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63rd Annual HRM Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

Jay Jamrog - Institute For Corporate Productivity

Jay Jamrog
Jay Jamrog is a futurist and has devoted the past 35 years to identifying and analyzing the major issues and trends impacting global organizations and their ability to leverage talent to drive higher market performance. Currently, Jay and his research staff are conducting over 60 rigorous qualitative and quantitative projects annually.  These research projects are designed to discover the “best” and “next” practices that are correlated with high performance. Over the years, he has helped some of the most innovative organizations gain a deeper understanding of the world’s changing business environment and has helped them think strategically about today’s actions and tomorrow’s plans. Jay has confidential access to some of the most progressive global organizations, and he's currently an active advisor to more than a dozen leading corporations.  In addition, Jay conducts over 50 seminars and workshops annually for major corporations on subjects related to the changing nature of work, the workplace and workforce. Jay is a Distinguished Lecturer at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Management and the University of Tampa.  He has served as the Associate Editor for Human Resources Planning Journal, has had numerous articles published in major business magazines and is frequently quoted in business publications and newspapers.  In addition, he often collaborates with, and speaks before, other organizations and associations (e.g., AMA, MCE, HRPS, SHRM, The Mayflower Group, ATD, ABA, AGA, NEDA) on major research topics related to the future of people management. Prior to co-founding i4cp, Jay was the Executive Director of the Human Resource Institute (HRI) from 1982 to 2007.  In addition, he has held numerous management positions, including vice president of purchasing for Webb Co., a large wholesaler.  He has an MBA and taught labor relations in the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Jay also spent five years living in the Far East, has a Black Belt and reads history for pleasure.

Jeff Justice - Humor Resources Director

Jeff Justice
Jeff is a funny speaker who has been featured in articles in: Time Magazine, Newsweek, Competitive Edge, The Daily News, TV Guide, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and many, many more. This professional speaker has combined a degree in communications from Florida St. University and a career as a top stand-up comedian and improvisational actor to develop programs that are high in content and big on laughs. Motivational Humorist, Jeff Justice, CSP is also the president and founder of “Jeff Justice’s Comedy Workshoppe”, the largest and most successful school for stand-up comedy in the country. His graduates include many business leaders including zillionaire Charles Brewer, founder of Mindspring, Sara Blakley, founder and president of Spanks as well as most of the top professional speakers in Georgia. Today, Fortune 500 companies across the country call on Jeff’s caring brand of “applied humor” to maximize their human resource: engaging their employees, improving performance, and developing leaders. As Humor Resources Director, Jeff has spent the last seventeen years applying his unique brand of work-appropriate humor as a professional speaker, humor-skills teacher and humor coach to positively impact human interaction in the workplace

Michael Tompkins - Michael G. Tompkins Consulting LLC

Michael Tompkins
For more than 20 years, Tompkins has led teams in the luxury hospitality, wellness and spa industries, and also serves as chairman of the International Spa Association (ISPA). As a former CEO of Miraval Resorts, Hilton Head Health and PALM Health, vice president of hotels & spa at Turning Stone Casino and an executive with Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Tompkins boasts a diverse background and an ability to create global brand leading teams in the three converging market segments


Breakout Speakers:

Katie Gechijian - Reveal Global Solutions

Katie Gechijian is a Senior Recruiting Consultant at Reveal Global Intelligence. Reveal finds talent that has been "unfindable" via traditional database strategies. Reveal specializes in identification and talent mapping, competitive & market intelligence, and market disruptive candidate recruitment and care. Katie has spent the last fifteen years in financial services talent acquisition, most recently as a Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Wells Fargo. During her eleven years with Wells Fargo, she created and led the Enterprise Sourcing Forum and was a champion for innovation in the bank's pursuit of finding, engaging, and hiring prospective team members. She is on the Hiretual Advisory Board, and is a recognized speaker and contributor with CareerArc, Entelo, HireConf, and SourceCon. In 2016, she placed second out of more than 1200 participants in the "World's Greatest Sourcer" competition, held by Entelo & The Sourcing Institute. Katie enjoys building communities to connect friends, neighbors and professionals to one another. She leverages her social networking expertise to connect within her neighborhood and globally, planning events for her local park, for recruiting professionals, and creating resources for almost 56,000 women internationally within a maternity community. Katie is a native of Alabama and she and her family live in Birmingham, Alabama.

Josh Bennett - Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.

Josh is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Maynard Cooper & Gale. He received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. Josh provides representation and guidance to clients across a broad range of EEO, wage and hour, and labor and employment matters. He also advises companies in highly regulated industries on regulatory compliance and represents them in a variety of administrative matters.

Maureen Orey - Workplace Learning and Performance Group

Dr. Maureen Orey, CPLP is the Founder/President of the Workplace Learning & Performance Group, a San Diego based training & Consulting firm based in San Diego. A frequent presenter at large international conferences and global corporations, a Doctor of Organizational Leadership, and Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP), Maureen is an expert facilitator and executive coach. With over 25 years experience in corporate training & development; her specialties include leadership development, communication, diversity, and strategic planning. Maureen's students and clients consistently rave about her effectiveness, many calling her "the best trainer I've ever experienced" and “Her programs simply "rock" and leave you a couple of feet off the ground.” Maureen is the author of Communication Skills Training, twice published by ATD/ASTD Press, as well as the author of Successful Staffing in a Diverse Workplace and 111 Ideas for and Influential Presentation.

Kristina Minyard - Ignite Education

Kristina Minyard is currently the Director of Ignite Education in Huntsville, AL. She has over 11 years of experience in HR, Recruiting, and Business Development. She utilizes her skills and experience in HR Consulting, Technical Recruiting, HR Policies, Staffing Services, and Labor Relations to create content on her blog She currently serves as the president of her local SHRM chapter (NASHRM), serves as the Social Media chair for the ALSHRM State Council, participates on the national SHRM social media team, and various young professional focused committees throughout the community.

Concetta Lewis - ProctorU

Concetta Lewis is the Director of People Success, ProctorU, Inc. and this year's chair for the HRM
Conference. Concetta has 7 years of experience in Accounting before joining the Human
Resources profession. During the last 10 years, Concetta has obtained her HRCI Senior
Professional in Human Resources certification, SHRM Senior Certified Professional certification,
and is a Certified Internet Recruiter. Concetta is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of
the Society of Human Resource Management and serves on the board as the Vice President of

Matt Scully- Burr Forman, LLP

Matthew Scully is a Labor & Employment Partner at Burr & Forman LLP. Matt represents
management in the area of labor and employment law, focusing on managing the complex
economic, legal and business decision employers must make in effectively managing their
workforce. Matthew represents employers in responding to traditional union organizing, unfair labor
practice matters before the National Labor Relations Board, labor injunction proceedings, and
grievance arbitrations.

David Wallace- Deluxe Corporation, Inc

David Wallace is an Agile enthusiast and an experienced Scrum Master with a heart for Agile Coaching. With over 20 years in the IT industry, he has experience with multiple software development processes. His passion is to be a part of helping people and organizations succeed. His mission is to work with individuals, teams and organizations to help them improve their processes and work with maximum efficiency in a collaborative environment (and having a blast while doing so).

Kerry Schrader- Mixtrox

Kerry Schrader is CEO of a technology company that she co-founded with her daughter. Prior to launching her own business, in addition to earning both BBA and MBA degrees, she has held both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations. Kerry has more than 25 years’ experience positively impacting the human assets of large corporations including Ford Motor, Sears Holding and Alcoa. Mrs. Schrader has vast experience developing employee programs that resulted in increased productivity and bottom line profitability. In June 2017, she was appointed to the Nashville Technology Council’s executive BOD and serves as the Chair of the Diversity Committee. 

Matt Stiles- Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Matt Stiles is a Shareholder with Maynard Cooper & Gale, and he is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practices. He represents employers in all facets of the employment relationship, with an emphasis in labor relations, employment litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation, compliance and strategic counseling, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, affirmative action compliance in the federal contract sector and management training. Matt has represented employers and benefits consultants in strategic employee benefit plan design and compliance matters. He has also represented small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in executive compensation contracts and programs. He has experience representing employers in defense of hundreds of federal and state agency investigations, and has served as lead negotiator in complex labor contract negotiations. He has represented employers in virtually every kind of employment litigation. From 2004 to 2007, Matt served as Associate Counsel for Regions Bank, a Fortune 500 company, where he had chief responsibility for its labor, employment and employee benefits matters nationally. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at The University of Alabama School of Law.

Tam Yelling- Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc.

Tam Yelling is In-House Counsel with Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. Prior to joining Hibbett, Tam was a partner with the law firm of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, where she devoted her practice to defending and counseling employers on various employment-related matters. Before joining Constangy, Tam specialized in representing plaintiffs in cases involving claims of sexual harassment and disability, age, religion, race and sex discrimination and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as cases involving claims of retaliatory discharge, invasion of privacy, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract. Tam earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Spelman College and her J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Samford University. Tam is a Past President of the Alabama Lawyers Association, which is the oldest and largest minority bar association in the State, and she served as a hearing officer for the Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Alabama for several years. She is a current member of the Birmingham Bar and Magic City Bar Associations, and she has been named a Rising Star for Employment Litigation in Alabama Super Lawyers, as well as in Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Steve Hines- Threat Advice

Steve Hines is co-founder and CFO of ThreatAdvice, a multi-faceted cybersecurity platform located in Birmingham, AL.  Steve, a CPA, has several years of experience in public accounting, 21 years experience in the mortgage and banking industries, and has founded a number of startups as well as the angel investment firm Emergent Holdings. Steve currently serves as educational director and content writer for ThreatAdvice. ThreatAdvice focuses on educating all enterprise employees as to how to be cyber-safe and cyber-secure, assessing and testing the overall enterprise cybersecurity preparedness, and providing robust cyber insurance through it's sister company CyberDefendInsurance.

David Mellon- Office of Counsel, University of Alabama System

Dave Mellon received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1990 and his J.D. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in 1999. After law school he clerked for Presiding Judge William C. Thompson on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. Mr. Mellon then entered private practice and was a shareholder in a large Birmingham law firm for several years where he represented employers and management. While in private practice he also served as a Deputy Attorney General from 2006 to 2013 representing many State agencies. Mr. Mellon is now University Counsel for The University of Alabama at Birmingham for all litigation matters. He is responsible for defending faculty, staff, medical professionals, and students in all matters of litigation. Mr. Mellon frequently handles litigation involving Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA, FMLA, and U.S. Constitutional claims. He has tried cases in state and federal court and frequently argued appeals with the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Mellon works closely with Human Resources to train faculty, staff and employees on best practices for avoiding and defending litigation. He is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Earlisha Williams- Office of Counsel, University of Alabama System

Earlisha Williams joined the Office of Counsel in 2014. As University Counsel, Earlisha focuses on matters of employment law including preventative training and litigating discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under various federal and state statutes. Prior to joining the Office of Counsel, she worked for 10 years in the Human Resources Department at UAB. Earlisha was previously in private practice, serving as litigation and pre-litigation counsel to public and private colleges and universities in employment-related matters. Earlisha earned her B.A. from The University of Alabama, her M.B.A. from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law.

Cooper Johnson- SS. Nesbitt

Cooper is a student of employee benefits. Having spent his entire career consulting in this space, he has also worked at the forefront of moving our agency’s benefits practice from a brokerage-only focus in the early 2000s to a post-ACA, “beyond benefits” and holistic health plan design consulting practice. Cooper and his team — benefits consultants, HR experts, wellness nurse, data analyst, compliance expert, marketing veterans and legal resources — work with commercial clients of all sizes, from 5 employees to 5,000 and above. Together they provide innovative improvements to plan designs that reduce the cost of providing benefits, with a service philosophy based on a high-touch, close partnership development with clients. He has been in the insurance business for 15 years. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in 1998 and an MBA from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002. Cooper received the Chartered Life Underwriter Designation in 2008. He serves on the Junior Board of Lifeline Children’s Services and on the Legacy Team at Church of the Highlands. He attends Mountain Brook Community Church and coaches youth soccer. He has been married for over a decade and has four children.

Lana Thompson- Thompson & Associates

Lana Guess Thompson, a certified PHR and SHRM-CP, is an independent organizational development (OD) and Human Resources consultant, training professional, executive/personal effectiveness coach and professional facilitator. She delivers her services through one-on-one and small group coaching, workshops, seminars, retreats, team buildings, classroom training, event facilitation and consulting. Lana has served over 150 clients, both nationally and internationally.