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Human Resource Association of Martin County (HR Martin) is a non-profit SHRM Affiliate Chapter.  The mission of HR Martin County is to provide ongoing professional development, resources, networking and support for its members and the community.  We have a lot to offer you so be sure to learn all about us.  

Upcoming Event...


1st Lunch Meeting of the New Year 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
11:30am - 1:00pm
Twisted Tuna - 4290 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart

Is it time to eliminate the performance appraisal?  
Performance Feedback: Time to get off the Hamster Wheel

Speaker…Jim Gallo has 20+ years of leadership experience as a senior executive in Human Resources and Organizational consulting. Jim has Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology and three master’s degrees in business, human resources and psychology. He is currently the Director at The Center for Organizational Effectiveness, a university based consulting firm that provides human capital measurement and talent management strategies.

He is a certified executive coach (ACTP), published author and has been teaching at the collegiate level, including HR certification courses for over 15 years. He is a veteran speaker who combines science, practice and sometimes a little comedy in all of his presentations. (If you attend the HRFL Conference - he was awesome & funny to listen to!)

Effective on-going feedback is key to the success of any performance management program and the lack of this daily performance feedback dialogue within organizations can be a silent killer. Alternatively, organizations with a favorable feedback culture in which ongoing feedback is encouraged and supported has been shown to lead to numerous beneficial outcomes including but not limited to employee engagement, turnover intentions, and performance levels.  For a few decades, we have been in a constant flux of revamp, revise and incorporating new performance management systems, forms and procedures with similar less than desired outcomes (The Hamster Wheel).

We believe these practices are misguided strategies and of little value to organizations without understanding the context in which they exist. Research suggests we’ve been looking in the wrong direction and perhaps it is not our systems, forms or procedures that are broken but the context in which they operate. We call this context The Feedback Environment. This program will provide additional insights into factors that HR professionals should consider when attempting to change their performance management systems and leave the running on the hamster wheel to the hamsters.

    • This session will provide tips & tools for creating a climate that is supportive of feedback and coaching for your employees

Lunch sponsored by The Center for Organizational Effectives


HR Martin would like to Welcome our newest members...

  • June Gilbride, HRVA
  • Melissa Martell, Triumph Aerostructures, Stuart
  • Kay Moran, Magic Carpet Ride, Vero Beach
  • JoEllen Scott, Kanakry Enterprises
  • Debra Porche, PHR, SHRM-CP, Director of HR, Triumph Aerostructures, Stuart


HR Martin is run by volunteers and is always looking for members to volunteer to help with events or to sit on the executive committee or as a committee chairperson.  


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Professional Developement.

Networking with your HR peers.

 Membership is free to SHRM     


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30+ CLUB

Become a member of the Team Empower 30+ Club!

  • Ø Donate $30.00 or more to the  SHRM Foundation. Tax deductible. Designate HR Martin as your chapter.
  • Ø  Support SHRM Foundation's inclusion initiative.


  • Ø 30+Club Ribbon for your badge
  • Ø Special Seating/Recognition during meetings/conferences
  • Ø Drawings for door prizes

For more information, please contact Pat Szczesny, Foundation Chair at  772-223-6103.  

HR in Transition


Competitive Edge Series for HR in Transition

Mike Powers continues to help those HR professionals in transition with his Competitive Edge Series.  He has started a Facebook page for those in transition:

ONLY if you can:  please help us spread work with a single click by selecting to ‘like’ our facebook page! 

(..a great way to help a fellow HR pro who might be open to upward mobility & or actively networking for HR interview opportunities)



Help support your fellow HR professionals who are in transition! 

Professional Development Scholarship

Each year, HR Martin awards 2 lucky recipients a professional development scholarship worth $500.  The member can use the scholarship for a variety of professional development endeavors, including attendance at a seminar/workshop related to the HR field, a prep course for certification, or college courses in an HR discipline.  HR Martin awards a member in the spring and again in the fall.  

We are pleased to announce that Maria Lopez-Ruiz is the recipient of the Spring 2017 scholarship!  President-elect, Lisa Ashmore, presented the scholarship to Maria at May’s membership meeting. 

!!! Congratulations Maria !!!


 The chapter will award another scholarship in October, 2017.  To review the criteria, please visit: http://www.hrmartin.org/PDScholarship.  If you meet the criteria, complete an application and submit to President-elect Lisa Ashmore.   


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