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Manager Plant

St. Augustine, Florida, 32092, United States
August 31, 2018

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Human Resource Professional with experience working with all levels of the organization, implementing cost effective programs and enhancing safety and employee development in union and non-union manufacturing environments.


Change Management

Employment Law Compliance

Labor Relations

Workers Compensation

Management Counseling and Advising


Benefits Management


Recruitment and Retention

Training and Development

Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance

ADP Workforce

Strategic Planning

Employee Relations

HR Policies and Procedures

Performance Management

Manufacturing Safety

HRIS Systems




Independent Contract Recruiter and Consultant

Independent Recruiter, Addison, Illinois May 2017 – December 2017

Work with management to recruit for Part-time Package Handlers for a local package delivery company.

HIROSE ELECTRIC, USA, INC., Downers Grove, Illinois 2015 – 2016

Japanese based public manufacturer and distributor of connectors sold in the US electronics industry for many different applications such as Signal Integrity, High Speed, Medical, and other consumer applications.

Human Resource/Office Manager, Downers Grove, Illinois

Reporting to the President/COO, was hired perform HR functions in addition to facilitate move of corporate office in Simi Valley, CA to Lombard, IL and then to Downers Grove, IL in February, 2016. Supported 75+ US staff in HR Generalist capacity to include payroll, benefits and 401k administration as well as performance management, various monthly and annual bonus calculation, coaching and counseling, recruiting, onboarding and orientation. Assumed responsibility for construction project management of the new US Headquarters in Downers Grove including fiber installation and final construction details and punch list.

BWAY CORPORATION, Chicago, Illinois 2014 – 2015

Private Equity owned manufacturer of rigid metal containers including paint cans, steel pails, and pour top cans. We also manufacture rigid plastic packaging including pails, drums, and rigid hybrid paint cans.

Human Resource Manager, Chicago, Illinois

Reporting to Director of HR (Corporate) and Plant Manager; supporting three business units comprised of 450-500 non-union employees. Provide direction and development to the HR Generalist. Responsible for providing coaching, leadership and support to customers regarding HR topics. Utilize lean practices to eliminate processes that are not aligned to our strategic plan. Create and improve processes to provide best practices. Manage performance review process and ensure training and competence development plans are in place. Administer all employee benefit and payroll programs and ensure coordination with corporate is maintained. Work with employees regarding questions about checks.

Received favorable decisions on Unemployment claims by providing appropriate documentation.

Created processes and standard work instructions for HR staff and for supervisors utilizing Kronos for payroll.

Implemented a defined wage structure across all hourly functions.

SENIOR FLEXONICS, Bartlett, Illinois 2012 - 2014

Manufacturer of custom medical and automotive products such as metal bellows, heat exchangers, fuel rails and EGR coolers.

APD/SPD Value Stream HR Manager, Bartlett, Illinois November 2012 – April 2014

Reporting to the VS Manager and VS Directors for Automotive Products Division and Specialty Products Division. Manage all HR generalist functions of the APD/SPD Value Stream. Strong strategic emphasis on safety and standard work. Serve as expert and provide clarification and interpretation of the CBA for other members of management and HR staff. Continue positive Labor Relations in the midst of union decertification.

Discovered inconsistencies in staffing invoices thereby identifying and recuperating $11,210 in excess charges from staffing agency.

Successfully prevailed against charges of alleged discrimination with the EEOC and IDHR.

Plant HR/Labor Relations Manager, Bartlett, Illinois February 2012 – November 2012

Reported to the Plant Manager and Director of HR. Manage Labor Relations for a facility of 500 employees within a challenging union environment. Collaborate with Safety Manager on increasing safety awareness, LOTO, and machine guarding as well as Worker’s Compensation management. Work closely with Plant Manager to improve performance through lean ideology, training and position certification to enhance management’s ability to retain skilled employees on the shop floor in the event of a reduction in force. Creating and establishing processes that support the supervisors by reducing their time spent on administrative activities.

Investigated and subsequently prosecuted employee for theft of Employee Recognition Reward points.


Independent Contract Recruiter and Consultant

Independent Consultant, Elmhurst, Illinois June 2011 – February 2012

Worked with individuals to improve their LinkedIn Profiles to entice recruitment/job placement; worked with companies to develop and enhance HR practices internally.

Corporate Contract Recruiter, Berkeley, Illinois August 2011 – December 2011

Reporting to the VP of HR. Contracted to support the HR departments mission to rapidly identify, evaluate and hire qualified employees needed to support the company’s recent growth and increased seasonal volume.

ELKAY MANUFACTURING, Broadview, Illinois 2008 – 2011

Privately held manufacture of stainless steel sinks, faucets, water coolers and fountains.

Human Resources Manager, Broadview and Bolingbrook, Illinois

Reported to the Plant Manager with dotted line to VP HR. Managed a staff of three and two facilities supporting 350 employees; additionally in conjunction with closure of Distribution Center and other staff reductions, supported 160 employees at the Broadview facility.

Successfully facilitated closure of Bolingbrook Distribution Center including negotiation with union regarding closure issues.

Prevailed successfully on all four NLRB and two EEOC charges.

Negotiated and implemented addendum to CBA to reduce union starting wages to be competitive with other manufacturing facilities.

Decreased OSHA IR by 70% over goal in the first year.

Reduced workers compensation insurance rating resulting in $400K cost reduction.

Reached historic record of 359 days without an OSHA recordable (DOI 8/19/2010).

Initiated Safety Culture changes which resulted in 2009 and 2010 being first two years historically with number of recordable incidents and OIR in single digits. (OIR 2009 = 2.04; 2010 OIR= 1.35).

Co-chair and developer of Global Safety Week which was implemented company wide.

Filed Trade Adjustment Assistance Petitions to the Federal Government on behalf of Broadview (twice), Bolingbrook and Ogden facilities and received Federal assistance for affected employees.

CONTROL SOLUTIONS, Aurora, Illinois 2008

Manufacturer of Motion Control sub-systems for commercial products, Electro-mechanical systems for military vehicle markets, and Durable Medical Equipment.

Human Resources Manager

Reported to CEO/Owners. Managed one staff and supported 120 employees at two sites.

Developed policies and procedures and revised company handbook.

Audited all personnel files to ensure legal compliance including I-9 verification.

HENKEL OF AMERICA, Elgin, Carol Stream and Plainfield, Illinois 2006 – 2007

Manufacturer of adhesives for industrial applications in the automotive, packaging, aircraft, electronics, durable goods and metal sectors.

Human Resources Supervisor

Reported to Plant Managers; dotted line to Corporate HR Director. Supported 210 employees across three sites.

Conducted and administered annual benefit open enrollment.

Identified the need for and developed a quick learning tool for a new electronic Talent Development project. This tool saved managers training time and was adopted company wide.

Initiated and conducted audit of Personnel files for all three sites to ensure legal compliance.

Initiated and negotiated contracts with temporary agencies which reduced rates by 44%.

KELLY ENGINEERING RESOURCES, Plaquemine, Louisiana 2002 – 2005

Preferred contingent staffing resource for Dow Chemical LA Operations.

On-Site Manager at Dow Chemical

Reported to Regional Director, Kelly Engineering Resources. Supported 165 employees at Dow site.

Successfully built strong relationships with customers and employees to increase workforce by 30%.

Discovered, researched, prosecuted and won time card fraud case totaling $56,000 in revenue.

Presented proposal and received monies from corporate for Kelly Katrina victims.

Worked with Dow leadership and Contract leadership teams to analyze site facilities to create similar environments and culture for employees and contractors.

Prevented recordables for site to maintain a ZERO OSHA rate through communication and education.

Challenged and won 50% of unemployment insurance claims.


B.S., Business Administration, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1995


SHRM-SCP – Senior Certified Professional - 2015

HRCI – Sr. Professional Human Resources Certification – 2007, 2011, 2015

NAPW – Woman of the Year – 2013 / 2014

HRCI - Professional Human Resources Certification – 2001

American Red Cross Standard First Aid; Adult CPR – 2000; 2008; 2010

Society for Human Resource Management, Local and National

American Society for Training and Development, VP of Membership 2001 – 2002

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