Testimonials

Outplacement and Transition Services

Charlie and the team of professionals at Strategic HR Partners were instrumental in assisting our employees cope with the stress of the situation and providing the direction on to move forward with their careers after Carmike. This was critical in helping them individually, but also helped them keep their focus on the daily operations and critical business tasks that needed to be completed for the sale. It also was a life saver for the HR department so that we were not consumed with all of the individual concerns and could do our part in facilitating the transaction.

W. Patrick Raley
Vice President of Human Resources
Carmike Cinemas Inc.


I recently retained Strategic HR Partners to conduct a search for a Vice President of Human Resources. Charlie immediately dove into the project and spent lots of time working to understand our organization, what we were looking for and the type of person we wanted for this newly created position. He then assembled a number of highly qualified candidates and coordinated all the interviews. Charlie also assisted in closing the deal and offering assistance on relocation.

We are pleased we now have the right person for this position and thank Charlie for all the help in filling this important role.

Daniel E. Ellis
Senior Vice President, General Council and Secretary
Carmike Cinemas Inc.


Strategic HR Partners Outplacement and Transition Services

We recently had a reduction in force that affected many of our long term associates. We had never used your services before in handling what is a very delicate situation. You delivered.

Our associates that participated in your program have been very vocal in a positive way as to the assistance you have given them, in resume writing, interviewing techniques, and using your human resource and business networks to get them in front of hiring managers. When people lose their jobs their main focus needs to be on getting another one.You accomplished this with our people and have contributed greatly to 'them being successful in gaining employment elsewhere.

I would highly recommend Strategic HR Partners to anyone who is serious about giving their employees assistance through Outplacement and Transition Services.

Wayne Joiner, SPHR
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Columbus Regional Health


Strategic HR Excellence

“Charlie profoundly believes the key to driving business performance which leads to growth is through recruiting, developing, engaging and retaining exceptional talent. He skillfully advises client companies in the strategic development and implementation of human resources systems designed to achieve organizational and individual excellence.

 Charlie is also a gifted coach who helps individuals identify their strengths and the positive contributions they can make to others and to their organization. He truly believes in people and helps them vision themselves successfully.

 For any organization who believes the lifeblood of their business is the collective talent of employees who are fully capable and engaged in recruiting and retaining delighted customers, I whole-heartedly recommend Charlie Little.”

Barb Adams, SPHR
Human Resource Manager Dowreichold Specialty Latex
(Met in transition at a job search focus group in Cincinnati, Ohio)


HR Executive Leadership

 “I have had the pleasure of working with Charlie Little at OCEDAR Brands in Cincinnati, Ohio. I was Chairman, President and CEO of the company, and I hired Charlie as our Vice President of Human Resources. It was a turnaround situation, so I needed talented people who could think on their feet and make quick, but measured decisions on the business. Charlie did not disappoint me.

 The key accomplishments that Charlie engineered included the following in a span of 18 months:

 1. We successfully defeated a Teamsters organizing campaign over a difficult eighteen-month period of time. Charlie led an exhaustive campaign with his legal colleagues to help convince our employees that they did not need a union. His energy and positive attitude helped turn the cause in our favor.

2. Charlie initiated a performance review and succession management process at OCEDAR. The program established clear job descriptions, performance standards, career training and coaching that ultimately improved retention in the company. The organization became more results driven and the quality of our employees increased substantially.

3. Charlie also took it upon himself to improve the overall benefits provided to our employees. He hired Willis and Caroon in Columbus, Ohio to assist in the effort. Together they created a better package for our employees at a substantially lower cost to the corporation.

4. Charlie was a tireless promoter of our company, with an upbeat personality that engaged the interest of the top quality candidates to join the OCEDAR team.

5. Finally, Charlie was well respected by both our office employees and our plant personnel. He could be tough when necessary, but fair with employees at all times.

I have a great deal of respect for Charlie and know that any endeavor he undertakes will be done with a lot of forethought and well executed with his spirited energy and professionalism”

 

Michael J. Paxton

Chairman, Transport Corporation of America, Inc.


Executive Recruiting

“I have known Charlie for a number of years and have worked with him as a hiring manager. Charlie is a GREAT HR person to deal with from a recruiting viewpoint. He is extremely straight forward, blunt, honest and keeps you informed throughout the hiring process. Charlie has trained a number of good HR people who I also know and have worked with over the years. He taught them well!! It has been a pleasure working with a getting to know Charlie.

He is also a HUGE Gamecock fan!!! and that is a very good thing!”

Christine Ramsay

Executive Recruiter


Change Management-Continuous Improvement - Human Resource Metrics

“I got to know Charlie when he joined the staff of Kroger’s Grocery Products Division as manager of Human Resources, at the Pontiac plant in Columbia, South Carolina. At that time Grocery Products was in turmoil following Kroger’s financial restructuring and attempted sale of its manufacturing assets.

 Instead of being a functionary, constrained by the inertia of a large corporate organization, Charlie initiated new ways to improve the operations. He spearheaded a highly successful safety program and introduced Total Quality Management. His enthusiasm and drive successfully convinced a skeptical management team that they needed to change their style, invest in training for all 2000 associates, and embrace the TQM process.

 Charlie is undoubtedly the most influential HR manager I ever encountered during my career.

 Robert Weber, Retired Controller, Grocery Products Division, The Kroger Co.


Human Resource Development

“Charlie is very passionate about his work! He takes great pride in his work and the people he serves. He leads with the utmost integrity and ethical standards. He is a professional in the field of Human Resources with the designation of SPHR. He always made sure I learned something new each day when I was working with him! In addition to being a great manager, he also makes sure you laugh along the way! Because of our SHRM involvement, Charlie and I were able to reconnect last year at a conference and it is great to know he is there to answer my questions when I need him! Thanks Charlie!!”

Julie Armstrong

Former HR Generalist at OCEDAR Brands, Inc.


Continuous Improvement Process Management

“Charles Little! The man who changed my career and my life…

One would think that quality and process improvement training from organizations such as Johnson and Johnson and Merck combined with an MBA is all you need to be a successful change agent, project manager and operations improvement specialist….. Think again!

I struggled personally and professionally to overcome employee and “C Suite” complacency with respect to needed change and operational improvement efforts due to various client’s employees and/or leadership’s feeling of security with their current state, often while unaware of looming potential dangers, and defects in their operations. However, the biggest challenge was the navigating behaviors of self-satisfaction and even smug satisfaction with existing situations and conditions that typically lead to the overall resistance to change. Subterfuge from employees and weak leaders frequently paralyzed the best practice improvement initiatives.

I was fortunate to meet Charlie Little during the peak of my frustrations. Charlie was quick to identify that I neglected the most important process..... The “People Process”! The HR process is the hub of any change or improvement effort. Charlie helped me develop the appropriate approaches to holding all levels of the organization (including administration) accountable for the execution and sustainment of change efforts.

I highly recommend that every executive reach out to Charlie before attempting to improve labor and productivity metrics, operational performance improvement or other organizational or structure changes.

John Cicero

Former General Manager for Pharmco, Inc., in Tampa, FL.

(Worked with Charlie when he was VP & Chief People Officer for Pharmco, Inc.)

 


Affirmative Action Plan, Mediation & HR Hotline

“Strategic HR Partners has definitely filled a need in our community. Having certified Human Resource professionals on call to answer questions based on expertise and ‘hands on experience’ has been a ‘God send’ to my company.

 Our Affirmative Action Program that they created and the training that we received was invaluable. We are in the process of using their expertise to set up a formal performance appraisal and compensation program.

 I recommend membership in Strategic HR Partners, to any company that wants to have the best when it comes to Human Resources products and services.”

George E. 'Tripp' Wade, III
President and CEO
Wade Linen Service and Wade Cleaners


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