Collaboration at Inspirus
“It’s important that people feel understood, valued and appreciated.

About Inspirus

Our Story

Inspirus has been a part of the employee recognition industry for over 100 years. As an employee engagement software company, our focus on building strong customer relationships while delivering unique and differentiated solutions has made us a leader in the human capital management (HCM) space.

We believe organizations that focus on culture and well-being deliver on the promise of employee fulfillment and organizational success. Employees make up the foundation of culture, which is shaped and evolved through everyday workplace experiences. Those experiences are essential to the development of strong, high-performing organizations. Inspirus delivers a set of high-value software and service solutions to help our clients elevate the employee experience throughout the entire employee journey. We aim to bring joy to work, one experience at a time.

We Aim to Bring Joy to Work, One Experience at a Time.

Joy is an emotion that is not fleeting or temporary, but deep and sustained. Through Inspirus’ bring joy to work mission, we strive to reinforce Sodexo’s broader mission to improve the quality of life of those we serve. As a guiding philosophy, we seek to influence the employee experience through our six Quality of Life dimensions: recognition, health and well-being, personal growth, physical environment, social interaction, and ease and efficiency.

Recognition

Health and
Well-being

Personal Growth

Physical
Environment

Social
Interaction

Ease and
Efficiency

Quality of life extends beyond the individual and the workplace into our local and global communities. We reinforce our brand and reputation by ensuring that our employees, clients and partners experience us as a caring and accessible local partner and an economically, socially and environmentally responsible corporate citizen.

Our Mission and Values

Integrity:
Be honest and real.

We are honest, credible, transparent and reliable. We are committed to consistency in what we believe, say and do — individually and as a company. We respect others and strive to earn the respect of our clients and community.

Humility:
Be humble in service to others.

Led by our company values and not by our pride, we embrace servant leadership and the virtue of putting others before ourselves. We are open-minded and generous. We celebrate the success of others and are humble about our contributions.

Professionalism:
Be unfailingly professional.

We deliver service excellence and innovation while maintaining the highest degree of ethical and moral practices. Our intent is to exceed expectations by delivering quality products and services to internal and external clients. Inspirus is committed to nurturing an environment for sharing ideas and encouraging open communication.

Life integration:
Honor your obligations — to others and to yourself.

Balanced lives are essential to employee satisfaction, productivity and overall well-being. Although we work hard and are passionate about our service to Inspirus, we strongly encourage and support finding purpose beyond work through faith, family, community and self.

Partnership:
Work well with others.

Inspirus places a high priority on building quality relationships and developing a collaborative environment for mutual trust and understanding. We encourage each team member to share in responsibilities and work toward common goals. We are dedicated to client satisfaction and empower each team member to create a positive experience for our clients.

Our Leaders

Mia Mends

Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Bott

Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development

Christopher Cheney

Senior Vice President of Operations

Tim Hough

CIO and Senior Vice President, IT

Terri Moore

Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Culture

Kayvon Shahbaz

CFO and Senior Vice President, Finance

Alex Vértiz

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product

Lesa Blakey

Vice President of Human Resources and Culture

Sari Feltman

Vice President of Product Strategy

Robbie Floyd

Vice President of Sales

Theresa Harkins

Vice President of Client Success and Engagement Solutions

Mia Mends

Chief Executive Officer

Mia joined Inspirus in 2016 and serves as Chief Executive Officer following Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services, USA’s acquisition of the company. She brings over 15 years of business experience to Inspirus, with a focus on delivering solutions that elevate the employee experience throughout the entire employee journey.

This adds to her existing title of Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services, USA. She joined Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services in 2012 as Vice President, Sales for the Americas Region in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before becoming CEO of the company’s Benefits and Rewards Services division in the U.S.

Mia obtained a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds several distinctions, including being named to the inaugural UPstanding 100 Executive Power List (2016), a celebration of executives in the BAME business community in the United States and United Kingdom.

In September of 2016, Mia became the new Chief Executive Officer of Inspirus and is looking forward to bringing her passion, experience and background in strategic management to the Texas-based company.

In Her Own Words …

Beyond Work

I am so fortunate to have an incredible family and support system. My husband and my kids are my pride and joy, and time with them is the best extracurricular activity! I also mentor through the EMERGE Fellowship program and co-founded the nonprofit Seven Sisters to Sisters.

Favorite Recognition Moment

I was at a Sodexo annual convention. One of the highlights is the recognition of one of our leaders with the prestigious President’s Award. One of my colleagues leads our business in Venezuela. Santiago and his team have worked tirelessly and passionately for many years to sustain a business and team in the midst of an extreme social, political and economic environment. Having visited several times and seen some of the effects firsthand, I understood what he and his team were going through. It seems our leadership also appreciated that Santiago and his team were triumphing against incredible odds. Santiago received the President’s Award that night and it was a beautiful moment. He and the team have served with courage and humility, and their main interest is always the well-being and safety of their people. The best kind of recognition is given to people who aren’t expecting it, and the fact that the award was given to Santiago because of his style of servant leadership made it all the more special and deserving.

Proudest Moment

I am so proud of the way my family embraced my work assignment in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We were pushed out of our comfort zone — new jobs, new schools, new environment, new language, new friends — and we immersed ourselves in the experience with openness and determination. It transformed all of us and the way we view the world. I think we left Brazil with heightened sensitivity and deeper self-awareness. I am most grateful that it will shape the way my kids live their lives — with a sense of curiosity and an openness to pursue unique experiences.

Passion

I am deeply conscious of how fortunate I am to have a meaningful and gratifying senior leadership position, but I am also aware of how hard I had to work to reach this level and the role others have played in my career journey. I am particularly inspired by incredible women who have broken barriers and paved the way for other potential leaders. In turn, I have a passion for sharing my experience and mentoring others, particularly young women, who are discovering themselves and their own potential. This passion comes from a desire to see others find fulfillment in their own lives, on their own terms. But, it also comes from a deep-seated belief that everyone, regardless of gender or race, can harness their strengths and capabilities and apply them for the greatest good.

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me

Respect and believe in the company your work for. Connect to the company’s mission and vision and let it be your passion. If you do that, your job becomes so much more than the tasks you perform in your function, but more about how you help advance the company mission and its people. There is no greater source of motivation.

Ryan Bott

Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development

Ryan joined Inspirus in 2017 and serves as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. He brings strong expertise in building sales teams, cloud and SaaS solutions, global pipeline development, enterprise deal conversion and growing partner/alliance revenue.

Ryan has a passion for sales optimization and creating valuable relationships with customers, while also helping others reach their highest potential. He adds 15 years of experience of SaaS and service revenue management to Inspirus, with a proven history of global sales team leadership. Prior to joining the Inspirus team, he has held several leadership roles in the technology industry, including Head of Business Development at O.C. Tanner.

Ryan obtained a BA in English and Writing from Weber State University and an MBA from Arizona State University. As a leader in Utah’s technology scene, he leads both the AAISP and Saleshacker chapters, and was recently awarded one of the Top 25 Most Influential Inside Sales Leaders globally by the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals.

In His Own Words…

Beyond Work

I receive great fulfillment from work – in particular, building amazing teams who hopefully succeed after their time with me. However, I find even greater satisfaction doing the same for my family. My children are amazing debaters, soccer players and contributors to this grand experience we call life. With them I share my other great passions of fly fishing, soccer and exploring.

Proudest Moment

My proudest moment came when I was told by a tearful mother and dear friend that I was an “angel on earth.” Years earlier I had taken a risk to hire someone who on paper was never a fit candidate. I gave him an opportunity to focus on something other than the recent, tragic passing of his two-year-old son. From a dark and lonely place he rose like a phoenix from the ashes, lifting our company, our clients and himself.

Favorite Recognition Moment
I’ve had some great moments, including one where my team unknowingly voted me into a top award, which was a complete honor to know they cared.

Passion

My passion is improving the situations around me – first with people and then with things. I love traveling the world and making a difference in someone’s life. I love looking at a blank wall in a house and converting it to something amazing.

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me

A sincerity that changes lives.

Christopher Cheney

Senior Vice President of Operations

Christopher first came to Inspirus as an operations consultant back in 2010. Inspirus execs knew the relationship was a good fit that deserved a more permanent arrangement. Now, Christopher has put his expertise to work optimizing company processes and boosting product capacities as Senior Vice President of Operations.

In September 2016, Christopher became Senior Vice President of Operations. He oversees client services, accounting, human resources, solutions, account management, media services, implementation, fulfillment, merchandising and sourcing, manufacturing, and shipping.

Christopher’s fervent commitment to quality products and outstanding customer service is clearly reflected in everything he does. His goal for Inspirus is simple: Be better tomorrow than we are today. He walks the walk by maintaining a keen eye on quality management in every corner of the organization. His thoroughness is a living testament to his mantra — “I inspect what I expect.”

Christopher is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt with additional certification in Lean and DFSS.

In His Own Words ...
Beyond Work
I pursue many interests outside Inspirus, including gardening, woodworking, and winter and summer sports. I love spending time with my family, and I especially enjoy supporting my two daughters in their passions — swimming, dance, track and equestrian sports.

Proudest Moment

Recently, I — along with the help of my wife, children, mother and other immediate family members — coordinated a special award ceremony to honor my father’s service and contributions during WWII. The ceremony was conducted by the U.S. Army and brought to life my appreciation for what his generation sacrificed for those who followed, and the pride I have for my father.

Favorite Recognition Moment

Watching my father — my hero — receive special recognition from the U.S. Army was a big moment for me. He was so humble and unconditionally grateful to be honored. I strive to be such a man.

Passion

Striving to be a positive influence on my children and the people I interact with every day. I’d like to be better today than I was yesterday — in all that I do.

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me
It means helping companies understand employees are their greatest assets, and developing recognition programs that not only reflect their genuine appreciation, but also attract and retain good employees and drive exemplary performance.

Tim Hough

CIO and Senior Vice President, IT

Tim joined Inspirus in 2007 and today, he is responsible for the deployment and integration of the company’s technology platform among Fortune 1000 customers worldwide as Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, IT.

He is a recognized leader in business process transformation, large system deployment and the management of the SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) method of software deployment.

Before joining Inspirus, Tim served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at two well-known companies — Centex Title & Insurance and Trammell Crow Residential. His expertise spans the development and support of national information services, hardware and software purchasing and support, systems development, and strategic planning. His additional experience includes managing information service operations for a national clothing manufacturer and a $75 million St. Louis-based construction company.

Tim holds a BS in Business Management from St. Louis University and an MS in Organizational Informatics from his alma mater. He is a member of the DFW Technical Executive Networking Group.

In His Own Words ...
Beyond Work

I have many interests, including golf, cycling, flying airplanes and scuba diving. I enjoy working with my daughter in her chosen sport — equestrian riding and jumping competitions. But my favorite activity is working with my wife and her company to provide pediatric therapy for children with special needs.

Proudest Moment

My proudest moment is completing a 100-mile century bike ride through the mountains of Lake Tahoe in 6:15:05. My second-proudest moment is completing a 100-mile century bike ride through Florida in 5:00:30.

Favorite Recognition Moment

After completing an extremely large project at a closely held private company, the firm’s managing partner called me to offer his congratulations. He also offered me the use of his private yacht to take my wife scuba diving for five days. We still discuss what a great moment this was for both of us!

Passion

I have a passion for leading and helping develop people, as well as leveraging technology to solve true business problems.

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me

I am proud to tell people what I do on a daily basis — make work more enjoyable for the more than 2 million individuals who are touched by our products and services.

Terri Moore

Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Culture

Terri joined Inspirus in 2017 as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Culture. A tenured HR executive, she has extensive knowledge, more than 30 years of experience and an accomplished track record in developing and implementing people strategies and change management solutions.

Terri provides strategic leadership and vision for the continued development and implementation and enhancement of Inspirus Human Resources functions while achieving operational goals and continuing to enhance the company culture.

A former vice president of human resources for Dean Foods Company, Terri applies her comprehensive business knowledge and significant field experience to evolve the Inspirus culture and further its vision to bring joy to work, one experience at a time. Terri earned a degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University and has certifications in change and project management and various learning and development programs.

In Her Own Words...

Beyond Work

I enjoy spending time with my family (husband and two grown daughters), working with children and a special needs ministry. We love the woods and hiking, so my family is building a cabin in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and that consumes a lot of our time. I was an avid runner for many years but now enjoy (I use that word loosely) the gym interval workouts.

Proudest Moment

On a personal level, it would be completing a marathon at the age 42.

Favorite Recognition Moment

When I left Dean Foods after 29 years, the outpouring from current and former Dean Foods employees was overwhelming and humbling. I was truly blessed to have worked with some great people, and I am fortunate enough to have joined another great culture here at Inspirus.

Passion

My “brand” is that I am an HR leader who is passionate and practical about people and performance. I LOVE helping people develop and succeed, often beyond what they dreamed they could do.

What Workforce Recognition Means To Me

I strongly believe that you have to live “recognition.” Workforce recognition can’t just be a program. How we treat each other every day lays the groundwork for meaningful, genuine recognition.

Kayvon Shahbaz

CFO and Senior Vice President, Finance

Kayvon joined the Inspirus team at the beginning of 2015. Today, as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance, Kayvon is responsible for stewardship of the company’s financial resources, advising on strategic partnerships and acquisitions, and helping drive the company’s pricing strategy.

Before joining Inspirus, Kayvon worked in the hedge fund sector for Capital Tactics LLC and Highland Capital Management LP. He also worked in the investment banking sector for Stephens Inc.

Kayvon received his MBA with an emphasis in Finance from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His undergraduate degree came from Southern Methodist University where he graduated cum laude from the Business Honors program with a Finance major and Economics minor. Additionally, Kayvon is a CFA® charterholder.

In His Own Words ...
Beyond Work
I really enjoy traveling, cooking, playing poker and relaxing at home with my wife, Melissa. We love to travel and have aspirations to see as much of the world as we can! Given my heritage, I really enjoy cooking and eating Persian food because not only is it the best cuisine in the world, but it reminds me of my family. Every now and again I enjoy playing poker with my friends because it incorporates psychology, strategy and competition — which is a fantastic mental exercise. Most important to me is my wife, Melissa, who is my number one fan. A perfect day for me would be preparing a home-cooked meal and watching a movie with her.

Proudest Moment
My proudest moment was receiving my MBA from TCU. Having committed to a full-time program, it was one of the most rigorous endeavors I have ever embarked upon. I’m really proud to be a Horned Frog!

Favorite Recognition Moment
I was lucky enough to have received the Bob Bolen Leadership Scholarship. Former Fort Worth Mayor Bob Bolen, in conjunction with Ross Perot Jr., created a scholarship for select students who embodied Mayor Bolen’s lifelong motto, “Always leave a place better than you found it.”

Passion
Winning at home and winning at work. As difficult as it is, I strive to contribute and give my all to my career without compromising my family life.

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me
Saying “thank you” is the most cost-effective way to recognize your employees, customers and colleagues. That recognition engages them with the organization, makes them feel appreciated and ultimately drives performance.

Alex Vértiz

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product

Alex joined Inspirus as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product as part of its acquisition by Sodexo in 2016, bringing with him nearly two decades of experience in B2B and consumer strategy, product management and marketing.

Alex’s passion for building, marketing and delivering unique products started when he was a young boy. His thoughts of being an inventor led him to get a degree in engineering, which he put to work through a career that touched several industries: telecommunications, financial services and HR consulting — focusing on B2B and consumer solutions. Now at Inspirus, Alex is combining all of his experience and expertise, including his time at Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson), to deliver unique employee engagement solutions that drive employee quality of life.

In His Own Words ...

Beyond Work

I love to spend time with my three children and my wife, Allison, and supporting all of their passions, be it soccer, gymnastics, golf or academics. When I have a bit of extra time, I like to spend it playing golf, woodworking or reminiscing about days when I had more time for myself.

Proudest Moment

When my daughter and her team won third place overall in the 2015 Fort Bend County MatchBook! competition. A more personal moment happened in 2002 when I was asked to give a speech about success and life’s journey to the faculty, parents and students of my entire elementary school.

Favorite Recognition Moment

I really don’t have a favorite one — I go through life looking for all of them. The call my best friend made when I got my first job. The email I sent my brother when he opened his first restaurant. The look on my parents’ faces when I graduated from Lehigh University and stopped to thank them for everything they did. The silent nod exchanged with friends who always show up in a time of need. It really is everywhere.

Passion

Creating and delivering unique products that have a lasting positive impact on the people who use them.

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me

Remembering that employees are the best advocates, the strongest supporters and the face of an organization. The one constant is that people are a company’s biggest asset. Recognizing them for all they do should be part of every company’s culture — built right into the foundation.

Lesa Blakey

Vice President of Human Resources and Culture

Lesa joined Inspirus in 2004. Today, she serves as the Vice President of Human Resources and Culture, and manages the Inspirus accounting team while overseeing the company’s HR programs and policies.

Today, Lesa deftly manages the Inspirus accounting team while also overseeing the company’s HR programs and policies — including our own reward and recognition program — Rewards2Inspirus. Her benevolent jurisdiction also encompasses the C.A.R.E. Team (Creating a Rewarding Environment), a passionate and hardworking volunteer group responsible for employee recognition events, community service projects and building a culture of caring within the company.

Prior to her tenure at Inspirus, Lesa was an assistant controller for Master Meter Inc., where she handled the preparation of international consolidated financial statements, biannual audits and GAAP compliance.

Lesa earned her MBA from Texas Woman’s University. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Texas Christian University, where she received her BBA. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association. Lesa earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2011, and is also a Certified Recognition Professional.

In Her Own Words ...

Beyond Work

As a native Texan living in Fort Worth most of my life, I’m so blessed to have my parents, children and lifelong friends nearby to share fun times at home and church. We love to spend time fishing, camping and enjoying nature — or looking for treasures in antique shops or flea markets all across Texas.

Proudest Moment

A monumental milestone and my proudest moment was seeing my dear husband, Bill, baptize our two sons, Alex and Ben, into Christ at our church. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that!

Favorite Recognition Moment

Hearing the thunderous applause and seeing the tears of pride in the eyes of Charlie Mays — who at age 87 and after 60 years of service with Inspirus — was accepting his retirement award. During the ceremony, he was honored with a 60-page scrapbook the team created to commemorate his lifelong service and dedication to our company. What a blessing to get to know a man like Charlie and be able to celebrate his life’s work. That’s what recognition is to me — a celebration of goodness!

Passion

I work so I can support my passions for international travel, fishing and camping with my family, and buying books. I love to read! If I’m MIA, just look for me in a bookstore. As Dr. Seuss says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me

When you have the opportunity to work for a truly great company like Inspirus, you understand that rewards and recognition are an integral part of an equation that helps make people happy. Happiness is contagious! Making a difference for others and helping make the world a better place are two key reasons why I love coming to work every day.

Sari Feltman

Vice President of Product Strategy

Sari joined Inspirus as part of its acquisition by Sodexo in 2016, bringing over 20 years of strategy, operations, technology and solution development experience spanning multiple industry segments to include corporate services, hospitals and senior services.

Sari is a highly methodical, business-savvy strategic planner who blends her broad expertise to catapult innovation and maximize growth opportunities. Her passion for collaborating across teams and bringing people together to ideate, create and deliver new and reimagined products and services is her driving force. She is excited to join the Inspirus team and be a part of turning new ideas and technologies into products that will transform an industry and change people’s lives.

Sari earned her Executive Masters in Business Administration from Temple University. She currently serves on the Temple EMBA board of directors. She attended the University of Delaware and earned her BS in Human Resources in 1995.

In Her Own Words …

Beyond Work

I am grateful every day for my amazing children, family and friends. I love to spend quality time with them at the beach, dining out and enjoying great food, attending sporting events, traveling to new places, and watching my daughter play soccer.

Proudest Moment

Earning my EMBA from Temple University. It represented a sense of accomplishment in so many ways. It introduced me to a cohort of colleagues and professors who became like a family to me, in this respect it was a team achievement. Most important to me, it created a rich opportunity to share an experience with my children. Looking out into the sea of people at graduation and seeing my children cheering me on created an overwhelming sense of pride. We did it together — many late nights of studying together and lots of support along the way. It was a family accomplishment; we grew from the experience in ways I could not have imagined.

Favorite Recognition Moment

For me, it is the moment when an individual pauses, reflects and experiences an amazing sense of appreciation and accomplishment for the difference they have made at home, at work or in the community. It’s the kind of feeling that warms your heart and has an immeasurable impact on others.

Passion

Making ideas happen. I love turning a vision into reality, at work and at home, with colleagues, friends and family.

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me

Happy and fulfilled employees living the values of their organization and delivering on the organization's mission. When this is achieved, you know the organization behind the team has invested time, resources and best-in-class solutions to empower their people to achieve excellence. The business results follow.

Robbie Floyd

Vice President of Sales

Robbie is a savvy industry veteran who has successfully led the development and execution of hundreds of recognition programs for category leaders across multiple industries. Before becoming the company’s Vice President of Sales, Robbie gained a 360-degree perspective of the company and recognition industry while serving in several management and executive positions within Inspirus.

Over the past decade, Robbie has presented recognition solutions to countless Fortune 1000 companies and industry professionals. His leadership and expertise made him a natural choice for the Recognition Professionals International board of directors. Robbie earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998, and is a Certified Recognition Professional.

In His Own Words ...

Beyond Work

I am an avid follower of Texas Christian University. I attend as many of their sporting events as possible with my wife, Beth and my son, Chandler. Beth and I are also very involved in keeping up with Chandler and all of his activities — school, his international travel and all that comes with being a young adult. We enjoy working out, playing with our two dogs and traveling together as often as we can. For me, nothing is better than the rush of a stream, the perfect cast, and the thrill of the catch while high in the mountains fly-fishing.

Proudest Moment

Watching and being a part of some of the great moments in my family’s life: seeing my wife’s work and passion for geology, not to mention her wonderful smile, and watching Chandler finish high school and begin the next chapter in his life — college.

Favorite Recognition Moment

Making recognition personal. I like recognizing the people I work with every day, sharing details around what they did and how it made a difference in helping Inspirus reach our goals. I love to see the smiles and gratitude on the faces of my coworkers. It makes me proud of who we are, what we do and what we stand for.

Passion

Spreading the word that recognizing people — praising them for what they do — can and does make a difference in every person’s life!

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me

Thanking and acknowledging people for a job well done helps bring a company’s mission, vision and values to life by reinforcing the behaviors and activities that can propel a company to “best place to work” status.

Theresa Harkins

Vice President of Client Success and Engagement Solutions

As Vice President of Client Success and Engagement Solutions for Inspirus, Theresa uses her deep experience to create long-lasting impact and success. She’s an influential pioneer who has led award-winning Fortune 500 recognition organizations and was one of the chief drivers behind the certification of recognition professionals.

Theresa brings experience from leading recognition programs at Fortune 500 organizations to her position as Vice President of Client Success and Engagement Solutions. As an influential pioneer in the field of employee recognition, she identifies challenges and integrates solutions into the strategic fabric of an organization, creating long-lasting impact and success.

Theresa is a dynamic business leader and a recognized expert in recognition. She led the development of the award-winning best-practice recognition program at Delta Air Lines. As Past President and Educational Board Chair for Recognition Professionals International, she led the development of a Certified Recognition Professional curriculum. Chances are, if you’ve spent any time learning how the best organizations recognize their employees, you’ve seen Theresa’s work in action.

She is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in Public Health Education. She has Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Certified Compensation Professional and Certified Recognition Professional designations. She uses all of that experience to translate business needs into tangible action plans, build organizational consensus, and execute goals on point, time and budget.

In Her Own Words ...

Beyond Work

I never sit down! I love being active with family, camping, bike riding, hiking and traveling. My favorite activity is to hit the pavement early on a Saturday morning to run and enjoy the serenity of the beautiful outdoors.

Proudest Moment

When my family labeled me the “camp director” early in life! I love coordinating events to get everyone together. I am the oldest of four girls and my husband is one of four boys and we have six kids between us. I keep our family ties strong by organizing events to bring family and friends together to hang out, camp, watch football and baseball games, and celebrate life events. I love watching my two children grow up. It makes me smile when I see them encourage and recognize others.

Favorite Recognition Moment

It’s often hard to surprise a recognition leader, but in 2009, RPI managed to do this. I had just completed a 10-year sprint with the board serving in various positions, but most important, led the charge to develop a certification program for recognition professionals. During the annual conference, my fellow board members surprised me by developing an award in my name to be given annually honoring individuals or companies who excel at educating others on recognition.

Passion

I have a passion for leading people and developing solutions to drive employee engagement. I love to help people develop, as well as leverage technology to solve true business problems.

What Workforce Recognition Means to Me

Creating a blueprint that makes recognition so easy in an organization, doing it naturally becomes part of the company’s culture!

2017
HRO Today Baker’s Dozen Top Employee Recognition Provider
2016
Great Place to Work® 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back
2016
HRO Today Baker’s Dozen Top Employee Recognition Provider
2016
American Heart Association Platinum FIT-Friendly Worksite Award
2016
American Heart Association Innovation Award
2016
Best Companies to Work for in Texas
2015
American Heart Association Platinum FIT-Friendly Worksite Award
2015
American Heart Association Innovation Award
2015
HRO Today Baker’s Dozen Top Employee Recognition Provider
2015
Best Companies to Work for in Texas
2015
Rated by Employees as a Great Place to Work®
2014
HRO Today Baker’s Dozen Top Employee Recognition Provider
2014
American Heart Association Innovation Award
2014
Best Companies to Work for in Texas
2014
American Heart Association Platinum FIT-Friendly Worksite Award
2013
Best Companies to Work for in Texas
2013
HRO Today Baker’s Dozen Top Employee Recognition Provider
2013
American Heart Association Gold FIT-Friendly Worksite Award
2012
Best Companies to Work for in Texas
2012
HRO Today Baker’s Dozen Top Employee Recognition Provider
2011
RPI Recognition Champion — University Hospitals
2011
RPI Recognition Champion — DIRECTV
2011
RPI Recognition Champion
2011
Best Companies to Work for in Texas
2010
HRO Today Baker’s Dozen — Ranked 1st for Employee Recognition
2009
HRO Today Baker’s Dozen Top Employee Recognition Provider
2009
RPI Best Overall Recognition Program Winner — Delta Air Lines
2008
RPI Best-in-class Award Winner — Delta Air Lines
2008
HRO Today Baker’s Dozen Top Employee Recognition Provider