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The Board of Directors recently announced winners of the 2014 Awards of Excellence:
Leader of the Year: Andrew P. Studdert, Chairman & CEO, NES Rentals
Volunteer of the Year: Maureen Conway, Founder, Conway & Associates and Martha Watt, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, The Cara Group
Leader of the Year
In his executive leadership role, Andrew P. Studdert’s consistent focus on his people and the incorporation of Human Capital practices in every aspect of his work. He has been instrumental in creating a stable and inspiring work environment and a culture focused on trust and the betterment of all employees. Also he is responsible for turning around NES as a business and making it a great place to work. His platform for decision-making is based on safety. His foundation of safety as the link between employees and business success has been the underlying message throughout his career and his impact extends throughout his industry.
His nomination materials described the numerous examples of how Andy has used a people centered focus to encourage and inspire his employees. Andy exemplifies all that the Leader of the Year award represents: recognition for a body of work, demonstrates successful collaboration with HR to deploy a people-focused executive strategy to drive business success and is a champion of HR strategy.
Volunteer of the Year
As long-time and active members, both Maureen Conway and Martha Watt have participated in multiple ways, contributing countless hours to the support of HRMAC. Maureen has served in several volunteer roles including leadership positions with the membership committee(as member then Chair) and now in the second year of a two-year term as co-chair of the Transition Interest Group. During her tenure with the membership committee, she led the group to introduce innovations in our recruitment strategies. As Transition Chair, she collaborates with her committee to produce 10 programs annually for the benefit of our colleagues in transition. A long-time, active member and supporter of HRMAC, she has a positive impact on the Association and its members.
Martha is a long time volunteer for the Interest Groups and Committees. She has participated in the planning activities for countless programs sponsored by the Human Resources Planning and Development and the North/Northwest Suburban Interest Groups. As a member of the Distance Learning Committee, she collaborated on content development and speaker development and served as program moderator in lead and back-up roles. Her active support of HRMAC has been instrumental in sponsorship and host services from her employer organizations.
Maureen and Martha embody the spirit, commitment and passion that this award seeks to recognize. They are truly ‘unsung heroes’ who have provided distinguished service to further the HRMAC mission.