Catholic Business Fellowship - Providing the Link Between Employers and Jobs for the Catholic Community is a comprehensive ministry formed from a need within the Catholic community to provide and promote a networking bond in order to gain employment by creating contacts of existing business executives with potential employees predominately from the Catholic community. This effort is coordinated by business, human resource, and management professionals with extensive expertise in strategic partnering, and successful practical job search/job acquisition techniques.
What ultimately separates the Catholic Business Fellowship Ministry from the other programs is our methodology of being a complete one-stop program that encompasses all aspects of the initial employment search all the way through to employment acquisition, and retainment. What also is unique is our practical experience in job searching and attainment, whereas our seminars, workshops, and meetings will be conducted by persons who have "walked in your shoes”, and understand the family and financial situation and impact job loss can create. Our approach can and may be supplemented by the many liaison programs within the Diocese which already offer a day of refreshment, prayer, music, cold call/meet networking, or other approaches.
Catholic Business Fellowship at its core is a multi-faceted approach consisting in part of pre-networking, (our established connections), networking , application preparation, resume creation, teaching interview skills, interview preparation and techniques, how to create the ‘well stocked briefcase’ of letters, organizational tools, and strategies, how to tap and utilize the job market search engines, how to utilize other hidden job source networks, follow up skills, negotiating the offer, and continued follow-up coaching to enhance and sustain employment. Catholic Business Fellowship offers a one-on-one personal and invested experience which offers a “Catholic/Christian" networking perspective, and therefore also involves a workplace inherent of Christian ethics, which will upon placement translate into an inviting workplace and situation for the employee.
Catholic Business Fellowship is a 501 C3 non-profit religious organization which will depend on tax deductible donations to support the ministry in its efforts to help the unemployed or under-employed population through opportunities for education, community building and peer-support with specifically designed workshops, seminars, and events. The ultimate goal of Catholic Business Fellowship is to be able to help this faction of our populace find gainful employment thus helping themselves, their families, and their community.
Gary Barragan is presently the Executive Director of Catholic Business Fellowship; Providing the Link between Employers and Jobs for the Catholic Community.
Gary has more than 25 years of varied management experience and has managed staffs in excess of 500 team members at a single location. Gary has led these companies through start-up, survival, turnaround, and growth modes.
Gary began his career at 18 years of age during college at U.C.L.A. as an entrepreneur/co-founder of The Food Warehouse Company which is a straight line predecessor of the now famous retail warehouse club stores, but for the exception that The Food Warehouse Company was a retail company that sold single to case lots at tiered wholesale prices but did not require membership.
Gary has spent over 30 years as a mid to executive level manager in major industries with major responsibilities within the Human Resource function. He simultaneously managed financial, call center, government, transportation, production, hospitality, data management, theme park, entertainment, warehousing, construction, special events, and legal entities. Some of this experience includes: Site Manager for American Express, The Student Loan Federation, and AARP. Manager of Rideshare Development Operations for OCTA, Manager of Entertainment and Costuming for Disneyland Resort, Consultant for Disney Pictures/Buena Vista Special Events, Operations Manager for Boomers Family Fun Park, and GM of Skatetown Family Entertainment Center. Gary was also Managing Analyst & Human Resources Manager for DriverFacts and MCP Computers.
Gary is an established business and technical author with extensive publications in business planning, start-up, policy and procedures, human resources, service manuals, and technical operations. Gary is known as “the best manager I ever had”, a mentor, and leader, and is an exceptional motivator, communicator and team builder. Gary has created lasting friendships with his former staff and they remain in constant contact over the years. Gary’s mentor was and is (Coach), John R. Wooden, and Gary both follows and teaches the principles involved in the Pyramid of Success.
Gary is an active member of his community and has served in a host of volunteer positions including Executive Officer for the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus at SCdA, Coordinator of The Heart & Soul Ministry, and Coordinator for SVdP’s ‘Friends Outside’ events.
Presently with Gary’s expertise in the Human Resources and Labor field he has performed ground-up creation of a new 501 C3 non-profit ministry for the unemployed and under employed within our community. Catholic Business Fellowship; Providing the Link between Employers and Jobs for the Catholic Community.
Lastly Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and Certificate Degree’s in both Personnel Management (HR) and Effective Leadership from CSUF.
Gary is married to his best friend in life Jane for 25 years, and he has one son, Jeremy who attends St. John’s University in New York.
My professional profile and contact information are below: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-barragan-95a57613
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John Beatificato - Consultant
John is the creative brainchild behind the idea to develop a volunteer organization to help our community.
John's many years of experience in public relations, business strategies, sales & marketing, purchasing administration, procurement and new business development combined with his abilities to collaborate with people of all personal and professional levels provide the extensive networking outreach to inspire and ensure the success of Catholic Business Fellowship.