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Human Resources

Costa Mesa, CA
October 14, 2020

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714-***-**** Costa Mesa, CA

Director of Human Resources

Accomplished, Result-Driven, Human Resources professional with over 15 years of experience with organizations ranging in size from 75 to 5,000 employees. Partners with executives to translate business strategies into Human Resource actions that drive business results through creative leadership. Skilled in resolving complex employee relations issues, improving morale, decreasing turnover, increasing productivity and contributing to revenue goals. Experience with public and private companies; high-growth start-ups; established businesses; and mergers and acquisitions. Collaborative leader that partners with C-suite to demonstrates effective leadership skills across all levels of organization.

Core competencies/areas of expertise include:

Organizational Design & Development Performance Management Compensation & Benefits Design Coaching & Mentoring Global Strategic Planning Workforce Planning Employee Relations & Conflict Resolution Employment Law Training Talent Development Budget Management Business Partner

Professional Experience

BKM Capital Partners, Newport Beach, CA 07/2019 - Present

Start-up fund manager specializing in the acquisition of value-add multi-tenant industrial properties across the US. Facilitated over 150 million sq. ft. of industrial real estate transactions with over $1.9B invested into 94 properties.

Director of Human Resources

A member of the Executive Committee and reported to the COO. With a 25% growth rate in employees over the last two years, responsible for full-cycle human resources and payroll functions. BKM is a fund management firm of 100 employees with 12 locations in the Western United States.

Selected Accomplishments:

Redesigned recruiting process and brought recruiting 100% in-house, eliminated external recruiters, resulting in a savings of $500,000 annually. Reduced time to fill positions from 90 days to 35 days.

Increased diversity of staff by 25% in just 3 months by implementing a diversity initiative and utilizing new recruiting resources and diversity websites and focusing on alumni of HBCUs.

Led implementation of new HRIS leading to the automation of process that was previously manual resulting in an annual cost savings of $35,000.

Created the Emerging Leaders Program for 12 high potential performers. Created a structured leadership development and mentorship program designed to cultivate the internal talent pool.

Developed and delivered monthly training sessions for leadership team and bi-annual training for all employees to increase engagement, expand skillset, and broaden job knowledge. 100% of post-survey results requested more training and reported positive feedback.

Expanded benefit and perk platform to include parental leave benefits, and added in health savings accounts, FSAs and increased the life insurance benefit at no cost for the first 24 months.

Act as the Behavioral Strategist for the company’s executive leadership team. Provided training on effective leadership, empathy, and accountability. Led quarterly strategic planning meetings.

Newmark Knight Frank, Irvine, CA (headquarters in New York, NY) 09/2013 – 07/2019

Commercial real estate advisory firms providing a fully integrated platform of services to multinational corporations and institutional investors across the globe; owners and developers on a local, regional and national level.

Director of Human Resources

Leading a team of 35 HR & payroll employees across the US and reporting to Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for full-cycle human resources and payroll functions for over 5,000 employees and brokers nationally.

Selected Accomplishments:

Led merger and acquisition activities related HR functions for two companies, 1,200 employees total; focused on company culture, policies, handbook, and benefits. Merger completed in 13 months.

Led HR and payroll due diligence and integration activities for acquisition of over 30 different companies in 5 years, adding a total of 2,500+ employees and brokers to existing staff.

Eliminated use of external recruitment and temporary agencies resulting in a savings of $3M+ annually.

Implemented family-friendly policies, transforming the engagement of women in our organization, and decreased turnover by 51% within one year of implementation.

Co-creator and co-chair of the internal Network of Women (NOW) committee to support recruitment, development, and retention of women across the organization. Organization had 250+ participants and women felt supported and celebrated the unique contribution that women brought to the organization.

Created HR Center of Excellence to support employees, 100’s of calls and emails were received per day.

Member of Compensation Committee and 401(k) fiduciary committee.

Consistently reduced company health and welfare costs by at least 3% each year.

Partnered with executive team to execute a 5% reduction in staff in 2015.

Created Affirmative Action Plan and successfully completed an AAP desk audit in 2016.

Designed a summer internship program placing approximately 50 students per year.

Successfully managed an operating budget of $1.5M annually.

BGC Partners, London, United Kingdom 05/2010 – 09/2013

Headquartered in London and New York, BGC Partners provides a wide range of financial services including trade execution, broker-dealer services, clearing, processing, and back office services.

Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner

Managed front office broker client group of 900 employees Provided guidance to supervisors and managers related to company policy, United Kingdom employment and labor laws, and European Union regulations.

Selected Accomplishments:

Redesigned policies per Remuneration Code and Bribery Act enacted by FCA (Financial Conduct Authority).

Facilitated annual compensation review process for all staff including cash bonuses and LTIPs.

Implemented statutory Performance Management Plan, required by FCA, for every broker and employee.

Directed supervisors and managers in all human resources matters, including operating within company policy, United Kingdom employment and labor laws, and European Union regulations.

Redesigned on-boarding process, New Employee Orientation, and 30-, 60- and 90-day check ins.

Represented the company in Employment Tribunal proceedings, an arbitration hearing for an employment complaint in the presence of 3 judges who determine the outcome.

Cantor Fitzgerald, New York, NY 10/2006 – 05/2010

Cantor Fitzgerald has offices and trading desks in all major financial centers across the world specializing in equities, investment banking, fixed income & currencies and prime services.

Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner

Provided full-service HR support to managers and supervisors of Equity Capital Markets and Information Technology divisions, 500 employees and traders with progressively increasing roles beginning as Human Resources Analyst and ending as Vice President, Human Resources.

Selected Accomplishments:

Built relationships with key stakeholders of business lines, mangers, supervisors and executives to create customer service focused department.

Created on-campus recruitment program at 5 universities and rotational graduate program.

Implemented Oracle HCM system for HRIS, self-service and reporting modules.


University of Utah, Psychology, Salt Lake City, UT

Professional Development and Volunteer Work

Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) Certified, HR Certification Institute Association of Workplace Investigators, Member Society for Human Resource Management, Member Girls, Inc., volunteer writing coach

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