On Friday, July 24, the Coalfield Development crew gathered at West Edge for our Coalfield Council Day event, a once-monthly occurrence where the Coalfield Development team mingles and makes strides in personal and professional development.
Staff Accountant Yang Zhang kicked off the day’s events, leading with a talk about his experience immigrating from northeast China and how he’s found his home among the hills. Twelve years ago, Zhang moved to Huntington, and he’s been here ever since.
“When I first got here, I was surprised by the forest resources and the coal resources and the mountains and the rivers — they’re very pretty, and I really liked it,” Zhang said of Appalachia.
Prior to becoming a full-time staff member at Coalfield in 2019, Zhang collaborated with and worked in various capacities with Coalfield Development. As a contracted accountant, he said he was always impressed by the “healthy” finances, as well as the overall talent of the team. He recalls working for Coalfield when the organization had 10 employees — a fraction of the staff it has today.
“At that time and that moment, I wished that maybe I could work for Coalfield,” Zhang said. “My dream came true, and I’m a member of Coalfield now.”
Joining the Coalfield Development team, Zhang said, helped him redefine — and achieve — his American dream.