Susan Ouellette Wins Top Human Resources Award from SHRM!

Portland, ME—May 14, 2014— Susan Ouellette of Kleinschmidt Associates won the top award for her work in human resources in Maine businesses.  Ouellette won the HR Leader of the Year Award.  The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management makes the awards annually.  This year’s winners announced at SRHM’s state convention at the Samoset Resort. 

The HR Leader  of the Year award  is given to someone who exemplifies excellence in the HR profession and has demonstrated involvement and commitment to the HR profession, is a strategic leader, partner and role model in the business community and finally has demonstrated initiative, innovation and professional leadership to the HR profession.

Jon Christensen of Kleinschmidt Associates, where Ouellette is the Manager of Human Resources, nominated her and had this to say: "We had never even heard of employee retention or development plans. Susan recognized a dire need for HR leadership, and volunteered to step into the HR vacuum, determined to make a difference.

“She applied the organizational concepts of her MBA education to the role, supported by her background as an educator in her previous career. She has worked tirelessly to develop our HR capabilities, creating systems (from scratch, or borrowed from others), training the technical staff, establishing relationships with other HR practitioners (kudos to SHRM), and consulting legal counsel as needed to address the increasingly complex HR environment we experienced as we grew to a diverse company that now has 140 people, and office locations in 10 states."


Photo by Bob Smith and caption from left to right:  Ed Mckersie, President of ProSearch Inc.,  Amie Parker, Employment Manager of Bates College, Susan Ouellette, Manager of Human Resources at Kleinschmidt Associates and Deb Whitworth, State Director of the SHRM Maine State Council.


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