2010 has been a tough year, especially for those in human resources who have the difficult task of dealing with the unpleasant consequences of a down economy. It’s time to show recognition to the hard-working HR professionals for all that they do for Arizona’s businesses.
The following are the honorees and finalists for the 2010 HR Awards:
HR Director of the Year
|Maureen SterbachVice President of Human Resources
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical CenterWhen Maureen Sterbach joined St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in 1998, the hospital turnover rate was 24 percent and morale was predictably low. Flash forward 12 years and the picture couldn’t be any more different. The hospital turnover rate is now 10 percent and growth has doubled to more than 5,000 employees.
|Teresa BuelowVice President of Human Resources
Lapre Scali & Co. Insurance Services
HR Industry Leader of the Year
|Cindy JonesVice President of the Human Resources Division
Synergy SevenThis past year, Synergy Seven has guided companies through the difficult decision of downsizing. Cindy Jones’ veteran human resources skills came in handy during these precarious situations. The company’s main role is to provide support during restructuring, downsizing and reinventing, resulting in a successful transition.
|Christine NicholsHuman Resource Manager
Human Capital Strategies
HR Team of the Year
Employees in HR Dept.: 12At Direct Alliance, there is no doubt as to what the outsourcing provider’s most valuable asset is — its work force. Direct Alliance’s “human capital” initiatives produce and retain the most innovative work force possible. The team filled more than 1,400 professional sales positions in 2010, doubling 2009’s number.
|Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport AuthorityEmployees in HR Dept.: 4
|City of ScottsdaleEmployees in HR Dept.: 29|
|KitchellEmployees in HR Dept.: 7|