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February 10, 2013

INROADS Names New Chief Operating Officer

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Michael T. HolmesFormer INROADS regional executive returns, bringing strategic talent management, talent acquisition and relationship management expertise

ST. LOUIS, MO, January 22, 2013— INROADS, Inc., the nation’s largest non-profit source of salaried corporate internships, has appointed Michael T. Holmes as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Holmes will lead and manage a comprehensive array of services and programs for INROADS to establish the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, staff and systems necessary to grow the organization, ensure financial strength and maintain operational efficiency.

“Michael has a strong commitment to development and a deep understanding of the INROADS process, and I am very confident about the leadership and operational acumen he will deliver to INROADS’ mission and strategies,” said Forest Harper, President and CEO of INROADS, Inc. “

From 1985 to 2001, Mr. Holmes served INROADS as Executive Vice President, National Accounts Manager and Managing Director of Fairfield-Westchester Counties, gaining significant operations management experience and demonstrating significant leadership, stewardship, business and relationship development skills. The two regions he oversaw in his former role at INROADS — Northeast and New England  – are, to date, two of INROADS’ most successful and critical.
“Michael can move seamlessly into leadership to make an immediate impact as the new COO, based on his sixteen years of previous experience at INROADS, and thanks to his strong leadership, client relations and sales abilities,” Harper said.
In addition to his INROADS experience, Mr. Holmes’ professional background spans academia and the manufacturing, financial and professional services industries. Most recently, Mr. Holmes served as Director of Global Talent Acquisition for Terex Corporation, a diversified global manufacturer, where he was responsible for leveraging recruiting strategies creatively, utilizing social media, as well as trend and data analysis. Prior to that, he initiated strategies to increase diversity recruiting efforts as Director, Strategic Talent Management & Global Diversity for Pitney Bowes, and as Vice President, Diversity Sourcing Manager for Citi Group.
Mr. Holmes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross.

The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.  Founded in 1970, INROADS, Inc. is the nation’s largest non-profit source of salaried corporate internships.  INROADS has placed students in over 127,000 paid internships throughout its history, providing students with the skills and competencies necessary to be successful in advanced careers, and graduated over 25,000 Alumni into fulltime professional and managerial positions with over 1,000 Corporate Partners.  With over 35 offices throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, INROADS has consistently been named one of “America’s Top 10 Internships” for over 15 years. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,800 Interns and 230 Corporate Clients. Top Corporate Partners of INROADS include United Technologies Corporation, Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu, MetLife, Kaiser Permanente, KPMG International, Lockheed Martin Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, MasterCard International, UPS, General Electric Company, CenturyLink, Inc., Google, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Travelers Companies, Inc., TARGET Corporation, and AT&T Inc. To learn more, visit

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