Mikell Fryer is current Owner of Fryer’s Independent Consulting LLC, where he is a workforce, economic development, employment, unemployment, and recruiting problem solver. Mikell is a 24-year U.S. Army Veteran and Gulf War Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He is also a veteran of the Georgia Department of Labor where he served as a Regional Director. Mikell served as Regional Director of Georgia’s largest Region and managed ten Georgia Department of Labor American Job Centers with two satellite Offices and a Workforce Investment Area with over 200 employees providing employment, unemployment, Workforce Investment training, and support services to citizens in 30 of Georgia’s 159 counties, and Russell County in Alabama, and Leon County in Tallahassee Florida.
Mikell came to the Georgia Department of Labor in 2000 as a unit supervisor in the Albany Career Center. In 2001, he was named Manager of the Camilla Career Center in Camilla Georgia. In 2002, Mikell was named Supervisor of the Year for the Georgia Department of Labor. Mikell was named Manager of the Columbus Career Center in November 2003. In 2004, 2005 and 2006, Mikell led the Columbus Career Center to the Employment Service Office of the Year Award by the American Legion and U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mikell was also named Manager of the Year for Veteran Services by the Georgia Chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professional in 2004, 2005 and 2006. The U.S. Small Business Administration named Mikell the 2006 Small Minority Business Champion of the Year for Georgia. He was also named the Southeast Regional Small Minority Business Champion for the eight southeastern states. Mikell was named Georgia Department of Labor’s Career Center Manager of the Year by Labor Commissioner, Michael Thurmond in 2006 and was appointed Regional Director for Southwest Georgia in 2007. Mikell was awarded the 2009 Public Service Award by the Georgia Rehabilitation Association and in 2011; Mikell was recognized by the Greater Columbus Minority Chamber as one of Columbus Top 20 Men of Influence and their first Hall of Fame Inductee.
Mikell is very active in civic affairs and worked with employers, public officials, and local Chambers of Commerce in over 30 counties in Southwest Georgia. Mikell served as a member of the Southeastern Employment and Training Association (SETA), the Lower Chattahoochee, Middle Flint and Southwest Georgia Workforce Investment Boards. Mikell has served on the Greater Columbus Chamber Partners in Education Board, the Better Business Bureau Board of Southwest Georgia, the Enrichment Services Policy Council, and chaired the Muscogee County Youth Development Council. Mikell also served on the advisory boards of Columbus Technical College, Muscogee County and Russell County Career Technical and Agricultural Education, the Columbus Housing Authority, and currently serve on the IAPES Foundation Board.
Mikell is a 14 year member of IAWP and has served in numerous positions in the Georgia Chapter to include Chapter President. He has also served in numerous positions on the International board to include District VI Director, Chapter Developments and Marketing Chair, Vice President, President Elect and currently serve as the IAWP International President.
Mikell is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Georgia Economic Development Course and The University of Georgia’s Executive Commitment to Excellence in Leadership (EXCEL) Program. Mikell holds an Associate degree in Management from the University of Maryland in College Park, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration where he graduated (magna cum laude) and a MBA in Human Resources from Columbia Southern University. Mikell is a Workforce Development Master and Certified Workforce Specialist.