Clyde R. McQueen serves as President/Chief Executive Officer, of the nationally recognized job training and placement enterprise, the Full Employment Council (FEC), Inc. Since 1987, FEC has been the strategic workforce entity and fiscal agent for two Workforce Development Boards, serving five counties, including two of the largest cities in Missouri, Kansas City and Independence, in a region that covers 2,700 square miles serving urban, suburban, and rural markets.
He previously worked as the Division Director of Training and Employment Development for the Texas Department of Community Affairs, the administrative agency for the Workforce Development system throughout the State of Texas. Clyde also served as Chairman of the Technical Review Committee for Economic Development, which oversaw the disbursement of an economic development fund for non-entitlement cities. He developed the program design and application procedure for the state’s Economic Development Grant Program, which utilized community development block grant funds for economic development.
Clyde served as Administrator of Technical Programs for the Texas Economic Development Commission where he worked with communities and various groups to develop strategies for attracting businesses and industries into specific regions of the state. He served as an Administrative Technician, working with small and minority businesses, providing management and technical assistance in securing contracts and financial assistance.
Clyde also served as an Assistant Instructor at Texas State University, and as a Field Supervisor for the City of San Antonio Nutrition Program. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Speech Communications and Political Science from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He completed the Top State Manager’s Executive Education Program at Duke University.
As a volunteer, Clyde has served as President of Kansas City Consensus, President of U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Workforce Development Council, President of the National Association of Counties Training and Employment Professionals, President of the National Business League (Centex) Chapter, Chairman for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, and a member of the Missouri Automobile Task Force, the Community Development Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank/Kansas City Region, Missouri Community Service Commission, United Way of Greater Kansas City, The Starlight Theater, and the Austin/San Antonio Corridor Council.
Presently, Clyde serves as an executive committee member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Board member of the United Services Community Action Agency, Board member of the Clay County Economic Development Corporation, member of the Personnel Committee of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, and a Board member of the Construction Workforce Development Board of the City of Kansas City, MO.
Clyde has been recognized as “Professional of the Year” by the Missouri Association of Workforce Development, “Local Hero” and “100 Most Influential Kansas Citians” by Ingram’s Magazine, “Job Training Professional of the Year” by the National Alliance of Business, “Distinguished Service Award” by the Texas Association of SDA Administrators, and “Top State Manager” by the State of Texas.
Clyde has also been awarded resolutions, sponsored and the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate on his accomplishments in workforce development. Clyde has testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee regarding the reauthorization of workforce development programs in the United States. Clyde also was recognized in the Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives and inducted into the Missouri Walk of Fame to honor the achievements of African Americans who made significant contributions to the state of Missouri. He also received a Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas City NAACP and recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. His work has also been cited in Nations Business Magazine and the New York Times.