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Welcome to my professional website!

I built this platform to share a little bit more about my career  and educational experience than I can on LinkedIn.

Here is my professional background in reverse chronological order:

Currently, I direct all aspects of HR activity as the HR Director for Seattle based sister companies, Merrill Gardens and Pillar Properties.  Merrill, who’s 2000+ Team Members located at multiple locations in Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina has been named to the 2018 and 2019 Fortune Magazine’s Best Workplaces for Aging Services List. Pillar, who’s  80+ Team Members located iat multiple locations in Washington has been named to the 2018 and 2019 Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of Washington’s Best Workplaces. I’m very proud of my team’s important  contributions towards earning these prestigious workplace culture  awards.

Both Merrill and Pillar are highly respected, innovative, and privately owned senior living and multi-family housing providers, respectively. I joined the company in early 2018 and I’m having the time of my life where my team and I have the honor of delivering strategic Human Resources leadership to our rapidly growing workforce.

I was able to learn a great deal about the HR Consulting business during my time with  the  Denver based Employers Council as a Professional HR Consultant.

Employers Council is the nation’s largest employer’s association for employment law, HR consulting, training, and surveys.  I  joined the organization in 2016 and assisted clients in many different industries with some very interesting HR projects and assignments in the areas of HR function development, HR management, HRIS development, compliance audits, recruiting, staffing, consulting, etc.

I supported a portfolio of terrific clients that included a major national airline, a global biotech company,  a regional hospital, health care organizations, manufacturing & construction companies, engineering firms, and energy companies. I left the organization in 2018 for the opportunity with Merrill Gardens and Pillar Properties.

While I enjoyed my time as an HR Consultant, my strengths and abilities are more suited for the corporate environment.

I did a brief stint in 2017 with this Boulder, CO based startup SaaS company as their Director of People and Culture.

SurveyGizmo is an enterprise–level data collection platform.  I was hired to develop, implement, and manage a state-of-the-art HR function to support their aggressive business life-cycle transition from the startup to growth stage. I was thrilled to be part of a startup tech company but regrettably, they weren’t fully prepared for the strategic HR level I was hired to deliver so I made the difficult decision to move on after only seven months.

In 2013 I launched a blog and podcast called Hard Hat HR which eventually evolved into my independent HR Consulting firm, H2HR Consulting Group.  I provided high quality HR support for a number of start-up, small, and early stage organizations in the Denver metro area. H2HR Consulting Group is currently dormant but I continue to intermittently blog and podcast on HR topics at hardhathr.com.

In 2008 I left retail and completely changed careers by joining Denver based startup, Ur-Energy, as their HR Manager and rapidly advanced to became the Sr. Director of HR, IR/PR, and Administration.

Ur-Energy is a publicly traded high-tech ISR uranium mining company.  I built and developed their first ever HR function which was a key contributor to the company becoming the lowest cost uranium producer in the World.  As often happens in the resource extraction industry, uranium mining and nuclear power experienced (and continues to do so) a serious economic downturn causing the company reorganize. I was included in their final Reduction in Force in 2016.

I started my professional career in the retail industry with The Bon Marche’ of Federated Department Stores, a Fortune 100 department store chain, where I advanced through the ranks of store management, human resources, and operations. Federated Department Stores acquired Macy’s in 1994 and converted all stores to the Macy’s nameplate in 2007.

My career progression ultimately lead to the role of General Manager where I successfully managed the operations of two branch stores. I lead both stores to the coveted “Store of the Year” award and was formally recognized as one of the top managers/leaders in the company. I achieved this by building and developing a team of ~100 employees and managers, aligning them with the objectives of the company and exceeding stretch financial and business goals. I left the company in 2008 to change careers and join an exciting opportunity to help build a company from the ground floor with startup Ur-Energy.

I’m a proud graduate of Montana State University – Bozeman (Go Bobcats!) with a B.Sc. Degree in Business Management. I was very active in the Business Management Club where I served as President in my Senior year after serving as Vice President in my Junior year.

I helped pay for my tuition by delivering and making pizzas at Stromboli’s Pizza during the school year and spent the summer between my Sophomore and Junior years working at the Rising Sun Campground in Glacier National Park. I was also a student athlete as a Freshman and played Division I NCAA football but was forced to retire at the beginning of my Sophomore year due to injuries.

And that, my friends, is a quick summary of what I consider a fun, rewarding, and interesting career path.

Page updated 7/7/2019