Steve Wood is President and CEO of Work Opportunities Unlimited, Inc. He joined the company as Vice President of Planning and Chief Financial Officer in 1996, and was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000. As Chief Executive Officer, Steve is responsible for management oversight of Work Opportunities Unlimited, and has direct responsibility for administrative operations in Dover, New Hampshire.
During Steve’s tenure the Company has grown to a core team of 280 employees providing employment services in 250 communities in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and Maryland. The Company has a “Strategic Map” that guides its operations and which includes a mission statement, core values, and vision, has leadership development and management training programs, a and is an “outcome-based” company where each employee is measured by the outcomes they achieve for their customers. Annually the Company serves over 3,000 people.
In his earlier career, Steve spent seventeen years in the banking industry in Maine and New Hampshire. He began his career as a Branch Manager, and advanced to Commercial Loan Officer, Assistant Vice President and Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer. In addition to his commercial lending experience, he served in senior positions on banks’ Loan, Personnel, Safety, Community Reinvestment Act, and Asset-Liability Committees. He also taught courses for the American Institute of Banking.
For the five years prior to joining Work Opportunities Unlimited Steve launched and grew a consulting practice specializing in strategic planning, implementation, and tracking; managing organizational change; human resource development; safety management; and financial management, which included cash flow, debt and bank negotiations, and cost accounting.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in 1975, where he was a member of the Senior Skull Society, and his Master in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 1987. He also graduated from the Williams School of Banking. Steve has been involved in dozens of community and charitable organizations.