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CMTA Board Member Pamela Kan appointed to
Governor’s Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force

 April 17, 2020 Sacramento, CA -- Today, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association’s (CMTA) long time Board Member and former Chairwoman Pamela Kan of Bishop-Wisecarver (BW) was appointed to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Job Recovery to help bring back the State’s economy from the COVID19 pandemic.

"Pamela's knowledge of employer issues in the manufacturing space, coupled with her ability to clearly articulate challenges and present credible solutions will be critical to the Task Force’s success,” said CMTA President Lance Hastings. “It is important to have a manufacturing voice on the Task Force, and Gov. Newsom chose the right person, as Pamela is located in the Bay Area and her company has a long record of success under her leadership."

Kan has served as president of BW since 1999. The 70-employee company, based in Pittsburg California, has operated for more than 70 years, manufacturing motion solutions and equipment to help companies solve their toughest industrial automation challenges. As one of the few female leaders in the manufacturing industry, Kan is active in numerous regional and national trade organizations helping to promote manufacturing as a strong career option, as well as STEM-focused student programs and mentoring groups for women business owners. Kan’s entrepreneurial vision and proven company leadership has led to numerous awards including the 2018 Women’s Business Enterprise STAR for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award and the 2016 Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award from the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO).

"It is an honor to represent the manufacturing industry on this Task Force, at the request of Governor Newsom,” said Kan. “With more than 30,000 manufacturing companies employing 1.3 million employees in California, our industry’s economic impact to the state is significant and so is our commitment to helping through this challenging time. I look forward to serving with the other Task Force members from various sectors to safely bring California‘s economy back to full strength."

The 80-member Task Force will focus on tangible actions that business, labor, communities and government can take to support the quick and safe recovery of California. Working through short, medium and long term solutions, the Task Force will:

  • Represent all communities in the state, emphasizing a fair and equitable recovery
  • Recognize the strength of the state’s regions, diversity, industry, innovation, and labor
  • Focus on sectors and regions hardest hit by pandemic-induced recession

"We commend the Governor, his Department of Finance and GO-Biz team for bringing together the brightest and most innovative sectors and community leaders to get our economy moving again," concluded Hastings. "Like so many times before, manufacturing will be the bedrock of another California recovery and the lifeline to products badly needed in our time of crisis."


Pamel Kan -- President, Bishop-Wisecarver


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