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Steve Lovig Implements New Employee Recognition Program

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Friday, June 21, 2019

Congrats to Steve Lovig, Director of Human Resources at HOMESTAR Financial Corporation, for implementing an Employee Recognition Program, after years of talking with and educating CEO and other leaders about the importance. It will have social-media type instant recognition, along with nominations for annual awards.

Steve said, "I am excited to offer the program to our 525 employees!"

Awesome job Steve!

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Congrats to the 2019 HR Excellence Award Winners!

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Friday, June 21, 2019
Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019

SHRM-Atlanta in partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle celebrated 17 finalists and announced the award winners at the inaugural HR Excellence Awards held on June 13, 2019 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! 

With over 250 in attendance and in front of a sold out audience, David Rubinger, Atlanta Business Chronicle Market President and Publisher, along with Jeanne Artime, CEO of SHRM-Atlanta, presented finalists and announced the winners in each award category designed to honor human resources leaders who are making an impact within their companies by elevating the role of HR as a key driver of business growth and innovation.



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Announcing the HR Excellence Awards Finalists!

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Brand new this year! The HR Excellence Awards honors human resources leaders who are making an impact within their companies or organizations by elevating the role of HR as a key driver of growth and innovation.

2019 HR Excellence Award Finalists

*organizations with SHRM-Atlanta members

  • Mary Beth Allen, Chief Human Resources Officer, Emory Healthcare*
  • Khara Julien, Chief Human Resources Officer, GMS
  • Crystal Williams, Chief Human Resources Officer, FLEETCOR
  • Dan Cathy, CEO, Chick-fil-A
  • Kristin Ethridge, Campus Recruiter, Bennett Thrasher*
  • Noelle Holdsworth, Employer Brand Manager, T-Mobile USA Inc.*
  • Bradford Wilkins, Chief People Officer, Altisource
  • Anastasia Falconio, Chief People Officer, Kids II Inc.
  • Norman Hill, Vice President of Human Resources, Sheltering Arms
  • H.R. “Shashi” Shashikant, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Novelis*
  • Wanda Hayes, Senior Director, Learning and Organizational Development, Emory University*
  • Joel Kearns, Vice President, Global Talent Management and HR, First Advantage Corporation*
  • Nidhi Verma, Vice President, Learning & Talent Management, Crawford & Co.*
  • Camye Mackey, Chief People Officer, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena*
  • Haley Wood, Global Recruiting Manager, eVestment*
  • Ann Burris, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources, Georgia Department of Human Services*
  • David Jones, Chief Human Resources Officer, WellStar Health Systems*


Would you like to help celebrate the Finalists? Join SHRM-Atlanta and Atlanta Business Chronicle as we announce the Winners at the HR Excellence Awards. Enjoy networking and refreshments in the gardens as we reveal the winners in each category and celebrate all the honorees.

HR Excellence Awards Celebration

JUNE 13 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Space is limited.

Click here to register

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Valerie Ross joins Mercer as Senior Health & Benefits Consultant

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Monday, April 8, 2019

Congrats to Valerie Ross on her new position as Senior Health & Benefits Consultant with Mercer! 

Valerie said this about her new position: "I am excited to share that after a successful and fun job search, I have a new position at Mercer as a Senior Health & Benefits Consultant. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to move to the consulting side of HR and Benefits."

We're so happy for you, Valerie!

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Jodi Green joins Tatum Hillman & Powell LLP as Senior Counsel

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Monday, April 8, 2019

Congrats to Jodi Green on her new position!

After working for over a decade as a Senior Investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor - EBSA, Jodi L. Green joins Tatum Hillman & Powell LLP, boutique law firm in Atlanta, to represent employers with retirement plan compliance and audits. 

Great news!

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NASCO named a Top Place to Work

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Monday, April 8, 2019

Congrats to SHRM-Atlanta EVP of Member Relations Barbara Bell-Dees! 

Barbara is the Vice President of Human Resources & People Services at  NASCO, LLC. The organization was recently recognized as a top place to work in Atlanta, finishing #9 in the mid-size category at the AJC's 2019 Top Workplaces event.

Awesome news!

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Atlanta Braves hire Deretta Cole Rhodes as SVP of HR

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Friday, February 22, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Congrats to SHRM-Atlanta Board Member Deretta Cole Rhodes who has been hired by the Atlanta Braves as  their new Senior Vice President of Human Resources. 

Deretta brings with her over 20 years of diverse experience at several Atlanta-based companies, most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. 

Congratulations, Deretta!

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Good luck to our Spring 2019 Certification Class!

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Thursday, February 14, 2019

SHRM-Atlanta’s 2019 Certification Prep Course has begun and we are thrilled to welcome our Spring Cohort! This fabulous group of students, with the guidance of expert instructor Xavier Cugnon MS, SHRM-SCP, PHR, is well on their way to getting SHRM Certified. Best of luck!

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David Hughes joins OneDigital Health and Benefits as Practice Leader for HR Consulting

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Congrats to David Hughes who has joined OneDigital Health and Benefits as Practice Leader for HR Consulting to their clients in Georgia.

David was previously VP Human Resources at an Atlanta-based 500+ employee, $400M insurance broker for 14 years, and earlier served as Managing Director with a retained executive search firm in Boston.

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Noelle Holdsworth awarded Clemson Roaring 10 Award & selected to serve on the Talent Brand Alliance Board

Posted By SHRM-Atlanta, Thursday, October 25, 2018

Noelle HoldsworthCongrats to Noelle Holdsworth who was recently awarded the Roaring 10 Award from the Clemson Young Alumni Council that annually recognizes ten outstanding individuals for their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. The honor is given to those individuals who exemplify Clemson University’s core values of honesty, integrity, and respect. 

 In addition, Noelle was also recently selected to serve on the Talent Brand Alliance Board.  Awesome job, Noelle!

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