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1980 1985 1983 Graduated from Marietta College 1983 Hired as director of operations at Spectrum Resources 1986 Named executive vice president at Spectrum Resources 1990 1995 1990 Hired as president of Tazwell Corporation 1995 Founded Enhanced Technologies LLC 1996 Hired as the marketing and business development manager at Eagle Manufacturing Company 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 “We are creating hope and a future that will help West Virginians shine for many years into the future.” 2009 Named president and CEO of Eagle Manufacturing Company 2010 Founded the Joseph and Debra Eddy Foundation 2014 Established the Joseph Eddy Technology Scholarship Fund at WVNCC 2014 Founded the WVMA Educational Fund Inc. and was named chairman of the board 2017 Testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce 2017 Named to the advisory board of the National Institute of Standards & Technology-MEP Program of protecting people, property and the planet. He also commits time to produc- ing optimism among West Virginia manu- facturers, skills among young people who will seize the jobs of the future and hope for the state. Under his direction, Eagle has signifi- cantly expanded its product lines and market channel and created many new jobs. He has also helped make community involvement a part of the fabric at Eagle. His employees serve as volunteer firemen, coach local teams and serve as pacesetters in the local United Way campaign. The company also offers summer internships for employees’ college-age students and more than 500 students, and community members tour the factory each year. Over the years, Eddy has become a lead- ing voice for manufacturing and energy, both statewide and nationally. He currently serves on the boards of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) and the National Association of Manufactur- ers (NAM), as well as the boards for the West Virginia Northern Community Col- lege (WVNCC) Foundation, Marietta Col- lege’s McDonough Leadership School and West Virginia University’s global supply chain management advisory council. He also serves on the Regional Economic Development Partnership board, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Charleston Industry Roundtable, West Virginia Eco- nomic Development Authority board and advisory board for the National Institute of Standards & Technology-MEP Program. In an effort to help prepare the next generation of manufacturers, he founded the Joseph and Debra Eddy Foundation and the Joseph Eddy Technology Schol- arship Fund at WVNCC. He is a founder and chairman of the board of the WVMA Educational Fund and its Explore the New Manufacturing middle school cam- paign, which promotes career track educa- tion, leading to skilled trades in advanced manufacturing. “West Virginia is at the epicenter of the natural gas boom,” he says. “We have al- ready developed the upstream and mid- stream energy industries, and with further development of downstream chemical and manufacturing, we will see unprecedent- ed creation of jobs and technologies that will give our young people the opportu- nity to have rewarding careers that pay excellent wages in West Virginia. We are creating hope and a future that will help West Virginians shine for many years into the future.” At the end of the day, his mission is to empower West Virginians: to teach them to fish for life, so to speak, instead of giving them fish for a day. “I believe in the gen- eral principle of alleviating poverty by facilitating self-sufficiency—by teaching a man a trade or by putting him into a business—so he may earn an honest live- lihood and not be forced to the alterna- tive of holding up his hand for charity. I believe the opportunity for prosperity for all West Virginians is at our doorstep.”  WWW.WVEXECUTIVE.COM S P R I N G 2 017 99