I’ve been working in Human Resources for the last 25 years. I grew up in the Northern Virginia, Maryland area and went to Business School at the University of Maryland. I received a BS degree in Human Resources/Labor Relations and a BA degree in Organizational Psychology. Early in my career, I started out as a headhunter and then moved “in-house” working as a recruiter for a government contractor. Then I joined a Fortune 100 financial services company where I started as an HR Generalist and moved into HR Management.
I then was hired by a small software company to build their HR infrastructure in preparation for going public. A couple of years later they had a successful IPO and were soon acquired by the third largest (at the time) business software company in the world, Sage Software. I spent the next 16 years moving up the career ladder to Sr. VP, Human Resources, overseeing HR operations for North America. I was then recruited by a former Sage Software Executive I worked for to again build an HR infrastructure for another software company in Philadelphia. While our goal was to “go public”, the timing was a bit off given the economy.
I was then given the unique opportunity to manage/own a defunct small business in Anchorage, Alaska. After 3 years, my team and I hired the right people and we were able to turnaround the company and then eventually sold it. Before selling, I was approached by HGTV (Home & Garden Television) to potentially have our company and team be part of a reality TV series. While we made it through the casting call/audience process, HGTV decided to go in a different direction so we sold the company and moved back to the “lower 48”.
Recently, I’ve been doing free lance HR consulting in the Charlotte and Virginia areas. After seeing how HR consulting is being done, I quite frankly saw many opportunity areas where I could improve upon the business model so that’s why I started my own company. The biggest gap I see in the current HR consulting landscape is the general lack of interest in consultants wanting to be a true business partner with the client.
So that’s my story – given my HR experience coupled with working in several small businesses including my own, I have the unique advantage of understanding the various needs of a growing small business, both from an HR perspective as well as from a business perspective.
Let me share my experiences with you and help you with the HR challenges you face.