John N. Flinn
Jackson, MI **201
SUMMARY: Results-oriented manager with wide range of Human Resources skills and experience in varied industries including media, distribution, insurance and manufacturing in both union and non-union settings.
2000 to Human Resources Executive, Boston Herald, Boston, MA
2018 Directed all Human Resources and Labor Relations activities for a major urban
media company that included daily newspaper, online component and Herald
Achieved significant cost savings and increased operating efficiencies through
contract negotiations with 10 unions, combining and outsourcing of services, layoffs, buyouts and office relocation.
Enhanced management skill levels and employee awareness by developing and presenting numerous training programs including harassment prevention, supervision, interviewing and active shooter/workplace violence preparedness.
Generated cost savings and benefit program enhancements by introducing third
party preferred funding arrangement for medical insurance claim administration, health savings and reimbursement accounts and freezing defined benefit plans.
1993 to Human Resources Director, United Magazine Company, Jackson, MI
2000 Created Human Resources department, managed two acquisitions and directed
all Human Resources functions for large wholesale distributors of magazines
and books at multiple locations throughout a six state area.
Enhanced organization’s professionalism and communication by developing and introducing employee handbook and policies and procedures for company-
Upgraded management skill level throughout the organization by creating and
presenting formal Supervisory Skills training program for 100 managers,
supervisors and department leaders.
Realized significant cost savings by planning and introducing self-insured
benefit program. Also implemented benefit plan changes and enhancements
that produced improved claim service, greater company cost savings and
increased employee satisfaction.
Achieved large cost savings and improved operation efficiencies by
successfully negotiating five labor contracts with Teamsters locals for facilities
in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. Also managed aggressive union avoidance
programs at other facilities in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Planned and coordinated workforce downsizing that resulted in consolidation
of operations and closing of facilities in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Realized annual savings of $800,000 and reductions of 70% in injuries and
95% in lost-time injuries at one division by creating and introducing a
comprehensive safety incentive program.
1990 to Regional Human Resources Manager, Fireman’s Fund Insurance
1993 Company, Chicago, IL.
Managed all Human Resources activities for major commercial property and
casualty insurer’s $140 million Midwest region with 500 employees in 8
Established region-wide annual Human Resources Strategic Planning process
utilized by all branches and departments that incorporated succession,
training, salary and training components in support of regional business
Cut region’s expenses and staff by 15% by directing staff reductions;
developed and conducted outplacement workshops for affected employees.
Upgraded employee experience and performance levels throughout region by
driving management to develop more challenging performance standards and
taking more aggressive performance management action.
1985 to Regional Human Resources Manager, CIGNA Property & Casualty
1990 Insurance Company, Irving, TX
Managed Human Resources function and provided consultative support for
$120 million, 450 employee Dallas regional office.
Coordinated all Human Resources efforts involved in consolidation of 3 large
branch offices into larger regional office, including internal and external
staffing, staff reductions, employee relocation, training, salary administration
and driving significant organizational change throughout the regional
Presented and, in some cases, created various training/educational programs
for employees including first line supervisory skills, new manager
assimilation, career development, outplacement and (for client agency
personnel) relationship building.
Established an excellent source of high caliber, new graduate minority
candidates by implementing a cooperative education training program with
Prairie View A & M University.
B. A., Political Science, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
36 graduate hours towards M. A. Guidance & Counseling, Rowan University,