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Congratulations to AMS’ Chief Workforce Development Officer Ken Wiseman

Congratulations to AMS’ Chief Workforce Development Officer Ken Wiseman,

on his nomination for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award!

The Journal has planned two digital events surrounding the award, and both events are offered free of charge to all who register. Ken will participate in the first session on March 17th, taking part in a panel discussion featuring companies and individuals who have shown an exceptional commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Ken will be participating with four other nominees on a panel called “Master Class on Diversity, Inclusion & Equity.”

For information on Ken’s participation: CLICK HERE

March 17th 2:00pm PT – Register for free: CLICK HERE

The live digital awards event will take place on Wednesday, March 24th at 2:00pm PT. Register for free: CLICK HERE

All 2021 nominees will be highlighted within the March 22nd edition of the LA Business Journal, with all finalists and winners featured in the March 29th edition.

We know that for years Ken has welcomed the challenges of managing a diverse work population. He has said, “Managing diversity is more than simply acknowledging differences in people, it is recognizing the value of the differences, combating prejudices and promoting inclusivity.” To ensure all leadership understands AMS’ core values, Ken has personally conducted leadership training on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity with AMS leadership.

We encourage you to register for the March 17th virtual event in order to enjoy the panel discussions, and also to cheer him on at the digital awards event on Wednesday, March 24th. He deserves it, and we are very proud that he is representing AMS!

Watch Ken on the “Master Class” panel March 17th 2:00pm PT – register for free: CLICK HERE

AMS CEO Nominated for SCV Man of the Year

We’re celebrating! AMS CEO, Ken Wiseman, has been nominated for a prestigious award – the Santa Clarita Valley Man of the Year. According to the organization’s website, the purpose of the Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year Recognition is to honor men and women who have given outstanding volunteer service to the Santa Clarita Valley area.

Ken was nominated for the honor by the SCV Sheriff’s Foundation. LASD Capt. Robert Lewis talked about Ken’s contributions to the station which include 15 years with Search & Rescue and 8 years as President of the Sheriff’s Foundation. He further highlighted the new DIVERT program that is a partnership between the station and AMS Fulfillment, This program, along with county funding, will allow AMS to provide adolescents who have had a brush with the law (and have been referred by the station) employment and educational opportunities at AMS.

According to SCV history, Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year was started by the Newhall-Saugus Chamber of Commerce as the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year.” The year was 1964. The Newhall-Saugus Chamber became the SCV Chamber of Commerce. Today the event is operated by the SCV Man & Woman of the Year Committee, an independent nonprofit organization. Winners are selected by the Committee of previous honorees. Honorees receive a cash award that they may give to the charity of their choice.

The SCV Man & Woman of the Year Committee has put forward a group of 9 men and 13 women who are inspiring leaders in the community.

The 53nd Annual Premier Volunteer Recognition Event, 2019 Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year dinner, will be held Friday, May 3, 2019, at 6 p.m., at the Hyatt Valencia. https://scvmw.org/

 

AMS Featured in SCVEDC’s Official Podcast

SCV Means Business, the official podcast of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation. President and CEO Holly Schroeder interviews business leaders in the SCV community in order to highlight the ways that businesses make a difference in the community.

Recently Holly interviewed Ken Wiseman, CEO of AMS Fulfillment. Ken talked about the growth of AMS into a full 3PL servicing the needs of 62 companies, in 580,000 sq. feet of warehouse space with over 300 employees. In this interview Ken and Holly discuss the ‘Amazon effect’ and direct-to-consumer shipping and the expansion of AMS to the East Coast.

Ken goes on to talk about AMS’ innovative workforce development, how AMS is using the power of partnership to meet logistical challenges, and why the company decided to become a Certified B Corporation. He explained the AMS philosophy and mission statement, and how this mission naturally led to becoming a social enterprise (B-Corp), joining the ranks of only 2,300 businesses in the world that are committed to operating ‘For the world’. Ken reveals the long-term benefits of investing in employees in the way that AMS has invested, through training and education.

Holly describes AMS as an example of a great company making a difference in the community. Please enjoy this excellent podcast, interview with Ken Wiseman of AMS Fulfillment.

 

AMS Joins Business Leaders at Mayor’s Committee Luncheon

Recently AMS joined SCV business and political leaders at the Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals With Disabilities Annual Luncheon, held at the College of the Canyons Culinary Institute. The February 22 event was highly anticipated, very successful, well attended by the community, offering an excellent meal, and some teaching moments for the Committee.

Ken Wiseman, CEO of AMS and Chair of the Committee, introduced the program, which began with encouraging words from SCV Mayor Laurene Weste. The first high point of the program was when Mayor Weste introduced Stephanie Kamel, 1st place winner in the 2017 Art Contest for Students with Disabilities. Stephanie received resounding applause for her artwork, which was the award being presented.

The main highlight of the event was a slide presentation by Committee Board Member Charlene Lowe, who introduced the ‘Bias Buster’ theme. Some of her Key points were:

Everyone has biases; it’s part of being human. It’s important not to be ashamed of this basic fact. If you have a brain, you have bias. •Even a tiny bit of bias can have big consequences. •Unconscious bias against people with disabilities appears to be higher than with any other group. •Real impacts: The employment rate for people with disabilities in California is much lower than the employment rate for people without disabilities. •The outcome of reducing bias is improved quality of decisions. First step: •Hold yourself accountable. •Empower everyone to call out unconscious bias. •Commit to One Action: Be prepared: Change your language, listen positively! Be visible: Join a group, get a sticker, wear a t-shirt! Bring it up: Share articles and stories, start conversations to educate others.

Other board members including Ken Wiseman, Tom Iland, and Scott Shepard also joined in presenting real life examples of biases they had observed.

The Mayor’s Committee presented awards to twelve organizations recognized as having provided employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. The Committee then awarded companies that had directly supported their efforts to get out and meet with potential employers. AMS Fulfillment was among the organizations receiving awards. Other recipients included: the City of Santa Clarita, Boston Scientific, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, College of the Canyons, Jersey Mike’s, Neo Tech, Cardinal Health, Pacific Lock, Princess Cruises, and Lowes Santa Clarita Store #1510.

AMS Fulfillment is proud to support the work of the Mayor’s Committee, and appreciative of the Committee Members who put great effort into this work throughout the year: Ken Wiseman, Charlene Lowe, Scott Shepard, Tom Iland, and Araz Valijan.

AMS CEO Undertakes Climb to Fight Cancer

wisemanCommunity service has been at the forefront of the personal life of AMS CEO Ken Wiseman for many years. There is a long list of volunteer positions he has held including Chair of the Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, six years as president of the SCV Sheriff’s Foundation, 11 years on the Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team, Board member of the SCVEDC and Member of the SCV Homeless Coalition.

AMS has created a unique corporate culture, with service to family and community being nurtured in many ways since opening our doors for business. We were proud indeed when our CEO received recognition from The Signal as #1 most influential Business Leader in Santa Clarita Valley in 2016 in their listing of “Top 51 Business Leaders.”

Ken has led the company into utilizing a multitude of entry-level positions to help individuals from many parts of the community find entry and reentry into the workforce. AMS seeks out challenged and motivated individuals, provides employability skills training and mentoring opportunities, and prepares these employees for higher paid jobs. In addition, AMS has undertaken a groundbreaking educational effort in alliance with College of the Canyons, offering free classes to employees and the community within two dedicated AMS classroom spaces, one being a new 25-person computer lab.

Once again, with a great deal of pride in our CEO, we ask the community to support him and his son in an admirable effort to serve through personal effort. The following is Ken Wiseman’s message to the public:

Dear friends and associates,

To raise funds for cancer research, my son Eric and I have embraced the Fred Hutch Cancer Research challenge to climb Mount Hood as a father and son team June 10-11, joining other associates of mine from Los Angeles County Sheriff Search & Rescue Teams, of which I am a volunteer. Our group is hoping to raise $25,000 to support Fred Hutch Cancer Research.

Ken is CEO, and son Eric is an Operation’s Manager at AMS Fulfillment. Outside their careers, Ken is President of the SCV Sheriff’s Foundation, and a 12-year volunteer with the SCV Search & Rescue Team. This will be Ken’s 3rd climb to raise money for Cancer research, and Eric’s 2nd.

Why We Are Doing This

Along with the other Search & Rescue team members on this trip, we are raising funds to address the challenge that every day faces individuals who are diagnosed with Cancer. We hope a cure is within our reach.

Almost 11 years ago Ken reached the summit of Mount Rainier and proudly flew the prayer flag that he had carried to the top. Ken and Eric also climbed Mount Rainier last year. Between the two climbs and the combined efforts of the team that climbed, they raised over $50,000 for cancer research.

At the time of Ken’s first climb, his sister Lauren was battling Breast Cancer. We are grateful to say that Lauren has been in remission since that time and is doing well. With much progress in breast cancer treatments, many have put cancer behind them, but others have not had such blessed recoveries.

Like many challenges, the training, the commitment, and the resolve to accomplish are best undertaken when the rewards benefit others. Such is the nature of this venture, and the reason we have once again joined The Fred-Hutch Climbing Challenge. May our victory on the mountain play some small part in the more outstanding one that can be achieved through a cure for cancer.

Please Send a Gift

You can make a difference. Your support, perhaps the names you share with us to place on our prayer flag, and the stories many of you will share, all reinforce our mission. Please click on this link to give to the “Climb to Fight Cancer.” Every gift helps!

Kindest regards,

Ken & Eric Wiseman

Ken Wiseman Seeking Santa Clarita City Council Appointment

20130924_212945-2On January 6th AMS CEO, Ken Wiseman, submitted his application for appointment to the position of City Councilman for the City of Santa Clarita. This is exciting news for the business community and for AMS. As Wiseman pointed out in his application, for some time he has been a guiding force behind AMS’ commendable hiring practices, which serve the community in significant ways.

In the application, Wiseman said, “AMS Fulfillment’s mission, to balance the needs of our Customers, Organization, Community, and Self, has set an example of how an organization can be an integral part of a community, utilizing our multitude of entry-level positions to help individuals from many parts of our community find entry and reentry into the workforce. We are unique as an organization in that we seek out challenged and motivated individuals, provide employability skills training and mentoring opportunities, and prepare these associates for higher paid jobs. We know full well that we will be preparing them for promotion opportunities, many of which will be outside of AMS. While this may seem foreign as a business strategy, we know that it provides AMS with a reputation in our community that will attract enthusiastic and motivated entry-level personnel who will take the job we offer and turn it into a career. We give people that start.”

The first, and perhaps most important question asked by the Council to all applicants is the reasons why they want to serve. Wiseman’s response revealed his passion for the community and his leadership skills, which are demonstrated by the hiring practices and educational opportunities at AMS that greatly benefit minority communities and individuals who face employment challenges. Wiseman’s passion for service has been an inspiration, providing real-world help to many of the more than 360 individuals who work at AMS.

He told the Council, “I have volunteered in numerous not-for-profit organizations with my longest volunteer role being as a member of the SCV Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team for eleven years. As I reduce the time commitments in my professional career, I see that I will have more time to devote to my community.”

Some of the volunteer positions Wiseman has held include: Chair of the Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, Six years as president of the SCV Sheriff’s Foundation, 11 years on the Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team, Board member of the SCVEDC and Member of the SCV Homeless Coalition. Wiseman was honored to receive recognition from The Signal as #1 most influential Business Leader in Santa Clarita Valley in 2016 in their listing of “Top 51 Business Leaders.”

One of the achievements of which Wiseman is most proud, is the groundbreaking educational effort AMS is making in alliance with College of the Canyons, in which AMS offers free classes to employees and the community within two dedicated AMS classroom spaces, one being a new 25-person computer lab. These classes are managed and taught by both AMS and the College personnel. Proudly, the course on English as a second language is going into its fourth semester with over thirty participants.

Wiseman concluded his application by saying, “This is my home, this is where I chose to have my business, and this is where I choose to give back to my community.”

We have seen in the past that Wiseman is determined and successful. His appreciation for the recreational areas, trails and natural environment are the concerns of all Santa Clarita residents, as are his concerns for people and families who need opportunities.

If you would like to meet the candidates for appointment to the Santa Clarita City Council, there will be a public forum, featuring the candidates, at the University Center at College of the Canyons, Valencia campus. It takes place on January 12 at 5 p.m.

AMS CEO selected as “volunteer of the year”

Los Angeles, CA – April 2008 – Ken Wiseman, of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s Search and Rescue Team, nominated by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, has been selected as the “Volunteer of the Year”. Ken was honored and recognized at the Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year luncheon on Monday April 21, 2008, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Click here for the full press release.