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EO Prepares for Grand Opening of New Facility and Welcomes Rodney Fogg as Vice President of Operations

June 27, 2024

EO continues its unwavering commitment to the Commonwealth with the addition of Rodney Fogg as Vice President of Operations. Fogg will play a pivotal role in guiding the organization's operations as EO prepares to open the Regional Workforce and Child Development Hub.

In addition to overseeing the 87,000-square-foot facility, Mr. Fogg will provide strategic leadership and oversight of EO's administrative and organizational operations. His responsibilities will encompass policy and procedures, risk management, information technology, human resources, and facilities management.

"We were looking for someone capable of delivering operational excellence as we prepare to launch the Regional Workforce and Child Development Hub," explained Travis Staton, CEO and President of EO. "Rodney brings an extensive background in facilities, IT, and human resources. Moreover, he leads with a people-first philosophy that perfectly aligns with EO’s core values. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team."

Fogg is a distinguished 35-year veteran of the United States Army, with a career that includes multiple deployments supporting combat, humanitarian, and peacekeeping missions in Iraq, Kuwait, Haiti, and Somalia. Rising to the rank of Major General, he has held numerous leadership roles, culminating in his position as the Deputy Chief for Operations (G3) at the Headquarters of the U.S. Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

An active community member, Fogg serves on the King University Board of Trustees, engages with the local military community, acts as an elder at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, and supports various volunteer initiatives. Originally from Castlewood, Virginia, he has returned to his roots in the Appalachian Mountains and now resides in Abingdon, Virginia, with his wife of 35 years.

“I am thrilled to join EO at this exciting time,” shared Fogg. “This organization is poised for tremendous growth and will positively impact the region for generations. I am honored and excited that my background and skills will contribute to such meaningful work.”

In addition to welcoming Mr. Fogg, EO has reorganized several senior leadership roles within the organization to better serve our mission:

· Mary Anne Holbrook, formerly Vice President of Community Impact, is now Vice President of Development.

· Beth McConkey, formerly Vice President of Development and Outreach, is now Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

· Mark Seamon, formerly Vice President of Finance and Operations, is now Vice President of Finance.

· Kristy Worley, formerly the Director of Community Impact, is serving as the interim Vice President of Programs

"The senior leadership team at EO collectively boasts nearly 150 years of experience in leading people and organizations towards excellence," shared Staton. "In addition to our leadership team, we have some of the most talented, hardworking individuals in the region working at EO. I am proud of our people and excited about our work to ensure thriving communities and the well-being of all individuals."

About EO

EO Companies (EO) is a Virginia-based 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to research, pilot, and scale innovative solutions so that communities can thrive. EO has a 60-year history of developing innovative programs, including the Regional Workforce and Child Development Hub, the Rural Summit, and Ignite Career Commons. EO challenges the status quo and brings positive change to local economies by working with private, public, and philanthropic partners. By prioritizing education, workforce innovation, and wellness, EO strives to guarantee that future generations can meet the demands of a rapidly evolving world and that communities have opportunities to grow and thrive.

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