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Employee Relations Human Resources

Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, United States
September 11, 2018

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Barry N. Adams

**** ****** ***** **. ****** Park, PA 15102 412-***-****

Human Resources Sr. Manager

Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) offering a 20-year Human Resources career distinguished by commended performance and proven results.

Extensive background in HR generalist affairs, including experience in employee recruitment and retention, staff development, mediation, conflict resolution, benefits and compensation, HR policy development, labor and employee relations, union contract negotiations, legal and regulatory compliance.

HR Skills

HR Department Startup

Employment Law


Mediation & Advocacy

HR Policy Development

Staff Recruitment & Retention

Employee Relations

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Benefits Administration

HR Project Management

Orientation & On-Boarding

Labor Relations

Training & Development

Performance Management

Organization Development

Professional Experience


Providers of bus, rail and Access transportation services to the people of Allegheny County

Assistant General Manager, Human Resources - Pittsburgh, PA

Lead and direct the human resources department as a major strategic partner with operations, finance, engineering, planning and all other vital parts of the organization to grow and improve the ridership experience. Re-establish human resources as a strong value-added contributor to the organization. Ensure compliance in all regulatory, union, legal and policy issues and oversee all phases of the HR functionality as a senior staff member including Benefits, Labor and Employee Relations, EEO, DBE, Employment, Staffing/Recruiting and Talent Management. Some Key Results, to date are:

Re-crafted and instituted a new Compensation Plan

Streamlined and initiated Performance Management Plan

Participated in three successful labor contract negotiations

Developed strategic goals for Agency and department

Serving on several Board of Directors sub-committees and chair of pension committees

Member of Senior staff determining Agency goals, actions and governance


Providers of derail, environmental and engineering services to the major U.S. railroads

East Coast Region, Human Resources Manager/Business Partner, Washington, PA

Develop and manage a positive human resources presence in the unionized region. In this newly created position, I provided these Key Results:

Established positive HR relations with the field management team and union leadership;

Promoted adherence to policies and procedures; fair and equitable treatment of employees;

Investigation and resolution of issues; coaching and counseling of managers and employees;

Delivered field management training; union/labor relations and issue resolution

Provided staffing/recruiting, onboarding; and retention services and oversight for 10 locations on the U.S. east coast from Florida to and including two locations in Canada

SCHWAN’S HOME SERVICE, INC., Marshall, MN 2001 - 2012

Provider and deliverer of fine frozen foods

Northeast U.S. Regional HR Manager, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001 to February 2012

Recruited to help manage and guide newly restructured company region in the Northeast US; guiding startup and management of a full spectrum of HR operations, systems and programs. Partnered with corporate senior management and region field sales operations to create and administer HR policies and procedures, recruit employees, develop and administer orientation, training and incentive pay programs. Manage leave-of-absence programs and personnel records; administer benefits enrollment and programs; develop and administer HR budget; manage and address all employee issues. I provided these Key Results:

Played a key role in ensuring successful launch of NE Region field human resources operations supporting field sales and sales transformation.

Structured, implemented and provided ongoing management and direct oversight of programs and policies in areas of training, compensation structures, benefits, incentives, employee/customer relations and new-employee on-boarding.

Played a key role in the corporate “Transformation” efforts to improve sales and retention by coaching and counseling managers and employees through compensation and route re-structure.

Led recruiting team that filled more than 1000 open positions per year by implementing innovative “Career Connections” to fill hard to recruit positions.

Managed HR Operations for entire east coast (24 states) for a three year period

Maintained a “union free” environment

Barry N. Adams

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EQUITABLE RESOURCES INC., Pittsburgh, PA 1996 - 2000

A Natural Gas and Energy Solutions Company.

HR Director, 1996 to 1998

Promoted to Vice President of Administration and Human Resources, 1998 to 2000

Initial responsibilities of managing newly formed “Utilities Division’s” unionized operations. Negotiated union contracts, managed labor and employee relations functions along with technical training division.

Promoted to fulfill a broad range of HR functions, including; recruiting and training employees, administering benefits, overseeing disciplinary action, payroll, purchasing, all administrative functions, and HR records

Key Results:

Successfully grew, developed and managed HR team to become a full-function human resources department, meeting all employee needs from payroll to employee relations.

Developed specialized supervisory skill training for division’s management team.

Led company’s successful labor contract negotiations, completing 10 contracts with 6 union locals within a four year period.

Performed due-diligence to ensure smooth integration of new acquisitions/mergers into the business unit.

Initiated succession planning for key business unit positions.

Managed corporate technical training department

Education and Certifications

B.S. degree, Point Park University; Major in Human Resources Management

Certificate from Slippery Rock University in Organization Development

Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) Certification

Certificate in Human Resources Management from Robert Morris University

A.S. Degree, Allegheny County Community College (CCAC) Major in Production Management

Certificate in Industrial Engineering Technology from Allegheny County Community College

Graduate of “Westinghouse Technical Night School” 4 year Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Barry N. Adams

Phone: 412-***-**** Page Three

Other Skills and Accomplishments

PC software proficiencies in MS Word, Outlook, EXCEL and Power Point.

Experienced in SAP and PeopleSoft HRIS systems

Media Presentation Skills training at the KDKA (CBS) television studios

Recipient of the KDKA TV “Lift Up Award” for outstanding business and community contributions

Made presentations on TV, radio, college campuses, etc. as part of two Corporate Speakers Bureaus

Past member of Board of Directors for Red Cross

Past member of the Board of Directors for “Horizon House” a halfway house for battered women

Former member and Chairman of Monroeville, PA Human Relations Commission


Member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Member of Pittsburgh Human Resources Association (PHRA)

Former member of SME (Society for Mechanical Engineers)

Member of American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Member of Allegheny County Health Department Advisory Coalition for Transportation

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