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Adkins to resign from WIB board
Plans to start own consulting firm

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins has resigned her job as executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to start a marketing and public relations business.

Her resignation is effective June 30, the end of the WIB’s fiscal year. She said she may stay longer if her successor is not able to start work by then.

The WIB now is advertising the position.

“It has been a dream of mine for several years to take this leap of faith to launch my own business,” Adkins said, noting that she received support and encouragement from her family and friends.

She said that having turned 50 recently, she decided that if she ever was going to make a career change, “it’s now or never.”

Adkins is starting KEA Consulting Services. In addition to marketing and public relations, the firm will do communications work and fundraising, an announcement showed.

KEA are her initials.

Adkins has been the WIB’s executive director since 2007. The organization provides leadership and direction for workforce services in Martinsville-Henry County as well as Patrick and Pittsylvania counties and Danville, according to its website.

During the WIB’s board meeting on Monday, Adkins listed accomplishments of the organization in the past six years of which she is proud.

At the top of the list is locating together multiple workforce services agencies and programs at Virginia Workforce Centers in Martinsville and Danville.

They include the Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services and activities administered by community colleges, adult basic education programs and other organizations to provide employment and training opportunities, Adkins said.

Other WIB accomplishments she mentioned included:

• Being able to maintain two satellite workforce centers in Chatham and Stuart.

• In addition to an annual budget of about $3 million, leveraging an extra $4,471,365 from alternative revenue sources to be used toward workforce planning and education and training subsidies in the region.

• Restructuring the organization to provide stronger program oversight, as well as stronger oversight of federal and state funds, and

• Building and maintaining relationships.

“This board leads by example when it comes to building and maintaining relationships,” Adkins said. “Because of this, workforce services and activities are more integrated, streamlined and convenient for individuals and employers.”

WIB Chairman Jim Daniel commended Adkins for her contributions to the organization, as well as her dedication to her job.

“While we commend her desire to move on to her next challenge,” Daniel said, “the enduring success of our board will serve as a great testament to the progress we have made in workforce development during Kim’s time with the organization.”

Prior to working for the WIB, Adkins was president of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce for eight years.

She recently began serving her second two-year term as the city’s mayor. In Martinsville, the mayor is elected from among city council members.

Adkins is in her first four-year term on the council. She was first elected mayor immediately after she was sworn into office as a council member. It marked the first time in 60 years that a council member was chosen for the post right after taking the oath of office for his or her first council term.

The WIB’s executive director position pays $75,000 to $90,000 annually. For more information on the vacancy, go online to


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