After nearly a decade in China, ValueWorks has developed the team and the infrastructure to deliver the finest luxury decor, stone and artwork to the U.S. design and building industry. Specializing in the casino, resort and hospitality industries, ValueWorks helps its clients turn their building projects into spectacular destination locations. And by working directly with its clients and with the finest suppliers, manufacturers and craftsmen in China, the ValueWorks team brings hands-on collaboration to every project.
ValueWorks is committed to meeting the needs of its customers through impeccable quality; competitive pricing; reliable, on-time delivery; and the highest standards of service.
ValueWorks' Leadership Team:
President and Chief Executive Officer
A 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner, ValueWorks President and CEO Ed Kohorst is an internationally recognized information designer and architect. Drawing upon 30 years of experience and leadership in the U.S. information industry. Mr. Kohorst serves as a consultant to businesses in Southeast and Central Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, and North, Central and South America.
During his industry career, Mr. Kohorst directed visual communication strategies for the Pulitzer Publishing Company and the Belo Corporation. Under his leadership, both companies gained national recognition that increased their business exposure, prestige and reputation.
Mr. Kohorst is especially expert in positioning clients for global marketing and branding, launching brand positioning campaigns, and developing image strategies to enhance visibility and increase sales.
Chief Strategic Officer
A member of the Choctaw Nation, ValueWorks?Chief Strategic Officer Patricia Parker is a longtime business owner in the Washington, D.C., area and an active leader in the Native American business community.
Ms. Parker is Chairwoman of the Native American Women's Business Council, an Executive Board member of the National Indian Business Association, and an Associate Member of the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
Ms. Parker, who was featured in the book, Self-Made Millionaire Women, has received numerous awards, including the Native American Business Leaders Award, Outstanding Contractor of the Year, Office Depot Business Woman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement ?Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, and Top Virginia Minority Business.
Chief of Operations
An award-winning business process analyst, Olivia Casey is in charge of operations for ValueWorks in the U.S. and in China. Ms. Casey is a publishing industry leader in designing technology and implementation strategies for mission-critical business systems. A patent-holder for an enterprise-wide content management system, Ms. Casey spent nine years at the Belo Corporation.
Because of her innovative work in business process development, Ms. Casey has received numerous awards, including the Wharton/Infosys business transformation Award from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, the Real/Ware Award for Business Enterprise Content Management Application; and the InfoWorld 100 Award for Best Use of Technology for Business Enhancement.
Chief of Information
A holder of multiple patents and a specialist in enterprise-wide system architecture and design, Chris Wynne guides ValueWorks?internal technology services. His work includes serving as chief architect and managing developer of a publishing content management system that references print and digital data across a national U.S. media network. The 1 billion-record system, built for the Belo Corporation, serves one-fourth of the U.S. Media market. A 40,000-terrabyte video archive and retrieval system extends the comprehensive integration across the company’s national network of television stations.
Much in demand as a technology writer and speaker, Mr. Wynne is also the recipient of numerous technical awards, including the CIO Award for Enterprise Integration from CIO Magazine and the New Technology of the Year Award for the Newspaper Association of America.
Chief of Marketing
An expert market strategist and product developer, Linda Crider focuses on ValueWorks?marketing and communications.
With more than 20 years as a journalist, Ms. Crider has worked as a consultant with a number of top companies, including Procter and Gamble, the Chicago Tribune, Bell Telephone, and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, to develop marketing products and strategies.
Prior to ValueWorks, Ms. Crider served as Director of Product Development for the Belo Corporation, where she led a number of product initiatives. Before Belo, Ms. Crider was a tenured professor at Miami University, where she was founder and director of the Center for Interactive Media Studies, which focuses on interactive media research and development.