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HR Awards 2010

2010 Human Resources Awards – Honorees and Finalists

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

Honoree:
Maureen SterbachMaureen SterbachVice President of Human Resources
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
When 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.
Finalist:
Teresa BuelowTeresa BuelowVice President of Human Resources
Lapre Scali & Co. Insurance Services

HR Industry Leader of the Year

Honoree:
Cindy JonesCindy JonesVice President of the Human Resources Division
Synergy Seven
This 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.
Finalist:
Christine NicholsChristine NicholsHuman Resource Manager
Human Capital Strategies

HR Team of the Year

Honoree:
Direct Alliance HR TeamDirect Alliancewww.directalliance.com
Employees in HR Dept.: 12
At 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.
Finalists:
HR Team Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport AuthorityPhoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport AuthorityEmployees in HR Dept.: 4
HR Team City of ScottsdaleCity of ScottsdaleEmployees in HR Dept.: 29
HR Team KitchellKitchellEmployees in HR Dept.: 7
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2009 HR Industry Leader Of The Year Finalists

Denise GredlerName: Denise Gredler
Title: President and Founder
Company: BestCompaniesAZ

Years with company: 8
Years in current position: 8
Company established: 2001
No. of employees in AZ: 2.5
www.bestcompaniesaz.com

Eight years ago, Denise Gredler had a vision that great places to work should be recognized for providing an environment in which employees thrive and grow.

Gredler founded BestCompaniesAZ and has realized her dream through an annual competition that fosters a competitive spirit in Arizona’s business community. Those companies that are recognized as best places to work are promoted on Gredler’s Web site and through the news media. Underlying all this effort is a desire by Gredler to help Arizona employers attract and retain talented employees.

The first competition attracted 100 applicants and 20 were selected as winners. Today, about 300 companies participate in the competition and 100 are recognized as outstanding places to work. 
But Gredler doesn’t stop there. She provides a mix of human resources, public relations, marketing, branding and award-consultation services to winning companies and those that aspire to win. She also sponsors a variety of programs, workshops and events to give employers cost-effective tools to improve the workplace and help them reap the benefits associated with being named an outstanding place to work. Gredler visits member-based organizations to promote the financial rewards and benefits of employee engagement and best-place-to-work programs.

Gredler also reaches out to job seekers. For example, she recently introduced the Arizona’s BEST Give Back Campaign, a program designed to help mid-level career professionals find employment. Gredler and her staff also conduct free weekly workshops for the unemployed. Job hunters can go to her Web site to identify and research Arizona’s best places to work.


Cindy JonesName: Cindy Jones
Title: Vice President of the Human Resources Division
Company: Synergy Seven

Years with company: 7.5
Years in current position: 7.5
Company established: 2002
No. of employees in AZ: 75
No. of employees in HR dept.: 6
www.synergyseven.com

As vice president of the human resources division at Synergy Seven, Cindy Jones draws upon a strong background and 20 years of experience to keep the firm at the forefront of human resources consulting.

Combining her skills as a behavioral analyst, trained mediator and human resources veteran, Jones has extensive experience in helping managers implement effective people practices that engage employees, while maintaining compliance with employment regulations. She is described as a results-oriented consultant and strategist with a proven track record of helping organizations manage the human side of their business.

Jones also leads Synergy Seven’s human resources consulting practice. She and her team of professionals shape the company’s services by combining results-oriented business practices with certified expertise in a variety of areas.

Jones is certified in senior professional human resources and is a certified professional behavioral analyst, certified attributes index analyst and certified professional values analyst. In addition, Jones serves on the board of a nonprofit charter school, leading their rewards and compensation committee. She is sought out by companies throughout Phoenix as a featured speaker on human resources regulations and trends.

All of Jones’ experience is brought to bear on her responsibilities at Synergy Seven, a certified woman-owned Phoenix firm that is a national provider of human resources consulting, technological contract and direct-hire staffing services. Synergy Seven provides expertise in training and development, regulatory compliance, benefits and compensation, administration and records, recruitment and selection, risk management, and employee relations. Its clients include startup companies and Fortune 50 firms.