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Human Resources Manager

Jackson, MI
October 08, 2018

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John N. Flinn

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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

Radio operations.

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-

wide use.

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,

Glassboro, NJ

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