Accomplished Human Resources Professional Highly effective change agent with extensive expertise in Human Resources positions in startup, turnaround and consolidation situations. Further expertise in Employee Benefits, Safety, Environmental Compliance and Risk Management. Demonstrated success transitioning employees and implementing strategies to unify organizations. Proven abilities in conflict resolution, employee relations and talent management. Excellent communicator as evidenced by continued success and growth in changing corporate cultures. Areas of Expertise Strategic Human Resources Planning M & A Due Diligence and Integration SOX & Federal Contractor Compliance Compensation & Benefits Risk Management OSHA & Cal/OSHA Federal & Multi-State Employment Law Employee Relations/Union Negotiations Succession Planning & Talent Management Performance Development/Management Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Corporate Director January 2013 to CurrentLYKES BROS. INC － Lake Placid, FL
After a nationwide search to replace the retiring incumbent, I was selected to lead the Human Resources, Safety, Environmental and Risk Management team for a privately held, family-managed business.
The company focuses its efforts on agriculture, including citrus, cattle ranching, forestry, insurance and land investment.
Corporate headquarters is located in Tampa, with locations in Lake Placid, Okeechobee, Winter Park and Ft.
Upon assuming this role, I reviewed all existing policies, procedures, training and incumbent talent.
Based on my findings, I developed an action plan to address all critical areas, including but not limited to staff development, policies, procedures, benefits, employee engagement and delivery of supervisory, mid-management and senior level management development training.
Updated existing employee benefits by consolidating multiple plans and negotiating a reduction of premium, which resulted in substantial cost savings to employees and the company.
Initiated the use of third-party professional enrollers for benefit Open Enrollment to ensure employees received thorough education on benefit package specifics and timely enrollment.
Third-party enrollers reduced departmental overtime, resulting in a significant reduction of overtime costs.
Consolidated outsourced vendor services for pre-employment drug screens and criminal background checks, reducing cost of drug screens by 50% and background checks by 35%, respectively.
Identified the need and secured additional resources to provide more extensive "hands on" safety and environmental training classes for citrus, cattle, forestry and insurance agency entities.
As a member of Corporate Sustainability Committee, developed and provided Board Members social responsibility audits, confirming the company's commitment to the environment, the communities in which the company conducts business, its employees and their families.
Vice President Senior Director January 2009 to January 2013SUN WORLD INTERNATIONAL, LLC － Bakersfield, CA
Recruited to restructure the Human Resources department of a large international grower, packer, shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Sun World employed 600 full-time; supplemented by 7,500 contract labor employees.
As a result of the success of the Human Resources department restructure, the management and development of the Safety, Environmental and Risk Management departments were also assigned to me.
Created an initial needs assessment for the Human Resources department upon hire.
Findings led to a multi-year project which included staff evaluation, creation and update of existing policies to comply with complex state and federal laws.
Developed a comprehensive Compensation and Management Incentive plan incorporating performance measurements, tying measurable personal and company goals to salary increases and incentive plan payouts.
Surveyed department heads to assess employee training needs.
Based on survey results, Sun World University was created and offered a comprehensive collection of training courses to increase competencies and assist managers and employees in the joint development of career paths within the organization.
Implemented comprehensive safety and environmental training classes for farming operations, exceeding state, federal and local regulatory agency requirements.
Director January 2008 to January 2009SKILLSTORM/SGIS － San Diego, CA
SkillStorm/SGIS were multi-state and international companies providing staffing services to private and government sectors.
I was recruited to develop and implement human resources infrastructure needed to support 1,110 employees located in the United States and overseas.
Developed a comprehensive needs assessment tool.
Utilizing the tool; identified projects critical building Human Resources infrastructure necessary to support the company's rapid growth.
Created employee handbooks for multiple divisions.
Drafted policies and created processes based on the needs assessment, to ensure compliance with multiple state and federal laws.
Reviewed existing benefit package in comparison to competing employers.
After a detailed review, a more comprehensive benefit package was implemented.
Drafted financial matrix of positions utilized in the development of a comprehensive compensation plan.
Compensation plan was an integral component of the company's strategic plans to improve talent acquisition and increase retention rates.
Heald College － Fresno, California
Bachelor of Arts : 1 2016Excelsior CollegeSPHR certification exam scheduled, winter 2015
Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)
Suncoast Human Resources Management Association
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
H2A, H1B, H1B1 & J-1 Visas Notable Achievements Successfully outsourced field labor, resulting in excess of $2M annual savings in the areas of wages, benefits, taxes, Workers Compensation costs and exposure.
Implemented full cycle recruitment process to recruit and retain employees, with special emphasis placed on critical roles in farm operations management, finance and accounting.
Redesigned two self-funded benefit plans and initiated vendor changes to reduce escalating costs, saving the company over $1.5M annually in claims and administrative costs.
Developed succession planning and leadership development programs to provide for future organizational needs.
Created corporate and field support staffing models, effectively addressing the seasonal nature of the business.
Result, $1M annual savings to the company with no reduction in service levels to internal or external customers.
Effectively renegotiated a 3-year union contract with no increase in wages and the addition of a no strike/no lockout provision.
Collaborated with Payroll department and consultants to successfully implement transfer from ADP Enterprise Payroll/HRIS system to PeopleSoft Payroll/HRIS system in a nine-week period.
Initiated and completed extensive Human Resources department requirements, resulting in receipt of first Joint Commission Service Provider Certificate awarded to a health care service provider organization.
Certification was a key factor in new sales exceeding $2M.
Recognition World Wide Who's Who, Top Female Executive, 2012-2013 Human Resources Professional of the Year, San Diego, California, 2009.