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Vice President or Chief HR Officer

Littleton, CO, 80126
March 30, 2021

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Amy Hertling-Johnson


Highlands Ranch, CO 80126



Strategic and astute Human Resource partner to executive and senior management, along with all levels of employees. Proven ability to develop, implement, and interpret HR policies and programs which align with business goals. Innovative leadership skills, operating as a business partner with executive level management and throughout the organization with managers, supervisors and staff employees. Experience with organizations with multi-site, multi-state and multi-country operations. Developing a culture of high dignity, respectful environments, which increases employee morale.


Employee Relations, Mediation/Alernative Dispute Resolution, Rertirement Plans, Benefit Administration, COBRA, HIPAA, Mergers and Acquisitions, DEI, Negotiations, Strategy, Worker’s Compensation, Due Diligence, HR Compliance, Federal & State Regulations, Government contracting including the Service Contract Act, HR Auditing, Recruiting, Succession Planning, Recruitment, Performance Management, ChanGE Management, Project Management, EEO and Civil Rights Investigations, Strategic Planning,Unemployment Hearings, Development of Policies and Procedures, Employee Engagement, Deferred Compensation, JD development, MS Office, G-Suite, Adobe


Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Appropriate Boundaries in the Workplace, Ethics, Generational Differences, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Harassment and Discrimination Awareness, Compliant Hiring, Performance Documentation, Terminations. I am a Colorado licensed Benefits Broker.


Consulting, Government, Government Contracting, Verteran & Disabled Owned Businesses, Social Services, Human Services, Non-Profit Organizations, Medical, Financial, High Tech, Banking, Memory Loss/Assisted Living Homes, Senior Living, Construction, Research and Development, Manufacturing, Industrial, Janitorial, Facilities Management, Technology, Property Management, and Retail.


Trusted HR Advisors Littleton, Colorado SVP, Human Resources and Principal HR Advisor Sep 2017- Present

Designated as the Head of Human Resources for multiple organizations ranging in size from 5 to 2,500 employees

Serve as a trusted advisor, coach, and influencer of targeted, long-lasting change

Established Human Resources and Leadership Training Academy to continually educate employees on workplace policies, practices and expectations while developing emerging leaders

Act as subject matter expert on all pertinent federal and state employment laws

Provide strategy and plans for all HR initiatives as Executive Team member

Successfully negotiated over 100 Golden Handcuff and Severance Agreements

Direct progress of all employee relation issues and offer counsel to managers to build on employee strengths, coaching “up” and develop action plans to improve deficiencies and stability

Transform cultures, leadership and process throughout organizations

Engage strategic and thoughtful process to influence decision making and proactive solutions

Direct overall strategy for DEI initiatives


Amy Hertling-Johnson

Forté Human Resources, Ltd Lakewood, Colorado SVP, Human Resource Operations Aug 2000 – Aug 2017

Engaged executives of each client company, focusing on leadership development, strategic planning, performance management, risk management, process improvement, organizational development, succession planning, acquisitions and other related human resource initiatives

Collaborated with executive management team members to discuss and develop human resource strategies that elevated talent while driving engagement and retention

Listened to and became an astute strategic partner to executive, senior and middle management with proven success developing and implementing HR programs that aligned with business goals

Promoted 4 times from Human Resource Director

Delivered and maintained compliance in 38 states and 4 countries: United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and France, with up to 5,000 employees

Developed the “5 Fatal Flaws” Human Resources framework and collaborated with management to ensure these were integrated

Adapted well within dynamically changing environments requiring focused decision-making

Created tools and process for performance management, employee relations, grievance, alternative dispute resolutions thereby reducing litigation and increased employee satisfaction and morale

Managed internal investigations, negotiations, and settlement of EEOC and Civil Rights claims

Directed compensation strategies with compliant job descriptions and market research to analyze internal and external equity

Handled 500+ terminations, exit packages and strategies with integrity and compassion

Completed oversight on, execution of benefit packages and management training

Design and maintain a structured screening process for recruiting and determining cultural fit with the compliant process and overall user-friendly design, resulting in higher qualified candidates

Identified and corrected several areas in the human resources and payroll departments, which compromised compliance with the IRS, federal and state laws, and payroll regulations, which saved the organization over $500,000 in fines and penalties


Productive Data Systems Greenwood Village, CO Director, Human Resources

Christy Sports Lakewood, CO Director, Human Resources

Colorado National Bank/First Bank Systems, St Paul, MN Vice President/Branch Manager


Augsburg College Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor of Arts, Interpersonal Communications


Colorado SHRM State Council

Society for Human Resource Management

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