Welcome to my professional personal website. Below, I share a little bit about my career experience and accomplishments. I also have pages listing my areas of expertise, links to news articles where I was interviewed, a list of my professional memberships and volunteer involvement, a link to Hard Hat HR (my blog), and how to contact me.
I spent the first 22 years of my career in the retail industry with a Fortune 100 department store chain where I advanced through the ranks of store management, human resources, and operations. My career progression ultimately lead to the role of General Manager where I was responsible for the management and operations of two branch stores. I lead both branch stores to the coveted “Store of the Year” award and was formally recognized as one of the top 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 retail industry in 2008 to join a uranium mining company where I worked my way up to became the Sr. Director of HR, IR/PR, and Administration. I was able to successfully apply my knowledge, skills, and experiences to build the company’s HR department to be a key contributor to the success of the company, the world’s lowest cost uranium producer. Half my time was spent at the mine site and the other half at our corporate offices allowing me to identify and report personnel/operational issues to senior management and offer effective solutions. I built effective long-term relationships with employees at every level in the organization and I am accomplished at building excellent community and public relations by developing strong professional relationships with community leaders and government officials. I am also effective at discovering and delivering creative expense savings in a tight budgetary environment.
My mission as an HR Professional is to partner with an organization’s business units and develop, implement and support programs and processes that add value to the organization and its most important asset, its employees. This leads to improved employee morale, engagement, growth and retention, while being committed to the organization’s business objectives and financial goals.
I believe an excellent HR organization understands that organizations are only as good as their workforce allows them to be and, ultimately, every organization succeeds of fails because of its people.