 by Success South Florida Magazine, U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Advocates Entrepreneurs and Life Time Achievers, Leadership Florida Class of XXXIV, a Graduate of Harvard University’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management and a member of the Orange Bowl Committee. Most recently, Mr. Sanon was appointed by the Broward County Board of Commissioners to serve as a member on their Police & Criminal Justice Review Board.

Dr. Howard Frank


Mason Jackson-Moderator

Retired President/CEO of CareerSource Broward and the Broward Workforce Development Board for 34 years, Mason has been a Workforce Development professional for 44 years.  He has also been statewide association President twice and national association President.  Formerly he served on many local boards including the Coalition of Care, the Early Learning Coalition, The Greater Ft Lauderdale Alliance and the Greater Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, A frequent presenter on workforce issues at the local, state and national arenas, A Forum member,  has been a presenter at the Tower Forum several times.