HR Heroes

HR Heroes: Acknowledging Outstanding HCM Accomplishments

Demonstrating best practices in the HR field using UltiPro, Ultimate's “HR Heroes” are winners in their industry. We are pleased to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of these individuals for their achievements.

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HR Heroes Hall of Fame

Maximizing the value of HR Technology

David Varner, Superior Linen Service, Inc.

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Superior Linen Service, family owned and operated since 1954, is committed to delivering exceptional linen and facility service programs to over 3,000 customers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern Kansas, and Southern Missouri.

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Providing transparency around total compensation

Debbie Casey, OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

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OppenheimerFunds serves the needs of clients that include financial advisors, individual investors, corporations, and endowments.

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Maximizing UltiPro Performance Management

Carol Finnell, Zumba Fitness

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Zumba Fitness equips, supports, and maintains a branded fitness program that serves more than 15 million class participants in 200,000 locations across the globe.

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Improving talent management with HR technology

Jon Clahan, TriMedx

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TriMedx is a leader in healthcare technology, elevating clinical engineering through innovative management programs, medical equipment life cycle solutions, and service data for more than 1.4 million medical devices worth more than $13 billion. As a technology leader, TriMedx seeks to innovate wherever possible, including within its Talent Services. Jon Clahan, manager of HRIS and payroll, used a corporate restructuring in 2015 as an opportunity to evaluate HR tasks, and committed to using UltiPro’s HR technology to improve a pivotal moment in the employee lifecycle.

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Using UltiPro Onboarding to put people first

Katherine Cutter, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust

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Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a community bank in New England offering a full range of financial services products for families, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

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Managing compliance in a highly regulated environment

Jaime Moss, People’s United Bank

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People’s United Bank is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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Streamlining processes for a global workforce

Lou Sylaj, Equinox Holdings Inc.

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Equinox Holdings is a high-growth luxury fitness leader with over 13,000 employees, 4 different brands, and over 130 locations in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The company is responsible for a complex payroll with more than 1,200 earning codes and many variable ways of paying its employees.

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Expediting the onboarding process

Denise V. Garza, J&J Worldwide Services

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J&J Worldwide Services is a government contractor serving the Department of Defense. The company provides services to the government in areas of operations and maintenance, housekeeping, and construction at military installations all over the world.



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Transforming HR Administration to Value-Driven Operations

Tracy Bargielski, Yamaha Corporation of America

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When Tracy Bargielski interviewed with Yamaha Corporation of America, she was about to embark upon a journey that would be filled with highs and lows, tremendous challenges, yet huge gains. Hired as a soon-to-be replacement for the retiring head of HR, she came to the company filled with ideas and enthusiasm. One of her first goals in her role as senior manager of HR was to replace the payroll service bureau the company had been using with UltiPro — a massive internal change for the company.

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Completing 60-Day Activation of HR Software amid Complex Business Changes

Jenny Surma, Chicago Cubs

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On Opening Day 2007 of Major League Baseball, the Tribune Company of Chicago put one of its high-profile businesses, the Chicago Cubs, up for sale. The sale was completed almost 2.5 years later in a complex transaction. The protracted sales process included a parent company’s bankruptcy, a “perfunctory” team bankruptcy, an economic crisis across the U.S., and an extremely difficult financing environment.

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Strategically Aligning Employees, HR & Payroll Services with Overall Business

Nancy Stefanowicz, NFI Industries, Inc.

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Until about four years ago, the HR department at NFI Industries was viewed as a traditional, administrative department. Nancy Stefanowicz was hired as the new senior vice president of HR, with a mission to transform HR into a strategic part of the business and to deliver more efficiency as the organization.

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