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Top HR Professional Award

 

Who's Eligible

This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of the profession by promoting excellence in HR within their business as well as their community.

 
 

About the Award

The Top HR Professional Award was created to recognize the Top Human Resource professional in each state that has excelled in the following areas:

 

Business Impact: How has this individual influenced and affected the business / organization’s success in its mission?  HRpreneur’ s judges panel seeks award candidates who have made measurable improvements in the way their organization operates and meets its objectives.

 

HR Core Competencies: How well has the individual prepared themselves to possess the core competencies established for excellence in HR, and/or in their area of specialization?

Talent / Resource Development: Within the applicable scope of authority, what actions has this candidate taken to ensure that their organization has the talent it needs now and in the future?

 

Innovation: Has this candidate been able to innovate in their approach to HR challenges, and if so, how? 

 

Community Impact: Has this candidate played a part in advancing the profession of HR on a broader scale?   Outside of their organization, what impact have they made in their communities?

 

Past Recipients

Carrie Hoch-Mortlock

I was raised in Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. Upon graduating from college, I began my career in the hotel and hospitality industry. I fortuitously found my way into Human Resources when a now dear friend, a mentor at the time, recognized my talent potential. I met my husband Michael while living in Florida working for LXR-Luxury Hotel Group in Human Resources Management. He is originally from Kalamazoo and we relocated to Michigan in 2005. I began applying my talents to Greenleaf Hospitality Group in Kalamazoo Michigan as Executive Director of HR where I worked for ten years. I was honored to have achieved my PHR certification, Professional in Human Resource Management, in 2002. While in South Florida, I served on the board of the local HR chapter in Palm Beach County as well as the Palm Beach Literacy Council. I am driven to positively influence and move others to accept new ideas for positive transformation. Today, I am proud to be the HR Manager for TowerPinkster, an Architecture and Engineering Design Firm in West Michigan. As a successful leader with proven experience in designing, developing and implementing strategies in collaboration with organizational objectives, I am passionate about helping a business be successful through strategic planning. I love being part of building a positive culture where we foster teamwork and personal growth making us strong. The best day for me is when I know I made a positive impact on an individual. I enjoy giving back to the community where I live. I served on the committee of the SW-ERN, the Southwest Michigan Employer Resource Network, was a member of the Executive Leadership Team for The American Heart Association of West Michigan, and am a Board Member for the Kalamazoo Area Runners. I am an avid runner, love the outdoors and enjoy dabbling in photography. My husband, Michael, and I currently reside in Kalamazoo Michigan.

2017 Winner

Shawn Premer

Shawn Premer is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Consumers Credit Union and focuses on: Strategic Planning; Training & Development; Employee Relations; Litigation Avoidance; Policy Development; Compensations; Benefits Wellness and; Recruiting. She is also an Adjunct Professor in at Northwood University, where she teaches Strategic Management, Human Resources Management, and Leadership Development to college students. In addition, she facilitates SPHR/PHR (HRCI accreditation) courses for Eastern Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley M-Tech. 


Shawn joined Consumers Credit Union in May of 2011. She previously worked as Director of Human Resources at Rehmann and as Human Resources Manager at Titan Plastics Group, in a career spanning over 24 years. She is also an accomplished speaker who has presented at several Chamber, Community and professional organizations across the state of Michigan.

 
Shawn’s accomplishments include graduating Suma Cum Laude from Northwood University with a BA in Management. She also has a MBA from Cornerstone University. She also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior HR Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation. In 2015 she was elected to Inforum’s Inner Circle in Kalamazoo and selected as keynote speaker at WMU Women In Leadership Development Day. Shawn was also the winner of the Credit Union National Organization’s HRTD Strategic Leadership Award in 2014.

2016 Winner

Julia Kellogg

Julia Kellogg is an experienced human resource management professional with extensive background in the field. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources, a member of SHRM and currently serves on the board and is a past president of Detroit SHRM. Kellogg also held positions on Detroit SHRM including vice president Member Services and served on the Audit/Finance Committee. Kellogg’s capabilities and skills in the HR field are well recognized; she has been a speaker at industry conferences, including the FMLA Keynote Speaker at the Conference for the Michigan Housekeeping Counsel and guest speaker for Oakland University’s SHRM chapter. She was also elected to the Governance Counsel for former Michigan Governor John Engler’s School to Work Program. Furthermore, Kellogg was the Vice President and Membership Committee Chair for the San Diego chapter of ZONTA International, a non-profit organization committed to advancing the status of women worldwide.

 

“Julia’s nomination for Michigan’s Top HR Professional is a well-deserved honor,” said Kirk Haggarty, CFO of North American Bancard. “She is a tremendous specialist who is dedicated to her field and to NAB. Julia is passionate about creating an atmosphere of success for both our employees and our business.”

 

Kellogg graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan – Flint, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior. Kellogg is certified in DDI Content, Vital Smarts Crucial Confrontations and Predictive Index.

2015 Winner

Danielle Crane

Danielle Crane leads the talent function at GreenPath Financial Wellness. She views herself as an advocate for people, helping them to see and achieve greater possibilities than might immediately seem attainable. With her leadership and partnership, GreenPath is home to a thriving culture of talented and caring people whose strengths lie at the heart of GreenPath’s vision to remix the American dream so it works for everyone. Danielle got her start in talent recruitment, and quickly grew into a leadership role, serving as VP of human resources for North American Bancard & Pay Anywhere prior to joining GreenPath’s mission. An extraordinary leader, Danielle has a deep understanding of how the people who make up an organization are its most valuable asset. With her guidance, talent plays an active role in executing GreenPath’s business strategy. Danielle is an active member of the Detroit Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National SHRM. She earned her MBA from the Walsh College of Business and Accountancy and bachelor’s degrees in HR and English from Albion College. She is the recipient the American Society of Employer’s 2016 Michigan HR Executive of the Year award and Michigan Council of SHRM’s 2015 Top HR Professional.

2015 Winner

Joni Nelson

Joni Nelson has provided Human Resources expertise to management at all levels as an executive and business partner in human resources since 1982, when she graduated from Oakland University and began her career in Human Resources. Since that time and for the past 25 years, Joni has held key executive and top Human Resources positions with such companies as the Behavioral Center of MI and Samaritan Behavioral Center, Vision Information Technologies, Inc., Ilitch Holdings, Inc., CDI Corporation/Modern Engineering and Inca Computer Company. In 2014, Joni was awarded the Top Human Resources Professional award by the Michigan Society for Human Resources Management for her accomplishments in human resources. She was the Athena Leadership Award winner for Southeast Michigan in 2008 for attaining professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their achievement of professional excellence and leadership skills. Joni has been the past board chair for Winning Futures, an award-winning non-profit organization that empowers youth to succeed through mentoring, strategic planning, and workforce preparation, and is currently on the Executive Advisory Board for Detroit SHRM.

2014 Winner

Steven Nelson

Steven J. Nelson was appointed Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Payroll at the University of Detroit Mercy in 2001. He was previously Vice President of Human Resources for Davis Industries, a Tier I automotive supplier of metal stampings and assemblies with four facilities and a corporate headquarters.

In both his nonprofit and corporate HR leadership positions, Nelson has been responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of Human Resources including the recruitment, training and developing employees at top management positions on down.

At Michigan’s largest private Catholic university, he has coordinated with the President and Provost on an impactful human resources strategy to hire and retain the best and brightest employees for UDM’s three campuses in northwest Detroit, Corktown (Dental School) and on Jefferson (Law School) in downtown Detroit.

Nelson has served as co-chair of the University’s Strategic Planning team and worked closely with University leadership and key stakeholders, resulting in the formation of a formal five-year strategic plan.

He has served as the lead negotiator with the University’s six unions and negotiated six contracts with the faculty union, which has led to the formation of a formal shared governance process across the University.

As Vice President, Nelson has structured and implemented programs and policies in the areas of engagement, training, employee handbook development, compensation, benefits, recruiting and retention of key employees at the University.

2014 Winner

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The Judges

Jeff Tomschin

Steve Browne

Jill Zoromski

Julia Kellogg

Julia Kellogg is an experienced human resource management professional with extensive background in the field. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources, a member of SHRM and currently serves on the board and is a past president of Detroit SHRM. Kellogg also held positions on Detroit SHRM including vice president Member Services and served on the Audit/Finance Committee. Kellogg’s capabilities and skills in the HR field are well recognized; she has been a speaker at industry conferences, including the FMLA Keynote Speaker at the Conference for the Michigan Housekeeping Counsel and guest speaker for Oakland University’s SHRM chapter. She was also elected to the Governance Counsel for former Michigan Governor John Engler’s School to Work Program. Furthermore, Kellogg was the Vice President and Membership Committee Chair for the San Diego chapter of ZONTA International, a non-profit organization committed to advancing the status of women worldwide.

 

“Julia’s nomination for Michigan’s Top HR Professional is a well-deserved honor,” said Kirk Haggarty, CFO of North American Bancard. “She is a tremendous specialist who is dedicated to her field and to NAB. Julia is passionate about creating an atmosphere of success for both our employees and our business.”

 

Kellogg graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan – Flint, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior. Kellogg is certified in DDI Content, Vital Smarts Crucial Confrontations and Predictive Index.

Danielle Crane

Danielle Crane leads the talent function at GreenPath Financial Wellness. She views herself as an advocate for people, helping them to see and achieve greater possibilities than might immediately seem attainable. With her leadership and partnership, GreenPath is home to a thriving culture of talented and caring people whose strengths lie at the heart of GreenPath’s vision to remix the American dream so it works for everyone. Danielle got her start in talent recruitment, and quickly grew into a leadership role, serving as VP of human resources for North American Bancard & Pay Anywhere prior to joining GreenPath’s mission. An extraordinary leader, Danielle has a deep understanding of how the people who make up an organization are its most valuable asset. With her guidance, talent plays an active role in executing GreenPath’s business strategy. Danielle is an active member of the Detroit Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National SHRM. She earned her MBA from the Walsh College of Business and Accountancy and bachelor’s degrees in HR and English from Albion College. She is the recipient the American Society of Employer’s 2016 Michigan HR Executive of the Year award and Michigan Council of SHRM’s 2015 Top HR Professional.

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