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I am going to assume that if you are one of the folks that pop-in over here at PICHR from time to time, at this point in your life you have had many experiences. I am also going to assume that you have all been to a concert before, ok? Well invariably one of the things that happens when the band performs at some point either the leader or one of the band members takes it upon themselves to introduce the band members to the audience. That’s what I am going to do today. With one exception, I have had the good fortune to meet face to face all of my fellow bloggers here at PICHR. So in somewhat of a self-serving, patting ourselves on the back, kind of way, I would like to tell you a little bit about some of my co-authors, so read on.
Now often times, in a band, the headliner or the leader of the band will be the one to make the introductions, but in our case, our band leader Chris Fields is almost a little too shy to do so. Chris is the glue that really makes this site work. This was the brain child of Chris Ponder II and Chris Fields, however CP2 as he is known has decided to move on and Chris Fields has stepped up and taken over and demonstrated a great deal of leadership, when it comes to keeping PICHR moving forward. It really is a interesting study in management with Chris because he stays in touch with everyone on the team and knows what is going on in their life. I have had the good fortune to get to know Chris and visit with him face to face often, and he makes his home in the same community as my oldest son. So whenever I am in Memphis I do my best to get together with Chris. In fact last summer Chris and I both did presentations for the Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at the Peabody Hotel. I might also add that often times our meet ups may involve some adult beverages too.
While Chris is not doubt large and in charge, he does have a couple of lieutenants who help keep the team moving forward. That would be Sarah Williams (@TheBuzzOnHR) and Melissa Fairman (@HRRemix). For the past few years these two have been willing to step up and help out in an effort to try new things. Sarah, who I will heretofore refer to as Buzz, is a great person. I think she is a tremendous family person at home. When she is around her PICHR peeps, Buzz is somewhat like a school teacher. She keeps us in line, and keeps us on task. Whenever a portion of the group together whether it is face to face or virtual, we often digress. So without Buzz to keep us on the straight and arrow, we might get ourselves into some trouble. I have spent time with Buzz at several SHRM events and come to know her well. If Sarah asked me to walk off the side of a building, I would do so, because, I know she would not ask me to do so if any harm were going to come to me. And I almost forgot, Sarah is a damn fine and knowledgeable HR practitioner.
Our other lieutenant Melissa is more of the subtle quiet leader. Her action often demonstrate more about her that her words. Melisa is a quick study on almost all thing tech/social media related and has helped PICHR advance on several of these fronts. She has put us on several sites and is largely the one maintaining them. The rest of the rarely hears about her efforts and she doesn’t ask for help. How would you like to have someone like that in your organization? When it comes to the HR knowledge Melissa is all over that too. She strikes me like she can still slip back into student mode (cause she’s not too far removed from it) and take on, learn and master just about whatever she puts her mind to. I am proud to call Melissa my friend.
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The next person on the team I want to talk about would be like the PICHR bass player. Justin Harris keeps us on beat. You don’t find Justin or the bass player out front very often, but you would be lost without them. It is that constant beat, the rhythm that keep us “in time.” Justin has thrown down some posts over the last few years that have blown me away. He has a taken on matters that are always new and different. What can I tell you about Justin that you might not know, is this. Justin is a hoot to be around. He is quick witted, funny and downright entertaining to be with. I will also say he is one proud papa and has a beautiful family – and he is proud of them. Justin works in academia, but he doesn’t let that limit his view. If you don’t know this guy, you should.
So moving on down the stage next we have Janine Truiitt. I have a special place in my heart for her as we share our Czardom on twitter. When it comes to the blog site Janine is our big city (New Yorker) PhD. She is the often quoted, highly acclaimed and sought after writer and speaker. I’ll bet y’all didn’t know that? You can find her work all over the inter-webs as well as on her site. Janine had a point where her dance card was getting too full for PICHR, but fortunately, she has had a re-think and is will to share some of her busy life with us and with all of you.
Elsewhere on the team is our own PICHR engineer. Yeah that’s right we have an engineer on our team. I’ll bet you didn’t know our Tim Gardner, while masquerading as a Human Resource professional, actually was educated as an engineer and has chose to work in our area. Tim, who calls the Atlanta area home, has been our voice of reason from the Southeast. Tim and I have met up on a few occasions and got to chat it up a bit, as we do seem to have a lot in common. Tim has been a long time participant of an event called HREvolution and presented a great session last year in St. Louis. Tim works in a large company environment, but this has not stilted in insight or understanding of HR matters.
From the Washington DC area, is one of our members that I do not know all that well. Keirsten Greggs has been with the team for a while. She provides witty, thought provoking ideas on many matters and sports teams too! I happened to be in the Washington DC area along with former PICHR team member Tiffany Kueh, and Keirsten who lives more than an hour away from where Tiff and I were drove over and hour to come chat with us for about 20 minutes. I thought that was so sweet, and I think that tells you a lot about her. Kiersten is a team player and we are glad to have with us.
As I write this, I realize how geographically far flung this group really is. Our next band mate is our crazy, cool cousin from Alaska. We call her Heather Kinzie. Heather is sharp and speaks at a lot of events down here in the lower 48, but she truly does call Alaska home. Heather does HR consulting and man does she have some great stories. She call tell you about training employees that down want to be trained up on the North Slope or about Moose hunting. This is not your typical HR lady. I have had the pleasure of hanging out with and getting crazy with Heather and numerous events. Fortunately all of the events were kept out of the local media, enough said!
Our next member is another HR guy you may find speaking at an HR event anywhere here in the states, but for the time being he calls Texas home. Broc Edwards has been on the PICHR team for quite some time. While he writes some great stuff, I have also seen Broc do the stand up in front of people and talk thing, and he seems like a pretty smart dude when it’s over. I think I would call him “intense”. Broc is kind of an enigma in as much as he might be classified as having no visible means of support, or maybe just labeled a drifter. Seriously he has moved a couple of times and is almost hard to keep up with him.
And rounding out the PICHR team is Christopher Demers. To date I have not had the pleasure of meeting Christopher face to face. From his writings and postings I find him to be an interesting guy who writes some great material. As for more about him, I am going to go with this, he lives in an underground lair and unbeknownst to people is building an evil empire in an attempt to take over the world.
So that is the team and a little bit about them. I hope you found my attempt at wit and introductions entertaining and informative. In closing, I would like to say that we do have a great site, a great team and I am proud to have them all in my circle of friends.